National Geographic diver Mark Addison has been swimming with sharks for nearly 20 years now, and runs a consulting company that assists in underwater science operations, filming, and photography. 

In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN Durban, Vol. 8), Mark insists that "no shark is a bad shark." He's out to change the conceptions of fear and misunderstanding surrounding these apex predators (the same classification that Humans belong to), and he's hoping his daughter, Ella -- along with her generation -- can work to minimize human impact on these animals.

You can see a bit more of Mark and his crew on the National Geographic TV show "Shark Attack Experiment". 

We're just under a week away from PKN Durban Vol. 9 (February 13), and here's a look at the fantastic event poster. You'll find more details on the Vol. 9 event page, or go to the city page to watch a few presentations from previous events!

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

Diving With Sharks, the Process of an Artist, and Photos from Bowling Green

PKN Durban Vol. 7 Presentations National Geographic diver Mark Addison presents (from PKN Durban Vol. 7) his love for the marine life of the Durban coast. We also meet his daughter, who is one of the youngest people to have dived with sharks. In his presentation (from PKN Hjorring Vol. 1), artist Michael Maguire walks us through his works, talking about the process required to produce each, and how they all tie into his vision. PKN Norrkoping Vol. 20 Posters PKN Norrkoping Vol. 20 was held earlier this month, and here's a look at the poster that was produced for the event, which is today's addition to the Tumblr blogPKN Bowling Green Vol. 1 Photos We kickstart the week with this photo gallery [Flickr] that gives a peek of what Bowling Green's first PKN was like. From the photo above -- of attendees, or possibly presenters -- it looked like a pretty fun evening. The city's Vol. 2 is already set for November 26. Calendar There are no events happening tonight, but tomorrow night (October 30) you can look forward to the following four PKNs: PKN Eureka (Montana) Vol. 1, PKN Grand Rapids Vol. 5, PKN Buenos Aires Vol. 27, and PKN Pittsfield Vol. 4. 

Durban's Popular Bunnychow Fast Food, a 13-Year-Old Artist, and Photos from Tokyo

PKN Usti nad Labem Vol. 2 Presentations Bunnychow is a popular Durban fast food, and it's basically a hollowed out quarter loaf of bread filled with curry. It has become synonymous with Durban and the large Indian community that lives there. In this presentation (from PKN Durban Vol. 7), Luke Comins and Chris Shappe share their appreciation for this flavourful meal. You wouldn't guess by the series of lovely images that make up this presentation (in Czech, from PKN Usti nad Labem Vol. 2), but they were all produced by 13-year-old Elizaveta Gvozdeva, who talks about the work that has come out of her art classes. PKN Hong Kong Vol. 12 Posters We have two new posters and one flyer up on the Tumblr blog today, and they are for PKN Hong Kong Vol. 12 (pictured above), PKN Salzburg Vol. 14 (and take note that Salzburg's Vol. 13 is happening tomorrow night), and PKN Usti nad Labem Vol. 3.  PKN Tokyo Vol. 95 Photos We'll have more photos to share from last night's PKN Tokyo Vol. 95 taken by our official photographer, Michael Holmes, soon, but in the meantime here are two Instagram snaps to give you a feel for the event -- on the right, that's Nooka's Matthew Waldman giving his presentation.  Calendar How's this for a busy Thursday, with 10 PKNs on the agenda: PKN St. Louis Vol. 10, PKN Leeds Vol. 13, PKN Logrono Vol. 7, PKN Guatemala City Vol. 2, PKN Vigo Vol. 1, PKN Santa Barbara Vol. 5, PKN Varberg Vol. 3, PKN Vladimir Vol. 8, PKN Portsmouth Vol. 12, and PKN Hanoi Vol. 5. Not enough? Here are the 9 PKNs happening tomorrow night: PKN Salzburg Vol. 13, PKN Des Moines Vol. 11, PKN Gainesville Vol. 5, PKN Sao Paulo Vol. 11, PKN Wellington Vol. 16, PKN Toledo Vol. 3, PKN San Francisco Vol. 52, PKN Delhi Vol. 12, and PKN Geneva Vol. 9.

