"One way of using public space is to misuse it. But the other way of using it is to actually be innovative, and there are a lot of fun ways to go about doing it."

In Kri Foundation from PechaKucha Night Chennai Vol. 9Namrata talks about how the Kri Foundation uses art to transform the city's neglected spaces. She shares on the power of art in revamping not only the physical walls of a city, but also the way the community uses it.

Inside My Green Book

"...because I wanted to convey the joy of being in nature to people I see. And that's when I was introduced to photography."

In Inside My Green Book from Chennai Vol. 8., an ambitious nature photographer and educator, K. Ramnath Chandrasekhar passionately shares a quest to connect us to the nature through photography. Hailing from rural India, and given a camera at a young age, he used photography as a means to better observe, understand, and appreciate his natural surroundings. Here he shares his experience of spending months at a time in the wilderness and how it informed his photography and appreciation of his home country. Lastly he touches on "backyard wildlife" a project he shares with school kids to keep them connected to nature.  

1. Identify a topic that you are passionate about. In the spirit of PechaKucha Nights the world over, we are on the look-out for people to come present something they love, their latest creative projects or work. So come along and share your passion or an interesting hobby or a photo essay or anything else you can think of.
2. Send a brief outline of your topic to the City Organizers at
3. Wait for a confirmation from the City Organizers. City Organizers have various parameters to judge if the topic is suitable for a general audience. Good PechaKucha presentations are the ones that uncover the unexpected -- unexpected talent, unexpected ideas. Some PechaKuchas tell great stories about a project or a trip. Some are incredibly personal, some are incredibly funny, but all are very different.
4. Once you receive confirmation from the City Organizers, go ahead and put together your 20 slides.
5. Send your completed slide deck to 24 hours before the event start time if you would like to retain your speaker slot. This is so that we can set up the slides to autorun and also ensure there are no glitches related to formatting, fonts etc. during the event.
6. Set up your profile on the official PechaKucha website. This mainly includes an email addreess, a photograph and a bio-sketch. City Organizers can help you with this.
7. Decide on appropriate tags AND categories for your completed presentation and send them to us at and tags offer an opportunity to increase traffic to your presentation which will be uploaded on the official PechaKucha website. If you are unsure of the difference between the two, categories allow for a broad grouping of topics such as art, photography, design, philately etc. But when you want to describe your presentation in more specific terms, you use tags such as books, publishing, minimalist, collectors' item etc.
8. Practise your presentation. Remember there is no 'go back one slide, please' in PechaKucha. And you have exactly 6 minutes 40 seconds to share your story.
9. Show up at least half an hour before start time at the venue.
10. When called to present, clear your throat and make that kickass presentation!

City Focus: Chennai

This week's "City Focus" narrows in on PKN Chennai, India, who is hosting their Vol. 7 this month, May 30, 2015. “If you want to change your city’s vibe, you have to do something about it!” says Vijay Anand, Chennai's PechaKucha City Organizer in this fun write-up from the local paper. If you want to embark on a new project that brings out the creativity in your community, follow Chennai's lead, and in the meantime, check out their presentation archive!

The Indian city of Chennai went for a typography theme last month for its latest PechaKucha Night (Vol. 6) -- view the full poster here. You'll of course find more great PKN posters on our Tumblr.

"Comic Sans is something very juvenile and unstable ... perfect for Justin Bieber."

Graphic designer Pavithra Ramanujam's latest obsession: lettering and stitching -- and comparing fonts to the rich and famous. In "If Fonts were Celebrities" from PKN Chennai Vol. 6, Pavithra matches fonts with the likes of Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth, and more!

PKN Chennai + Inspire Japan

PKN Chennai + Inspire Japan Chennai is taking part in the Global PechaKucha Day - Inspire Japan event on April 16, with the city's Vol. 5 taking place at the Madras Center. The poster -- portraying famous Japanese cartoon character Doraemon -- was designed by Skinny Zebra.

Poster for PKN Chennai Vol. 4

The next PechaKucha Night in Chennai (Vol. 4) is set for later this month (February 26), and will take place at the Madras Center. Presenters are not yet listed on the event page (check back later), but organizer Jim Nagae tells us that the evening will include graphic designers, photographers, poets, someone from the theater, and a doctor of preventive medicine who will be talking about his food blog. The poster is by Joint Family Design, who will be presenting at the event.

PKN Chennai Vol. 2

PechaKucha Night in Chennai Vol. 3 was held just a few days ago, and organizer Jim Nagae promises he'll be sending in some photos soon, but in the meantime here's a look at the city's Vol. 2, which was held back in July at the Madras Center -- the presenters are all listed on the event page.


Poster for PKN Chennai Vol. 3

Chennai will hold PechaKucha Night Vol. 3 this coming Saturday (November 20) at the Madras Center. You'll find more details -- as well as the complete presenters list with links -- on the official event page. PKN Chennai organizer Jim Nagae suggests RSVPing on the event's Facebook page if you plan on attending.