PechaKucha, the presentation phenomenon that has sparked events in over 680 cities, is poised for another worldwide event on September 20 – Global Night, which will link individual events in more than 100 of those cities via live online chat.
“PechaKucha Nights began in Tokyo 10 years ago as a forum for architects and designers to share their work,” said Mark Dytham, who founded the event with fellow architect Astrid Klein. “Since then, it has grown virally and spread from
city to city. Global Night is our fourth annual celebration of that growth, where we come together as one international community. In an increasingly virtual world, these events bring back the magic of meeting people face to face.”
PechaKucha Nights are community events where creatives of all disciplines go to inspire and get inspired in a fast-paced way. The presentations have only one rule: 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide. Presentations run automatically, and the challenge for speakers is to tell their stories in perfect sync
with their visuals—and briefly. “We all talk for too long. We’re scared of editing things down,” Dytham said. “So putting the presentations on auto-forward helps people clear their heads, focus, and say things succinctly.”
PechaKucha (pronounced pe-CHA-ku-CHA) is a Japanese expression meaning chatter or chit-chat, which speaks to the informal and casual nature of these events. PechaKucha
Nights are held in nightclubs, bars, performance spaces, outdoor venues, and even—in the case of Tel Aviv, where 4,000 people attend two consecutive shows—airplane hangars. While each city brings its own individual flavor to the evening, the pattern is the same, with eight to 10 speakers presenting on various topics but in the same format. Most local groups hold four PechaKucha Nights a year, and a number of those participate in the annual worldwide event.
“Over 100 cities have signed up to participate in Global Night,” Dytham noted. “Our global wave will run for about 20 hours, and will essentially be a ‘telethon’ linking up with all the cities taking part. In our Google Hangout room online, there will be hosts from PechaKucha headquarters in Tokyo who will lead conversations with our local organizers as
they drop into the room at an appointed time. We’ll also be live streaming via Google Hangouts on Air so that anyone can drop in and see what’s happening at any given time during the event.”
The theme of Global Night is “Hidden Heroes,” giving PechaKucha Nights and their presenters the opportunity to showcase people who are making a difference in individual communities around the world. After the event, recorded
“hidden heroes” presentations will be shared on a channel on the event’s official website, pechakucha.org. “In effect,” said Dytham, “this will bring creative people from all over the
world together, celebrating other people in one huge global wave. We think it will be a night to remember.”
PechaKucha Heraklion is organised by the architects Olga Koutantou & Kallia Platyrrachou.
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