Guimaraes as Capital of Culture, Plzen's Urban Development, and Photos from Tijuana

PKN Tokyo Vol. 94 Presentations For 2012, the historical city of Guimaraes (Portugal) has become the European Capital of Culture. During this time, the city is full of hope, energy, creativity, and it is also full of brand new 6'40'' narratives to share. Active since October 2011, the PechaKucha Night Guimares experience has had so many stories, and in this presentation (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 94), the city's organizers, José Martins and João Rosmaninho, will introduce and chat about the Country, the City, and its PechaKucha Night. Bohdan Bláhovec's presentation (in Czech, from PKN Plzen Vol. 1) is titled "The Vision of Developers and City Municipality," and as a representative of an unnamed developer, he covers the vision of future development in Plzen. In just 6 minutes and 666667 hundreds of seconds he undresses the city and thus exposes its pure beauty. PKN Hanoi Vol. 5 Posters We have two new flyers to share today on the Tumblr blog: PKN Hanoi Vol. 5 (pictured above), happening this Thursday, and PKN Williamsburg Vol. 3, set for November. PKN Tijuana Vol. 1 Photos Tijuana held its very first PKN back in July, and here's a small photo gallery [Flickr] to give you an idea of what that event looked like. No word yet on when Vol. 2 will take place, but it shouldn't be too long before an announcement is made. Calendar There are no events happening tonight, but here's what's in store for tomorrow (September 25): PKN Bowling Green Vol. 1, PKN Birmingham Vol. 6, PKN Huddersfield Vol. 6, PKN Lyon Vol. 4, and PKN Nantes Vol. 4. 

PKN Barnsley Vol. 4 Presentations João Nunes is an architect, and in this presentation (in Italian, from PKN Catania Vol. 10) he talks about the challenges involved in working with landscapes. This usually means having to balance elements such as time, conditions, and the type of terrain, along with very different materials. In "A Rough Guide to Wakefield Kirkgate" (from PKN Barnsley Vol. 4), Sharon Shepherds shares a few ideas on what could be done to make the historic Wakefield Kirkgate station look better. PKN Manizales Vol. 3 Posters We've got two new additions to our Tumblr blog, including the poster for PKN Manizales Vol.  3 you see pictured above, as well as the two sides of the PKN San Antonio Vol. 6 flyer. PKN Hanoi Vol. 1 Photos We have quite a few photo galleries to share with you today, some from PKNs that happened a while ago (so not necessary from a city's latest volume). Pictured above, PKN Hanoi Vol. 1.

PKN Gothenburg We shared a report by PKN Gothenburg organizer Jesper Larsson recently (about the city's recent Vol. 31), and here's a follow-up on the topic of instant inspiration:

Sometimes inspiration travels fast. The day after PKN Gothenburg Vol. 31, presenter and sushi chef José Seruda went out in the city to find edible ingredients inspired by Klara Hansson who presented about "The edible city" the same night, and during the beer break served up a 'Kokoro salad' based on wild city plants. José's own hunt resulted in a brand new starter dish using Daisy, Garlic-mustard flower and Dandelion Leaf served as part of the omakase offering the same night at his restaurant Hoze. I'm guessing it's this kind of passion for experimentation with ingredients and flavors that might be the reason many consider Hoze one of Sweden's best sushi restaurants. Below is a video of Klara going hunting for wild plants in Gothenburg city on a previous occasion and within 30 minutes serving up a fresh mushroom salad. How has a PechaKucha presentation inspired you?

Calendar As we covered yesterday, tonight's (Wednesday, May 23) calendar includes PKN Prague Vol. 29, PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 3, PKN Leksand Vol. 4, and PKN Copenhagen Vol. 20. Tomorrow is a big Thursday (May 24), with the following events on tap: PKN Istanbul Vol. 14, PKN Seattle Vol. 35, PKN Helsinki Vol. 21, PKN London Vol. 6, PKN Kosice Vol. 18, and PKN Yerevan Vol. 16.

PKN Hanoi Vol. 3

PKN Hanoi Vol. 3 To conclude today's Hanoi coverage, we share with you a few photos from the city's PechaKucha Night Vol. 3 (as well as a couple of photos from its Vol. 1), and have a report to share from organizer Colin Campbell.

Our hope for PechaKucha Hanoi was that with an open approach and the inherent flexibility of the 20 slides x 20 seconds format we would be able to tempt some of the creativity lurking shyly in the corners of our city out into the open -- and so it has proved. Over the three events there have been almost as many styles and subjects as presentations. We have seen several Hanoi photostories, the outing of secret passions and several personal accounts of how and why people create their art, music, films and enterprises.

We have also, pleasingly, seen our presenters push the format in different directions -- we have had images with sign language, a single visual concept repeated, a bilingual pictorial poem and some musical experimentation. We welcome these innovations and look forward to seeing how our next set of speakers will engage with our growing audience (more than 250 at the last event) at our next event in May. We do feel we can do better in reaching out to different sections of the local community though. Our most important goal for PechaKucha Hanoi is for it to be a community event for Hanoians of any background or culture to share ideas and this is a work in progress. We saw in the last event two bilingual presentations and we hope for more of that from both native and non-native Vietnamese speakers. We owe a huge debt to our hosts at the Hanoi Cinematheque for helping us create a warm and homely atmosphere for the three nights we have run. By helping us to set up two screens, we have been able to offer different ways to experience the event. In the main room with the presenters or, in the courtyard closer to the bar. We will work on ensuring we have a plentiful supply of cold beer especially as we head into the summer for PechaKucha Hanoi #4 on May 17th and we hope to see another full house for what is already shaping up to be another eclectic and entertaining evening in the Vietnam Capital.

PKN Hanoi Vol. 3 PKN Hanoi Vol. 3 Below, presenter Cate Gunn at PechaKucha Night in Hanoi Vol. 1. PKN Hanoi Vol. 3 Also from PKN Hanoi Vol. 1: PKN Hanoi Vol. 3

Flyers from PKN Hanoi Vol. 1-3 We just shared the flyer for Hanoi's upcoming PechaKucha Night Vol. 4, but here's also a look at the flyers that were produced for the previous events, each one featuring a different view of the city. Above, the flyer for PKN Hanoi Vol. 3, and below, the flyers for Vol. 1 and 2.

Flyers from PKN Hanoi Vol. 1-3 Flyers from PKN Hanoi Vol. 1-3