"Keep Calm and PechaKucha!" says the capital of this week's City Focus, London. Having taking a short hiatus, PechaKucha Night London is back on the map and in full effect, so much so that PK co-founder, and once Londoner Mark Dytham joined their recent Vol. 11. Stay tuned for presentations coming soon! 

Good morning PechaKucha London,

This Thursday, 16th of June, we are hosting our third London PechaKucha at Protein Studios in Shoreditch, with special guest Mark Dytham from Japan. Mark is an acclaimed architect and the global founder of PechaKucha and is in town showing at the Royal Academy of Arts. Also supporting this special edition we have an amazing line-up of the following speakers.

We are happy to extend to our subscribers a discount code of PKN50, which will give you 50% off the £8 ticket price (£4) - please feel free to share this among your friends and colleagues.

The link to the event, including tickets -


Thibaud Hereman illustrator who specialises in creating architectural drawings with an incredible level of hand drawn detail.

Ronald Jones: an artist, critic and educator who gained prominence in New York City during the mid-1980s. 

James Poulter: social media leader at the LEGO Foundation.

Ksenia Zizina: a designer with a passion for all things creative.

Sarah Thompsonfreelance journalist, blogger and author. She writes for newspapers and magazines on themes including relationships, health and parenting.

Jonathan Gales: creative director and co-founder of Factory Fifteen. Jonathan’s work focuses on design and visual storytelling using film, animation and visual effects.

Marcus Bastel: a London based photographer originally from Germany, who loves to tell stories through pictures.

Harry Knight: Community Host at WikiHouse. WikiHouse is reinventing the housing industry by digitising the whole supply chain with the help of a global community.

Karen McPhersonMember of the Legislature - Alberta, Canada. As part of her commitment to contributing to the community Ms. McPherson has served as Secretary for Old Colony Habitat for Humanity.



In just a few days we will be heading along to the Geffrye Museum on Kingsland Road in Shoredtich for a wonderful evening of inspiring talks and we have now reached full capacity. The wonderful venue, the Geffrye Museum will be buzzing with 200 plus people!

As a reminder about what is happening on 12 May at the Geffrye Museum - 

This time around we have the theme "Home". It will totally up to the presenters interpretations of what they talk about - what "Home" means to them. With housing numbers and social housing a key concern for England's future; what the term "Home" really means is most definitely a personal perspective. Everyone has a different idea and varying experience of "Home", depending on where it is, who owns it, and what they do in it. Also, we think Home is topical subject for the month of May, given the mayoral election will have just taken place on 5 May 2016.

‘Home’ - a place where you long to go back to, longed to leave. Is it house, a yurt, a caravan or are you just a long way away from it. It is the one global thing we all share, no matter what our race, income or religion, we all want a place we can call ‘Home’.

Further the venue of the Geffrye Museum - the Museum of the Home, which explores the home from 1600 to the present day has also influenced the choice of this theme.

We can't wait to see you there!

Claire and Brogan

Pecha Kucha London


London is back up and running at full steam ahead into 2016. We are now up to Volume 10!

For Volume 10 we have adopted a theme - ‘Home’, which the speakers will have to get their tongues round. What does ‘Home’ mean to them from a personal perspective. ‘Home’ - a place where you long to go back to, longed to leave. Is it house, a yurt, a caravan or are you just a long way away from it. It is the one global thing we all share, no matter what our race, income or religion, we all want a place we can call ‘Home’.

Hosting this brilliant night is The Geffrye. A good choice we think, as that is exactly what the museum sets out to do, explore the home from 1600 to now. You never know quite where you’re going with a PechaKucha night, which is all part of the format, so come and have a couple of drinks grab a chair and settle in.

The brilliant LINE UP so far with 12 speakers on the night...

Tweet us @indytute or @geffrye #PKHOME

1. Peter York : “Peter is one of Britain’s pre-eminent social commentators, a prolific broadcaster and writer and co-authored ‘The Official Sloane Ranger’s Handbook’ in 1982.
Tweet @peterpeteryork

2. Kirsty Whyte : Award winning UK product designer. Product & Design Manager at HEAL'S
Tweet @kirsty_whyte

3. Will Rowe : Founder and CEO of Protein in Shoreditch. THE trend forecasters.
Tweet @protein

4. Charlotte Abrahams : Freelance writer, curator and editor specialising in design. Charlotte is launching a book in October on the ever so cosy Danish 'Hygge' philosophy.
Tweet @styleinsider

5. Anna Murray : The cult pattern pioneer, photographer and art director. Founder of Patternity, the world's leading specialist organisation dedicated solely to pattern.
Tweet @patternitweet

6. Holly Clarke : Airbnb Holly has been working for Airbnb for 2 and a half years, long enough to remember the logo being blue bubble writing. She's held many different roles and is currently heading up social media for EMEA.
Tweet @airbnb @hollyclarke

7. Sarah Thompson : Take a look at inspirational interiors in ex-council homes. Sarah is a freelance journalist and copywriter, a blogger and author. 

8. David Dewing : The Geffrye Museum. Director. Founded as a furniture museum in 1914, David has kept the Geffrye Museum's unique qualities while doubling its size and visitor numbers to over 100,000 a year, making it a beautiful, memorable and must-visit museum.
Tweet @geffrye

9. Future Cities Catapult : Solving problems that cities face by developing and testing new products and innovative services.

