This past week I attended a Pecha Kucha Night. I have never been to one before. I found it quite interesting, as well, entertaining. At the beginning of the night, there was a ongoing slide show depicting Pecha Kucha Nights from around the world. If you don't know, Pecha Kucha is a method of presenting a slide show that was developed by a couple of guys from Japan. The presentations use a specific format of 20 slides that the presenter talks about for 20 seconds each, so every presentation only lasts for 6 minutes and 40 seconds. The words
Pecha-Kucha essentially mean chit-chat.
Our first presenter of the night gave his perspective of the 20x20 method as well as focusing on the number 20 itself. The rest of the night was filled in with slide shows with varying topics including an African photo safari, the local college radio station, Palestine and another about books and book marks. There were a couple of impromptu presentations given where the host selected the 20 slides and then had a volunteer, who had never seen the slides ever, get up and talk about them. These were hilarious! There are Pecha Kucha Nights in major cities all over the world. A quick search of Pecha Kucha Night on the internet yeilds many links. Go to Pecha-kucha.org to find a city near you. It is well worth your time!