A night of sharing at PechaKucha Kuching
By Patricia Hului
Whenever a speaker took over the microphone, the lights went off, making the room only bright enough to see the powerpoint slides and each other’s silhouettes.
Although the venue looked cavernous in this atmosphere, more than 150 people remained transfixed on the speakers as they passionately shared their stories during PechaKucha Night Kuching 2016 on April 1 at the Granary Kitchen + Bar.
Organised by Integrated Design Consultant (IDC), PechaKucha (devised by architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham) is a simple presentation format where the presenter show 20 images, each for 20 seconds and talks along to the images.
Ten presenters dominated the stage that night: Daphne Siaw, Jacqueline Fong, Shen Yeo, Eileen Phoan, Shenton Song, Leonard Siaw, Fabian Hee, Auzani Zeda, Wen Wen and Peggy Wong.
Each speaker had a different style of presenting and different experiences to share; diversifying the itinerary for the night.
For instance, Fong told the story of Tanoti, a community of Sarawakian weavers which she co-founded through poetry.
Meanwhile, Hee from Tastylicious Studio shared his journey of indie filmmaking with humour, making the audience chuckle every now and then.
Two artists behind some of the eyecatching murals around Kuching were also there during PechaKucha to give a glimpse of what went behind the scenes of their work.
Daphne from Artsy Daphy was the one who painted motorsport personalities and their machines on a corner shoplot at Jalan Abell.
Besides that, the 27-year-old business graduate also shared she was into digital painting and sketching.
As for graphic designer Leonard, he was commissioned to do several murals around town including Kuching Flavours food court at VivaCity Mall and The Alleycat Cafe at off Jalan Song Thian Cheok.
Participants were also entertained by the talented local indie band Sonar Instinct.
The next PechaKucha Night is expected to be held on July 1.
If anybody is interested to speak at the next event or if you have any suggestions, drop an email at [email protected]