02 December 2008

What is PechaKucha Night?

PechaKucha Night, devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham (Klein Dytham architecture), was conceived in 2003 as a place for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.
The key to PechaKucha Night is its patented democratic system. Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds - giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show.
PechaKucha (which is Japanese for the sound of conversation) has tapped into a demand for a forum in which creative work can be easily and informally shown, without having to rent a gallery or chat up a magazine editor. This is a demand that seems to be global - as PechaKucha Night, without any pushing, has spread virally to over 720 cities across the world.
In essence, PK is a conversation starter, a networking opportunity, and an informal night for folk to come together, share and draw inspiration. And just as crucially, it’s a brilliant night out- diverse range of people, visual treats, and a chance to connect with ideas and creatives in our disparate community.
PechaKucha Night is happening in over 720 locations globally.
PechaKucha Night New Orleans is organized by Marianne Graffam.

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