Pecha Kucha Pietermaritzburg?

Pecha Kucha, Japanese for “chit-chat”, is a presentation format that combines business meeting and slam poetry and turns endless Power Point presentations into an art form and a competitive sport.

Initially introduced by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, two Architects from Tokyo’s Klein-Dytham Architecture that were hosting an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public, this simple presentation format has become a world wide phenomena.

A Pecha Kucha presentation consists of 20 images, each displayed for 20 seconds, and then transitioned automatically to the next. At the the cut off point, the presentation is complete and the presenter stands down. This is a short, focused presentation that should, if rules are observed, take no longer than 6 min 40 secs.

In South Africa the idea has grown in popularity and regular evening are held and planned for Durban and Cape Town. A typical Pecha Kucha Night hosts 8 to 14 presenters. Presenters (and much of the audience) are usually from a range of academic and creative fields. Here, an audience can look forward to a tightly focused collection of images and words on subjects as diverse as tea towel design to teaching, cartooning to cartography.

Pietermaritzburg, sadly, still hasn’t heard of the phenomena. If you think that you can match words and images in a six minutes and 40 seconds  elevator pitch, or are interested in assisting creating a platform to watch others “transform corporate cliché into surprisingly compelling beat-the-clock performance art” – then please get in touch and let’s make such an event happen in our small city.


2 thoughts on “Pecha Kucha Pietermaritzburg?

  1. Hallo Derek

    I am excited to be compiling a presentation such as this. I have a friend who has presented a few of these in Durban. I notice, however, in your specifications in our task file that we need to include “video” to send to you. Are you expecting us to deliver such a presentation and then to have this presentation recorded and to post this to you? Or can we compile the presentation, including the words (oral aspect) in the form of written text, accompanying each slide or photograph? I do hope it is the latter…


    Carin Goodwin

  2. Hi Carin – It is the later . I’m not really looking for a video of you doing a Pecha-kucha presentation. You could however include a video clip within one of your slides (providing that it is shorter than 20 secs). If you’d like to pre-record the presentation, you could insert the narration into PowerPoint.
    Glad to hear that you are familiar with the format. I would like to go down to Durban to see the next one – http://www.pecha-kucha.org/night/durban/ – shout if you are interested in joining. Would be good to get a group together

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