"If it involves hanging upside down while trying to make my body imitate a pretzel, I'm into it."

Darci Thabes loves the acrobatic sport of pole dancing. In "Life on the Pole" from PKN Bemidji Vol. 19, Darci talkes about what the life of a recreational pole dancer is like, and we find that even those who have been practicing pole for years are still learning new moves. 

PKN Bemidji has produced some fantastic posters over the years -- something we also highlighted when the city recently celebrated its 20th edition -- and here's another winner, produced for tonight's Vol. 21. It was designed by Emily Krueger of Vine Creative.


Pecha Kucha Night (PKN) is looking for speakers for the February 20th event. Speakers give quick presentations that include 20 images shown for 20 seconds each for a total of six minutes and forty seconds. Topics can be almost anything that is family-friendly, including but certainly not limited to: hobbies and interests, historical events, art, travel, and athletics. If you're interested in speaking in February or at another event, please contact

The next Pecha Kucha Night (PKN) event will be February 20th at 6:30 at The Sanford Center. PKN is always free, family-friendly, and fun! Speakers give quick presentations that include 20 images shown for 20 seconds each for a total of six minutes and forty seconds. In the past, topics have included athletics, creating art, pursuing hobbies, traveling, and so much more. PKN speakers share ideas, spark meaningful conversations, and make new connections. Pecha Kucha (usually pronounced "pe-chak'-cha"), is the Japanese word for chitchat due to the lively conversation that happens during intermission at every event. You can find more information at PKN Bemidji on Facebook or

For Presenters

  • What file format should images be in?


You do not need to put your PK in a PowerPoint file! We assemble all the presenters' images into one file for the event.

  • Where can I find images for my presentation?

You can use your own photos, stock photography, your own illustrations, and any images you have permission to use or that are in the public domain. Here's some good information about images and copyright. If you have any trouble locating images for your presentation, don't hesitate to contact us at We can help!

Contact us with any questions and we’ll be glad to help with your images.

Please number the files in the order they should appear in the presentation. In the case of more than one image per slide, simply name them 1a, 1b, 1c, etc.  They are due two weeks before the event. 

  • I’m presenting and I am nervous. Help!

PKN audiences are open-minded, generous, and appreciative of your time and effort. Many of the people in our audience have presented in the past, so they know how you feel! Relax. You’re going to have a great time! Contact our PKN team for further resources and encouragement. We're happy to help!

  • What do I need to do before the big event (besides prepare my presentation)?

Fill out the biographical information so the emcee can introduce you. (This will be sent in an email.)

Send your numbered images to PK coordinators two weeks before the event.

Tell us your presentation’s topic and title.

  • When should I show up?

PKN starts at 6:30, but the doors open and the creative showcase begins at 6:00. If you are speaking, please arrive by 6:15.

  • What kind of microphone is available?

A handheld mic is available, as well as a clip-on lapel microphone and a stand microphone at the lectern.

  • What kind of podium/lectern is available?

We understand that this is being updated: TBD.

  • Can I bring visual aids?



PKN Attendees

  • What is the ticket price?


  • Where is PKN held?

The Sanford Center, 1111 Event Center Dr NE, Bemidji, Minnesota. Beer and wine are available for purchase.

  • What time is PKN?

Creative Showcase starts at 6:00, PKN starts at 6:30

  • I want to present! What do I need to do?

Email, Facebook message, or tweet at us!, PKN Bemidji on Facebook, @pknBemidji on Twitter 

  • When are the PKNs in 2014?

February 20th, May 15th, September 18th, December 4th


Prospective Speakers

  • What topics can I present about?

There are only two things not allowed: You may not sell a product or service, and you may not attempt to persuade the audience regarding your political or philosophical leanings. Everything else is allowed. Please keep in mind that the audience is our entire community—all ages and backgrounds--so your content should be family-friendly.

  • I have a friend who would be amazing at this event. What should I tell them?

PKN is a fun and friendly environment for everyone, no matter what level of experience they have in front of an audience. After you present at PKN, you will want to do it again!

  • Is this only for experienced presenters?

No. Anyone can sign up to speak at a PKN. Anyone. And our PKN Bemidji team is happy to help you put your ideas together.


General Questions

  • Is PKN a non-profit?

Yes! PKN is for fun, not for profit.

  • What is the cover charge/ticket price?

PKN is always free, fun, and family-friendly!

  • Who are your sponsors?

Amity Graphics, Red Zest Design, The Sanford Center, Kitchigami Regional Library Legacy, Glass Doctor of Bemidji, Green Janie, Garden of Edits, Blue Ox Marathon, Real Living First Realty. 

  • Can I be a sponsor?

Yes! Contact us for more information.

  • How did PKN start in Bemidji?

That’s a whole other blog article—coming soon!

  • Tell me more about Pecha Kucha International.

There’s some good information here:

The PKN Internation blog is another good resource for all things PKN:

And this great book is available if you want to read more.

  • How do you pronounce Pecha Kucha?

With Muppets, of course!

  • What tools are available for creating my own pecha kucha?

We have a worksheet that is very helpful for putting everything together. Our PKN team is always available to help you with your presentation. Just send us an email!

  • I don’t think I have anything to present about. My life is pretty ordinary.

