PechaKucha Night Kuching is open for creative entries
By Jude Toyat
Integrated Design Consultant (IDC) is calling for creative people throughout Sarawak to participate in PechaKucha Night Kuching 2016 to be held at the Granary Kitchen + Bar on April 1.
According to its senior architect Tina Lau Kor Ting, PechaKucha (literally meaning chit-chat in Japanese) Night is a popular global event devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Tokyo’s Klein Dytham Architecture in 2003 and has now reached more than 800 cities around the world.
“Most cities have virtually no public spaces where people can show and share their work in a relaxed way. If you have just graduated from school and finished your first project in the real world, where can you show it? Or if you have just completed your first film, where can you show the magic of the film-making process?
“It probably won’t get into a magazine, and you may not have enough photos for a lecture or gallery show. PechaKucha is the perfect platform to show and share your work,” she said during the run-through session with speakers and members of the organising committee held at their IDC office located near Jalan Chan Chin Ann here recently.
Tina pointed out that the event is an informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps, just about anything in the PechaKucha 20×20 format.
“PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.
“The format follows the art of concise presentations,” she said, adding that each presenter will be given a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds for their presentation.
Tina also mentioned that the PechaKucha Night aims to bring creative, passionate people together to network, meet and show their work in public.
“It is a great way for the most inexperienced speaker to talk about their work in public for the first time. Through the PechaKucha platform, we hope to uncover the unexpected – unexpected talent and ideas.
“We hope to unveil some hidden talents and quirks from Kuching and to ultimately show something that is significantly unique and can only be found in Sarawak. People can present about things that they love, which is a key to a great PechaKucha Night,” she said.
On their interest to adapt PechaKucha Night here in Kuching, IDC senior architect Jeffrey Yeung Lok Hin said that he and Tina became attracted to it while they were working in Melbourne a few years ago and attended a few PechaKucha Night at that time.
“The programmes were being run with many interesting talks. Some tell great stories about a project or trip. Some are incredibly personal, some are incredibly funny, but all are very different, and they turn each PechaKucha Night into ‘a box of chocolates’.
“Therefore, we thought that one day we would like to bring this unique and absolutely inspiring program here in Kuching. We are very fortunate that we can finally realise that dream,” he said.
He also pointed out that PechaKucha Night is strictly for content and not profit, and any charges to the public will be used to cover the cost of running the event.
“All PechaKucha organisers must have a regular day job and they run PechaKucha Nights only for the inspiration, love and fun of it. The organisers are usually supported by a big team of volunteers. It is also trademarked to protect all the effort and hard work of the PechaKucha Night city organisers and network.
“To help support the network, we are also charging a small fee to contribute to the PechaKucha Global Fund. To give PechaKucha Kuching’s attendees a great deal for your contribution, we have also teamed up with The Granary Kitchen and Bar to offer some yummies with your tickets,” he added.
Tickets are priced at RM10 (includes entrance and a free-flow non-alcoholic drink) and RM55 (includes entrance + set dinner + a free-flow non-alcoholic drink). The set dinner will start being served at 6.30pm while the
PechaKucha Night Presentations will begin at 8.20pm.
“We are looking at a total of 150 to 200 attendees for this event. Get your tickets soon and drop by to listen to these amazing creatives,” he added.
During the run-through session, there was also a mock-up session for speakers to practice their presentations in front of members of the organising committee which included an artist, a graphic designer, a jewellery designer, a filmmaker, and a textile designer.
In Kuching, the first PechaKucha Night was organised by Ahmad Azuar Zainuddin of Sejoli Reds Football Club that took place at Nee’s Café, Tabuan Plaza in 2012. IDC is the successor with the PechaKucha Night Kuching Vol. 2.