If you haven’t yet heard about PechaKucha nights, then you’re missing out. The name, PechaKucha, comes from a Japanese term for the sound of “chitchat”, and it’s an apt name for these evenings, because of their informal, relaxed style. The atmosphere, people and creative presentations come together for a delightful evening that is more social and fun, then serious edification.
How it works
PechaKucha 20×20 is an interesting format, where any creative can make a presentation out of 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds. The images change automatically and the speaker talks along to the images.
The audience has the chance to ask questions and chat about the topic. A great networking concept, PechaKucha brings diverse people together and exposes them to new ideas.
PechaKucha Nights are held all over the world. In Cape Town it’s held at the Assembly on the first Tuesday of every other month. The next event is on the 6th of May.
Oh, entrance is free and there are frequent beer breaks, which may explain part of why PechaKucha Nights are getting more and more popular in the city.
How it began
Long ago, in a distant land known as Tokyo, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture realised there weren’t enough public spaces to showcase design work in an easy, relaxed format. Thus, the first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in their gallery lounge bar, SuperDeluxe, in 2003.
People liked it, so they held it again. And again. The unique format caught on in other cities, and now they happen in 700 cities around the world, including our beloved Mother City.
Originally, PechaKucha presentations were devised to allow young designers to meet, showcase and network. However, these days anyone can present on just about anything. If you design wedding gowns, bake cakes, landscape gardens, or just have a fresh idea you want to share, you can get involved. Or you can just come along and enjoy what others are doing.
This really makes for a fun evening out that’s a bit different to the usual night out with friends for drinks. There are so many interesting things happening in the city that aren’t part of the norm. It’s worth it to keep an eye on conference venues in Cape Town to see what’s going on that you might not be aware of.
The PechaKucha speakers will inspire you as they share their passions, creativity, and achievements, and because of the relaxed style, you can probably have a chat with them later at the bar.