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Sueli Brodin
Editor, United Nations University in Maastricht
Nadine Boesten
Student, Maastricht University in Maastricht
PechaKucha Night Maastricht
PechaKucha Maastricht organisers, PechaKucha Night in Maastricht
Peggy Thekkaekurikattukunnal
Business owner, Jeeva Holistic Life Programmes in Maastricht
Charlotte Mueller
PhD Fellow, Maastricht University in Maastricht

PAST VOL 1

Maastricht @ AINSI
Jan 20, 2009

PAST VOL 2

Maastricht @ AINSI
Mar 20, 2009

PAST VOL 3

Maastricht @ AINSI
Jun 20, 2009

PAST VOL 4

Maastricht @ AINSI
Oct 20, 2009

PAST VOL 8

Maastricht @ AINSI
Nov 20, 2010

PAST VOL 10

Maastricht @ AINSI
Apr 20, 2011

PAST VOL 13

Maastricht @ AINSI
Dec 20, 2011

PAST VOL 14

Maastricht @ Ludwigforum (Aachen, D)
Jan 20, 2012

PAST VOL 17

Maastricht @ AINSI
Nov 22, 2012

PAST VOL 20

Maastricht @ Elisabethkirche
Nov 20, 2013

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A Day in Tokyo

BY JEAN-PAUL TOONEN
@ VOL 94 ON JUL 25, 2012

Jean-Paul Toonen is the organizer of PKN Maastricht, and in this presentation done in Tokyo, he walks us through one of his days spent visiting our dear city, sharing funny observations about the way that Tokyo (and Japan) can appear to a foreigner. All photos were taken the day before the PKN. (in English)

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The Artists and the Others

BY JESSICA CAPRA
@ VOL 18 ON FEB 20, 2013

Jessica Capra and Nika Dings promote their project, The Artists and the Others, aimed at bringing together young artists from different fields, and introducing them to each other, as well as established artists and galleries in the Maastricht art scene. In doing so they hope to increase the amount of collaboration between the fields, and make the city more appealing for emerging artists.

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A Father 100 Times Over

BY ED HOUBEN
@ VOL 19 ON MAY 11, 2013

Ed Houben is a private sperm donor who has helped numerous families. In this presentation he explains his decisions to become a sperm donor. 

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Why Maastricht Needs the Mandril

BY TIM STRASSER
@ VOL 22 ON JUN 04, 2014

Tim Strasser discusses the recent eviction of the Mandril in Maastricht. The combination of communal living, cultural events and political activity were what made it so special. It provided an inclusive and accessible space where experimentation was possible and encouraged. Tim urges that in order to change society, the appropriate space is necessary. 

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From MechaKucha to PechaKucha!

BY SUELI BRODIN
@ VOL 126 ON JUN 24, 2015

"PechaKucha embraces all the Mechakucha-jin of the world to come and share their ideas!"

Hailing from the Netherlands, Sueli Brodin, editor at the United Nations University, PechaKucha's Maastricht organiser, and our dear friend, pays a visit to Pechakucha Night Tokyo to deliver this compelling presentation at SuperDeluxe about, of all things, PechaKucha!

Growing up very multiculturally (Dutch, French, Brazillian, Japanese), and having lived in Japan for part of her youth, she describes herself as a “Mechakucha-jin” - a hybrid word that borrows from Japanese, evoking an image  of per person who is "all-jumbled up." Sueli talks about her personal background and how after years of never quite fitting in, she found a home in the PechaKucha team of Maastricht. She shares her gratitude for Pechkucha and how it continues to offer a home for people like her, and a global stage to everyone wishing to inspire others with their “mechakucha” side.

WOW! How inspiring! Thanks Sueli! We Love You!

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 17, 2015.

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Tools - A Community Fabrication Centre in Maastricht

BY ROBERT KATZENSON
@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

Robert Katzenson believes in the community’s ability to fabricate, renovate and maintain structures and public installations. He shows how the residents and the city of Maastricht, and the South Limburg region could benefit from a Community Fabrication/Maintenance Centre.

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Growing Mushrooms in Coffee

BY ALEXANDER EICHNER
@ VOL 30 ON JUN 13, 2016

In "Growing Mushrooms in Coffee" from PechaKucha Night Maastricht Vol.30, Urban farmer Alexander Eichner shares his journey on how discovered the innovative idea of cultivating mushrooms by using recycled coffee grounds. He explains his creative process and hopes that his little grass roots movement can influence us to think about how to be more eco-friendly world citizens. 

