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We head to the one of Europe's major metropolition cities, home to the iconic Sellfridges Building for this week's City Focus on PechaKucha Night Birmingham , whose recent Vol. 16 hosted a delightful roster presenters, sharing on topics about movement and dance. Check out these presentations and more from PKN Birmingham! 

Rocio Carvajal Cortés writes about her experience talking at the 12th Birmingham Pecha Kucha! 

Taking part on a multicultural, interdisciplinary and international conversation, meeting new people, new ideas and be surprised by the infinite resources of human creativity is what PechaKucha is all about.

As long-time fan, host and speaker I was excited to see the open invitation to participate in the 12th edition of PK nights in Birmingham, UK. It had been a long time since I last experienced one and it was in another continent, another latitude and I was involved in projects around urbanism and regeneration. Here you can see a sample of the works I presented years ago for a PK in Oaxaca, Mexico.

After a friendly and quick exchange of emails with Ben Waddington and Pete Ashton I was signed up to share my new projects on gastronomic heritage and colonial bread from Mexico. 

The impeccable organisation was only compared with the rather sophisticated venue, the brand new and dare I say already emblematic Curzon Building of Birmingham City University was a glamorous canvas for a night full of thought-provoking projects and interesting people.

It was a great experience and I’m ever so thankful to the PK-Brum team for having us all on the 12th edition. 

I invite you to believe in the power of open and limitless imagination; make things happen and share.

Rocio

Watch her talk: The Language of Food: Bread Stamping in Colonial Mexico

 

PKN Curitiba Vol. 1 Presentations In a culture where robots are everywhere -- whether as a toy, in an industrial setting, or as a movie villain -- it's good to have someone like DJ Sures, CEO, roboticist, and the visionary behind EZ-Robot. Watch as he shares (from PKN Calgary Vol. 12) his passion for robots, particularly the ones that are easy to control. With "The Art of Communication" (in Portuguese, from PKN Curitiba Vol. 1), Michelle Thomé fully embraces the 20x20 format -- specifically, the numbering -- as she covers effective and efficient ways of speaking in public. PKN Bahrain Vol. 5 Posters We've got a few new posters on the Tumblr blog today: the proper poster for PKN Williamsburg Vol. 1 (we shared the flyer a week or two ago), PKN Kingston Vol. 3, PKN Katowice Vol. 7, and the poster for tonight's PKN Bahrain Vol. 5, pictured above. PKN Bahrain organizer Mohammed Jannahi adds a few details for that poster:
The poster is designed by Bahraini designer Muna Yateem, who recently launched her brand HARAKA (a common word used by Bahrainis which means to wear or do something with swagger). The idea behind the poster is making fun of Bahrainis and their reaction when they hear and pronounce PechaKucha, some find it very difficult and its even funnier when elder people try to say PechaKucha. The great thing about this parody is the fact that PechaKucha has an audience from all age groups and the word itself makes it "special" in Bahrain.
And although not a poster, here's a look at the new logo for PKN Seoul -- the series has been on hiatus for quite a few years now, but is about to relaunch this summer. PKN Seoul PKN Nara Vol. 2 Photos We've got another fresh batch of photo galleries from around the web, and if you missed the live streaming of the recent PKN Edmonton Vol. 13, you can still watch the video here, courtesy of the Edmonton Journal. Above, the scene at PKN Nara Vol. 2. Links and press A pair of links (that second link is also an invitation to read more interviews with PKN Birmingham's presenters), as well as some press coverage. Below, a scan of recent coverage for Jersey's first PKN from the Jersey Evening Post. Jersey Evening Post Calendar After a rather busy week, the PKN network slows down a bit over the weekend. Tonight (June 8) you can catch PKN Cagliari Vol. 3 and PKN Bahrain vol. 5, and then tomorrow night (Saturday) look to PKN Cancun Vol. 5, an event that was supposed to happen last month, but got postponed due to bad weather (yes, you guessed it, it's an outdoor event).