So what is PechaKucha? Its website sums it up pretty well:
"PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.
It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat", it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It's a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace."
Basically, young designers - 20 images on Powerpoint - 20 seconds to talk about each. It is a spectacular worldwide event, in 281 (and counting) cities like St. Louis, Guangzhou, Barcelona, Bordeaux, St Petersburg etc. PechaKucha night this time around was also to raise funds for Haiti. Fantastic.
The event in Melbourne was held in 1000£ Bend on Lt Lonsdale. I've read about the newly opened cafe/bar but never actually stepped in. Such a relaxed atmosphere ... basically a spacious warehouse (painted white, timber trusses!) filled with old couches that eats you up. In other words, it sums up what is trendy in Melbourne is - derelict-chic. Perfect venue for such an event, with images projected onto the beautifully-worn, painted brickwork.
Front bit of 1000£ Bend (the warehouse is further back)
PechaKucha is a fabulous idea ... and I think we should all do something similar. Get a few of your friends together and just present and share - talk about current ideas, trends, designs, favourite buildings, illustrators ... the possibility is endless. Some vino and birra in hand, of course. A semi-formal evening to get our creative juices flowing, and most importantly (I reckon), put competitiveness behind and just share.
LTRHDS opening is on this Friday, 26th February. Interesting concept, and I can't wait to see what the artists have come up with.