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How to Bond

BY CHANTHAL MUIJRERS
@ VOL 30 ON JUN 13, 2016

There's a broad upcoming sense that in our daily, busy life making a true connection with another person is not that easy. We feed ourselves with a spectacular variety of social activities that are maybe not that social at all, when we take a closer look. Chanthal Muijrers' approach is refreshingly motivating, combining her clients talents and social skills to empower them.

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Living Differently

BY JAN BIERHOFF
@ VOL 30 ON JUN 13, 2016

A number of societal and architectural changes force us to radically rethink the way we plan, build and experience our city centres. The SphinxTuin initiative, a building project for the inner city of Maastricht, is an attempt to incorporate these innovations and present a new way of living for a variety of target groups: entrepreneurs, knowledge workers, culture and art lovers.

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Local Markets, Global Interactions

BY LAUREN WAGNER
@ VOL 31 ON SEP 07, 2016

Commerce is so ubiquitous that we do not even see it as a center for the exchange of goods and ideas. Are the market places the hearts of the cities that pump and distribute the flow of human activity or the brain where the personality of a city resides?

Lauren Wagner is an Assistant Professor in Globalisation and Development and shares her work on social and linguistic encounters in the Maastricht market.

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Maastricht PKN in the News

We may not be able to read it, but it sure is nice to see the Maastricht-based edition of PKN get a full-page article in the city's Dagblad De Limburger newspaper. Big thanks to Martijn for the scan.

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PKN Maastricht Vol. 1

Held on Tuesday of last week (January 20), the city of Maastricht got its first taste of PKN with a terrific turnout -- 220 visitors took in the presentations held on the black stage of the AINSI theater. With a great attendance and some very nice press coverage, looks like PKN has found another loving home in Holland. The second edition will take place at the same venue on March 20. All photos are courtesy of Bert Janssen & Johannes Timmermans, friends of PKN Maastricht. You can see even more photos from this event at this Flickr photoset.

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PKN Maastricht in Glorious Video

We posted a short event review for the inaugural edition of Pecha Kucha Night in Maastricht last month, but now you can view every single presentation made during the evening in glorious video. Below, a look at presenter Nicolaas Pereboom's talk on branding 2.0.

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PKN Maastricht Vol. 2

The city of Maastricht recently hosted its second PechaKucha Night, again with a terrific lineup of presenters -- you can view streaming video of all the presentations here. Organizer Martijn Kagenaar reports. After the overwhelming success of PKN’s January debut in Maastricht, our audience didn’t have to wait long for a new PKN. March 20th, about 250 visitors saw speakers from six nations: Australia, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, USA, and even some from the Netherlands. In AINSI, 1 kilometer from Belgium and 20 kilometers from Germany, an international crowd got together for 12 presentations. They saw and heard about life in the roof gutter, singing bridges, and a journey to the moon. Maastricht’s mayor was delighted, as was the well known writer of "The Creative City," Charles Landry. He was our very special guest, hosted by Mrs. Odile Wolfs, cultural delegate at the Province of Limburg. The day after, we were her guests in a masterclass at TEFAF, the world’s leading Art Fair in Maastricht. Charles inspired his Maastricht students for one day to think about crossing borders in order to become a real creative region. Maastricht is a candidate to be Cultural Capital of Europe in 2018. Another fun part of PKN Maastricht is the PechaKitchen, which Martijn describes as the "speakers-only after party: a cooking workshop, a few weeks after the event. There we can look back on the presentations, look forward, and make further plans to co-operate with each other." Below, photos from the event -- see more in this Flickr photoset. PKN Maastricht Vol. 3 will take place June 20.

