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Monday, June 02, 2008


Pecha Kucha Night is coming to Manila! Hosted by Idea!s Creatives, Inc., a social enterprise design team for non-profit organizations. PKN Manila shall showcase different ideas from designers, graphic artists, writers, and other individuals with interesting images to share, in a series of four events this year. (Visit http://www.pecha-kucha.org/manila )

Pecha Kucha, pronounced (peh-chak-cha) and meaning ‘the sound of conversation’ in Japanese, works in a 20x20 format. You take a group of speakers and give each of them 6 minutes and 40 seconds to present their topic in 20 slides – that means 20 seconds to discuss each slide! (Studies have shown that a person’s average attention span is 7 minutes, and the 20x20 format makes sure not only that each presenter is able to say everything they want but also that the audience is able to absorb everything they need.) Topics can be anything from one’s collection of insects and action figures to paintings of your 4-year-old daughter to the blueprint for an underwater structure. Anything from about anyone goes, as long as you present it all in 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

The PKN format keeps the audience level up because it avoids the flooding of ideas or the speaker’s monopoly of the microphone, which often results in dry discussions.

Pioneered by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham Architecture (KDa) in Tokyo 2003, PKN has become a global phenomenon, reaching over 120 locations, including Berlin, New York, Tel Aviv, and Beijing. And now it is finally here!

The first Pecha Kucha Night in Manila will be held on 13 June, from 8:20 to 11:00 pm, at the Mag:Net Café Fort Bonifacio High Street. Presenters for this night include painter and production designer Leo Abaya, sculptor Leeroy New, graphic design duo Inksurge, graffiti artists from Pilipinas Street Plan, BBDO-GO Head of Art Joni Caparas, filmmaker Raymond Red, commercial and travel photographer Nicky Sering, contemporary dancer Donna Miranda, student and cosplayer Jin Joson, and Cebu-based design team Grafik Salad, among many other interesting speakers. (Visit http://www.pechakuchamanila.com for the complete line-up.)

Tickets for the first event are priced at P150.00 each, with a student discount price of P120.00, inclusive of entrance, one beer, and pika-pika. Limited seats only!

For inquiries and other concerns, send an e-mail to PKNManila@gmail.com, or call (+632)4368864. For matters regarding partnership, call or send an SMS to +639209470868; for presenters, +639178567753.

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