Success of first PechaKucha Night in Derby

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PechaKucha is an idea born in Japan, where creative people get to talk about something that makes them tick. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

Having known for some time that Derby is brimming to the rim with creative talent, and having been to a PechaKucha night before, Katapult MD Dawn decided to find out if this was something that creatives in Derby would go for. Having applied for the permission/the handshake agreement to run PechaKucha nights in Derby with support from Derby’s Creative Industries Network, QUAD and University of Derby, she set about organising the first event with BBC Radio Derby presenter Aleena Naylor and Simon Foote from Simon Foote Architects.

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As soon as event details were announced, there was a wealth of interested speakers and followers on Facebook and Twitter. Speakers on the night included :

Emily Howlett | Actress & Writer
Martin Broadhurst | Social Media Fanboy
David Cross | Polymath & Architect
Jonathan Wallis | Museum Manager
Helen Gallimore | Creative Thinker
Pranali Parikh | Urban Designer
Liam Sharpe | British comic book artist, writer and publisher
Bimal Jangra | Teacher & Musican
Ewa Wollinska | Polish Journalist
Barry Thomas | Silver Smith
Jerry Tseng | Architect
Finbar Lillis | Analyst, evaluator and melody maker

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The aim of the events are to share ideas, inspirations and insights with other creatives about any topic or theme of interest to you. PechaKucha is a not for profit set up and PK nights are run in 382 cities across the globe with Derby now being one of them. Each event will be organised with an open mind and with the hope to feel bemused, inspired and entertained by the thought provoking presentations. This first event was certainly all of those things and has received a wealth of positive response on the Twitter and Facebook pages after the event.

The first event was a huge success with the space at QUAD filled to its capacity.

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A raffle was held to raise money for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami appeal so thanks to everyone who helped raise over £100 on the night.

The next event is on June 30, 2011 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

If you’re interested in presenting at a PechaKucha Night in Derby please visit the website and submit your details.

You can follow event details on Twitter: @PechaKuchaDerby or Facebook

PechaKucha Night – devised and shared by Klein Dytham architecture

Derby PechaKucha Night is sponsored by CIN, University of Derby and QUAD.

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