The PK20x20 format finds its way to the Charlotte mayoral race as candidates took to the stage showing their vision for Charlotte with 20 images each, and 20 seconds to explain each one. Organizers say hope the format will attract younger voters to the race. In a political landscape polluted with rhetoric and talking points, PK comes to the rescuse to distill political messages!

Here's a great new poster for Charlotte's upcoming PechaKucha Night Vol. 12, set for June 12 -- visit the official event page for more details. It was designed by photo illustrator and artist Melody Cassen.


Charlotte is readying its upcoming Vol. 11, and here a first look at the poster for the event, designed by artist/designer Susan Jedrzejewski, a key veteran member of the PKN Charlotte organizing team.

Charlotte organizer Manoj Kesavan passed this festive poster along to us in commemoration of their Vol. 10 PechaKucha Night -- coming up on August 29th!

The poster was designed by the talented Marty McKinney, check out some more of his great work here.

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

The Charlotte Observer has recently featured their local PechaKucha Night organizer, Manoj Kesavan. They go into detail on the influence PechaKucha has had on the community -- most especially its effect on cities without too many established platforms for creativity.

The PKN Charlotte organizer had this to say about PechaKucha:

“These kind of informal, almost alternative events, I think they all really click in Charlotte because it’s a big enough city but without too many such outlets, too many stages for artists to share and for audiences to experience."

For the full article, head on over to the Charlotte Observer. (photo credit: T. Ortega Gaines)

Creative Loafing, Charlotte, North Carolina's news and entertainment source on the web, has published a post on PKN Charlotte's recent Vol. 9. The event was held on March 21, and featured 11 presenters. Here's a tidbit from Creative Loafing Charlotte's rundown of the topics:

The Machine: The collective group of artists performed an experimental piece about human nature, the meaning of life, and the mystery of existence. Two ladies dressed as nurses cared for a man, fighting against his confines, and the scene closed with a chilling rendition of "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)."

Natalie Abrams: An encaustic artist (who will be an artist in resident at McColl Center for Visual Art in the future), Abrams shared her story about her hand injury and taking up art in different forms, including hot wax works and reef. She explores the relationships between different organic structures and the beauty found outside of urban environments.

Creative Loafing Charlotte has also posted a slideshow of photographs from the evening; take a gander at the full gallery. (photos by Jeaumane McIntosh)

Check out the post for a full description of the speaker's presentations.

Don't call it a comeback, PKN Charlotte has been here for years; and this Thursday evening they'll be hosting their long-awaited Vol. 9 at the Mint Museum

[The event] will feature some leading figures from our diverse regional cultural scene, and cover topics ranging from local food to science and technology in art, and include live performances of music, theater and dance.

For a full look at their list of presenters, check out their Vol. 9 event page.

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

PKN Charlotte + Inspire Japan As we've stated in the past, Inspire Japan-related PechaKucha Nights will continue to happen through the end of May, and taking part is Charlotte's PKN Vol. 8, happening this Thursday (April 28) at Amos' Southend. Here's a bit more on the poster, from organizer Manoj Kesavan:

We were playing with the “Viewmaster” idea before, but were inspired by "Inspire Japan" to make the whole poster a tribute to Japan. It is designed by designer Nikki Mueller whose creations have recently been getting a lot of attention regionally. Here is her story on designing the PK poster.

Poster for PKN Charlotte Vol. 7

Poster for PKN Charlotte Vol. 7

Charlotte is getting ready for its upcoming PechaKucha Night Vol. 7 (on October 1), and as organizer Manoj Kesavan tells us, it's going to be a special one.

We are working on a very special PKN this time: It will be a part of the 24-hour Grand Opening Celebrations of the new building of the Mint Museum. It's one of the oldest and largest museums of this region, and they are now moving to a new facility designed by Machado and Silvetti.

We will be having the PKN in the tall atrium (here are some early photos, but it is more impressive in person) and in addition to regular projectors and screens, we also plan on using a long-throw projector to project images on to the 5-storey curtain wall shades – so it will be visible from outside, as well as all the levels and galleries inside. It should be spectacular.

Maybe because it is a special event, we have had an overwhelming number of applications to present, so it should be very special content-wise too.

And here's more on the poster that was designed for the event.

For the poster & flier, as you may recognize, it is a typical Dale Chihuly piece (that’s not the real color though), and it hangs in the lobby of the museum, and its an image that locals associate with the museum. We also thought that it strangely related to the PK logo! The design is by well known local artist/designer, Marcus Kiser.

Poster for PKN Charlotte Vol. 6

PechaKucha Night in Charlotte Vol. 6 is just over a week away (July 16), set to take place again at the Dharma Lounge. The poster (above) is by local design Santiago Crespo.