Last week, we braved the cold (oh so cold!) weather to attend PechaKucha Night Winnipeg, Volume 16 at Park Theatre. “PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps – just about anything, really – in the PechaKucha 20×20 format,” says the PechaKucha website (PechaKucha.org). The event originated in Japan in 2003, but it’s popularity has grown significantly and you can now find local chapters all over the world.
Graphic for Volume 16 from the PechaKucha Night Winnipeg Facebook Page
The name PechaKucha comes from the Japanese term for chit chat. Events feature a line-up of presenters, who all speak on the topic of their choice. A slideshow of 20 images that each presenter has prepared in advance plays in the background while they talk, with each image appearing on-screen for exactly 20 seconds. If you’re like us and can’t do the math on a Friday afternoon, fear not! Wikipedia did it for us: each presentation lasts 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
Our favourites from Winnipeg’s most recent meet-up were Ray Fenwick, a local artist and designer, and Thom Fougere, a furniture designer and EQ3’s Creative Director (no bias’ here…this really is our honest opinion).
Here’s a sampling of slides from Thom’s PechaKucha presentation to give you an idea of what this can look like:
Slide 6 of 20: Steel Wood Table by Thom Fougere.
Slide 13 of 20: Interior of EQ3’s Flagship Store in Toronto. Design concept by Thom Fougere.
Slide 18 of 20: Thom Fougere + Børge Mogensen Pop Up Shop for the 2013 Winnipeg Design Festival.
Learn more about PechaKucha by visiting the FAQ section on their site.
You can also find the PechaKucha event neareast you here.