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#SummitCulture: Pecha Kucha Whistler Oct 17th 2014

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Whistler's only Pecha Kucha night is back on Oct 17th 2014

After a two year break, Pecha Kucha Nights are set to return to Whistler on October 17th 2014, and we can’t wait!

If you’re familiar with the original Pecha Kucha Nights (here or anywhere else) you’ll know why they’re now becoming known as “that thing that’s kind of like TED”. It’s not the most glamorous description in the world, but it’s pretty accurate given that this humble little night of intellectual and creative presentations has now grown to become an international network.

Thanks to pechakucha.org there are now 778 cities (and counting) around the world, each with their own Pecha Kucha “Chapter”.

The new Whistler Pecha Kucha nights are being organized by the Brown Owl Social Club, who have arranged some great local speakers. Volume #7 is themed “trepidation” and will have presentations covering a range of topics from mountaineering, to engineering, to photography.

To come and watch, tickets are by free or by donation at http://pechakuchawhistlervol7.eventbrite.ca

So. What is a Pecha Kucha?

Pecha Kucha is the Japanese “art of precise presentation” where you present your idea with only 20 slides and 20 seconds to talk per slide. Each Pecha Kucha talk will then last about 7 minuets, so if you’re new to it you don’t have to be up there for very long!

Here’s a couple of examples of our faves, just click the images to watch the Pecha Kucha:

1. Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time                                     2. Transformer Apartment

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The format was invented by two architects, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham from Klein Dytham architecture for one simple reason: “architects talk too much! Give a microphone and some images to an architect (or most creative people for that matter) and they’ll go on forever!”.

During a Pecha Kucha talk the images advance automatically, so there really is no way you can get suck rambling on one point for too long.

What are Pecha Kucha Nights?

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Photo courtesy of Pecha Kucha Tokyo

PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, work, thoughts, projects, adventures – just about anything, really – in the PechaKucha 20×20 format. Presenters are arranged before hand to keep everything running smooth and on time, and there are typically between 5 – 10 different presentations in one night.

These nights are super casual, anyone can join and anyone can present. If I’d like to talk at the next Pecha Kucha please send a quick email to vicky[at]brownowlsocialclub.com.

Who can talk at a Pecha Kucha Night?

Anyone, that’s the beauty of it. Whether you’re 5 or 75 if you’ve done something rad, learned something new or made something you’re really proud of you can come and share it.

The key to a Pecha Kucha slideshow is just to talk about something you love. Most people use PechaKucha Nights to present their latest creative projects or work, but some people share their passion and show off their prized record collections, while others share their latest holiday photos, adventure journals, artwork, favourite recipes or even new inventions. The youngest person to do a Pecha Kucha was a 5 year old girl who talked about her drawings!

“We’re always looking for people to tell their stories. We have such an incredible community of creative and intelligent people in Whistler. This is a great way for us all to get together and discover what projects eachother is working on, and maybe find new like-minded friends.” – Victoria, Founder, Brown Owl Social Club

Victoria recommends that new presenters watch a few Pecha Kucha presentations online first to get a good feel for what it’s all about.

Sign-up to talk at a Whistler Pecha Kucha Night: email vicky[at]brownowlsocialclub.com

Is Pecha Kucha like TED?

It’s kind-of like TED in that you’ll learn a heck of a lot from the super smart, adventurous and creative people in your community in short, sharp shots of inspiration.

But at the same time it’s not like TED at all, because with a Pecha Kucha night you can get up from behind your computer screen and actually meet, make friends with, and share a beer with the people who present.

Come and join a real social network for the creative and curious!

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