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"It's an important and powerful time.  It's also an opportunity for us to re-write the book on how earthquakes go in developing nations."

In Himalayan DIY'n from PechaKucha Katmandu Vol. 13, and as part of our Inspire Nepal Inititative, Ben Ayers, a long term expatriate resident of Nepal tells a few stories about how locals organized themselves after the earthquake, and how the inherent resiliency of Nepalis will be the key to the reconstruction.

The Gods Are Amongst Us!




"Many of our temples came down. You know what this means, right? The Gods are not in the temples. They are amongst us!" As PechaKucha Inspire Nepal initiative keeps much needed attention on the recovering Himalayan Kingdom, compelling presentations continue coming in from PKN Kathmandu. Learn how to easily share your story about Nepal in the PK 20x20 way by visiting our PechaKucha Inspire Nepal Channel!


We're humbled by Kathmandu for rising so high above and holding back no creativity in that face of their disaster. Despite the circumstances, they went all out in producing this inspiring poster for their 13th installment of PechaKucha night! Check out our official PechaKucha Poster tumblr, and inpire Nepal through creativity in your city's next PechaKucha Night Poster!

Mad props to our PechaKucha Night Kathmandu City Organizer, Sujan Chitrakar, and all who joined to truly pack a house in the PechaKucha Spirit! They put on an extraordinary event and we'll be featuring their presentations in the coming weeks. Stay tuned! In the meantime, enjoy these photos from the event and dont forget to check out our PechaKucha Inspire Nepal Channel where anybody can contribute!







Blog by ~ Yajyu Manandhar


Inspiration. Fun night. People. Drinks. Art. Music. Truth be told, this is how we recall Pecha Kucha Nights (PKN). As an event, it is owned by storytellers and their listeners. To begin with, it was PKN vol. 13 and the general idea of the event continues to be a simple presentation where one shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds. “The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.” I believe these sums up the jest of the event.

Just a night earlier I had the glimpse of PKN’s poster on Facebook with an invite and next morning my friends dropped all my plans and got me in for PKN vol. 13 Inspire Nepal. One got me in, in the name of social interaction and rest seem to not get enough of PKN every single time. They were true in their own stance. Later that day, I spent the evening in Club 25 hours, Tangalwood with artists, friends and creative people. Following that, I walked in the club and stood in the crowd eying the stage, waiting for the show to begin.

In short the event went on with actual rock stars singing heard and unheard songs to the rock stars that rocked the stage with their stories. I dissolved in the crowd that cheered, whistled and related to the stories that were told. As time passed by I canceled my plan to leave early and went with the flow of the night.

Perhaps the earthquake stories overlapped everybody’s experience in the room and related accordingly. People clapped raising eyebrows every time good ideas and acts were projected in front of them. However they clapped harder and whistled louder when slides mocked politicians and foreign media (not that foreign in fact but I believe “what’s understood, need not be explained).

Supporting the storytellers and their stories we spent the night. In their stories we sang, prayed, chanted holy mantras, and in their tales - we drank. But it did not end there; the event had lot to offer with performance artists who staged in between the event. No stranger to the disaster, we sipped their performance all in silence followed by applauds.

I had my own moments at times, I got the jest of the show every once and while someone walked in the stage and shared. Also few ideas clicked me and few people inspired me. To mention, poster of the show read “Share-Inspire-Get Inspired”. To be specific on it, slides of performance artist Salil Subedi included folk songs, it reflected the whole idea of singing Nepali folk song. I grew a bit more realizing the idea. Also enthusiasm and views of presenters on the disaster we explored opened me up with brilliant interpretations.

The event ended late night with a performance art, but my night did not end there. The show had me in a special mood with friends and fun. As it was a fun night, I with my friends went for another round and took a road to a café nearby to acknowledge the night before we got our homes. As I just said, we were in mood.

By Yajyu Manandhar


Inspiration. Fun night. People. Drinks. Art. Music. Truth be told, this is how we recall Pecha Kucha Nights (PKN). As an event, it is owned by storytellers and their listeners. To begin with, it was PKN vol. 13 and the general idea of the event continues to be a simple presentation where one shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds. “The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.” I believe these sums up the jest of the event.

Just a night earlier I had the glimpse of PKN’s poster on Facebook with an invite and next morning my friends dropped all my plans and got me in for PKN vol. 13 Inspire Nepal. One got me in, in the name of social interaction and rest seem to not get enough of PKN every single time. They were true in their own stance. Later that day, I spent the evening in Club 25 hours, Tangalwood with artists, friends and creative people. Following that, I walked in the club and stood in the crowd eying the stage, waiting for the show to begin.

In short the event went on with actual rock stars singing heard and unheard songs to the rock stars that rocked the stage with their stories. I dissolved in the crowd that cheered, whistled and related to the stories that were told. As time passed by I canceled my plan to leave early and went with the flow of the night.

Perhaps the earthquake stories overlapped everybody’s experience in the room and related accordingly. People clapped raising eyebrows every time good ideas and acts were projected in front of them. However they clapped harder and whistled louder when slides mocked politicians and foreign media (not that foreign in fact but I believe “what’s understood, need not be explained).

Supporting the storytellers and their stories we spent the night. In their stories we sang, prayed, chanted holy mantras, and in their tales - we drank. But it did not end there; the event had lot to offer with performance artists who staged in between the event. No stranger to the disaster, we sipped their performance all in silence followed by applauds.

I had my own moments at times, I got the jest of the show every once and while someone walked in the stage and shared. Also few ideas clicked me and few people inspired me. To mention, poster of the show read “Share-Inspire-Get Inspired”. To be specific on it, slides of performance artist Salil Subedi included folk songs, it reflected the whole idea of singing Nepali folk song. I grew a bit more realizing the idea. Also enthusiasm and views of presenters on the disaster we explored opened me up with brilliant interpretations.

The event ended late night with a performance art, but my night did not end there. The show had me in a special mood with friends and fun. As it was a fun night, I with my friends went for another round and took a road to a café nearby to acknowledge the night before we got our homes. As I just said, we were in mood.



After the events of the April 2015 Nepal earthquake, the worldwide PechaKucha community has come together to "Inspire Nepal". The road to recovery is a long one, and you can help inspire regrowth by sharing your story of Nepal here. Get in touch with us via inspire@pechakucha.org


This week we turn some much needed attention to Nepal's capital, the historical city of Kathmandu for this week's City Focus. After being ravaged by the 7.8M Gorkha earthquake in April, which killed more than 8,800 people and injured more than 23,000, Kathmandu and the rest of the country is getting back on its feet. But our collective focus in needed. Check out our PechaKucha Inspire Nepal initiative to learn how to get involved and stay tuned for PKN presentations coming out of Kathmandu after they host their 13th Volume of PechaKucha Night later this week. 


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.

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