“When one person…has the chance to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.” - Jaques-Yves Cousteau

Oceanographic Explorer Fabien Cousteau grew up in a very unusual situation in connection with the ocean. In “31 Days Under the Sea” from PKN Brooklyn Vol. 1, Fabien speaks about how he was inspired by Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to initiate Mission 31: a month-long research expedition conducted entirely underwater.

Describing PechaKucha as a mixtape of creativity -- as suggested by the above poster for Jakarta's PechaKucha Night Vol. 19 (held last week) -- is something we quite like, and it does indeed rightly describe the diverse lineups that you can usually expect to find at an event. For more posters and flyers, visit our collection on Tumblr.

For our City Focus this week, we'd like to highlight the fantastic presentations that made up last month's launch of a new PechaKucha Night series in Brooklyn (a sister series to our New York series) -- and mark your calendars, as Brooklyn's Vol. 2 is set for October 16.

For the third year in a row, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) hosts a special PechaKucha Night in Singapore, hosted by none other than the co-founder of PechaKucha, Mark Dytham. The event will be held at Moshi Safdie's extraordinary Art & Science Museum.

On comedy and math: “Why take something people love and introduce it to something people hate?”

University mathematics professor Cory Dumesnil is also into improvisation comedy. In “Improvometrics” from PKN New Orleans Vol. 13 he speaks about his efforts to bridge the opposing forces of math and comedy.

Great Britain’s economy of trade allowed the growth of many distinctive gardens.

Troy Marden takes us on a tour through England and its beautiful luscious green oases. In “The Secret Gardens” from PKN Nashville Vol. 13 he talks about the unique and sometimes odd gardens that can be found in the UK, and what inspired their creation.

Want a first-class ticket to the subculture underworld of Tokyo? You’ve come to the right place.

La Carmina is a travel TV host and blog writer, who travels the world seeking out the off-beat subculture of each city she visits. In “La Carmina’s Underworld Trips and Offbeat Travels” from PKN Tokyo Vol. 115, we see Tokyo is her favorite city because she finds something for everyone — from monkey taverns to Victorian dollhouse cafes. Come check out what La Carmina has discovered within Tokyo!

Many people think there is special knowledge required just to enjoy art. Are they right?

Yinka! focuses on inherent inaccessibility of art to the common man and how this trend is changing. Despite advancements in and best efforts of society, governments, educators, etc., there is still a widely held perception that it is something reserved for the rich and privileged. In “Taking Art Back” from PKN Markham Vol. 3, you’ll see: change is a-coming!

Emerging artists are rapping “about the struggles of women in Yemen.”

In her native Arabic and English, female Yemeni rapper Amani Yahya shares the trials and triumphs of pursuing her art against all odds. In “A Yemeni Female Rapper” from PKN Sana’a Vol. 1 she speaks about the support and encouragement she’s received from her friends and community, her rap style, and how she’s challenged cultural norms to do what she loves.

You ever think about where your flushes end up, or who handles it?

Sewage District worker Michael Mucha shares how wastewater is being transformed from invisible to invaluable. In “Why it is Great to Work in the Sewers - The Reprise” from PKN Madison, WI Vol. 10 he speaks about how passionate people not afraid to get their hands dirty are turning our sewage problems into priceless product.


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