It never ceases to amaze me the sheer amount of cultural and artistic events happening in Lebanon. (Kinda makes me wish I was a tad bit more creative) The latest one? Pecha Kucha.
What is Pecha Kucha? According to the Youth and Culture Center – Zouk Mikael’s blog,
“Pecha Kucha, pronounced “peh-cha ku-cha”, is the Japanese term for the sound of conversation “chit-chat”, translated in Lebanese as dardasha …
Pecha Kucha first started in Tokyo, Japan in February 2003 by Astrid KLEIN and Mark DYTHAM. It is present today in hundreds of cities around the world. Pecha Kucha is a global network of independent creative artists, a platform of exchangers, and interdisciplinary meetings.
The idea behind Pecha Kucha is to keep presentations concise, the interest level up, and to have as many presenters sharing their ideas within the course of one night. Therefore the 20×20 Pecha Kucha format was created: each presenter is allowed a slideshow of 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds. This results in a total presentation time of 6 minutes 40 seconds on a stage before the next presenter is up. Each event usually has 14 presenters. Presenters (and much of the audience) are usually from the design, architecture, photography, art and creative to academia and the business world.
This system of presentations, which varies between the speed dating, the jam session and the impro, makes it possible to keep the rhythm and to hold the public in breath. In two sets, a dozen creators implied in the world of design, graphics, architecture, fashion, music, multimedia, art… present a work, a piece of furniture, a building, a collection, an exposure, a simple idea like a portfolio in integrality!”
The last Pecha Kucha event took place on June 16 of this year at Gemmayzeh’s famous St Nicolas Stair Case. I found these photos from the event..(aren’t they great?)
The 9th edition of Pecha Kucha Beirut will take place on Wednesday November 3rd, at 8pm, at the Youth and Culture Center in Zouk Mikaël.
The participants are:
01- Save Beirut Heritage – Balsam Madi
02- Shankaboot, web series
03- Karma Hamady, graphic designer
04- Sierra Prasada, writer
05- Cirrus Brass Design – Ribal Rayyes, designer & Ribal Radwan, architect
06- Avatar Architettura – Nicola Santini, architect
07- Dima Boulad, graphic and motion design
08- Freetree – Charbel Samuel Aoun
09- Kiki Bokassa, artist
10- Sawt-el-niswa – Sara Abu Ghazal
11- Fida Bizri, linguist
Want more information? Here are some useful links!
Pecha Kucha official website: http://www.pecha-kucha.org/
page on official website specifically for Beirut: http://www.pecha-kucha.org/night/beirut/
Youth and Culture Center Zouk Mikael blog: http://networkedblogs.com/9P96h
Pecha Kucha Beirut Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136571039725504
Pecha Kucha Beirut Group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10930354822
Have information that I’m missing? Leave it in the comments and I’ll update this post!