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Haiti Reconstruction Channel

117 PechaKucha Night cities came together to raise money for reconstruction in Haiti on the 20th of February, 2010, just 4 weeks after the earthquake. Raising $79,000 for Architecture for Humanity, the money has helped build a school, which opened in November of 2011.

Architecture for Humanity Haiti
Regional Program Manager, Architecture for Humanity in Petion Ville

PAST VOL 2

Concepción @ Bar del Frente
Feb 20, 2010

PAST VOL 12

Paris @ Campus de la Fonderie de l'image
Feb 20, 2010

PAST VOL 1

Hanoi @ Hanoi Cinematheque
Sep 29, 2011

PAST VOL 2

Hanoi @ Hanoi Cinematheque
Dec 07, 2011

PAST VOL 3

Hanoi @ Hanoi Cinematheque
Feb 23, 2012

PAST VOL 4

Hanoi @ Hanoi Cinematheque
May 17, 2012

PAST VOL 5

Hanoi @ Hanoi Cinematheque
Sep 27, 2012

PAST VOL 6

Hanoi @ Hanoi Cinematheque
May 30, 2013

PAST VOL 7

Hanoi @ Work Room Four
Oct 24, 2013

PAST Urban Innovation Happy Hour

Toronto @ Handle Bar
Apr 30, 2014

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"Ballad Of The Lonely Fish"

BY DANIELLE DE PICCIOTTO + ALEXANDER HACKE
IN BERLIN

Danielle de Picciotto and Alexander Hacke are an American-German artist couple living in Berlin and New York. Painter, illustrator, filmaker and musician Danielle presented some of her drawings and images of the couple's latest tours and performances at our cosy PKN Haiti in Berlin. This presentation was a first debut of Alexander Hacke and Danielle de Picciotto's latest song called "Ballad Of The Lonely Fish". With Alexander being the lead guitarist of the legendary industrial rock & Avant-garde band Einstürzende Neubauten, we were extremely honored to have such a "piece of music history" as guests in our humble home. www.hacke.org www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einst%C3%BCrzende_Neubauten www.danielledepicciotto.com
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Reconnecting to the Universe

BY KINGA KIELCZYNSKA
@ VOL 16 ON DEC 15, 2009

Kinga Kielczynska disguises her sculptures, graphic and performance art as a talk about "a secret cult, that is trying to reconnect to the universe". Having lost the togetherness of man and nature, Kinga travels to energetic locations with other "cult members" to perform rites and exercises to be one with nature. The fact that they steal a lamp from the hotel lobby to channel the sun's energy seems natural. Sensual, profound and ... funny!

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Dosvelas Pictures- Smile & OPEN YOUR EYES

BY JESSICA W. LEUNG
@ VOL 8 ON FEB 20, 2010

Jessica Leung - documentarian, video freelancer, connector - about working with Pamela Anderson in Hollywood... to making an experimental documentary in India! www.dosvelaspictures.com
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Earthquake Figures

BY CHRIS SACKER
@ VOL 3 ON FEB 20, 2010

Chris Sacker bangs his head 3 times on the table... and starts talking and counting.

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The Hepworth Wakefield gallery

BY SIMON WALLIS
@ VOL 3 ON FEB 20, 2010

Simon Wallis - the first director of The Hepworth Wakefield - talks about the new prestigious art gallery in Yorkshire. www.hepworthwakefield.com
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Clowns Without Borders

BY BRUCE MACPHAIL
@ VOL 11 ON FEB 19, 2010

Bruce Macphail is the project manager for the American chapter of Clowns Without Borders, and in his presentation he discusses the CWB's mission to offer laughter and relieve suffering for all who live in areas of crisis, especially children.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 18, 2013.

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PechaKucha Global Events

BY MARK DYTHAM
@ VOL 90 ON MAR 28, 2012

PechaKucha co-founder Mark Dytham gives a presentation about all of the global events that have helped bring the PK network together three times now, first for Haiti, then for Japan, and recently to celebrate each PK city. This presentation is in English.

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A Spanish Hotel in Hanoi

BY EL FABRICANTE DE ESPHERAS
@ VOL 13 ON MAR 28, 2012

El Fabricante de Espheras talk about one of their projects in which they were tasked to redesign a Spanish hotel in Hanoi -- it opened in May of last year. The concept was based on bamboo, and they used aspects of traditional Vietnamese culture for the design. The new interior is very restrained and "quiet," especially compared to the loudness seen outside on the streets of Hanoi. In the presentation, they also cover how they worked together with the Vietnamese, surmounting difficulties in communication. (in Spanish)
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Encounter with Den Houter

BY DAAN DEN HOUTER
@ VOL 6 ON MAY 23, 2013

Den Houter brings multiple, contradictory, subjects together in the same single work. Resulting into pieces that are in conflict with themselves. Triggering the discussion about their own existence and the viewers opinion.
Using humor and cynicism he creates another perspective on the matter of art and ones own assumptions towards our daily life surroundings.

