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24 OCT

NEXT EVENT VOL 25

Join us for an evening of spoken word entertainment with speakers presenting on a diverse range of topics.  PechaKucha Nights are a rollicking ride - you never know what you're going to learn about!

 

This is our final PKN event for the year and we’re delighted to be sending off 2018 with a 'wow' list of speakers and topics, and great live music.

 

If you would like to contact or know more about our presenters, please check out their biographies on this site.

 

See you on Wednesday October 17!

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My Recent Trip to Scotland and Ireland

BY JEN FREI
@ VOL 22 ON OCT 11, 2017

Jen Frei, residing in Cairns, Australia, shares her photographs of a recent trip through Scotland and Ireland. She was fascinated by the huge variety of art and culture that she encountered, the incredible characters that she met, the immediate connection she felt with the landscapes and people .... and oh, all the Guinness that she drank.

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Heart Sutra in Cairns Nature

BY JUN TAGAMI
@ VOL 22 ON OCT 11, 2017

Jun Tagami is an artist and radio announcer, raised in Japan and living in Australia since 1995.  In this presentation Jun shares his current project combining photography, Heart Sutra chanting and the natural surrounds of Cairns, his home since 2014.

Heart Sutra is one of the most famous Sutra’s in Japan, described as a conversation between the student and Buddha. This sutra has rich, strong power and waves which strengthen the student's spiritually.

According to Jun, words have power and so does nature.  This is a collaboration between the waves generated by Heart Sutra and by nature.

Listen out at 2.38 where Jun shares his powerful Heart Sutra chanting.

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It Won't Happen Here, Right?

BY SIOUX CAMPBELL
@ VOL 22 ON OCT 11, 2017

Sioux Campbell lives in Cairns, Australia, an area prone to cyclones, flooding, mud slides, etc.  She knows all about natural disaster!  Her job is to train communities in how to prepare for, and what to do in case of natural disaster.  Sioux uses creativity, humour and cold hard science to spread her message of 'Be Prepared'. 

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Let's Write a Poem

BY BRENTON CLUTTERBUCK
@ VOL 22 ON OCT 11, 2017

The title of this presentation sounds innocent enough, and maybe even a little dry.  Freeze that thought!  Brenton Clutterbuck oozes humour, energy, creativity, and passion as he explains the theoretical process of writing poetry.  Literary devices have NEVER sounded so excitinng. Fasten your seatbelts and enjoy Brenton's passion for teaching and poetry.

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Playing in Zambia

BY ALISON LEE
@ VOL 22 ON OCT 11, 2017

Alison Lee is a teacher with many years experience working with pre-school aged children using play-based learning techniques.  Here Alison recounts her experiences training pre-school teachers in Eastern Zambia.  Alison has been involved in the training project for 6 years.  Funded by overseas donors and Unicef, the project sees Alison and her team work with locals from remote areas to give them a solid grounding in play-based learning, the theory of development, and ways in which to implement quality play-based learning in their villages. 

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My Journey Doing What I Promised

BY YUMICO TANAKA
@ VOL 22 ON OCT 11, 2017

Yumico Tanaka is a language teacher, translator, choral singer, and artist.  She was raised in Japan, and after years of travelling, settled in Cairns, Australia in 1993. Here Yumiko reflects on her life, her personal and creative achievements and heartbreaks, with a view to "start again with a clean slate." Yumiko uses her art and family photographs to tell her story about love, maturity, creative expression, and personal acceptance.

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East Trinity : A Jewel on Our Doorstep

BY DENIS WALLS
@ VOL 22 ON OCT 11, 2017

Denis Walls is writer, teacher, environmental activist, member of the Save East Trinity environmental action group, and President of Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC).  His story spans from 1989 to the present and details the experience of the Save East Trinity group's activism in arguing for, and ultimately spearheading the restoration of East Trinity, using Tidal Change technology.  East Trinity is 740 acres of land, located 15 minutes across Trinity Inlet (by boat) from the Cairns CBD in Far North Queensland, Australia.

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Is Love the Cure of the Infection?

BY DAVID SALOUKVADZE
@ VOL 22 ON OCT 11, 2017

David Saloukvadze uses poetry, philosophy, prose, and images to examine the demise and rise of love, as well as the historical and literary context of love, by which our lives are controlled.  David is intrigued by the effect of love on our lives, and ponders whether love is a) a given, b) an inspiration, or c) a poison in our lives.  With the sub theme of his journey from broken hearted to 'in love', David's words and images are beautiful and thought provoking

 

CAIRNS Blog

City Focus: Cairns

Just in time for their PKN Vol. 24, Cairns is taking the spotlight for this week’s City Focus. Located in Queensland, Australia, this PK city is breathtaking with it’s clear blue waters and white sand. Cairns is a popular tourist location due to it’s access to one of the seven wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns is hosting their PKN Vol. 24 during National Science week and we can’t wait. See you all there!
 

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About the City's Organizers

  • Cathy-Ann Kerr

    Hi, I'm Cathy-Ann Kerr I have a Bachelor of Education majoring in Early Childhood. I love to laugh, dance, sing, travel, work with children and creatives. I strongly believe in the power of shared story, particularly in building dynamic, caring communities. I have lived in Cairns for 21 years and am married with two teenage children.

  • Pamela Bigelow

    Pam is the founding manager of the Indigenous Art Centre Alliance, IACA. She holds Bachelor of Education with a double major in Art and Science. Pam's career has seen her heavily involved in the teaching and promotion of visual arts and community engagement projects in both government and community organisations. Pam loves to travel and work with community.