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PechaKucha Night Manchester - A Year In Review

As we enter into the closing stages of 2017, culminating with our latest event, PechaKucha Night Manchester Vol. 20, we thought we’d take the opportunity to look back at the past 18 months since taking on the role of organisers of PechaKucha Night Manchester, way back with Vol. 14.

We wanted to showcase some combined and individual highlights and say thanks to all who have got us to where we are now.

Highlights

Here is a rundown of our biggest highlights. 

The Community

Simply put, Manchester has one of the friendliest, most helpful and supportive communities. Since our first event we’ve had so much love and assistance from people across the city to make our events one of the best in the calendar. From Daniel Thompson's sketches of each of the speakers to G . F Smith's constant supply of beautiful papers, we are indebted to those who contrinute their time and effort for the love of the event. We've met so many inspirational people working within neighbourhoods, art, design, cycling whose stories have excited and astonished everyone who comes along to PechaKucha Nights.

We wanted to pay tribute to those who keep coming along, giving feedback and supporting us in doing what we love.

 

The Manchester Moleskine

There’s no bigger testament to this community spirit than when a group of us banded together to crowdfund the bid that won the Manchester Moleskine book.

Jon Massey and Adam Stanway were our very first speakers, way back in September 2016 for PechaKucha Night Manchester Vol. 14. They told us of their two year mission to get Manchester's art community to contirbute their work to a Moleskine book with the aim of auctioning it for the charity Forever Manchester. In a nailbiting eBay battle, our group managed to secure the book. Everyone was inspird by the simple mission: that the book shouldn't be kept by one person, rather it should be gifted to the city and put on display so that everyone can enjoy it. 

Right now, the book is being exhibited at ‘Collecting Malcolm Garrett’ exhibition in Special Collections at Manchester Metropolitan University for Design Manchester. The exhibition is running until 23 March 2018. Go and check it out if you can.

 
 

The Programmes

Since PechaKucha Night Manchester Vol. 17, we’ve worked with local designers to produce a programme for each event. Each one has been a work of art. It’s been an immense privilege to work with people who have given up their time and provided their skills and expertise to stamp their mark on the event and support the PechaKucha mission. 

Shout outs to BGN, LJB Studio (twice) and Field who have created these stunning momentos. Also, a special thanks to WithPrint, G . F Smith and Foilco for their support with materials and printing.


 

The Wonder Inn

The Wonder Inn was a magical venue for us for PechaKuha Night Manchester Vol. 16. With its ceiling foliage, floor cushions and amazing staff support, we were transported into a serene paradise filled with fun and love. Unfortnately the venue closed down recently, much to everyone’s disappointment, and looks set to be redeveloped - RIP.

Good luck to the team in securing a new space!

 

Awards

We thought we’d flag up some key speakers who made their talks extra special:

Award for the longest PechaKucha

  • Tash Willcocks - clocking in at over 11 minutes, Tash’s talk started with her rearranging the audience before getting them to smile at each other using only their eyes. Her infectious enthusiasm and dynamicism throughout made up for the extreme overrunning...

Award for sweariest PechaKucha

  • Craig Oldham - he did warn us in advance...

Award for best synchronisation between a double act

  • Hope Mill Theatre - Joe and Will’s talk at our first event was an incredible piece of theatre - alternating between each speaker for every slide. No-one has yet managed to top it.

 

Meet the Organisers 

Who are the people who organised Pechakucha Night Manchester?

We're a team of around eight creatives and misfits...

 Kyle

  • What I do: I'm a lawyer and budding social entrepreneur with an interest in the use of space, food waste and helping people be the best that they can be.
  • Favourite talk: Matthew Shribman's talk on waste food and why people shouldn't eat meat was both profound and hilarous. 
  • What I would do a PechaKucha talk on: I've already done one on a previous photography project involving coordinates and a poloaroid camera. If I had to do another, perhaps something on OCD! 

Daniella

  • What I do: "'I work in Interior Design' - I just feel wanky saying I am one. Making decisions off of gut because I can’t live a lie and that’s landed me in some very lucky and challenging positions; I will do most things if they allow me to learn." 
  • Favourite talk: "In situe - Tash Wilcocks. First one that comes to my head, I believe she is at the forefront of innovation and constantly and consistently encourages creation without pigeon holing what creation should be. Upon reflection and listening back: Laura Jane Boast. Being in a quiet space and paying more attention whilst working, Laura’s PKN inspired me and I love her attention to detail and concept, the thorough process she goes through and to finally bring it back to refined simplicity is very good design." 
  • What I would do a PechaKucha talk on: "Career courage or anxiety or both because they are inherent within one another."  

Lis

  • What I do: "Stop motion animator/model maker"
  • Favourite talk: "Hard to pick as there have been some amazing ones, but if I had to I'd say Sam Jones' talk on Eric Cantona."
  • What I would do a PechaKucha talk on: "Persistence, getting knock backs and not giving up." 

