Here at PechaKucha, November represents a time to start reflecting back on all the creative people and projects that have fed our minds and kept our imaginations healthy.

Indeed, it's been a bountiful year, and with over 5000 presentation now online, we couldn't be more grateful for all the creativity that the PechaKucha Global Family has brought to the table. Seems it would be an appropriate time to give thanks by sharing some of the most creatively nourishing presentations from all around the world!

So without further ado, in monthly newsletter form, here's a full-course feast of the season's best PechaKuchas!

Bon Appétit!

"We are different, but we have something to share, like all of you ... I think the concept of love or empathy is not based on race or color or gender or religion. We all share this amazing feeling."

One of the biggest stories in 2015 was the migrant crisis from Syria and parts of the Middle East. Kyoto-based researcher, and Syrian national, Rodi Alkader, has been drawing his thoughts on paper for years, but as the crisis unfolded, his drawings became a profound way for him to deal with his emotions. In this very personal presentation, "Drawing Tells a Better Story", from PechaKucha Night Kyoto Vol 19, Rodi shares his family's situation and adds a unique voice to the conversation. This presentation was part of the special PechaKucha Night Huddle held in Kyoto in October 2015. 

"His often illegible, unreadable spreads taught my generation to break all the rules."

In "Tick-tock Graphic Design" from PechaKucha Night York's Vol. 9 event, “Inspired: What Makes York’s Creative Minds Tick”, Tony Beresford chronologically charts the things that have inspired him and the project he has cut his teeth on as a graphic designer as he has grown over time, starting with toxic crayons, to comic books, to album covers, to magazines and beyond. 

"We believe by doing this basic research in our lab that we can have new ways of preventing cancer."

In "Understanding Cancer" from St. Neots Vol 3, scientist at Cambridge University, Kelly Holmes breaks down what cancer is, why it develops and what laboratories, like the one she works in are doing to fight the disease.

"Blood is maybe redder than red, because of it's associations in art and in culture."

Tom Heatley
's presentation "Musings on the Colour Red" from PechaKucha Night Bexhill-on-Sea Vol. 1 opens with the most essential image of the colour red in photography: the safe light in a darkroom, and moves through a collection of images and wide ranging associations with blood, danger, sex, sacrifice, socialism and courage.

Our "City Focus" this week heads to Kyoto, where in addition to recently hosting PechaKucha's first annual national PKN organizer "Huddle," they held an incredible 19th volume on the grounds of a historical temple in true Kyoto style! For more details on the event, as well as a look at the full list of presenters, please visit the official event page!

Let's welcome the Italian city of Perugia' to PechaKucha by featuring their graphically mod poster for their very first volume! Saluti!! There are always great new PechaKucha Night posters to check out on our PKN Poster Tumblr and be inspired to make a poster for your next PKN!

This week the Pechakucha People Spotlight shines on Netta Egoz of Christchurch New Zealand, whose role as PechaKucha City ORganzier plays a key part in her community's "city-making movement''. In addition to PKN organizer and presenter extraordinaire she's also a community Lawyer AND spends her spare hours on the radio via RDU 98.5fm (Chch). 

"When we told [our production methods] to some producers, they didn't believe us. This is the sewing machine we bought ourselves to figure out how to do it."

In Adventures in Extreme Sewing from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 129, Swedish furniture designer Fredrik Färg of the design studio FÄRG & BLANCHE wows us with his daring feats of EXTREME SEWING as he pushes the envelope of industrial production methods using experimental materials to produce uniquely expressive pieces of furniture.

家具デザイン、工業デザイン、アートなど、多岐にわたるクリエイティブフィールドにおいて実験的なアプローチで次々と作品を発表し、世界中のデザイン関係者から注目されているスウェーデンのデザインスタジオFÄRG & BLANCHE。メンバーのFredrik Färgさんが、近作のユニークな縫製家具が生まれた背景を明らかにされています!彼らの制作プロセスは必見です!

"I often describe Tracball as a combination of tennis, badminton, soccer, basketball, curling, waterpolo, chess, and sailing." 

In "Tracball Heros" from PechaKucha Night Beacon Vol. 3, famed Tracball Legend Richard McElroy III stands in for Liam Goodman to (comedically) elucidate us on the fabled past and historical roots of the ancient "sport" of TracBall, shining a spotlight on the legends of the game (himself included). If you're not laughing by the time his story leads to a nearly fatal injury, after which McElroy was saved by scrapbooking (!) which unexpectedly lead him to a life of Tracball philanthropy(!!), you will be when, in closing, he coerces the crowd to sing him Happy 40th Birthday. (Performance Comedy at its finest.)


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