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PKN Maastricht Vol. 3

The third volume of PechaKucha Night in Maastricht was as strong as ever, and co-organizer Martijn Kagenaar fills us in on the night that was. Maastricht #3: suicide jewels, flower bombings and pussy fur Former cement factory AINSI hosted Maastricht’s third PechaKucha Night. And again, the hall was crowded and the presentations were energizing. You can watch all the highlights in streaming video. Located right in the middle of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine, the Dutch city of Maastricht offers a terrific place for Belgian and German creatives. Here they are enabled to present their ideas to an international audience. June 20, we saw six of them coming from Brussels, Aachen and Hasselt. We received a very enthousiastic Euregional review in Crossroads magazine. After the event, people couldn’t stop talking about the three Belgian guests Nick Decrock (about his entrepreneurial Alzheimer), Cyriel Kortleven (who gave an interactive course about the relativity of time) and Karl Philips (who fills empty spaces in the center of Hasselt with his caravans). Other memorable PechaKuchas came from Aachen designer Fabian Seibert with his suicide jewels, William Willems, who offers the world love and piece with his spectacular flower bombings, cook Lonneke ten Hooven (she sampled her delicious chocolates during the beer break), and Wim Ortjens, about the relationship between cheap hotdogs and handbags made of pussy fur. Next event: October 20, AINSI, Maastricht. Below, a few more photos from PKN Maastricht Vol. 3 -- there's more to see in this Flickr photoset.

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PKN Maastricht Vol. 14 Tonight!

PechaKucha Night in Maastricht Vol. 14 happens tonight (Friday, January 20) at the Ludwigforum, and here's a web teaser (and another one, and yet another one) that was produced to promote the event. Looks like a brain-fully good night is in store for all attendees!

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Made in Maastricht

By Jean-Paul Toonen Wim Ortjens legt ons op illustratieve wijze uit hoe je een kat vilt, om er een handtasje van te maken. En hoe kuikentjes uit dierenliefde door de shredder gaan. Ook is daar Fabian Seibert (Aken) die ons een collier toont dat als een tie-wrap alleen maar strakker kan worden aangetrokken. Een morbide greep uit enkele presentaties op de Pecha Kucha Night in Ainsi, waar 12 sprekers het publiek trakteerden op hun inzichten en ideeën. Het format heeft zich in korte tijd bewezen, want ook deze zaterdag de 20e juni is de zaal zo goed als uitverkocht. Voor de stad Maastricht zou de Pecha Kucha (PK) licentie wel eens een van de springplanken kunnen worden naar de status van Culturele Hoofdstad. Want als je claimt met creatieve cultuur te komen, moet je internationaal op de kaart staan met je ideeën. Het aardige is dat die Maastrichtse internationale doorbraak met PK nu al stilaan in beweging komt. Bedenker van het rigide format is de Engelsman Mark Dytham, die zijn bureau in Tokyo runt. Al bij Maastrichts tweede PK Night kreeg onze organisatie een mail uit Tokyo, waarin Dytham met zijn team zegt “amazed” te zijn door de Maastrichtse aanpak. Ofschoon PK in meer dan 200 steden actief is, heeft men nergens in de wereld de registratie voor web-tv zo fundamenteel aangepakt. In heel wat zaaltjes staan oude dia-projectoren en hangen beddenlakens, hetgeen natuurlijk ook een prima resultaat oplevert. In dergelijke no-cost omgevingen worden evengoed prachtige ideeën en visies gelanceerd. Helaas worden die dan alleen maar door de aanwezigen gezien. En wat er zo uit de losse pols met een mobieltje wordt gefilmd is natuurlijk charming maar ook onverstaanbaar. En dat leidt niet tot kijkcijfers. In Maastricht gaat het vanaf dag 1 toch anders. En de wereld van design, kunst en andere creatieve sectoren nemen PK Maastricht dan ook snel serieus. Spreker Nick Decrock gaf gisteravond een mooie verbeelding van zijn overactieve levenshouding (Multitis). Dus vind je meteen zijn eerste reactie in zijn blog. Maar de sprekers zijn ook blij met de shortfilms die vanaf volgende week hun idee gaan uitdragen. PK liefhebbers zijn er wereldwijd genoeg. Zodat de bijdragen uit Maastricht in exponentiële aantallen gezien worden, gerelateerd aan het aantal toeschouwers in de zaal. Ook William Willems deed gisteren zijn bloemrijke verhaal over “Flowerbombing.” Terwijl hij dat al eerder presenteerde in PK nr I van Amsterdam. Niet zonder reden ook in Maastricht, want ook hij beschikt straks over een Engelstalige shortfilm, die zijn verhaal veel verder brengt dan de driehonderd toehoorders in de zaal. Made in Maastricht! Over de bijdragen die we gisteren gezien hebben heb ik alleen maar alle lof. De kwaliteit was hoog, de inventiviteit eveneens.  Lonneke ten Hooventrakteerde werkelijk op bijzondere chocolade bonbons en Cyriel Kortleven bracht ons terug in het besef van tijd. Mij raakte vooral de textielkunst van Jeroen Vinken, de spontane energie van beroepsbloggers Stijn Peters en Matylda Krzykowski. Maar ook al die warme reflecties van de Maastrichtse bezoekers, die het uitgaansleven van zaterdagavond links lieten liggen om van deze derde PK Night in Maastricht geen woord te missen.  