Everyone has a unique experience and/or perspective to share about something. You can present. We would love to hear your story.

  • I would like to be on your mailing list.

Just drop us a message on Facebook (PKN Bemidji), Twitter @pknBemidji, or email

  • How many other PKN chapters are there?

As of January 15th, there are 727 chapters around the world!

There are two others in Minnesota, in Duluth and Minneapolis.

  • What is a Pecha Kucha Night, in a nutshell?

PKN is a night of short stories and good conversations! Presentations consist of 20 images shown for 20 seconds each. Topics can be anything including but not limited to hobbies, travel, athletics, science, history, art, cooking, photography, volunteerism, and on and on. Check out our YouTube channel to see many of the past presentations. (link)

Here’s PKN International’s FAQ.

  • Are you trying to sell me something?


  • Are you sure?

Yes, we’re sure.

  • Do you have any fun links pertaining to Pecha Kucha?

Yes! Check out these cool posters from all over the world!

Here’s an excellent article about PKN.



  • I don’t want to present a PK, but can I volunteer at an event?

Yes! We need photographers, greeters, artists for the creative showcase, emcees, poster hangers, and people to spread the word about this fun community event! Contact us: 

  • I would like to be in the creative showcase. Who should I talk to?

Jane Hastig or Heather Johnson. Send us an email 

Bemidji's Vol. 20!

We love it when one of our city's hits that magic Vol. 20 -- obviously a special number for us -- and the latest series to enter the 20 club is Bemidji with its event on Thursday, December 5 -- visit the official evente page for more details and the list of presenters. Huge congrats to organizer Samantha Nienow and her team! The poster pictured in this post was designed by Samantha, and includes a piece of the previous 19 posters.

Our next Pecha Kucha Night is a big one--#20! To celebrate, we will be displaying creative works with the theme of (what else?) 20!

Do you know someone creative? We're looking for creative works in any media! Please check out the details below.

  • One piece with the theme of "20"
  • Any type of art or craft that is family-friendly
  • Contact PKN Bemidji's Creative Showcase Coordinator ( or message Pecha Kucha Bemidji on Facebook if you're interested in participating.
  • Email us a photo/description of your piece by November 15th
  • Anyone can submit a creative work. You do not have to consider yourself an artist or have any sort of credentials. This is just a fun way to show off the creativity in our community.
  • PKN #20 is on December 5th at 6:30pm at the Sanford Center. Doors open and the Creative Showcase begins at 6pm. 
  • For more information email or contact us via Facebook or Twitter!

Examples of media:pottery, drawing, quilting, fiber arts, mosaic, performance, needlepoint, painting, graphic design, sculpture, woodworking, photography, mixed media, etc., etc. 

We're looking forward to the 20th 20x20! Hope to see you there.


Coming up this Thursday is Bemidji's Vol. 19 PechaKucha Night -- an evening many local Minnesotans are likely to flock to.

This poster was designed by the talented Alicia Cloose of Creative Pear Graphic Design. For more info on PKN Bemidji, or their Vol. 19, check out their event page.

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

PKN #19 is flying into town on August 15th! Join the flock at 6:30 at the Sanford Center. Doors open at 6pm, so come early to check out our artist showcase featuring Jane Carlstrom, Darci Thabes, and more!

Speakers include

  1. Holly Alcott: Why I read so much
  2. Paul Carney: up2U: Good-Bye College Status Quo
  3. Kendra Fuller: From Drab to Fab
  4. Andrea Fricke: Sip the Spectacular: Celebrating Life With the Perfect Glass of Wine.
  5. Charles Greene III: Houdini Pecha Kucha
  6. Jon Heller: The Adventure Bum
  7. Rebecca Layman and Samantha Nienow: Feeding the Achieve
  8. Darci Thabes: Bottoms Up!

Check in to chitchat at this real-life Twitter in beautiful Bemidji, Minnesota. As always, this community event is free, family-friendly, and fun. What's PKN? Read our blog article here, or just show up to find out. 


Poster design by Alicia Cloose of Creative Pear Graphic Design


Join us at 6:30, Thursday June 27th for Pecha Kucha in Bemidji! Doors open at 6pm at the Sanford Center, Gate 4. Come early to check out the artist showcase!

Pecha Kucha is, as always, free and family-friendly. 


  • Jill Bitker
  • John Centko, MC
  • Tove Dahl
  • Kirby Harmon
  • Scott Merschman
  • Jennifer Sanford
  • Lauralee Tupa

The artist showcase will feature Christina Thorne and more!

Drinks are available for purchase. Pecha Kucha is a free, family-friendly community event. We're excited to see you there!

Bemidji, Minnesota will hold their Vol. 17 this coming Thursday, April 18 at the George W. Neilson Convention Center. Here's a full list of PKN Bemidji's presenters:

1. Caroline Eggers
2. Ron Erickson: Cuba
3. Paul Ericsson: e-Resources
4. Ann Hayes: Thriving with MS
5. John Lueth
6. Jenny Lust: Chimney Swifts
7. Kimberle Nagle
8. Polly Scotland: Kayaking
9. Kevin Zepper: Prose Poetry

Also, check out PKN Bemidji's useful write-up titled What is PKN anyway?

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