PechaKucha would like to direct some much needed City Focus to our friends in Brussels during their time of crisis. Our hearts go out to our organizer there, Alok and his fellow countymen. In these uncertain times, we remain steadfast with you in knowing that creativity and community can overcome all things. Hang in there Brussels. Our thoughts and hearts are with you. 

Brussels in September is Design

In a month will take place the 46th Volume of PechaKucha Night Brussels. At Recyclart, in connection with Design September. Hundred of activities will be design-centric in September in Brussels. And PechaKucha is one not to be missed. In its diversity, in its hybridity. See you at 20:00 sharp, as the evening begins at 20:20 !

Sweden in Style Presentations Today's presentations were all part of a "Sweden in Style" PechaKucha session held last week at the SuperDeluxe 10th anniversary party during Tokyo Designers Week 2012. SDLX is were the first PechaKucha Night was held, and the Tokyo series continues to be held there on a monthly basis. Anton Alvarez introduces us to the Tread Wrapping Machine. Katrin Greiling shares some of her wonderful works inspired by recent travels. Gustaf Kjellin (of Don't Feed the Swedes) shares fond memories of SuperDeluxe and of his Tokyo adventures. Tove Thambert gives a tour of her work. PKE in Torino Powered by PechaKucha Today, instead of our regular Tumblr blog update, we highlight an upcoming "Powered by PechaKucha" event in Torino (on Friday), organized by PKN Brussels' Alok Nandi -- you'll find all of the details on the attached flyer.  PKN Perth Vol. 10 PKN Perth Vol. 10 Photos PKN Perth Vol. 11 happened just a few days ago, but here's a photo gallery [Flickr] for September's Vol. 10 -- you'll find the full list of presenters with links on the official event pageCalendar Today, another charged up Thursday (November 8): PKN Augsburg Vol. 2, PKN Shanghai Vol. 19, PKN Columbus Vol. 23, PKN Taos Vol. 8, PKN Milwaukee Vol. 12, and PKN DaytonVol. 13. Tomorrow, we have PKN Shanghai Vol. 20, PKN Oulu Vol. 19, PKN Las Palmas Vol. 8, PKN San Luis Obispo Vol. 18, and PKN Honolulu Vol. 16. 

PKN Mar Del Plata Vol. 2 Presentations Richard Groden is one of the founders of Island Sky, and in his presentation (from PKN Miami Vol. 15), he talks about its project to extract water from air and turn it into pure drinking water for areas where water is scarce or contaminated. Their goal is not just to produce drinkable water, but also to educate people on the important of sustainability in developing countries. Martín Várbaro is a plastic material artist who started his career by designing surfboards in Argentina, and later in more Latin American countries, including Peru and Brazil. As this presentation (in Spanish, from PKN Mar Del Plata Vol. 2) reveals, he also works as a scene decorator for theaters, museums, and public centers, and is now producing work in South America and Europe. PKN Las Palmas Posters We have no new posters to share on the Tumblr blog today, but that gives us a chance to highlight the beach-friendly poster from last week's PKN Las Palmas Vol. 7. Food Design Photos and report We've got galleries for two firsts to share (in Castellon and Augsburg), but let us also point you to this blog post from Core77 about a recent PechaKucha event in London, part of the International Conference on Designing Food and Designing for Food. It was produced by PKN Brussels organizer Alok Nandi, and the photo above reveals the intriguing "Carrot Pavillion." 

Calendar We're kicking off the week with the re-start of the PKN series in Bangkok, with the city's Vol. 5 happening tonight (July 9). Tomorrow, there's one event on tap in the form of PKN Huancayo Vol. 10. 

A PechaKucha Event for Kids Well this sounds like fun: the PechaKucha Brussels organizer, Alok Nandi, is organizing a special PechaKucha event (PKN Vol. 23) that will feature a full lineup of kids! There will be 10 presenters, and the event is set for May 6 at Claridge from 16:20 -- the regular PechaKucha Night Vol. 24 will take place that evening at the same venue.

The Power of 20 The number 20 is of course a special one for us -- it does form the basis of the entire format (20 images x 20 seconds) -- and we're always happy to see cities reach that special Vol. 20. Brussels is the latest city to hit the milestone, and how's this for a celebration of 20s: PechaKucha Night in Brussels Vol. 20 is held on November 20, with a start time of 20:20! Here's wishing Alok and his team a terrific event, and with already 400 people having pre-registered, it should be a memorable one. The photo above, by Rex Features, is from this article.

Tweeting PKN Brussels Vol. 16

PechaKucha Night in Brussels Vol. 16 takes place tonight (January 25) at Halles Schaerbeek, and not only are they already looking at a packed house -- 400+ have registered for the event -- organizer Alok Nandi tells us that they'll be live tweeting throughout the night (and inviting others to do so) with the following hashtags: #pknbru and #pechakucha.

Video Looks at PKN Brussels

PechaKucha Night in Brussels organizer Alok Nandi has sent us a heads-up that they've uploaded video highlights of volumes 9 and 11 on Vimeo, events that were held about a year ago -- you'll find them both on this page, but we've also embedded both of them in this post. The next PKN in Brussels, Vol. 16, is set for January 25 at Halles Schaerbeek.

Above, PKN Brussels Vol. 11, below, PKN Brussels Vol. 9.

PechaKucha Brunch in Brussels

PechaKucha Brunch in Brussels

The next regular edition of PechaKucha Night in Brussels (Vol. 11) is happening this Thursday (January 28) at Kaaltheater, but yesterday saw a special "brunch edition," held entirely in French (as opposed to the more international and English focus of regular editions).

Flyer for PKN Brussels Vol. 10

The next PechaKucha Night in Brussels (Vol. 10) happens November 6, and will be held as part of the Post-Flux digital art conference (November 6-8).