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14 DEC

NEXT EVENT VOL 11

A special one-off PechaKucha, in collaboration with Cambridgeshire County Council offering the chance for community organisations and charities to talk about the passion for their work using just 20 images each shown for just 20 seconds.

PechaKucha (or chitchat in Japanese) is a creative style of presenting that was created by two architects from Tokyo in 2003 who were fed up with lengthy presentations. Since then the concept has grown and PechaKucha talks now run in over 800 cities around the world bringing together people from all creative backgrounds.

PechaKucha St Neots started in 2015 and has featured a wide range of speakers from many different disciplines including science, art, design, photography, fashion, architecture, mental health and sport.

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Featured Presentation

Bedfordshire-based Illustrator, Georgina Westley tells us how I became the "lady that does those travel posters" by developing a unique style that creates beautiful artwork of places that people call their happy place.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on June 16th, 2017. 

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Creative Re-use of Historic and Industrial Buildings

BY SIMON DEVLIN
@ VOL 8 ON JAN 31, 2017

"There are some really unusual historic buildings out there that have been developed into quite interesting buildings."

Architect Simon Devlin talks about some of the more unusual historic buildings in the UK that have been converted and redeveloped for re-use in clever and profound ways that improve culture whilst retaining their iconic status and historical value.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 6th, 2017. 

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Do we take it for granted?

BY GAYLE HALL
@ VOL 8 ON JAN 31, 2017

Haberdasher and creative Gayle Hall talks about the personal and emotive subject of her childs illness and the invaluable support and advice she was given from the hospital and people in the charity sector.

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Learning and Exploring New Cultures

BY FIONA BRICE
@ VOL 8 ON JAN 31, 2017

Arts and creativity consultant, Fiona Brice talks about her experience of working and living in Singapore five years with her family and how it changed their perceptions and understanding of culture.

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An Apple a day

BY ANDY HILL
@ VOL 8 ON JAN 31, 2017

"My first Apple product was switched on in 1987." Director Andy Hill, from brand consultancy firm Wyndham Leigh, talks about his love of the Apple brand and how it changed the creative industries.

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Time and Tide

BY JO ATHERTON
@ VOL 7 ON SEP 27, 2016

Artist Jo Atherton highlights the diversity of plastic objects washing ashore on the British coastline, and how the ubiquity of this material enables us to reinterpret stories of our time. Millions of years ago, fuelled by sunlight, marine plankton flourished and then settled on the ocean floor, slowly transforming into oil. This same oil is used to produce the endless plastic objects that dominate our everyday lives. When inked and printed, plastic flotsam fragments bear a stark resemblance to the rich diversity of microscopic marine life - a worrying and ironic connection to a beautiful natural process. 

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I'm Not an Adrenaline Junkie

BY ANDREW POODLE
@ VOL 7 ON SEP 27, 2016

Entrepreneur Andrew Poodle talks us through his personal adrenaline-fuelled journey.

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Bedford isn't sh*t

BY ERICA ROFFE
@ VOL 7 ON SEP 27, 2016

Since 2011, Erica Roffe has run a publishing and cultural events company that proves that Bedford definitely isn't sh*t. She tells us about the pride she has for her hometown and why that has inspired her to collaborate with other residents to build a thriving creative community.

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No Guts, No Glory

BY DR. BERT RUTTEN
@ VOL 7 ON SEP 27, 2016

"I believe that the world would be a better place if everyone just did what they want to do."

In “No Guts, No Glory” from PechaKucha Night St. Neots Vol. 7Dr. Bert Rutten takes us on a journey into the world of personal development. Dr. Rutten shares how he developed from a forklift driver to a doctor in cardiovascular biology, and inspires us to do what really want – instead of what others think us to be capable of.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016.

 

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About the City's Organizers

  • Richard Slade

    I'm a graphic and web designer with 20 years experience and have worked in both the public and private sector. I have a real community focus and volunteer with local sports clubs and charities. Since moving to Cambridgeshire I took up rowing and now compete nationally. My real passion for art and design started when I was only five – back then my favourite things to draw were racing cars.

  • Donald Brennan

    After 20 years as a designer in the luxury goods sector, I have taken a sabbatical and returned to my home town to care for my elderly mother. Whilst here I intend to keep up my creative and business interests though not necessarily in the clothing/fashion industry. Where possible I hope to be able to share my somewhat diverse professional experiences with others. The first signs of my love of all things creative were visible before I had even learnt to walk. Apparently I had more fun with the packaging of my presents at Christmas than with the toys inside. A little later I was known for 'making things' out of anything I could get my hands on ( I guess I was inspired by 'Blue Peter' ) At the age of 11 I learnt how to use a sewing machine and soon got great pleasure from customising the clothes I bought from Oxam. I was constantly in my Dad's work shed using his wood chisels to carve 'masterpieces' or stripping the plastic off copper wire to make 'exclusive pieces of jewelry'. Around the same time my love of sculpting and painting along with cooking was added to my need to ' make things' (so nothing much has changed years on !) Throughout my teenage years and beyond I worked in so many areas from hospitality and luxury retail to marketing and mental health. Rather than take a traditional route into my most recent career, I went back to university in my early 20's and studied business. Then after a few years in Paris I moved to Ireland and with a fellow designer set-up our design house, Tyrrell & Brennan. For the next 20 years we struggled, grew, learnt and achieved the seemingly impossible at times to finally becoming national leading figures in our field. Thirty years after I first left, I have returned to St Neots for a while before the next Chapter of my life !

  • Andy Hill

    Passionate about photography & filming, particularly fast cars! Lifelong admirer of Apple products.