Japanese-inspired Barnsley network turns ten

A Japanese creative networking craze which has swept the world will see its tenth Barnsley event held later this month.

Pecha Kucha Night Barnsley will bring together people working and studying in the local creative, digital, design, arts, science and media industries.

Speakers on the night will give short presentations about their personal passions, ideas and experiences and each of their illustrated talks will last just over six minutes, as they are only allowed to show 20 slides timed to show for exactly 20 seconds each.

The ‘Pecha Kucha Night’ (PKN) creative networking 20×20 concept was devised by a company of architects called Klein Dytham Architecture in Tokyo in 2003.

They wanted to set up an easy way for lots of creative people to get together in an evening and share their stories and ideas in a fast-paced, fun and informal environment.

PKN events are now held in over 600 cities and towns worldwide.

Pecha Kucha Night Barnsley compere Joel Fryer said:

“At Barnsley Pecha Kucha Nights over the last couple of years, we’ve had people talking about stone balancing, animation, rally driving, immortality, human potential, beards and bee-keeping amongst many others subjects.”

One former presenter, Mark Wrigley, who has given 20×20 presentations at two previous PKN events about light emitting diodes (LEDs) and Fibonnaci’s numbers, said:

“Pecha Kucha is a great way to get your latest thoughts and interests out there and share them with others.

“The short presentations focus your mind and can really help you take a closer look at your own work and ideas.”

The tenth Barnsley Pecha Kucha Night will be held on Thursday, October 24, 6.30pm at the Chill Bar, above the Chill Restaurant in Barnsley town centre.

Speakers at this event will include Kimb Jones talking about the space shuttle; Mark Asquith talking about his Grandad’s philosophy on life; Wayne Sables talking about film-making; Julia and Bridget Pearson talking about family relationships and Darren Smithson talking about his love of comics.

Pecha Kucha Nights are run by a team of volunteers working in the creative and digital sector. Tickets cost just £3 and are available on the door, everyone welcome. To find out more and reserve a place, please visit www.pknbarnsley.co.uk


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