Lawrence

  • What I do: "Fell into corporate purchasing as a day job after landing from a period travelling, but have a passion for all things fitness and health related." 
  • Favourite talk: "I cannot be definitive, as all of our talks have been so different with their own individual qualities, but Natalie Gray’s talk on how a holistic view on health and well-being can include design spoke to my personal passions." 
  • What I would do a PechaKucha talk on: "I have lots of pretty photos and cool experiences from a time working with huskies in the Arctic, so this would be my first choice."

Pat

  • What I do: Architectural assistant. 
  • Favourite talk: "Jon Gildea. Amazingly inspirational and upbeat in the face of extreme adversity."
  • What I would do a PechaKucha talk on: "It’d either be on the way in how the bicycle helped form the 20th century. Or how space exploration has affected our everyday lives." 

Thanks again to everyone who'se helped us out! See you in 2018.

Team PKN MCR

PechaKucha Night Manchester Vol. 20 - 'Future'

It’s a bit of a milestone for PechaKucha Night Manchester. 20 editions of our 20x20 event: 20x20x20, if you will. In order to mark the occasion we thought we’d have a gaze into the future and invite some of the best design talent living and working in the city to take on the PechaKucha 20x20 challenge: 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide, no stopping. 

Tickets are limited for this one so get in quick to avoid missing out.

Line-up

On the Night

The doors open at 19:00 and the talks start at 19:30. We'll have a beer break just after 20:00. The talks should be finished by 21:15 where you'll have a chance to mingle afterwards.  

Sponsors

Thanks as ever to our paper sponsors, G . F Smith.

About Texture

Texture is one of Manchester's top creative events spaces. We're looking forward to their multimedia offering!

About PechaKucha Night Manchester

PechaKucha Night Manchester was relaunched in June 2016 by a new team after an eighteen month hiatus.

This is our sixth PechaKucha following a string of successful events. We are indebted to the support of Manchester’s creative scene coming along as speakers and audience members as well as our previous hosts, SpacePortX, Ziferblat, The Wonder Inn, Neo, the Rapha Clubhouse and PLANT. Most importantly, thank YOU for keeping us going!

PechaKucha Nights will continue take place every three months at venues across Manchester. Our mission is to feature a high calibre of creatives, designers, artists and community projects from the city and the North.

If you want to know more:

  • Subscribe to the Manchester page on the PechaKucha website here:

http://www.pechakucha.org/cities/manchester

  • Sign up to the mailing list:

Mailing List

  • Follow us on social media:

Twitter

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  • Watch our previous talks:
 

PechaKucha Night Manchester Vol. 18 with Rapha was a great success.  One of te highlights was the programme devised by Laura Boast of LJB Studio made in conjunction with our friends and sponsor G . F Smith paper, foiling specialists Foilco and printed by WithPrint.

We're honoured to see the programme and PechaKucha featured recently in Creative Boom Magazine.

Have a read here.

See you at PechaKucha Night Manchester Vol. 19! Tickets available now.

PechaKucha Night Manchester Vol. 19 - 'Lessons'

We're going back to school for PechaKucha Night Manchester Vol. 19. Inspired by the start of the new academic term, we thought we'd focus on what lessons our speakers can teach us over the course of the evening. So if you've ever fancied learning how to be a calligraphist or wondered about whether we can or should love robots, or had aspirations of being a comedian, then this PechaKucha is for you. All of our speakers will be taking the PechaKucha 20x20 challenge: 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide, no stopping.

For Vol. 19 we're going to PLANTNOMA's latest development following the awesome Pilcrow Pub, now overseen by our friends, and PechaKucha alumni, OH OK Ltd. PLANT offers everyone the chance to learn a new skill through their wonderful array of free and cheap workshops. The only condition: whatever you do has to make Manchester greater.

On the night you'll get to play with ceramics and see PLANT NOMA'S drawing robot in action. Plus, we'll have Emma Reynolds who will draw your portrait in 3 minutes. And finally, our resident photographer Fiona Finchett will be presenting her latest exhibition on the wall space around the venue. So get down early to check out all that's on offer.

The doors open at 19:00 and the talks start at 19:30. We'll have a beer break just after 20:00. The talks should be finished by around 21:00 where you'll have a chance to mingle afterwards before inevitably heading across to The Pilcrow Pub for last orders. 

 

Speakers

  1. Joyce Lee - Calligraphist
  2. Chris Tavner - Comedian 
  3. Dr Scott Midson - Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Lincoln Theological Institute
  4. Matthew Shribman - Science Presenter, Innovation Consultant​,​ Musician and Tutor
  5. Rhys Archer - Researcher PhD student and founder, Women of Science
  6. Duncan Craig - Founder, Survivors Manchester
  7. Matthew Holmes - The Derelict Explorer
  8. Sue Platt and Robert Hamilton - The Society of the Spectacles

 

Thanks

Thanks as ever to our paper sponsors, G . F Smith.

 

About PLANT, NOMA

PLANT is a neighbourhood design studio. Inside you'll find woodwork, ceramics, and sewing, wood, clay, and cloth.

Through workshops, masterclasses and exhibitions in collaboration with you, the public, we hope to give something back to the city. Something that will make Manchester an even better place to be.

