Rites of Spring #25 – Pecha Kucha Night Number Two Tonight

Pecha Kucha (ペチャクチャ?), usually pronounced in three syllables as “pe-chak-cha”, is the onomatopoeic Japanese word for the sound of conversation. The equivalent English term is “chit-chat”.

Click on photo at left for a bigger, better, sharper view…

And the Victoria Event Center welcomes the 2nd ever Pecha Kucha night on May 27, 2010. Events coordinator, Elisa Yon has been in touch with me about doing a presentation…

On what I ask? Have to think about that.
Anyway. Going tonight to check it out.

So. What is Pecha Kucha anyway?

Pecha Kucha Night was devised in 2003 by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Tokyo’s Klein-Dytham Architecture (KDa), as a way to attract people to Super Deluxe, their experimental event space in Roppongi, a district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan, famous as home to the rich Roppongi Hills area and an active night club scene..

Pecha Kucha Night events consist of around a dozen presentations, each presenter having 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds.
Each presenter has just 6 minutes 40 seconds to explain their ideas before the next presenter takes the stage.

6 minutes and 40 seconds. I could humiliate myself in seconds if I apply myself.

Conceived as a venue through which young designers could meet, show their work, exchange ideas, and network, the format keeps presentations concise, fast-paced and entertaining.

Young designers? That is a scratch for me. I was young about 30 years ago.

In 2004 PKN began running in a few cities in Europe, and has since become a worldwide phenomenon, now running in more than 260 cities in almost every corner of the globe. Now it is in Victoria Canada – the last event had over 200 in the audience. Click on the above photo for the big picture.

See you there!