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PKN Coquitlam Vol. 6 Coquitlam was one of the first cities to kick off the Global Cities Week -- its PechaKucha Night Vol. 6 was held on February 20 -- and here's a look at what the event looked like, with plenty more to see in this gallery. All photos were taken by Michael Lim. More...

Channeling Your Way to a Book Here's an interesting story from the The Tri-City News about a presenter at this week's PechaKucha Night in Coquitlam Vol. 4, Tina Fiorda, whose recent book was produced using a Ouija board.

"We are not of the physical world, but we know your physical world better than you do, for our vantage point is one that spans the physical and spiritual.” So starts A Book of Insight, written by the spiritual guides belonging to Coquitlam’s Tilde Cameron and Tina Fiorda of Burnaby — sisters who, over a three-month period, channelled 16 chapters about “wisdom from the other side” via a Ouija board.

Poster for PKN Coquitlam Vol. 4

Poster for PKN Coquitlam Vol. 4

The next PechaKucha Night in Coquitlam (Vol. 4) is set to take place later this month (July 25) at the Evergreen Cultural Centre and Theatre -- the full list of presenters with links appears on the official event page.

Poster for PKN Coquitlam Vol. 3

Poster for PKN Coquitlam Vol. 3

It may be June 1 in Japan as we post this, but with the time difference, if you're in BC, Canada you probably still have time to head out and take in PechaKucha Night in Coquitlam Vol. 3 -- it happens at the Evergreen Culture Centre, and you'll find the full list of presenters on the official event page.

Preview of PKN Coquitlam Vol. 3 PechaKucha Night in Coquitlam Vol. 3 is set to happen tomorrow night (May 31) at the Evergreen Cultural Centre -- a list of presenters with links appears on the official event page. The Tri-City News has published a preview of one of the presentations set for tomorrow's event, that of Coquitlam city councillor and family therapist Selina Robinson (pictured above).

Young Filmmaker Shines at PKN Coquitlam

Miranda Andersen We've had a few very young presenters participate at PechaKucha Nights before -- you may remember when we covered PKN Providence's Shae Janiga -- and here's another amazing young girl presenting at her first PKN, 11-year-old filmmaker Miranda Andersen, who presented at last night's PKN in Coquitlam Vol. 2. Organizer Helen Daniels shares this bio of Miranda which we post below, and here's also a link to a piece on her from The Now (where the photo was taken from). We're also very happy to note that Miranda is just back from LA, where she accepted a prize for her film on Mary Hagedorn.

My name is Miranda Andersen. I am ll years old. I made my first film when I was 9. It started as a writing project on heroes. Since my hero was local I wanted to take the project a step further and turn it into a film. After that, every Monday afternoon after school, my teacher helped me to learn about making movies using iMovie. It was entered in the My Hero Film Festival in California and I won. My next film was a short silent on the same subject, Ruth Foster (I worked with Ruth as a volunteer at the Mossom Creek Hatchery in Port Moody). I did this film to fit the criteria for an Earth Day Canada competition. It won a best overall award. Last year I sat on a film jury in Vancouver and entered one of my films at the festival as well and won best screenplay. When I was 10 I got interested in a scientist named Mary Hagedorn who is a marine biologist with the Smithsonian Institute who is trying to save coral using cryogenics. I went to Hawaii to interview her and she gave me a tour of the facility she works at and an interview. Then I worked at home on school days on my teacher's laptop to complete this movie. Next I made another movie on Mary for a whole different festival (Planet in Focus) and it was screened in Toronto - I even got paid for it. I've finished another short silent on Mary for this year's Earth Day Canada festival. I enjoy making all these films and I already have some ideas for future ones. I think of myself as a artist first and a filmmaker second. I take art lessons and love to paint, draw and do anything crafty.

PKN Coquitlam in the News

In the run-up to this month's PechaKucha Night in Coquitlam Vol. 2, here's a piece that appeared in yesterday's issue of the Tri-City News (and big thanks to organizer Helen Daniels for sharing the scan). PKN Coquitlam Vol. 2 will take place February 27 at the Evergreen Culture Centre -- see the official event page for the full list of presenters with links.

Poster for PKN Coquitlam Vol. 1

PechaKucha Night debuted in the Canadian city of Coquitlam a couple of weeks ago, and while we're waiting to see some photos from the evening, here's a look at the flyer for the event -- the list of presenters is also listed on the official event page. From what we hear, it was a terrific launch, with about 150 making it to the event, most of them experiencing a PKN for the first time. PKN Coquitlam Vol. 2 is already scheduled, set for February 27.