PechaKucha is Japanese for the sound of chit-chat.
Started in Tokyo in 2003 as a way for designers to meet, network, and show their work in public, the format has since become a universally accessible platform, with events taking place in 1300 cities worldwide.
PechaKucha is a creative, visually driven experience that can be fun and inspiring. Each presenter has only six-and-a-half minutes to talk through a slide show of 20 images. Since an image is shown for only 20 seconds, presenters need to be succinct – and images powerfully eloquent. Which makes it an effective antidote to powerpoint presentations!
Bringing Community Together
In Cape Town around 400 people attend PechaKucha events, with nine to 10 speakers presenting a night. Speakers come from all walks of life, and gather to share their thoughts, works and experiences.
Marieza van Zyl- a regular at the Cape Insights office – is a volunteer at PechaKucha, Cape Town.
She uses her background in communications to help grow the initiative and as a way to bring people together and boost community development.
“I attended my first PechaKucha night in 2014 because I wanted to be inspired by the stories shared on the night. The best thing about PechaKucha is that there are so many ways for you to join in and give back.
Just by attending an evening, you’re helping to bring a community closer together, and you might meet someone whose story touches or inspires you. I’ve got to know so many wonderful people through it, and feel like I’m making a real difference in my own small way.”
PechaKucha supports outreach programmes and fundraisers, so the entrance fee goes to a good cause. The Cape Town organisation is run on a volunteer basis, with five or six events a year.
PechaKucha events are held nationally. See pechakucha.com
Article courtesy of Woman&Home, image from PechaKucha Cape Town