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“I have shared my deepest essence, my creative energy, and so the world is dream into being”

In Weaving for the Soul from PechaKucha Night Sunshine Coast Vol.18 , René Bahloo explains her special interest as an artist in the practice and philosophy of weaving, using natural plant fibres. She shares her knowledge locally through a number of weaving circles and facilitates transformational journeys to remote Indigenous Australian and African communities, for deep connection to land, culture, healing and traditional weaving. Her sculptural installation pieces have been present at a number of conferences and have also been discovered contemplating life, the universe and everything. In her presentation Rene shares her passion for connecting culture, womens' business, personal growth and environmental awareness into the weaving of her life, and into the lives of others.

We put this week`s City Focus on PechaKucha Sunshine Coast, Australia who just hosted their PKN Vol.19. Sunshine Coast’s 20x20 presentations are, bright, luminous, and imaginative, a reflection of their city’s sunny name. Visit their event page for some radiant presentations and photos! Don't forget your sunglasses. 

"The money, the things, the titles, the dates - they are all limitations the try to separate us. But we are one people, with one heart, and we are walking together."

In Kinship from PechaKucha Night Sunshine Coast Vol. 18Jandamarra Cadd shared some of his paintings, which depict aspects of the human condition and his vision of using art to create harmony, empathy, respect and understanding for all people. is an Aboriginal Australian Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Warung descendent, and an inspirational man with many stories to tell. With his vibrant and expressive portraitures, Jandamarra’s art is a powerful medium to bridge the story telling divide between Aboriginal and mainstream Australia. After enduring a challenging childhood, painting has been a way of life that has enabled him to express his creativity. 



A graphically creative light turned on for this poster for PechaKucha Night Sunshine Coast's upcoming Vol. 18! Head over to our official PechaKucha Poster tumblr view massive archive of more imaginative posters from PechaKucha Nights all around the world! Be inspired to make one for your next PKN!



PechaKucha Night Sunshine Coast sent us a fantastic poster, as well as a little post with details on their upcoming Vol. 16:

We are excited about the re-animation of  PechaKucha Night Sunshine Coast next week in Queensland, Australia in the retro, revitalising regional centre of Nambour and the creatives from POMO have designed an appropriately retro style poster.  

Animate – is about bringing things to life – injecting them with energy and action.  While many people might think of cartoon animation, the concept of animation can be performance, communities and places. Our presenters include artists, designers, entrepreneurs, environmentalists at the forefront of projects and activities that are all about animation in all its various forms. The first coastal Pecha Kucha Night on the Sunshine Coast was held in October 2009 and well over 100 folk have presented at these events. 

Tickets are now available online! https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/animate-PKN16

Animate is the theme for creatives to promote as they share their work at a special Pecha Kucha Night on Wednesday evening at 6pm, February at the Old Ambulance Arts Centre in Nambour. Nine presenters from Nambour and across the Sunshine Coast will tell their stories using the highly visual globally renowned Pecha Kucha Night format. Bookings: https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/animate-PKN16 

Michael Doneman www.michaeldoneman.com

Michael is founding director of Edgeware Creative Entrepreneurship. His presentation will focus on the meaning of 'animation' as the practice of an animateur, expressed in his case through the animation of small businesses, and such activities as the animation of social-cultural plant like the Old Ambulance Station, of which he has chaired the Board since 2014. Michael has considered the heart of his practice as 'social-cultural animation' for some years (after the French concept animation socio-culturelle),

Denise Daffara http://www.denisedaffara.com.au/

Artist Denise Daffara’s paintings began in 1999 as a celebration of fun and freedom to create her contemporary figurative feminine style. From 2009 Denise’s work has focused on her own journey of finding inner peace, self-healing with a sense and intention for meditative contemplation. Reoccurring themes include flourishing strength, courage and boldness. 

Hamish Sewell http://soundtrails.com.au www.thestoryproject.org.au

Hamish Sewell is the creator of Soundtrails, (to date eight within NSW), this process and the geo-located recordings connects people to places through stories. It is a mobile app platform allowing users to engage in a richly layered world of audio sound, on location via a map on their mobile device, (or via online). GPS triggered, the stories can be highly produced, and are drawn from the social, historical, creative and environmental narrative subsoil of a locale. Hamish will show how Soundtrails, might be considered for the Sunshine Coast region, the opportunities afforded, and suggested steps forward. 

John Waldron http://blueskyview.com.au

Director of Sunshine Coast based Blue Sky View:John Waldron is driven by the role’s Latin origins ‘to take care.  He is interested in curation for social change, designing and orchestrating opportunities to help people thrive, feel good, and in-control. “This presentation will include curating for social change and empowerment, in particular the Makeway Lab project initiative that uses creativity, technology and expertise to improve the mental and physical health of hospital patients with interactive and digital design and fabrication technology.

James Rose www.thekickproject.blogspot.com.au

James Rose is the founder of the Kick Project (TKP - one of Australia’s first dedicated ethical investment research providers) and a freelance journalist, media advisor, author and copywriter. TKP's aim is to animate communities and particularly young people in disadvantaged situations around the world who may be the victims of poverty, conflict and/or forms of prejudice. “The “kick” part comes in as we use sport, and particularly soccer.”

Robyn Brown www.robynbrown.com.au

Nambour resident: Robyn Brown is a Jazz singer and full-time Carer for her son.  A regular performer at festivals and jazz clubs, Robyn has a self-titled CD which has received national airplay and performs with national and international jazz stars. As well as her songwriting, performing and recording, Robyn is a sought after speaker for Carers and people with disabilities.Along with caring for her son with multiple disabilities, Robyn has been a Foster Carer for 14 years and has faced many challenges in these roles.  All of these experiences have taught her much about adversity and joy and have contributed to her passion for life. 