The Work of Crofton & Benjamin Architects, Electronic Artists Eternity Brothers, and a Special PKN for Ekaterinburg

PKN Durban Vol. 7 Presentations Leon Conradie is an experienced architectural academic, who is doing his Masters Research on "The Work of Crofton & Benjamin Architects: 1955 -1964." Crofton & Benjamin Architects were prolific in the 50s and 60s on beachfront developments, and have designed many iconic Durban buildings, each with an Art Deco style. In his presentation (from PKN Durban Vol. 7), Leon gives us a tour of these buildings, and points out their unique quirks. Pavel Fila is an IT specialist, programmer, and also organiser of the "Šramlfest" festival. In his presentation (in Czech, from PKN Znojmo Vol. 1), he talks about Eternity Brothers, a local group of VJs and electronic artists, and shares some of their work. PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 6 Posters Today's addition to the Tumblr blog is the poster for the upcoming PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 6 (pictured above), which will be part of the The Second Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art, an important event on the city's cultural agenda. It will also be the first time a PKN in Ekaterinburg is themed, with all presentations tied to art -- below, more details on the event:

This time PechaKucha Night Ekaterinburg invites everyone to think about contemporary art during the parallel program of The Second Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary art. We wonder if there is some place for modern art in modern person`s life? You can tell there about your personal experience, projects, interests or ideas in the field of modern art. We try to find the answer if it is necessary to be an artist to make art? Do you make art? Does your art have a target? What do you what from contemporary art as a consumer? How are your projects connected with art?

PKN Singapore Vol. 5 PKN Singapore Vol. 5 Photos Take a look at last week's PKN Singapore Vol. 5 courtesy of this photo gallery [Facebook]. As organizer Jon Siegel tells us, it was a fantastic event with a great turnout (close to 300) and a terrific lineup of presenters. Above, a look at part of the crowd, and presenter Jon "Yongfook" CockleCalendar We kick off the week with tonight's (September 10) PKN Muscat Vol. 2, and tomorrow you can catch Toronto's Vol. 17. 

Celebrating Melville and a Creative Jobs Platform in Brazil

PKN Sao Paulo Vol. 7 Presentations Megan Whilden is a government worker in the city of Pittsfield, and in this presentation (from PKN Pittsfield Vol. 1) she talks about the "Call Me Melville" summer cultural program. In this presentation (in Portuguese, from PKN Sao Paulo Vol. 7), Tiago Yonamine talks about how he created Trampos, Brazil's biggest and most famous creative jobs platform. From its Twitter account to the new powerful website, Tiago explains how young talent needs a place to find work and how brands can take notice of their potential. PKN Durban Vol. 7 Posters Today's new posters on the Tumblr blog come from Durban -- for the city's Vol. 7, which is happening on August 22 -- and Springfield, MO, for tonight's Vol. 7. Notice Although the worldwide PechaKucha network never rests, the HQ does in order to replenish its energy, and hopefully catch a few rays. We will therefore be on "sleep" mode for the next two weeks, and won't be doing our regular daily posts during this time. We will still have two new presentations going up on the site each and every day, which we'll share on the blog as well, but for details on the PKNs happening during this 2-week period, please have a look at our calendar page. Calendar Tonight, Friday (August 3), you can catch the following three events: PKN Panjim Vol. 3, PKN Springfield, MO Vol. 7, and PKN Hakata Vol. 7. Then on Sunday, we have PKN Dunsborough Vol. 5 and PKN Beijing Vol. 21, and Monday has PKN Pittsboro Vol. 11.

The PechaKucha Warrior

It appears that some cities are lucky enough to have multiple posters to choose from when it comes to publicizing their PechaKucha Nights. Such is the case for Durban, with the poster pictured above by Stephanie Mackay not making the cut. Stephanie, we like it too.

Poster for PKN Durban Vol. 3

Durban is readying its third edition of PechaKucha Night, set to happen at the end of this month (January 28) at the Durban Art Gallery. Going through the list of presenters that appear on the poster -- you'll find links to some of the presenters' websites on the official event page -- it looks like the event will indeed be serving up a rather delicious "slice of your city."

Flyer for PKN Durban Vol. 2

PechaKucha Night returns to St. Mary's Church Hall in Durban for the upcoming Vol. 2 (October 8). The theme for the night will be "The City," which is also reflected in the event's flyer (above). As organizer Georgie Chennells explains: "we have themed it 'the city' and with it is Durban's famous noisy rodent of the air -- the mynah bird! --designed by Kevin Boyd, a local mynah lover..."

Flyer for PKN Durban Vol. 1

The latest city to join the PechaKucha Night family is Durban -- that would be city #208 -- and they already have their first event lined up: July 9 at St Mary's Church Hall. With the promise of nice cold beers, how can it not be a success!