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Japanese onomatopoeia in Maastricht

By Sueli Brodin I still can’t believe how wrong I got it when I first heard about Pecha Kucha Night in Maastricht.I remember seeing the name Pecha Kucha printed in a headline in the local paper Dagblad De Limburger earlier this year but strangely enough – it does sound quite exotic and should have appealed to my curious nature- , it didn’t catch my attention.In fact it is even possible that I thought that the name “Pecha Kucha” somehow was connected to the local dialect of Maastricht, and with the Carnival season soon approaching, it didn’t seem uncharacteristic to read and hear more dialect expressions in the media.I confess that I didn’t dwell on the article, erroneously assuming that it described just another cultural event targeting a Dutch audience and probably inaccessible to the international community, because of the language barrier.To my shame, I didn’t immediately recognize the word “Pecha Kucha” as being one of the onomatopoeia frequently used in Japanese. “Pecha kucha” imitates the sound of a quick conversation or “chit chat”, as in “talking pecha kucha”. Phonetically, it resembles another Japanese onomatopoeia, “mecha kucha” (used as an adverb and meaning “really very, disorderly, amusingly”) which I’m very familiar with, for often having jokingly resorted to it as a child in Japan to describe my complicated family origins.When Japanese people would enquire about my nationality, instead of saying that I was French: “Furansu-jin” or Brazilian: “Burajiru-jin”, I would quip back: “Mecha kucha-jin” and make them burst out laughing. The word “mecha kucha” relativised the notion of country of origin, playing up rather on the boisterous energy that stems from the mixture of cultural backgrounds.It is only when I stumbled upon a reader’s letter in the same newspaper a few months later, commenting on the fact that hardly any English-speaking expat in the entire Maastricht Region had attended the first two editions of Pecha Kucha Night, that my curiosity was aroused. The letter was written by Jean-Paul Toonen, who as I later found out was one of the three entrepreneurs who had brought the Pecha Kucha initiative to Maastricht.The Pecha Kucha concept, Mr Toonen explained in an interview for Crossroads, was devised in 2003 by two Tokyo-based European architects, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, to offer a dynamic platform for creative people to share their ideas in a snappy format (20 images per presentation, 20 seconds per image, or a total time of 6 minutes, 40 seconds per performance). He said that Pecha Kucha Nights are a world wide phenomenon, present in almost 250 cities around the globe, and the powerful innovation added by the Maastricht team has been to record each presentation and make it available online.It certainly sounded very intriguing and together with a few friends, I decided to get my own taste of Pecha Kucha Night in Maastricht last June.In all the years that I’ve lived here, I hadn’t realised that there was so much creative talent in the region, because I had grown used to seeing artists from elsewhere come and perform in Maastricht. This time, it was precisely the opposite: the best regional talents seemed to have gathered at Pecha Kucha Night to present their original and creative projects not only to the audience in the room but, through the video recordings, to the rest of the world.I enjoyed the quality and variety of the performances, the vibrant atmosphere of the evening, the strong sense of connection between artists and spectators... and because of my own Japanese origins, I couldn’t help getting a kick every time I heard everyone uttering the word Pecha Kucha that evening in Maastricht and integrating it into the city landscape.In the meantime, my sister, who works in Paris as a Japanese-French interpreter, has told me more about the expression “mecha kucha” in Japanese.She mentioned that onomatopeia in general and « mecha » in particular are very popular in the Kansai region of Japan, especially around the trading city of Osaka, which abounds in markets and bazaars. There, she said, the word « mecha » takes on a very positive connotation, in the sense of «good, out of the ordinary».So let’s talk Pecha Kucha, and bring Maastricht in mecha kucha mood!The next Pecha Kucha Night Maastricht is on October 20th, 2009 at the AINSI cultural centre.See you there.

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City Focus: Maastricht

The City Focus this week highlights the Dutch city of Maastricht and its fantastic collection of presentations, latest of which are from last month's Vol. 23 -- visit the official event page for the presentations and event photos.

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City Focus: Maastricht

For our first City Focus of the year, we head to Maastricht, Netherlands, where the last event alone -- December's Vol. 24 -- added twelve new presentations to the city's already extensive presentation archives.