"Its not about what you see, but how you see it."

In A Thin Line from Beirut, Vol. 22, Serge Najjar, who once suspected he could never creative anything artistic, offers a truly stunning view of Lebanon through his masterful photos, full of delicate humanity against a backdrop of unsuspecting yet dramatic architecture. While alluding to the thin line between past and present, he shares his experience of how the challenge to create a single image can shape one's view the entire the world, adding "when you look at things around you with a new eye, you live again."

Come see the world through Najjar's lens, in this highly compelling presentation, and be inspired to see your surroundings with curiosity, attention, seeking magical revelations in everyday life.


“Creativity abides by no rules, but does not necessarily create chaos.”

Lebanese-Canadian pianist & composer Jad Salameh shares with us the story of his life-long affair with creativity. In ‘It Comes in Whispers’ from PKN Beirut Vol. 21, he goes through his composition process and how he came to understand the relationship between his own mind and the music he writes. Little whispers, great ideas!

“I find that playing with the city and conceiving the city on a different level is seductive, yet possible.”

Architect and researcher Monica Basbous invites us to wander through a city she has redefined using illustrations and constructed images. In “Fertile Voids” from PKN Beirut Vol. 20 she discusses the relationship between people and spaces, and shows how the unused sections of her city might be better utilised to encourage interaction between people and their environment.

This week's City Focus goes to Beirut, a city that has just recently celebrated its 20th PechaKucha Night! Those presentations are now online, so time to take in a taste of Lebanon's creative scene.

On top of the great flyer we just shared for this Wednesday's PKN Beirut Vol. 16, here's a fantastic teaser video that was also produced for the event. Concept and animation is by Dima Boulad.

Beirut's Vol. 16 is just arond the corner -- this Wednesday, February 27 -- and here's a look at the lovely illustrated flyer that was produced for the event. You'll find more details on the official event page.

To see more great posters from PechaKucha Nights all over the world, check out our Tumblr blog.

PKN Miami Vol. 15 Presentations A presentation (from PKN Miami Vol. 15) by Anthony Spinello and Augustina Woodgate about a project in Berlin called Kulturpark, taking place in an abandoned amusement park. Here's more on the project from the official website:

In the Treptower Park forest in East Berlin, along the Spreeriver, there is an abandoned amusement park. The park, originally called Kulturpark Planterwald, was built in 1969 by the GDR and was a rare site for Soviet amusement and attraction. After the fall of the wall, the park became the family-owned Spreepark and suffered challenges of access, attendance, and economy. In 2001, the park closed from capital collapse. Ever since, visitors have regularly traversed the fence to explore this jungle of broken thrill machines. In June 2012, Kulturpark will explore the poetics and potential of these recent ruins, building upon the unique energy of Berlin’s urban, social, cultural, and political landscapes.

Marina Potanina is the president of a charity foundation called To Kids About Kids. In her presentation (in Russian, from PKN Moscow Vol. 12) she talks about the project, and the creation of an animated series about school life for a group of kids, with one of the main characters being a girl in a wheelchair. In Russia, there are no books, TV, or other examples of adequate communication with people with disabilities. Marina believes that if we start by talking to kids about these issues, that our society will be changed. PKN Beirut Vol. 11 Posters We end the week with a Tumblr blog update that includes quite a few older posters: PKN Beirut Vol. 11 (pictured above), PKN Sevilla Vol. 9 and 11, PKN Jakarta Vol. 10, PKN New Orleans Vol. 4, PKN Chicago Vol. 18, PKN Louisville Vol. 1, PKN Dublin Vol. 1, PKN Christchurch Vol. 3, PKN The Hague Vol. 5, PKN Victoria Vol. 3-6, PKN Huddersfield Vol. 1, and PKN Los Angeles Vol. 28. PKN Providence Vol. 41 Photos We spotted this photo (by Twitter user @parulia, who was attending her first PKN) taken at this past Wednesday's PKN Providence Vol. 41 -- we sure love the guerilla nature of the venue and projection wall.  Calendar There's just one event tonight (August 31), with Kumamoto hosting its Vol. 4. Then, you can look to Saturday for the following two events: PKN Hyderabad Vol. 10 and PKN Kathmandu Vol. 6. 

PKN Tokyo Vol. 92 Presentations A Bangor native with a passion for weird and creative things, Chris Pierce has been a star "Dungeon Master" -- the person who directs a session of a role-playing game -- at the annual SnowCon Gaming Convention in Orono for the past 4 years. His enthusiasm and love of tabletop gaming is addictive -- and shines through in this presentation from PKN Bangor, ME Vol. 4 -- and he’s been known to convince many a "noob" to sit in on a game of Werewolves of Miller’s Hollow. In this presentation (in Japanese, from PKN Tokyo Vol. 92), architects Daisuke Sugawara and Masayuki Harada describe a reconstruction project they've been working on, to help rebuild in the Tohoku region. As you'll see, they've been trying to rebuild villages, to keep the community together. PKN St. Louis Vol. 9 Posters We have two new posters on the Tumblr blog today, one for next month's PKN St. Louis Vol. 9 (pictured above) and one for the upcoming PKN Moscow Vol. 19 (it's not listed on the official site yet, but it should be added soon). Photos For the past couple of days we've been sharing coverage of specific events, and so today we catch up on quite a few photosets that we've been adding to our Flickr account. Pictured above, PKN Koszalin Vol. 8.

Calendar Tonight (June 7) sees PKN Eindhoven Vol. 2, PKN Moncton Vol. 5, and PKN Utrecht Vol. 4, while tomorrow night (Friday) you can look forward to the following two events: PKN Bahrain Vol. 5 and PKN Cagliari Vol. 3. 

