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We are pleased to announce our fifth installment of PechaKucha Nights in Prince George, running in conjunction with the Prince George Mini Maker Faire this September. Join us as a dozen local storytellers share their maker stories as part of our theme. "I Made It!". Learn about the heart, the art, the triumphs and the failures that come with creation, craft and DIY adventures. 

The event is free and seat is first come, first seated. If you are interested in presenting at this event, please see our blog for more info.


The Mystery of the Missing of Toilet

@ VOL 3 ON MAY 26, 2015

How are is it to find a toilet in Budapest? Apparently, much more difficult than you might think. Join Steph St. Laurent on his gastro-intestinal journey through Hungary. Search for clues as to the wherabouts of the missing toilets along the way.


My Prince George: What it was, what it is, and what it could be

@ VOL 4 ON JUL 14, 2015

Greg Jonuk’s first view of Prince George was through the window of a Greyhound Bus. He quickly learned that, while the city may not be very handsome, it sure was handy. After 25 years since he first arrived in Prince George, Greg reflects on what we’ve lost, what we’ve gained, and what we can hope for in the future.


Conflict Isn't Boring

@ VOL 4 ON JUL 14, 2015

Canada is often thought of as a nation that is safe, accommodating, and apologetic. Some might even call us boring, but Andrew Kurjata argues that, our history is anything but boring. Instead, our nation’s dark and tumultuous history has largely been erased from the collective identity. Join Andrew as he explores just some of local history in the city of Prince George that challenges our boring narrative.


A Geography of Lheidli T'enneh Memorial Park

@ VOL 4 ON JUL 14, 2015

What’s in a name? According to poet Kim Stafford, there are no names, but stories. A place is a story happening many times. After a recent controversial name change to an iconic park in the city of Prince George, historian and teach Glen Thielmann explores the many stories of this iconic park. He reveals that the park is a meeting place for the transaction of forms, of cultures, of people, of ideas. It is a place where things become public.


Designing Identity in Prince George

@ VOL 4 ON JUL 14, 2015

Can communications design build and shape community? Designer Jean Chisholm showcases her work exploring the identities of her hometown, the city of Prince George. Can a small city like Prince George become a cultural icon?


Air Quality in Prince George (the past, the present, the future)

@ VOL 4 ON JUL 14, 2015

For decades, air quality in the city of Prince George has ranked as some of the worst in Province. Join meteorologist Dennis Fudge as he explores the trends in major pollutants over the years. Learn what “the smell of money” really is, and what pollutants are on the rise and on the way out.


Fort to Prince: The French Language Two Centuries In


Michel Bouchard grew up in a tiny french-speaking community in a Alberta, a province where french history is not widely celebrated or known. Later, he relocated to Prince George, British Columbia where the role of french history is even more ignored. Join of a Michel as he explores the fur trade era and the hidden role of french heritage in the region.


Mapping Prince George: Then, Now and Beyond

@ VOL 4 ON JUL 14, 2015

This wee charming story by Roger Wheate will show some examples of Prince George's earlier mapping, current depictions and changes, and future developments.



Seeking Presenters for PechaKucha Night Vol. 5: I Made It!

Do you have a story to share about your experiements in craft, art, building, manufacturing and DIY? Do you have what it takes to make a great story in 20 images x 20 seconds? We want you for our Vol. 5 event on Tuesday September 15, 2015 from 7pm - 10pm at the Two Rivers Gallery.
If you are interested in presenting,  please send an email to pechakuchapg@gmail.com with your contact info and the proposed topic of your presentation. Deadline for submitting proposals is September 1st, 2015, but presenters are often confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis, so get your proposal in early. Presenters are also be invited to share their story a second time at the Mini MakerFaire, held during the day on Saturday, September 19th
About the Theme: I Made It!
Our theme will feature makers of all types! It will provide a forum for storytellers to share their successes and failures building, creating and making. We invite storytellers to submit a short proposal for their story, in line with our theme. We are grateful to Two Rivers Gallery for generously providing the venue for this event.
About PechaKucha
PechaKucha is the art of concise presentations. The concept began in 2003, with a group of Japanese architects who wished to share their creative projects with one another without having to sit through long, rambling lectures. Each PechaKucha presentation is led by a storyteller who provides 20 visual images, shown for 20 seconds each, all together creating a six minute and forty second story.  A dozen storytellers are then gathered together around a central theme and showcased in one powerful evening through PechaKucha Nights. PechaKucha exists in over 800 host cities around the world, and Prince George is one of them.
Our local group is organized by Andrew Kurjata, Steph St. Laurent and Jillian Merrick. They combine their storytelling, story-recording, and community-building talents to produce the event, which is 100% volunteer driven with support from Community Futures Fraser Fort George. You may be unfamiliar with the PechaKucha format, but there are many resources available online to help you create a presentation. Browse the PechaKucha site to see examples of past presentations. Check out this detailed guide for hands-on instruction.  There are even PechaKucha presentations about making PechaKucha presentations. If you are struggling with the format, you can always contact our organizers directly for help. We have local volunteers willing to mentor and assist you in sharing your great story.
The creative and ever-evolving nature of the local group has established a few of their own traditions for the event. Firstly, everyone has a story to tell, and anyone can be a storyteller, as long as they have the courage and commitment to share their story in PechaKucha style. Secondly, the events will always be as barrier-free as possible. Audience participation is absolutely free, all ages are welcome to participate, and the group is always seeking accessible stages and seating to open up participation to all members of the community. Lastly, the event is always changing. Each event will feature a new theme, a new venue, a new storyteller roster, and a new artist to design the event poster.
PechaKucha Nights are a great way are a great way for the community to support and participate in the ancient tradition of storyteller in a modern, creative and barrier free format. We invite the community to join us on September 15th, 7-10pm at the Two Rivers Gallery for PechaKucha Night Vol. 5 in Prince George. More info can be found at pechakucha.org

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