was devised in February 2003 by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Tokyo's Klein-Dytham Architecture (KDa), as a way to attract people to Super Deluxe, their experimental event space in Roppongi. Pecha Kucha Night events consist of around a dozen presentations, each presenter having 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds on a timer. Thus, each presenter has just 6 minutes and 40 seconds to explain their ideas before the next takes the stage. Conceived as a venue through which young designers could meet, show their work, exchange ideas, and network, the format keeps presentations concise and fast-paced.
In 2004 PKN began in a few cities in Europe, and has since become a worldwide phenomenon. As of August 2010, Pecha Kucha Nights were held in over 410 cities worldwide. Event flyers are posted on the global Pecha Kucha Daily blog.
One of the attractions of Pecha Kucha Nights is the wide range of the 20×20 talks. Most consist of design professionals showing their creative work, but presenters often speak about such topics as their travels, research projects, student projects, hobbies, collections, or other interests.
Well-known presenters at Pecha Kucha Nights have included the architects Jun Aoki, Toyo Ito, Rem Koolhaas, designers such as Tom Dixon, Ron Arad, Thomas Heatherwick, but also comedians such as Johnny Vegas, actress Joanna Lumley and ITN newscaster Jon Snow. However, the power of Pecha Kucha is that the success of each presentation relies purely on the presenter’s personality and the strength of her or his ideas; the format places young designers and students on the same footing as the global stars mentioned above.
As of August 2010, over 170 talks are available for online viewing at Pecha Kucha Presentation
Presenters must grant Pecha Kucha Night certain non-exclusive rights and license to reproduce their appearance
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