PKN Athens Vol. 3 Presentations Recorded at PKN Gibsons Vol. 2, it's time to pack you bags and accompany Coralie Swaney has she takes you on a tour of New Zealand, the Tauiwi (non-Maori) way. Zissis Roubos is an Athens-based actor and director, and in this presentation (in Greek, from PKN Athens Vol. 3) he makes a case for improving the relationship between people and dogs, illustrating how we can better live with them. PKN Hamilton Vol. 10 Posters New today on our Tumblr blog are the two posters (with art by Gary Venn) that were produced for tomorrow night's PKN Hamilton Vol. 10 -- an outdoor event that got postponed earlier due to rain -- and the poster for the very first PKN in Launceston. PKN Beirut Vol. 12 Photos Today's collection of photo galleries from PechaKucha Nights the world over. Pictured above, PKN Beirut Vol. 12.

PKE in Mygdalhus One of the links above is to a gallery of photos for a special PechaKucha event that was held in the town of Mygdalhus, and here's PKN Aalborg organizer Annette Scheibel -- who was behind the event -- with a report on how it all went.

The PechaKucha event in Mygdalhus here in Denmark on May 23 went splendid! Aproximately 40 people attended the small venue -- the very active art-gallery Mygdalhus is driven by the artists themselves, and serves as a community house as well. Summer has hit Denmark, and we gathered the PechaKucha participants outside in the sun for a cosey network dinner organised by the gallery people After an introduction to what PechaKucha is, Claus Gajhede talked about his passion -- he organises adventure role-plays in the woods for children and for adults, and he explained passionately how role-playing can release a lot of potential in people's minds by playing parts, getting into storytelling, and just spending time in nature by the fire or doing all sorts of tasks. Street artist, illustrator, and computer play designer Lars Pank talked about evolving his art and the many layers of connecting different kinds of expression and storytelling through recognizable forms. Architect/artist and art gallery manager of the gallery in the lighthouse of Hirtshals (located beautifully by the ocean on the west coat) Søren Friis talked about his work, sources of inspiration through a long life work with geometric forms and light, and collaborative work on a big sculpture/installation at Aalborg's harbour with a Danish poet called Peter Laugesen. Art gallery owner Jens Guldsmed Thomsen made a very poetic speech about the meeting between art and viewer. After the break, artist Niels Fabæk presented the Nordjylland and Berlin-based art-streamer project CITY-LIFTING, and German jewelry artist Lioba Maria Solga shared her passion for tango with a short introduction speech, and then she danced to music and slides just changing colours -- with a broom!!! As funny, passionate, and unexpected people are, so can PechKucha show the variety of the human mind. Anders Budolf Andersen, a graphic designer, has tried to develop a graphic reward system for doing tedious tasks to make them joyful to do and shared them on a website and blog for free download. Finally, project manager Nikkie Dahm Breinholt told us about her ideas for BUNKERLOVE, an art-festival project in the leftover war bunkers from World War 2, located on the beaches of the west coast.

Calendar Tonight (May 29) sees PKN Saint-Etienne Vol. 9, while tomorrow includes the following four events: PKN Providence Vol. 38, PKN Jersey Vol. 1, PKN Tokyo Vol. 92, and PKN Hamilton Vol. 10. Presentations Doreen Toutikian thinks that design can change the world for the better, and that's what she hopes to achieve with her "Rethinking Design Through Cross-Cultural Collaboration" project -- see her describe it in this presentation from PKN Beirut Vol. 13. Sebastian Alvarez loves animation, and that could help explain how he ended up becoming an animator. He uses this presentation (from PKN Miami Vol. 14) to describe the main principles behind animation, and shows how all animated forms (2D, CG) can be used to tell stories in original and creative ways. PKN Aalen Vol. 2 Posters We found this Facebook gallery of posters for Aalen's past PKNs, and so have added a few of them (the ones we'd never seen before) to our Tumblr blog -- and that's the one for PKN Aalen Vol. 2 you see pictured above. We've also added the poster for this week's PKN Portland, Maine Vol. 19 -- next up for the city is the momentous Vol. 20! PKN Maribor Vol. 7 Photos Today's photo galleries, as well as an event report. The photo above is from PKN Maribor Vol. 7.

PKN Sacramento organizer Claire Obenson reports on the city's recent Vol. 17:

There were presentations from creative professions across the spectrum, such as a playwright, David Blue Garrison, host of the event, who showed posters of his work; there was Andrea Lepore, the creative director for a well known restaurant, Hot Italian, who showed her plans for a well known strip, called Del Paso Blvd; we had Melissa Magliola who showed off her new company, Compliment Rings, whose proceeds "give back" to the community; Veronica Delgado, the great publicist and Artist Agent showed off her endeavours and volunteering efforts; Famed architect, Owen T. Jones presented images about "inside versus outside" spaces; Dennis Dong, another famed architect and PK Night veteran presenter showed off his anonymous spaces and lastly, Marvin Maldonado presented images from his wife's new boutique, Gypsy Mobile Boutique, Sacramento's first mobile boutique. Overall, this was one of the most interesting PK Nights we have ever held and thanks to all who participated!

Calendar Tonight (May 22) you'll find your PKN action in Montreal (Vol. 22), Dnipropetrovsk (Vol.1), and Dundee (Vol. 3), while tomorrow (May 23) you can look to these events for some PKN satisfaction: PKN Prague Vol. 29, PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 3, PKN Leksand Vol. 4, and PKN Copenhagen's very special Vol. 20.


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