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PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps -- just about anything, really -- in the PechaKucha 20x20 format.

PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.

With PechaKucha Nights now happening in over 900 cities around the world, we have discovered that most cities -- not just Tokyo where it began -- have virtually no public spaces where people can show and share their work in a relaxed way.

The presentation format was devised and shared by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture. The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in their gallery/lounge/bar/club/creative kitchen, SuperDeluxe, in February, 2003.

The beauty of PechaKucha is that anyone can present, you don't have to be creative or have an existing portfolio of work you want to share, you could talk about anything. Good PechaKucha presentations are the ones that uncover the unexpected -- unexpected talent, unexpected ideas. Some PechaKuchas tell great stories about a project or a trip. Some are incredibly personal, some are incredibly funny, but all are very different.

The key to a great presentation is to present something you love. Most people use PechaKucha Night to present their latest creative projects or work. Some people share their passion and show their prized collection of John Rowles records, while others share photos of their latest visit to a construction site or their recent holiday snaps. We always recommend people go and see a PechaKucha Night before they ask to present to get a good feel for what it's all about.

Flickr photo archive of presenters, venues and poster designs

Each PechaKucha Night is run by a city organizer. They are more like stewards, who look after the PechaKucha spirit in each city. All PKN organizers must have a regular day job and they run PechaKucha Nights only for the inspiration, love, and fun of it. They mostly come from the creative fields. The PKN organizer is usually supported by a big team of volunteers -- when it comes to putting on a PechaKucha Night, the more helping hands the better.

Christchurch Organisers to date and their day jobs:

2015 - (current) Erica Austin, Experience Awesomist, Ministry of Awesome and Christchurch Ambassador, Te Pūtahi.

2014 - 2017 Netta Egoz, Community Lawyer

2013-2014 Chloe Geoghegan, Dog Park Art Project Space

2011-2013 Jessica Halliday, Festival of Transitional Architecture

2008-2011 Vanessa Coxhead, The Physics Room Contemporary Art Project Space

PechaKucha Nights are devised and shared by Klein Dytham Architecture.