Matt Godden http://www.mattgodden.com

Matt Godden is a multi-disciplinary artist. His practice covers sculpture, photography and graphic novels. His most recent major project is The Metaning - a gallery-wall-scale full-length comic book, considered by scholars of Australian comics to be the first of its kind created & exhibited locally. This work evolved from a raised middle finger towards authority figures, into an articulated argument about the place of comics within the canon of mainstream drawing education. 

Robbie Murray      

Nambour’s Robbie Murray presentation focuses on her life pathway from a stuttering child to clear communicator  “The Art of Conversation”. Her community development roles show that strong vibrant communities create more opportunities for participation for Nambour and surround residents. Working and volunteering in local organisations including On Track Co-operative, CREEKSIDE - a collection of 5 disability services, the Old Ambulance Station, Nambour Community Centre and the QCWA, Nambour Event Calendar, The Drawn Together wall art project Nambour Together. 

Chris Collin www.funkybooks.com.au

Chris Collin is an author, presenter and managing director of Funkybooks Pty Ltd, a company he created for the purpose of publishing and promoting his whacky, rhyming Australian Children's books. His books include: Funky Chicken: A Bushy Tale of Crocs and Chooks, A Bug Called Doug, and his latest Funky Chicken: Chooks in Space He’s been shortlisted for the 2014 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards and is in the 2014 Premiers Challenge Reading List in Queensland and included in primary schools and early learning centres. Chris ‘animates funkiness to read for the joy of reading’.

Comedy TV in Turkey, a Primer on Schizophrenia, and a Teaser from Guatemala City

PKN Lausanne Vol. 8 Presentations Can Yücel Metin's presentation (from PKN Istanbul Vol. 14) is all about a comedy TV series called Aye, Thanks! that airs Friday nights in Turkey. He is an actor on the show, as well as a writer. Presented as part of a special PechaKucha Night that was themed on "schizophrenia," Philippe Conus is a psychiatrist who used his presentation (in French, from PKN Lausanne Vol. 8) to cover all aspects of the disease, debunking many aspects that are mistaken by many. PKN Azores Vol. 3 Posters Today's additions to the Tumblr blog include posters for PKN Azores Vol. 3 (above), PKN Sunshine Coast Vol. 10, PKN Victoria Vol. 4, PKN Norman Vol. 2, PKN Melbourne Vol. 15, PKN Perth Vol. 10, and PKN Buenos Aires Vol. 17, 18, and 19. PKN Toledo Vol. 2 Photos and video Here's a small photo gallery [Flickr] for last June's PKN Toledo Vol. 2 -- above, a look at the venue (Toledo Public Library). We also have a video to share, in the form of this teaser video for the upcoming PKN Guatemala City Vol. 2 (set for September 27). httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdUJMyaG5bY Calendar Tonight's (August 29) PKNs are the following: PKN New Haven Vol. 13, PKN Tampere Vol. 7, and PKN Providence Vol. 41. Tomorrow, it's a big Thursday with these 5 events: PKN Sevilla Vol. 13, PKN St. Petersburg Vol. 21, PKN Christchurch Vol. 15, PKN Xalapa Vol. 12, and PKN Nashville Vol. 8.

Poster for PKN Sunshine Coast Vol. 9

Poster for PKN Sunshine Coast Vol. 9 PechaKucha Night in Sunshine Coast Vol. 9 was recently postponed (now set for April 4), and here's more info from organizer Sue Davis, as well as a look at the poster that was produced for the event -- you'll also find the full list of presenters with links on the official event page.

Sunshine Coast PKN #9 was washed out last week when torrential rain caused flash flooding and several of our presenters were flood-bound. We have reschedule for next Wednesday. 4 April and have a great line-up including filmmaker and motivational speaker Toni Powell -- who founded the 'Heart of Gold' film festival and more recently the 30 day gratitude challenge. We also have producers for the online music sensation balconytv, artists, poets and more. Graphic design created by Evangeline Cachinero, a local visual artist and graphic designer.

Flyer for PKN Sunshine Coast Vol. 7 PechaKucha Night on the Sunshine Coast Vol. 7 is coming up next week (Tuesday, August 2) at The J (Noosa Junction), and as the poster reveals, the theme is "Green Love" -- you'll find the full list of presenters with links on the official event page. Here's a bit more on the event from organizer Susan Davis:

We are excited to feature some amazing presenters at our 'Green Love' PKN next week on the Sunshine Coast. We have an Aboriginal presenter, Samantha Martin, who is a great ambassador for her culture, as well as permaculture designers, green art practitioners and more. We were overwhelmed with expressions of interest for this one -- it seems that folks are certainly keen to share the (green) love!

Flyer for PKN Sunshine Coast Vol. 6 PechaKucha Night in Sunshine Coast Vol. 6 is happening tomorrow night (June 14) at the Nambour Civic Centre -- you'll find the full list of presenters with links on the official event page. Here's more on the event from organizer Susan Davis:

Following on from the global PKN Inspire Japan campaign, the Sunshine Coast (Aust) will continue with the 'Inspire' theme for their PKN #6 this Tues June 14. It's been a tough year for so many this year, beginning with torrential rain and floods in Australia to earthquakes in NZ and Japan with ongoing flow on effects. Some of our Sunshine Coast artists and creatives will share some of what inspires them and will hopefully provide some inspiration for others. Featuring Indigenous artist Jandamarra Cadd, landscape architect (and Japanese art lover) James Birrell, Empress of Weaving Rene Bahloo, sculptor and activist Greg Windsor, photographer James Ray, independent producer Kath Quigley, musician/artist Kari and Salt magazine editor Kate Johns.

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