Pecha Kucha Bemidji is excited to be part of Sustainable Tuesday at Rail River Folk School on June 23rd! The format is the same--each speaker will have 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds--and the topics are still delightfully diverse. We have 10 presentations lined up for you as well as some fun activities for intermission. Everyone is welcome!

Take a look at who will be speaking. You won't want to miss this one!

Rail River Folk School is located at 303 Railroad St SW, Bemidji, MN. The doors open at 5pm and the event starts at 5:30. The suggested donation of $3 would be greatly appreciated.

The PKN team would also appreciate having 4-6 volunteers to greet guests, direct parking, and take donations. If you're interested, please drop us a messsage on Facebook or email

“[Magazines] weren’t telling the stories of that were anything like my experiences.”

Photographer and adventurer Jon Heller speaks on his journey from hobby to occupation. In “The Adventure Bum” from PKN Bemidji Vol. 19, he speaks about how his obsession with nature and adventure magazines took him to new locales and exploits.

We're excited for our next event that's just two weeks away! For PKN Bemidji volume 22, we're taking some extra time to recognize our sponsors: Amity Graphics, Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon, Real Living First Realty (Noemi Aylesworth), Garden of Edits, Glass Doctor of Bemidji, KRLS, and Red Zest Design. Their behind-the-scenes support makes PKN possible in our community, and we appreciate all their time and efforts.

Today, we'd like to focus on Amity Graphics. The team at Amity supplies PKN Bemidji with all of our printed materials, including the posters and programs. It is wonderful to be able to showcase our poster designers' talents and our speakers' information with high-quality prints. Amity offers an array of printing options, promotional materials, and custom websites. They provide friendly (hence the name!), efficient, and thoughtful service no matter what your needs might be.

A big thank-you to Amity for your ongoing sponsorship!

You will be able to chat with many of our sponsors on Thursday, May 15th at The Sanford Center!

"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.

How far would you push yourself to realize your dreams?

Samantha Nienow and Rebecca Layman feed their inner desires to achieve as they train for the Half Ironman, a gruelling marathon that combines swimming, biking, and running.

In "Feeding the Achieve" from PKN Bemidji Vol. 19, they push each other through highs and lows and offer each other support as they strive for the same goal. 

"What is it about wine that brings out the romance of everyday life?"

Andrea Fricke poetically describes the wonders of wine. It has accompanied her through her most joyous, catastrophic, and dramatic parts of her life. In "Sip the Spectacular" from PKN Bemidji Vol. 19, a good wine can illicit heat and passion, but she encourages us to kick back sometimes, and just enjoy the uncorking.


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

Charles Greene III speaks on the most famous magician of all time: Harry Houdini. He goes into depth on Houdini's life, illusions, accomplishments, and the escape art that catipulted him to worldwide fame.

In "Houdini's Charmed Life" from PKN Bemidji Vol. 19, Charles shows us how -- like Harry Houdini -- we may escape from life's restraints and confined spaces, and become true escapologists.

Pecha Kucha Bemidji: FAQ

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 


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