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You and Your Bad Habits: Why it's not all Your Fault

BY KELLEY AMADEI
@ VOL 7 ON AUG 28, 2014

Kelley Amadei (SparkShift) has lots of bad habits. Habit is a word we toss around, but habits, as she says, are very personal. Here Kelley speaks about the research she has done to understand why our brains are constantly seeking the satisfaction of bad habits.

"Presentation of the Day" on September 11, 2014.

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PechaKucha for Haiti

We've all been seeing the terrible images coming from Haiti following the tragic earthquake that hit the nation earlier this month, and we can assure you that everyone here at team PechaKucha is readying something that we hope will help with the reconstruction efforts. The full project will be announced this Wednesday both at the scheduled PechaKucha Night in Tokyo, and by Cameron Sinclair of Architecture for Humanity at the World Economic Forum in Davos -- and you can bet that we'll be covering it here as well, so check back then for more details.

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PKN Bali for Haiti

The "PechaKucha Global Night for Haiti" will be a true community event, bringing together as many of the PKN cities as possible on one day (February 20). The organizers of PKN Bali were among the first to pledge their support, and here's a look at the poster they've put together for the event. Note that the venue is still to be announced.

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PKN Gothenburg + Haiti

Gothenburg will be supporting the Haiti efforts in a number of ways. Although a proper event will not be held on the 20th, they will be participating in the PechaKucha Wave with a special presentation: "20 things you can do to help Haiti." Then, on the 23rd, PKN Gothenburg Vol. 18 will include special presentations on how to help in Haiti, and include a fundraiser as well. Make sure to visit this page for more details on everything.

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PKN Nagoya + Haiti

Nagoya will be hosting an event during the "Global PechaKucha Night for Haiti," to be held at the Like Air + Water venue, from 18:00. See the poster above for more details.

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PKN Madrid for Haiti

Continuing with our series of event reviews from this past Saturday's "PechaKucha for Haiti" events, here's a look at the very cool venue that hosted Madrid's PKN, which was also the city's Vol. 8. We've selected a few photos to share, but there's a lot more to see in this Flickr photoset.

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PKN Haiti Event on Ustream

We've already posted details about tonight's (May 8) special PechaKucha Night for Haiti "thank you" event with Cameron Sinclair, but let us also add that the whole thing will be broadcast live over Ustream. It all happens here, and we'll go live from 19:45 Tokyo Time.

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PKN Hanoi Vol. 3

To conclude today's Hanoi coverage, we share with you a few photos from the city's PechaKucha Night Vol. 3 (as well as a couple of photos from its Vol. 1), and have a report to share from organizer Colin Campbell.Our hope for PechaKucha Hanoi was that with an open approach and the inherent flexibility of the 20 slides x 20 seconds format we would be able to tempt some of the creativity lurking shyly in the corners of our city out into the open -- and so it has proved. Over the three events there have been almost as many styles and subjects as presentations. We have seen several Hanoi photostories, the outing of secret passions and several personal accounts of how and why people create their art, music, films and enterprises.We have also, pleasingly, seen our presenters push the format in different directions -- we have had images with sign language, a single visual concept repeated, a bilingual pictorial poem and some musical experimentation. We welcome these innovations and look forward to seeing how our next set of speakers will engage with our growing audience (more than 250 at the last event) at our next event in May. We do feel we can do better in reaching out to different sections of the local community though. Our most important goal for PechaKucha Hanoi is for it to be a community event for Hanoians of any background or culture to share ideas and this is a work in progress. We saw in the last event two bilingual presentations and we hope for more of that from both native and non-native Vietnamese speakers. We owe a huge debt to our hosts at the Hanoi Cinematheque for helping us create a warm and homely atmosphere for the three nights we have run. By helping us to set up two screens, we have been able to offer different ways to experience the event. In the main room with the presenters or, in the courtyard closer to the bar. We will work on ensuring we have a plentiful supply of cold beer especially as we head into the summer for PechaKucha Hanoi #4 on May 17th and we hope to see another full house for what is already shaping up to be another eclectic and entertaining evening in the Vietnam Capital. Below, presenter Cate Gunn at PechaKucha Night in Hanoi Vol. 1. Also from PKN Hanoi Vol. 1:

