PechaKucha – local kids take to the global stage

PechaKucha Night Derby #5

The fifth PechaKucha Night Derby event took a slightly new angle with the event held last week at QUAD.

The 20/20 PechaKucha event format which originates from Japan is traditionally an adults-only night featuring speakers who present entertaining talks about their interests and passions using 20 slides with 20 seconds to talk about each one.

Last week’s PechaKucha night was a first for the Derby event, with youngsters from Portway Junior School in Allestree taking centre stage.

Katapult MD Dawn has been co-organising the PK nights in Derby with Simon Foote, Simon Foote Architects and Aleena Naylor from BBC Radio Derby for just under a year and was approached by Martin Adler, a teacher from Portway with the idea of getting his class of seven and eight year olds involved. Dawn visited Portway earlier in the year to talk to the kids about PechaKucha who were all full of enthusiasm to take part.

The children were encouraged to source all their own images and write their presentations themselves; young Archie (below) even chose to do his fantastic presentation on Kenya vs Derby without any notes or prompts.

PechaKucha Night Derby #5

All the children were amazing and very inspirational in terms of their presentation content and the courage it takes to speak in front of so many people – an audience in excess of 60.

Martin Adler said “It has improved the children’s speaking and listening skills and their awareness of presenting for an audience. We are looking at ways of using the same technique to present projects in school. This will give other children a chance to develop their skills and have a go.”

I think we all learned something from their presentations and they have definitely set the standard for future events. Read more on this at This is Derbyshire.

If you would like to take part in the next event on 25th July, please contact the organisers via the form on the Derby PechaKucha web page

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