10. Reza Merchant : The Collective, creating better places for young people to live, work and play.
Tweet @collective_llp

11. James Fruzer : Parasitic Architecture. James has been awarded several International Architectural awards. Most recently winning first place in an international design competition for his ‘homes for the homeless’ design. His work has been featured from AD Magazine to The Architects Journal.

12. Andy Geezer :

13. Dominick Veasey : Associate Director, Nexus Planning. Dominick has extensive experience in preparing and analysing demographic and socio-economic population and household projections, particularly in relation to determining objectively assessed housing need.

Secure your £8 ticket here -

Note the £8 is put towards covering the cost of the evening and the Pecha Kucha Global Fund.

Feel good about contributing to the Global Fund and valuing what PechaKucha Nights bring to London! It's what ensures we can keep this website and giant network going to host and keep the spotlight on London's creativity. And at the pace we're growing, the Global Fund is the only way we can continue together so please keep contributing. A very big PK thank you to London for your commitment on this!



Embassy of Japan, 101/104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT

6.30 pm Wednesday 23 March 2016

This event is FREE but booking is ESSENTIAL (please see below for details) as spaces are limited.

Apply for your place at a special evening of presentations INSPIRED BY JAPAN using the PechaKucha 20x20 format at the Embassy of Japan. With a selection of the best Japanese sake and beer and shochu cocktails, this evening promises to be the best place in town for a pre- Easter break knees up.

Celebrating Japan and the UK, this evening’s speakers come from a variety of disciplines including architecture, design, food, music and theatre.

To register, please email 
with PK 20x20 in the subject, giving:


• your name • telephone number • organisational affiliation and title


within the body of the message. 
You will be sent a confirmation email with instructions for entry to the Embassy of Japan.




Happy to announce the upcoming Vol.9 is at full capacity!

Thanks to all those keen beans who secured their free ticket. For those who missed out watch this space for more events in the coming months.

See you all on the 22nd :)





This coming February, on Monday the 22nd come and hear local creatives present their passions using 20 images in 20 seconds.

PechaKucha (or chitchat in Japanese) is a creative style of presenting that was created by two Tokyo architects who were fed up with lengthy presentations. The concept has since grown and PechaKucha now runs in over 800 cities around the world bringing together people from all creative backgrounds.

PechaKucha London has been quiet for a wee while, but guess what baby - it's back!!

On 22 February 2016 we have a special collection of speakers from many different disciplines including science, art, design, nutrition, education, fashion, IT, and architecture. The evening will be held at The Book Club in Shoreditch right in the heart of creative London (

Link to register for tickets -

The speakers include...

James Fruzer, Architect, whose homes for the homeless was a real hit on Kickstarter

Filippo Polesel, Producer from Shorts on Tap, the award-winning London-based short film screening platform 

Sarah T Gold, Designer who transforms the potential of complex emerging technologies into things people understand and use

Tricity Vogue, Cabaret Artist, who recently went off with the circus for a month 

Kathryn Larriva, Urban Designer, on Community Led Intensification

Emma Bleach from the CBxchange, a not-for-profit public forum of building energy enthusiasts

James Geddes, founder of Geekzone an organisation that helps geeks to connect

Ellie Connor, Nutritionist, on the future of cricket flour

Ottavia Alieri, Graphic Designer from The Cass

Sarah Buxton, Organisational Psyhologist from The Observer Effect

John Ellis, a Blues guitar teacher who was in The Stranglers for 10 years


Interested in talking at a PechaKucha night? Please get in touch!!

Pecha Kucha London Series has a long list of New Years' Resolutions, so please keep an eye out for more exciting events throughout 2016.




Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email all queries through to


Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes! Just contact Claire at the above details and we will sort you out. 

See how London’s old industrial districts are transforming into live/work centers for artists and makers.

Executive Director at Pollards Thomas Edwards architects Andrew Beharrel speaks about the history of London’s industrial districts, and how they are slowly becoming cheap places to work and live. In “Out with the Old, in with the Art” from a special “Made in London” PechaKucha event held during London Design Week 2014, Andrew tells us how his firm is working to renew these historic buildings, and cultivate local arts communities.

“So we’re working with these small businesses, making a big impact.”

Holly Lewis from We Made That, goes into depth on what her organisation does to endorse local shops and companies in the greater London area. In “We Made That” from a special Made in London Powered by PechaKucha event held at London Design Week, we see that Holly’s work involves working with local businesses to  make them more accessible to the public by clarifying what it is they do, which in turn helps everyone.

The Heineken Pop-up City Lounge opened in London last month. The exciting new space is Heineken’s latest iteration of ‘social design’, a design exploration that went back to the drawing board and asked people what they really wanted from a lounge bar. Tens of thousands of crowdsourced Instagram images were submitted from across the globe, providing inspiration for Heineken, and the young emerging talent it collaborated with, to explore what lounging in the future could be like.

Designed to provoke conversation, this Pop-up Design Lounge is a place of discovery, with the aim of creating physical social networks. Visitors can experience a series of different sized ‘conversation cocoons’, providing spaces for small and large groups of friends to relax and enjoy their privacy, while at the same time, being in touch with the rest of the lounge.

A core element of the experience is the exploration of new serving and drinking rituals. Theatrical and extravagant bespoke ‘hoptails’ were on offer and visitors were able to experience the latest innovation from Heineken, The SUB®, a sleek, stylish home draught beer lifestyle appliance that has been created in collaboration with award winning designer Marc Newson. As an accompaniment, cuisine featuring some surprising flavor combinations is served at the bar.

Watch the Lounge’s first appearance in London here: