What’s Pecha Kucha?

01. What’s Pecha Kucha 20×20 ?

PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images forward automatically and you talk along to the images.

02. Who invented the format ?

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 organize and support the global Pecha Kucha Night network and organise Pecha Kucha Night Tokyo.

03. Why invent this format ?

Because creatives talk too much! Give a microphone and some images to a creative – and they’ll go on forever! Give powerpoint to anyone else and they have the same problem.

04. What are Pecha Kucha Nights ?

Pecha Kucha 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 Pecha Kucha 20×20 format.

05. Why have Pecha Kucha Nights gone viral globally ?

With PechaKucha Nights now happening in over 400 cities around the world Pecha discovered that most cities –  have virtually no public spaces where people can show and share their work in 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, you don’t have enough photos for a gallery show or a lecture – but Pecha Kucha 20×20 is the perfect platform to show and share your work in person.

06. Where are Pecha Kucha Nights held ?

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 and even a quary!

07. Who can present ?

Anyone can present – this is the beauty of Pecha Kucha 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.

08. What can people present?

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 collections of Nana Mouskuri records, others share photos of their latest site visit to a construction site or their recent holiday snaps.

09. What makes a good Pecha Kucha?

Good PechaKucha presentations are the ones that uncover the unexpected, unexpected talent, unexpected ideas. Some Pecha Kuchas tell great stories about a project or a trip. Some are incredibly personal, some are incredibly funny, but all are very different, making each PechaKucha Night like ‘a box of chocolates’.

10. Who runs Pecha Kucha Nights?

Each Pecha Kucha Night is run by a city organizer. Well, they are more like stewards really who look after the Pecha Kucha spirit in each city. All PKN organizers must have a regular day job and they run Pecha Kucha Nights only for the inspiration, love and fun of it. They mostly come from the creative fields. The PKN organizers are usually supported by a big team of volunteers in putting on a Pecha Kucha Night and the more helping hands come together the better. The global Pecha Kucha Network is organized and supported by Klein Dytham architecture.

11. Why is Pecha Kucha Night trademarked?

PechaKucha Night is trademarked to protect all the effort and hard work of our PKN city organizers and network. PechaKucha Night is for CONTENT and not profit.

12. Why has Pecha Kucha got a global foundation?

PechaKucha was devised and by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham and their office Klein Dytham architecture has supported the movement and global network for the past 8 years covering all cost for staff and web development. To keep the project sustainable and viable going forward as the network expands they have set up a foundation. The foundation also support creative projects such as the Mark Hoekstra PechaKucha Night Award.

13. Is Pecha Kucha Night like TED?

Many people have said – “oh so you’re like a local TED!” A very nice complement but not quite right! TED is brilliant but very different to PechaKucha. TED is top down, PechaKucha is bottom up! Deanne the hooper, Astrid daughter or Marks mum could not present at TED – but they had awesome stories and creativity to at recent PechaKucha’s

14. Was Pecha Kucha the first format like this?

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, well 20 seconds x 20 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 or images, number of seconds – and the all important auto forward. No ‘next slide’ or ‘go back one please’ at PechaKucha Nights. There have been several, rather sly – and not so sly imitators including Talk20 and Ignite – but PechaKucha was there first, eight years ago!

15. Is Pecha Kucha Night a social network?

No because there is nothing social about social networks, get out from behind your screen and get to a live event, with real people, real communication, real beer and real creative fun! – Pecha Adelaide agrees AND thinks there is value in the online community as a method for supporting the live events and pooling creatives together to share between events – Pecha Cyber-Stalkers included 🙂

[1.- 15. | Mostly from http://www.Pecha-Kucha.org – FAQ].

Pecha Kucha Night + 20×20

Presenters are invited/apply to exhibit 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds– giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. Pecha night’s usually run for  an hour and a half with roughly 10-20 presenters across various professional design, arts and creative disciplines. Pecha Kucha Nights provide a platform for sharing ideas and networks as well as fantastic peer links between Universities, industry and business, with networking and head-hunting opportunities for students, business people and industry alike.

Pecha Kucha Nights – Adelaide (online)

Fresh of the digital press, at the Pecha Blog and other Social Media sites we’ve set up, you’ll get to meet our community, chat, meet up at events and get to see all the changes as as our Glocal Adelaide Pecha community grows [No typo: glocals are people, organisations, and communities that are willing and able to ‘think globally and act locally…’] – that’s us Pecha’s!

In cahoots with Pecha’s from across the globe, Pecha Kucha Nights – Adelaide Vol #1. – Livin’ It Large, is set to kick off at 6:30pm, Wednesday October 5th 2011, showcasing some of Adelaide’s most creative and innovative talent!

You don’t have to be professional, just passionate!

PKN-A | Social Media

Can’t get enough of Pecha?
PKN-A brings you a dynamic online community where you can interact the way you like!  Make new friends, develop projects + share ideas, collaborate and network with global and local creative’s, businesses, academics and industry leaders.

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– @Pecha_Adelaide



Snoop around a bit and stay in touch over the coming months as we bring you some great content and creative news from around Adelaide – Don’t forget to check out our other links and choose how you will interact with your community. ‘Like’ Us, link to us, tell your friends  and invite family!

Spread the Word…

Do you know other people who have great ideas , or perhaps a strange hobby and might want to present? Or perhaps people who just like to be in-the-mix? Spread the Word to grow our community, tell your friends and family, ‘Like’ Pecha pages and tell us what you and all your friends are up to!

Drop organisers a line so we can cover your projects and artworks in between events | Let’s show Adelaide and the rest of the world, Adelaide at it’s best !

We rely on your donations, communication + volunteer time

Pecha Kucha Nights are not-for-profit and rely on your support to make it happen and keep happening – your donations ($ + Time + Interaction) are much appreciated in helping organisers to bring you great events, equipment, venue’s and excellent entertainment, publicise your work and let people know about it across the globe!

Any surplus fundraising $ are donated to the Pecha Kucha Foundation, which funds and staffs the global siteand adminstration of PechaKucha across the globe.

So that’s what Pecha’s about and a whole lot more – join the ‘chit-chat’ today!!


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