Bravo to PKN Bemidji organizer's 11 year old granddaughter for busting out the crayons for this prismatically fantastic design for their PechaKucha Night Vol. 26! "We’re really working to create a sense of community by bringing together all ages to experience PKN events!" Good on ya, Bemidji! Check our Bemidji's fabulous presentation archive and also more amazing  posterdesigns at our Official PechaKucha Poster Tumblr! Inspire the kids in your community to make a poster, or better yet, present for your city's next PKN

Pecha Kucha Bemidji is excited to be part of Sustainable Tuesday at Rail River Folk School on June 23rd! The format is the same--each speaker will have 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds--and the topics are still delightfully diverse. We have 10 presentations lined up for you as well as some fun activities for intermission. Everyone is welcome!

Take a look at who will be speaking. You won't want to miss this one!

Rail River Folk School is located at 303 Railroad St SW, Bemidji, MN. The doors open at 5pm and the event starts at 5:30. The suggested donation of $3 would be greatly appreciated.

The PKN team would also appreciate having 4-6 volunteers to greet guests, direct parking, and take donations. If you're interested, please drop us a messsage on Facebook or email

“[Magazines] weren’t telling the stories of that were anything like my experiences.”

Photographer and adventurer Jon Heller speaks on his journey from hobby to occupation. In “The Adventure Bum” from PKN Bemidji Vol. 19, he speaks about how his obsession with nature and adventure magazines took him to new locales and exploits.

Our Sponsors

We're excited for our next event that's just two weeks away! For PKN Bemidji volume 22, we're taking some extra time to recognize our sponsors: Amity Graphics, Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon, Real Living First Realty (Noemi Aylesworth), Garden of Edits, Glass Doctor of Bemidji, KRLS, and Red Zest Design. Their behind-the-scenes support makes PKN possible in our community, and we appreciate all their time and efforts.

Today, we'd like to focus on Amity Graphics. The team at Amity supplies PKN Bemidji with all of our printed materials, including the posters and programs. It is wonderful to be able to showcase our poster designers' talents and our speakers' information with high-quality prints. Amity offers an array of printing options, promotional materials, and custom websites. They provide friendly (hence the name!), efficient, and thoughtful service no matter what your needs might be.

A big thank-you to Amity for your ongoing sponsorship!

You will be able to chat with many of our sponsors on Thursday, May 15th at The Sanford Center!

"If it involves hanging upside down while trying to make my body imitate a pretzel, I'm into it."

Darci Thabes loves the acrobatic sport of pole dancing. In "Life on the Pole" from PKN Bemidji Vol. 19, Darci talkes about what the life of a recreational pole dancer is like, and we find that even those who have been practicing pole for years are still learning new moves. 

PKN Bemidji has produced some fantastic posters over the years -- something we also highlighted when the city recently celebrated its 20th edition -- and here's another winner, produced for tonight's Vol. 21. It was designed by Emily Krueger of Vine Creative.

How far would you push yourself to realize your dreams?

Samantha Nienow and Rebecca Layman feed their inner desires to achieve as they train for the Half Ironman, a gruelling marathon that combines swimming, biking, and running.

In "Feeding the Achieve" from PKN Bemidji Vol. 19, they push each other through highs and lows and offer each other support as they strive for the same goal. 

"What is it about wine that brings out the romance of everyday life?"

Andrea Fricke poetically describes the wonders of wine. It has accompanied her through her most joyous, catastrophic, and dramatic parts of her life. In "Sip the Spectacular" from PKN Bemidji Vol. 19, a good wine can illicit heat and passion, but she encourages us to kick back sometimes, and just enjoy the uncorking.


Pecha Kucha Night (PKN) is looking for speakers for the February 20th event. Speakers give quick presentations that include 20 images shown for 20 seconds each for a total of six minutes and forty seconds. Topics can be almost anything that is family-friendly, including but certainly not limited to: hobbies and interests, historical events, art, travel, and athletics. If you're interested in speaking in February or at another event, please contact

The next Pecha Kucha Night (PKN) event will be February 20th at 6:30 at The Sanford Center. PKN is always free, family-friendly, and fun! Speakers give quick presentations that include 20 images shown for 20 seconds each for a total of six minutes and forty seconds. In the past, topics have included athletics, creating art, pursuing hobbies, traveling, and so much more. PKN speakers share ideas, spark meaningful conversations, and make new connections. Pecha Kucha (usually pronounced "pe-chak'-cha"), is the Japanese word for chitchat due to the lively conversation that happens during intermission at every event. You can find more information at PKN Bemidji on Facebook or

Houdini's Charmed Life

Charles Greene III speaks on the most famous magician of all time: Harry Houdini. He goes into depth on Houdini's life, illusions, accomplishments, and the escape art that catipulted him to worldwide fame.

In "Houdini's Charmed Life" from PKN Bemidji Vol. 19, Charles shows us how -- like Harry Houdini -- we may escape from life's restraints and confined spaces, and become true escapologists.