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A Guide to Landscapes, Improving a Train Station, and Rampant Inspiration in Gothenburg

Presentations João Nunes is an architect, and in this presentation (in Italian, from PKN Catania Vol. 10) he talks about the challenges involved in working with landscapes. This usually means having to balance elements such as time, conditions, and the type of terrain, along with very different materials. In "A Rough Guide to Wakefield Kirkgate" (from PKN Barnsley Vol. 4), Sharon Shepherds shares a few ideas on what could be done to make the historic Wakefield Kirkgate station look better. Posters We've got two new additions to our Tumblr blog, including the poster for PKN Manizales Vol.  3 you see pictured above, as well as the two sides of the PKN San Antonio Vol. 6 flyer. Photos We have quite a few photo galleries to share with you today, some from PKNs that happened a while ago (so not necessary from a city's latest volume). Pictured above, PKN Hanoi Vol. 1.PKN Manizales Vol. 2 [Flickr]PKN Sao Paulo Vol. 9 [Flickr]PKN Marseille Vol. 17 [Facebook]PKN Catania Vol. 6 [Flickr]PKN Albury-Wodonga Vol. 1 [Flickr]PKN Hanoi Vol. 1 [Flickr] We shared a report by PKN Gothenburg organizer Jesper Larsson recently (about the city's recent Vol. 31), and here's a follow-up on the topic of instant inspiration:Sometimes inspiration travels fast. The day after PKN Gothenburg Vol. 31, presenter and sushi chef José Seruda went out in the city to find edible ingredients inspired by Klara Hansson who presented about "The edible city" the same night, and during the beer break served up a 'Kokoro salad' based on wild city plants. José's own hunt resulted in a brand new starter dish using Daisy, Garlic-mustard flower and Dandelion Leaf served as part of the omakase offering the same night at his restaurant Hoze. I'm guessing it's this kind of passion for experimentation with ingredients and flavors that might be the reason many consider Hoze one of Sweden's best sushi restaurants. Below is a video of Klara going hunting for wild plants in Gothenburg city on a previous occasion and within 30 minutes serving up a fresh mushroom salad. How has a PechaKucha presentation inspired you? Calendar As we covered yesterday, tonight's (Wednesday, May 23) calendar includes PKN Prague Vol. 29, PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 3, PKN Leksand Vol. 4, and PKN Copenhagen Vol. 20. Tomorrow is a big Thursday (May 24), with the following events on tap: PKN Istanbul Vol. 14, PKN Seattle Vol. 35, PKN Helsinki Vol. 21, PKN London Vol. 6, PKN Kosice Vol. 18, and PKN Yerevan Vol. 16.

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Guimaraes as Capital of Culture, Plzen's Urban Development, and Photos from Tijuana

Presentations For 2012, the historical city of Guimaraes (Portugal) has become the European Capital of Culture. During this time, the city is full of hope, energy, creativity, and it is also full of brand new 6'40'' narratives to share. Active since October 2011, the PechaKucha Night Guimares experience has had so many stories, and in this presentation (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 94), the city's organizers, José Martins and João Rosmaninho, will introduce and chat about the Country, the City, and its PechaKucha Night. Bohdan Bláhovec's presentation (in Czech, from PKN Plzen Vol. 1) is titled "The Vision of Developers and City Municipality," and as a representative of an unnamed developer, he covers the vision of future development in Plzen. In just 6 minutes and 666667 hundreds of seconds he undresses the city and thus exposes its pure beauty. Posters We have two new flyers to share today on the Tumblr blog: PKN Hanoi Vol. 5 (pictured above), happening this Thursday, and PKN Williamsburg Vol. 3, set for November. Photos Tijuana held its very first PKN back in July, and here's a small photo gallery [Flickr] to give you an idea of what that event looked like. No word yet on when Vol. 2 will take place, but it shouldn't be too long before an announcement is made. Calendar There are no events happening tonight, but here's what's in store for tomorrow (September 25): PKN Bowling Green Vol. 1, PKN Birmingham Vol. 6, PKN Huddersfield Vol. 6, PKN Lyon Vol. 4, and PKN Nantes Vol. 4. 

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No Tents Please... We're Swedish!

Our weekend "Presentation of the Day" is a special one, recorded as part of our reconstruction efforts in Haiti -- see more in our Haiti Reconstruction Channel -- Johan Karlsson explains why we shouldn't send tents to disaster areas.

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