by Mark Brereton
The global phenomenon that is Pecha Kucha Night is soon to hit Stoke-on-Trent. Pecha Kucha (pronounced peh-chak-cha) derives from a Japanese term for the sound of conversation (“chit-chat”). Two architects working out of their practice in Tokyo originally founded Pecha Kucha. It was created for designers and creative people of any discipline to show their work in public. The format is a fun, informal and fast paced presentation platform. Although, originally founded for the creative industries it has now spread across many businesses and international communities. You
present on any subject you wish, from serious to fun, your own work or someone else’s.
“The idea behind Pecha Kucha is to keep presentations concise, the interest level up and to have many presenters sharing their ideas within the course of one night.” Each presenter is allowed a slideshow of 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each. This results in a total presentation time of 6 minutes 40 seconds on a stage before the next
presenter is up. Usually the night consists of presenters from many varied backgrounds and creative disciplines, artists, designers, photographers, architects, all of these add to an exciting and stimulating show and tell
evening. At the time of writing this Pecha Kucha Night Stoke-on-Trent is the first one in the Midlands and only the seventh in the UK to hold this city worldwide event.