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“At the moment our culture doesn’t really allow us to talk about sex.”

Katie Cowan wants us to talk more about sex. And in “I Want to Talk about Sex” from PKN Christchurch Vol. 20, she goes into depth on reasons how sex can be a great thing, and how open and frank discussions about sex can only help bridge the void between men, women, and their partners.

“The church was empty, no one was sitting there, not even me. Nothing. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever felt.”

Cartoonist and illustrator Dylan Horrocks begins with his childhood desire to believe in fantastical beings. In “The Empty Church: My Year of Belief” from PKN Christchurch Vol. 20, he shows us how after years of Atheism, he decided to give belief a chance, and he surveyed people in an attempt to see things through their eyes. He soon found the border between religion and unbelief was much more complicated that he had thought.

Transforming post-earthquake Christchurch vacant lots into art spaces:

Urban Strategist Brie Sherow brokers vacant spaces for creative projects in quake torn Christchurch. In a city full of empty lots, Brie and the team at Life in Vacant Spaces help facilitate the short term leases of empty space to temporarily rejuevite sites.

In "The Evolution of a Vacant Site" from PKN Christchurch Vol. 19, Brie explains how one site over the course of 7 months hosted a wide variety of artistic and community projects.  

Poster for PKN Christchurch Vol. 20


Christchurch is coming up on its momentous 20th PechaKucha Night -- a volume number we definitely love seeing a city reach -- and here's the poster to prove it. For more details about the event, please visit the official event page.

"This is a story about a sad meerkat with a drinking problem..."

Improvisational comedian Derek Flores, accompanied by Katie Cowan on the piano, tells the fictional story of Jarvis the meerkat, who becomes enlightened one day, learning how to create his own joy through the power of the library. In "The Miserable Hour: the Time After the Time When All is Good" from PKN Christchurch Vol. 19 Derek is ambushed with twenty images set to music, and asked to spin metaphorical thread into comedy gold.

Cycling isn't back in style -- it never left. 

Richard Hayman describes his two passions: cycling and architecture. They may seem like two different ideas, but they have more similarities between them then people may think. In "Cycling is the New Black" from PKN Christchurch Vol. 18, Richard talks in more detail about the relationship between cycles and architecture and how both are a series of different parts that join together to make a beautiful whole. 

Do you know where the ingredients in your food come from? 

Local chef Alex Davies uses produce foraged and sourced from only the Canterbury region. Since working with seasonal foods, his menu changes daily depending on what he has each day. In "A Local Food Project" from PKN Christchurch Vol. 18, we see that Alex develops relationships with his growers and can always tell you the story of where your food came from that day. He now operates an open kitchen at a local cafe and wine bar called Shop Eight.

From yoga DJs, to motorcycle shows, to orchestral ensembles, to seasonal feasts, who knew a space created of pallets could host such diverse events?

The Pallet Pavilion was a temporary community venue made of repurposed materials such as packing pallets. The week before it was dismantled and recycled the two event managers of the venue, in "Looking Through the Pallets" at PKN Christchurch Vol. 17 Rafaela Bolanos and Rosaria Ferguson spoke to the audience as they sat in the venue about the diverse events that occupied the Pallet over two summers.

Beautifying the local environment will never go out of style. 

Liv Worsnop is the guardian of Plant Gang, a group that goes to abandoned lots and revitalizes them. In her presentation, "Making Gardening Cool" from PKN Christchurch Vol. 17, Liv speaks on how they clean the disheveled property, plant plants, and turn it into a beautiful zen garden. Plant Gang's popularity is growing and new business opportunities are flowering. Gardening has truly become cool in Christchurch.

Think no one can make you do anything?

Well, we bet we can make your mouth water! That's right, we're playing with your involuntary actions like Pavlov played with his pups (well, kind of).

Here are five meaty, food-related presentations ready for your consumption:

"From the Kitchen to the World" by Aram Reed

"Designing Cakes" by Mhairi Wild

"The Savory Month of Ramendan" by Jed Schmidt

"Molecular Gastronomy" by Nik Mavromatis 

"8 Things Designers Can Learn from Baking Cakes" by James Stockdale

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