June 29, 2008

PSP News: Pecha Kucha Night

A little creativity does go away. When Tokyo-based architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham needed to promote their multi-media event space, SuperDeluxe, in Tokyo’s Roppongi district, they came up with a little networking night called Pecha Kucha (pronounced peh-chak-cha), from the Japanese term for “chitchat.”

The idea was to get a crowd in to listen to several young designers and other creative people talk about their latest projects, or whatever ideas were brewing in their minds, in a very equitable scenario — the speakers are able to get the word out on their work, and the audience gets a dose of various interesting and intriguing perspectives, plus a whole lot of beer.

What started out as a night of creative conversation and networking in Tokyo, the birthplace of all things cool (not to mention cute), has spread to 126 cities all over the world—from Amsterdam to Adelaide, Bratislava to Bangkok, San Francisco to Seoul. Apart from the venue (Pecha Kucha is better appreciated in a bar rather than a boardroom), the mode of presentation is what makes it appealing—in the age of numerous distractions, brevity is key, so Pecha Kucha follows a strict format: 20 slides per speaker, 20 seconds per slide. For those who, like me, don’t have the talent of staying awake through PowerPoint presentations of epic proportions, this brisk approach is wonderful news.

Now, thanks to Idea!s Creatives, Inc, a social enterprise design team for non-profit organizations — along with Adobo magazine and Epson Philippines — Pecha Kucha is coming to Manila. The first of a series of four scheduled Pecha Kucha Nights is happening on June 13, at Mag:Net Bonifacio High Street (2/F, Building 3), at 8:30 to 11 p.m., and will feature heady mix of ideas from designers, graphic artists, writers, visual artists, and other individuals with interesting images to share.

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