Pecha Kucha Night at Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester 1st Dec

pech-kucha-nz-01I’m delighted to announce that the worldwide phenomenon Pecha Kucha is soon to arrive in Manchester. The term is based on the Japanese word for ‘chit-chat’ and has evolved into a social night with a difference. The PK concept was invented by two Tokyo-based architects, Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein as a reaction to the ‘death by Powerpoint’ experience we’ve all had from time to time.

Pecha Kucha Nights are a quarterly social gathering in a city where up to 12 presenters talk about something they feel passionate about, using an innovative 20/20 format – that’s 20 slides only, each rotating every 20 seconds. That makes all the talks exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds long, a great way to encourage a concise, punchy delivery! Paradoxically, Dytham and Klein found that by restricting presentations in this way they unleashed previously untapped creativity – and the events became enormously popular.

The idea caught on, and the likes of Joanna Lumley, Johnny Vegas and newsreader Jon Snow have given presentations. PK now operates in 236 cities globally, a truly worldwide phenomenon…and it’s coming to Manchester on Tuesday 1st December.

I’m launching PK along with my associate Phil Harris (Chief Exec of Optic Glyndwr) and we’ll be hosting 4 events per year, starting on 1st December at Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA (starting 7pm). If you look at the PK web-site you’ll see that up to 1,000 people attend these events – but we’d be happy to get 150+ at the first one! A small fee of £5 is payable on arrival, just to cover costs.

So we have TWO questions to ask:

First, would you be interested in being one of the presenters at PK? It’s all done for the love of your subject, it’s up to you what you talk about and how you present it (music, art, holiday snaps, business – anything as long as it’s a socially acceptable topic) BUT you must conform to the 20/20 rule. We’re looking for creativity, expression, passion – and NO overt commercial selling! That doesn’t go down well.

Second, would you like to attend?

Phil and I are really excited about getting PK off the ground in Manchester. To be part of something with such global appeal is tremendous and I think it’s a great opportunity for two extremes of the City of Manchester – the creatives and the business types – to meet in the middle, socialise and form new, beneficial relationships.

It’s also a fantastic opportunity for the educational institutions in Manchester to mix with the business community – in a fun and creative environment.

I’d love to hear from you!

Pecha Kucha – Devised and shared by Klein Dytham Architecture

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