It is always fun being in on a secret, and you won't want to miss out on this one. Devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture, with the first event taking place in Tokyo 2003, Pecha Kucha Nights have extended their reach and now take place in over 800 cities around the world. Luckily for us, the event has well and truly caught in Perth. Pecha Kucha is a simple concept which sees speakers give a presentation with an accompanying slide show composed of 20 images, with each image shown for 20 seconds. Similar to the 'elevator pitch,' the aim of this format is to enable speakers to share their work in a relaxed space with the hopes of intriguing the audience within the limited time frame.
The subject of the speeches can be about absolutely anything. At the latest Pecha Kucha at Guild Hall, an architect, design consultant, editor/creative and community organization, among others, used the unique platform to share their passion and latest projects. However, speakers need not even be professionals in order to present. The beauty of Pecha Kucha is that anyone can take part: children as young as 5 to adults aged 69 and beyond. Pecha Kucha only asks one thing of the speakers, and that is to 'present something you love'.
The atmosphere of Pecha Kucha is heart-warming and welcoming, with both parties gaining from the experience. The speakers are granted exposure and audience members are able to be enlightened by the 'ordinary' citizens of Perth; what makes them tick and the impact they are making in the community, whether it be big or small.
Pecha Kucha poses as both an interesting night out and a social networking event. With food and drinks available, it allows for like-minded people to mingle in an uplifting and supportive environment. With different speakers invited to share their fascinating stories each event, audiences are sure to broaden their minds and become inspired each and every time.
*Be sure to keep up with news on upcoming Pecha Kucha events in Perth via the facebook page here.