Save the date for the second edition of PechaKucha Night

By Jude Toyat
@judetbpseeds
judetoyat@theborneopost.com

Members of the organising committee and speakers for the second edition of PechaKucha Night by IDC which include (from left) Chonfan Bong, Bethany Lau, Ng Chee Wee, Alan Lau, Tina Lau, Janani Premchandh, Vanessa Lau and Daphne Siaw.

Members of the organising committee and speakers for the second edition of PechaKucha Night by IDC which include (from left) Chonfan Bong, Bethany Lau, Ng Chee Wee, Alan Lau, Tina Lau, Janani Premchandh, Vanessa Lau and Daphne Siaw.

Integrated Design Consultant (IDC) is inviting creative people throughout the state to join in the merriment of their second edition of PechaKucha Night Kuching 2016 to be held at the Granary Kitchen + Bar on July 1.

According to its senior architect Tina Lau Kor Ting, the decision for another edition of the programme was due to the encouraging response they received from members of the public at their first edition last April.

“We were very excited with the turnout during our first PechaKucha that attracted more than 200 members of the public who gave us positive feedback.

“This is possibly because PechaKucha is the perfect platform for people, especially newbies, to show and share their work in a relaxed way  in which we hope to uncover the unexpected talent and ideas,” she said during the run-through session with speakers and members of the organising committee on June 24.

For their second edition of PechaKucha Night, a total of 12 participants had confirmed their participation which include freelance creative artist Bethany Lau, self-taught paper and quilling enthusiast Ma Xiangru, photographer Chonfan Bong, storyboard artist Vanessa Lau, graphic designer John Huang, architects Min Wee, Azie Morni and Ng Chee Wee, abstract artist David Chew, Capoiera trainer Malcolm Wu, writer Jonathan Soon, and filmmaker Samuel Wong.

Tina pointed out that the event was an informal and fun gathering where creative people got together and shared their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps, just about anything in the PechaKucha 20×20 format.

“We are also in the midst of recruiting creative teenagers, below the age of 18, to be part of our next PechaKucha after the one to be held this July 1 and further details on that will be announced at a later date.

“I see very few opportunities for the young people to express their arts and ideas, especially those who have just started and such platform will help us to raise a generation of youngsters who are very interested in arts and want to show to the world their creative ideas, which for us needs to start at a very young age for it to develop tremendously,” she added.

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 presentations.

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.

“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.

She also pointed out that PechaKucha Night was strictly for content and not profit, and any charges to the public will be used to cover the cost of running the event.

“To help support the network, we are also charging a small fee to contribute to the PechaKucha Global Fund.

“We are looking at more than 200 attendees at our next PechaKucha Night,” she added.

Tickets are priced at RM15 (includes entrance and a free-flow non-alcoholic drink) with presentations to begin at 8.20pm.

To obtain the tickets, contact The Granary Kitchen + Bar at 0112-5089321 or email pk@i-designconsultant.com.

Tina added that IDC is also planning to organise PechaKucha for 4 times per year.

For more info, visit www.pechakucha.org or www.facebook.com/PechaKuchaKCH.

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