Speakers for our next PechaKuchaNight Event

Venue: Pizza Del Forno, Park Meadows Shopping Centre, Cnr. Cumberland and Allum Roads, Kensington

Date: 26 September 2019

Ticket: R50

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Motivational speaker Gavin Sharples speaking at PechaKuchaNight-Johannesburg
Gavin Sharples

REAL MEN (Don’t wear pink)

Debbie Howes PechaKucha speaker
Debbie Howes

The Unconscious Logic Of Problems

Max Kaan speaking at PechaKuchaNight - Johannesburg
Max Kaan

What the BLIP Do We Know

Tyrone McCabe speaking at PechaKucha
Tyrone McCabe

An Objective Analysis Of Miracles

Carl Schultz

In Search Of Meaning

Willie Snyman speaking at PechaKuchaNight
Willie Snyman

From Why To What

Bjorn Salsone is speaking at PechaKuchaNight - Johannesburg
Björn Luciano Salsone

The Power of Now

Fareed Kaloo MC at PechaKuchaNight
Fareed Kaloo

Master of Ceremonies for the evening

PechaKuchaNight - Johannesburg organiser, Jacques de Villiers
Jacques de Villiers

PechaKuchaNight – Johannesburg Organiser
082 906 3693

Thursday, 26 September 2019

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About PechaKucha

  1. PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.
  2. The presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture. The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in their gallery/lounge/bar/club/creative kitchen, SuperDeluxe, in February, 2003. Klein Dytham architecture still organise and support the global PechaKucha Night network and organise PechaKucha Night Tokyo.
  3. Because architects talk too much! Give a microphone and some images to an architect — or most creative people for that matter — and they’ll go on forever! Give PowerPoint to anyone else and they have the same problem.
  4. PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps — just about anything, really — in the PechaKucha 20×20 format. Every PechaKucha Night city is hosted by a local organiser, who has an annual Handshake Agreement with PechaKucha HQ to run their event series. This ensures that each PechaKucha Night is relevant to their city- and can create a unique platform to uncover that city’s creativity.
  5. With PechaKucha Nights now happening in over 1000 cities around the world, we have discovered that most cities — not just Tokyo — have virtually no public spaces where people can show and share their work in a relaxed way. If you have just graduated from college and finished your first project in the real world, where can you show it? It probably won’t get into a magazine, and you don’t have enough photos for a gallery show or a lecture, but PechaKucha is the perfect platform to show and share your work.
  6. PechaKucha Nights are mostly held in fun spaces with a bar, similar to the home of PechaKucha Night, SuperDeluxe, which is a space for “thinking and drinking.” To date, PechaKucha Nights have been held in bars, restaurants, clubs, beer gardens, homes, studios, universities, churches, prisons (disused), beaches, swimming pools, even a quarry!
  7. Anyone can present — this is the beauty of PechaKucha Nights. Astrid’s daughter presented when she was 5 (about her artwork) and Mark’s mother presented when she was 69 (about her elaborate wedding cake creations).
  8. The key to a great presentation is to present something you love. Most people use PechaKucha Night to present their latest creative projects or work. Some people share their passion and show their prized collection of Nana Mouskouri records, while others share photos of their latest visit to a construction site or their recent holiday snaps. We always recommend people go and see a PechaKucha Night before they ask to present to get a good feel for what it’s all about.
  9. Good PechaKucha presentations are the ones that uncover the unexpected — unexpected talent, unexpected ideas. Some PechaKuchas tell great stories about a project or a trip. Some are incredibly personal, some are incredibly funny, but all are very different, and they turn each PechaKucha Night into “a box of chocolates.”
  10. If you’re in an area with no regular PechaKucha Night series, or if you’d just like to get a feel for what people are presenting around the world, then you can go to the Presentations section of this site, and watch presentation from PKNs worldwide.
  11. Each PechaKucha Night is run by a city organizer. They are more like stewards, who look after the PechaKucha spirit in each city. All PKN organisers must have a regular day job and they run PechaKucha Nights only for the inspiration, love, and fun of it. They mostly come from the creative fields. The PKN organizer is usually supported by a big team of volunteers — when it comes to putting on a PechaKucha Night, the more helping hands the better. The global PechaKucha network is organised and supported by Klein Dytham architecture.
  12. We have never asked anyone to run a PechaKucha Night, people ask us. We only planned this as a one-off event, but then people asked us to run it again — and again – and we were 3 years and 30 events into it, just in Tokyo, before people started thinking it would be cool to have one in their city. Check to see if there is one in your city first. If not, and you think you have what it takes to run one in your city, you can click here to get started.
  13. We have a very simple “handshake” agreement with each city, mostly to ensure there is only one event series per city and that people are not treading on one another’s toes or pulling the rug out from under their feet. PechaKucha Nights take quite a bit of organizing, and the more networks the better so we think it is better for cities to focus on one event. We run an event every month in Tokyo, and believe us, it is quite an undertaking! The “handshake” agreements are free, and renewed each year. Cities must organize a minimum of 4 events a year to qualify as an active city.
  14. PechaKucha Night is trademarked to protect and unify all the effort and hard work of our PKN city organisers and network.
  15. PechaKucha was devised and shared by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, and their office Klein Dytham architecture has supported the movement and global network for the past 15 years, covering all costs for staff and web development. We are currently looking at different ways to keep the project sustainable and viable going forward as the network expands.
  16. Yes, it is a great format for your school or office. If you would like to use the PechaKucha 20×20 name or format in your organisation, head over to our licensing page.
  17. Many people have said, “Oh, so you’re like a local TED!” This is a very nice compliment, but not quite right. TED is brilliant, but very different from PechaKucha. TED is top down, PechaKucha is bottom up! Deanne the hooper, Astrid’s husband, or Mark’s young son might have had a tough time getting into the presentation lineup at TED, but they had some wonderful stories to share at PechaKucha Night.
  18. That’s a good question. We have all heard of elevator pitches, a presentation so short you could pitch it to someone in an elevator. 20 seconds x 20 images is a bit longer than that, but the idea is the same: short, concise presentations. As far as we know, PechaKucha was the first to put a limit on the number of images and number of seconds — and the all important auto-forward. There’s no “next slide” or “go back one, please” at PechaKucha Nights.
  19. We believe there is nothing social about online social networks, so get out from behind your screen and get to a live event, with real people, real communication, real beer, and real creative fun. So in a sense, we are in fact a “real” social network.
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