Coming this Tuesday, April 23 to Kathmandu, Nepal is the latest and greatest PechaKucha evening of the region: Vol. 9!

PKN Kathmandu has a number speakers who advocate social change; there will be a entrepreneurs, designers, street artists, and wayward travelers. Please (don't) forgive us when we say -- based on this poster -- Kathmandu's Vol. 9 looks to be a hoot! 

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

This poster flew to us all the way from the remote valley-city of Kathmandu, Nepal. PKN Kathmandu hosted their Vol. 8 at the "cozy" Attic Bar about a day ago; with presenters including young entrepreneurs, writers, artists, a visual storyteller, and more!

Well, okay it was transmitted electronically but, isn't it more fun to think of a poster traveling by wind from country to country?

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

Art to Live By, Thoughts on Teaching, and Photos from San Juan

PKN Williamsburg Vol. 1 Presentations In 2010, Lori Jakubow launched her online store, Art To Live By. In the presentation (from PKN Williamsburg Vol. 1) she shares her work, and we get a behind-the-scenes look at the techniques and materials she uses, as well as what inspires her. In her presentation (in Czech, from PKN Usti nad Labem), Eva Mráziková talks about drawings she's done, and also shares her philosophy on teaching. PKN Orlando Vol. 7 Posters We have a few new posters on the Tumblr blog today, covering PKN Orlando Vol. 7 (pictured above), PKN Kumamoto Vol. 4, PKN Cape Town Vol. 20, and PKN Kathmandu Vol. 3 and 6. PKN San Juan Vol. 7 PKN San Juan Vol. 7 Photos Here's a photo gallery [Flickr] for last month's PKN San Juan (in Argentina) Vol. 7, and please note that the city's Vol. 8 is already scheduled, to be held on November 3.  Calendar Tonight (August 28) there are two PKNs on tap: PKN San Francisco Vol. 52 and PKN Buenos Aires Vol. 26. Tomorrow, you can look to the following three events: PKN New Haven Vol. 13, PKN Tampere Vol. 7, and PKN Providence Vol. 41.

Poster for PKN Kathmandu Vol. 5 PechaKucha Night in Kathmandu Vol. 5 is taking place tonight (April 2) at Attic Bar. Here's the poster for the event, and you'll find the full list of presenters on the official event page.

Poster for PKN Kathmandu Vol. 4

Poster for PKN Kathmandu Vol. 4 Kathmandu's PechaKucha Night Vol. 4 was held yesterday, part of the Nepal Cine Symposium 2011, and here's a look at the poster that was produced for the event. You'll find the full list of presenters with links on the official event page.

Poster for PKN Kathmandu Vol. 3

Kathmandu will have its PechaKucha Night Vol. 3 this coming Sunday (June 12) at Attic Bar, with the event kicking off at 18:00. We've heard nothing but good things about the previous events -- including a special Inspire Japan event -- and so if you're in the city, you won't want to miss it.


The idea of a presentation in less than 10 minutes is no doubt an appealing one, particularly for Nepali audiences accustomed to the blather of self-important personages with no respect for their time. Having ranted concisely on this point not so long ago, I was intrigued to hear of but disappointed to miss out on the first edition of Pecha Kucha Kathmandu in Attic Bar. I was happy therefore to be invited to contribute to photo.circle's presentation for the second edition last Saturday.

The format of Pecha Kucha, which is Japanese for 'chit-chat', is 20x20. This means that each presenter – and there are about a dozen per session – gets 20 seconds each for 20 slides, making for precisely 6 minutes 40 seconds. No politely gesturing hosts are needed to discourage over-running, as the presenter has no control over the slides he or she is presenting. The fear of being caught mid-presentation as your 'Thank You' slide beams out to the audience appears to be deterrent enough.

Pecha Kucha began in 2003 in Japan and has now spread to over 260 cities. Kathmandu's second edition took on an 'Inspire Japan' theme and included an incredible range of suitably inspirational stories from artists, journalists, photographers, writers and filmmakers. It was further enlivened by an auction of organiser Sujan Chitrakar and Chirag Bangdel's artworks, the proceeds from which joined with door takes to help fund the building of a school in Japan.

Of course, there are always good presentations and bad presentations. There is the risk of Death by Powerpoint, and inattentive audiences. And the format has unique challenges. It took some doing to squeeze the seven slides I was allotted on the book 'Hamra Hajurama' into photo.circle's presentation – in so many words, to distill my grandmother's three billion seconds of personal history into 140. And then you had American photographer Brian Sokol, who chose to sit in near-total silence as his brooding images of urban Japan cast light and shade on us. "Who'd have thought 20 seconds would be so long," he quipped.

But the inspiration was as much for the Nepalis present as for Japan. While those meant to be doing the most for Nepal stoop ever lower in their bungling, self-absorbed cretinism, to hear someone passionately describing a project that she has poured her creativity and intellect into is to hear the sound of hope. It goes without saying that there are many more Nepalis across the country equally deserving of such a platform to present their ideas to their peers. Pecha Kucha Pokhara's a shoo-in.

PKN Kathmandu + Inspire Japan

Even though the city held its very first PechaKucha Night just a couple of weeks ago, Kathmandu is indeed taking part in the Global PechaKucha Day - Inspire Japan event on April 16, with its Vol. 2 happening at the Attic Bar, from 18:00 -- you'll find more details on the official event page

Friends of PechaKucha

Friends of PechaKucha