 

PechaKucha Night Manchester Vol. 18 - PechaKucha x Rapha

PechaKucha Night Manchester Vol. 18 - Rapha x PechaKucha

PechaKucha Night Manchester Vol. 18 is going on a tour! 

Rapha and PechaKucha Night Manchester are teaming up for a very special mini-PechaKucha as part of Rapha Rides, celebrating road cycling in the north west. 

Look out for talks by single speed cycle tourer, Markus Stitz, and others, all of whom are taking the PechaKucha 20x20 challenge: 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide, no stopping. The race is on. 

For the evening, we're taking over the event space at Rapha's beautiful cafe on St Ann's Square. 

Tickets are incredibly limited so make sure you don't miss out. As it's a mini-PechaKucha the tickets are a bit cheaper and because it's a celebration, Rapha are throwing in a free drink for all attendees! Not only that, attendees can get access to an exclusive 20% discount on purchases made on the night. Don't say we don't spoil you. 

 

Speakers

Markus Stitz - Founder - Capital Trail and Bikepacking Scotland and the first person to cycle the world single speed

Georgie Wood - Wood Wood Culture Club

Sean Sutton - Photographer, MAG International Communications Manager

Jon Gildea - Paracyclist for British Cycling and double world champion at the 2017 UCI Paracycling Track World Championships 

Holly Carter - Manchester Wheelers

Peter Butterfield - Butterfield Bicycles

 

Shout Outs 

Thanks as ever to our paper sponsors, G . F Smith the guys at Foilco for making our programmes super-shiny and With Print for printing.

Finally a massive thank you to PechaKucha alumni and awesomer-in-chief, LJB Studio, for designing our brilliant programme. 

 

About Rapha Clubhouse Manchester

Manchester loves cycling and with miles of spectacular riding on its doorstep in the Peak District and Cheshire Lanes it is easy to understand why.

The Rapha Clubhouse is spread over three floors in its home tucked discreetly behind St Ann’s Church. This is the only Clubhouse with a mechanic’s workshop. Upstairs is a café serving the finest food, coffee and a wide range of Rapha products and an exhibition space called The Gallery is on the floor above that, and has hosted many exhibitions including Bradley Wiggins’s personal memorabilia collection.

The Rapha Clubhouse hosts regular rides for both customers interested in taking their cycling to the next level and Rapha Cycling Club (RCC) members. Events such as film screenings, exhibitions and book launches are also regular features.

 

"Squirrelling is the opposite of being a velociraptor."

In Squirrelling from PechaKucha Night Manchesters Vol. 16, Rita Cervetto from Common Good talks about squirelling - an approach designed to help in the planning and preparing for a big project.



Hearts and thoughts from the entire PechaKucha Global Network go out to our friends in Manchester, UK whose city has been rattled by tragedy, but whose spirit refuses to succumb to fear. With their sold out  Vol. 17 on the horizon, the steadfast commitment to cultivating creativity keeps Manchester United! 


We put our PechaKucha People spotlight on Kyle Soo, organizer of PechaKucha Night Manchester for keeping the city's united spirit alive and well by providing some much deserved creative relief with their upcoming Vol. 17. From around the world, we're cheering you, your team, and your city on! 


"Embrace your weirdness! The weirder the better, I'd say."

Hear Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at Manchester Metropolitan, Graham Jones from Manchester's Loose Collective, as he talks about his work, imposter syndrome and Star Wars Lego in Lessons from Loose Collective from PechaKucha Night Manchester Vol. 16

PechaKucha Night Manchester Vol.17 - 'Journey'

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PechaKucha Night Manchester Vol. 17 - 'Journey'

Welcome to our second PechaKucha Night of 2017 and our first themed evening: 'Journey'.

Join us on Thursday 22 June 2017 at Neo, Bruntwood's newest workspace, for another night of insight, inspiration and intrigue. Remember, each speaker only has 20 images, 20 seconds per image to speak, no stopping.

For this themed PechaKucha, we have a mix of great speakers including campaigners, travellers, designers and entrepreneurs. 

So here’s the line-up:

 
And as a final treat, G . F Smith will be in attendance running letterpress workshop on the terrace!
 

About Neo

Neo is Bruntwood's latest workspace catering for developing businesses and entrepreneurs. It's located just around the corner from Piccadilly Gardens. Find out more about the space here.

 

About PechaKucha Night Manchester

PechaKucha Night Manchester was relaunched in June 2016 by a new team after an eighteen month hiatus.

This is our fourth PechaKucha following a string of successful events. We are indebted to the support of Manchester’s creative scene coming along as speakers and audience members as well as our previous hosts, SpacePortX, Ziferblat and The Wonder Inn. Most importantly, thank YOU for keeping us going!

PechaKuchas will continue take place every three months at venues across Manchester. Our mission is to feature a high calibre of creatives, designers, artists and community projects from the city and the North.

 If you want to know more:

  • Subscribe to the Manchester page on the PechaKucha website here:

https://www.pechakucha.org/cities/manchester

  • Sign up to the mailing list:

Mailing List

  • Follow us on social media:

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

  • Watch our previous talks:
 
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