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Chit Chat at the Gallery - Pecha Kucha

Press Release For immediate release, 19 July 2008

Chit Chat at the Gallery
Pecha Kucha keeps it fresh for late night opening

The amazing Pecha Kucha (ペチャクチャ), Japanese for chit chat, is coming to City Gallery Wellington, Wednesday, 30 July. Taking the “lecture” out of a lecture series, Pecha Kucha is a presentation format in which 10 or more outspoken-creative-types are limited to the 20X20 Pecha Kucha rule. This means each speaker is allowed just 20 slide images; each shown for only 20 seconds, resulting in a fresh and fun 6 minute and 40 second presentation.

There is no restriction on the type of content that can be presented so audiences should be prepared for an evening packed with surprises from Wellington’s creative sector, topped off by the record-breaking exhibition Fiona Hall: Force Field. The Gallery doors will be open from 7pm to enjoy a drink at the bar, listen to the sounds of DJ Jack Uzi and delight in visuals from DNation’s Rob Appierdo before the Pecha Kucha session at 8:20pm. Jack Uzi and DNational will also play again after Pecha Kucha. Tickets are $7 available on the door (bar prices separate).

Pecha Kucha was originally devised in 2003 by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Tokyo’s Klein-Dythan Architects as a place for young designers to network and show their work in public. The idea is to keep presentations concise, the interest level up and to share a range of ideas within the course of one night. Presenters are usually from the design, architecture, photography, art and creative fields but speakers from academia and the business world also take part. The format has spread to over 120 cities across the world, including London, San Francisco, Seattle, Rotterdam, Shanghai, Rio and Berlin. Last year, Pecha Kucha Night was voted Best Inspirational Event in the Metro 2007 Best of Auckland awards.

Wellington audiences will have the pleasure of hearing from photographer Ann Shelton, designers Candywhistle and Nathan Goldsworthy, theatre director Christian Penny, architect Dorita Hannah, writer Duncan Sarkies, filmmaker Rachael Davies, game designer James Everett, illustrators Adam Errington and Nic Marshall, White Fungus editor Ron Hansom as well as Sophie Jerram on art and sustainability and Luka Hinse from Pecha Kucha, Auckland. Internationally, well-known presenters have included architects Rem Koolhaus and Toyo Ito, designers such as Tom Dixon and Ron Arad, comedian Johnny Vegas, actress Joanna Lumley and BBC newscaster Jon Snow.

Pecha Kucha at City Gallery Wellington
Wednesday 30 July, 8.20pm prompt! Gallery opens from 7.00pm
Civic Square, Wellington
E: or T: 04 801 4241
Admission: $7 door sales,

City Gallery Wellington is managed by the Wellington Museums Trust with major funding support from Wellington City Council.


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