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Pecha Kucha Night Comes To Christchurch


Pecha Kucha Night Comes To Christchurch

Thursday 29 May 2008
Start 8.20pm / Door open 7.30pm

The Basement, SOL Square
Cnr Manchester and Lichfield Street
(Underneath Ishimoto, 6 SOL Square)

$7 entry (tickets on the door)

We just don't talk like we used to. In these telecommunication times we're more likely to hold a conversation or establish a relationship by phone, internet or text message. Face to face contact no longer seems as important—we're just too busy. But a group of people are bringing back the art of good old conversation through Pecha Kucha Nights and they’re coming to Christchurch.

Pecha Kucha is a presentation format for creative work originally devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Kein-Dytham Architecture (KDa) ( in Tokyo, Japan in 2003 as a place for creative types to meet, network, and show their work in public. The name derives from a Japanese term for the sound of conversation ("chit-chat") and it’s where you get to talk about whatever you want in 20 second sound-bites.

Pecha Kucha Night is an event in which presenters give brief presentations accompanied by 20 images, each of which is shown for 20 seconds, about a topic of their choosing giving a total presentation time of 6 minutes 40 seconds. Presenters (and much of the audience) are usually from the design, architecture, photography, art, music and creative fields and with up to 14 presenters in a night there’s bound to be something to spark your own creativity.

Pecha Kucha has tapped into the demand for a forum in which creative work can be easily and informally shown, without having to rent a gallery or chat up a magazine editor. This is a demand that seems to be global—as Pecha Kucha Night, without any pushing, has spread virally to over 70 cities across the world, including London, San Francisco, Seattle, Rotterdam, Shanghai and Berlin. Pecha Kucha Night was voted Best Inspirational Event in the Metro 2007 Best of Auckland awards.

PKN_CHCH_01 is the first Pecha Kucha Night to take place in Christchurch—attracting fans to see an ”array of artists, musicians, architects, designers, writers and activists each presenting their work in some depth but at a comically breakneck pace—20 slides, 20 seconds each.” The venue, an industrially raw car park hidden in the middle of a booming central city hospitality district with walls bombed by premier street artists, is also preparing for its very first grand show case. PKN_CHCH_01 presenters will be announced at the end of April.

Visit to subscribe to our newsletter to keep in the loop. You can even apply to talk on your favourite subject and achieve your 6 minutes and 40 seconds of fame.

If you want to be a presenter at our first Pecha Kucha Night Christchurch, please send an email with the following information to, subject "application":

A short description of what you want to show and tell
2–3 exemplary pictures
Some information about yourself

Please don't send 20 pictures right away.

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