Last night I attended a PechaKucha night in the Black Box in Belfast. PechaKucha is pronounced “Peh-chak-cha” and not “Pee-sha koo-sha” as I assumed. It draws its name from the Japanese word for the sound of ‘chit chat’.
The first PechaKucha night was held 7 years ago in Tokyo, giving young designers the opportunity to network, and show their work in public. From there its popularity has spread and PechaKucha nights are now held globally, with events happening in over 300 cities.
The popularity could be due to the simplicity of these nights. Each speaker shows 20 slides for 20 seconds and talks alongside them.
Anyone can present at these events and last night we enjoyed a diverse range of speakers from photographers, t-shirt designers, illustrators and cupcake creators. A full list of the speakers and more information can be found here.
PechaKucha Nights are mostly held in fun spaces with a ‘thinking and drinking’ philosophy. I found the night very enjoyable and I’ll most likely attend the next one as well. I believe it will be held in September.