Presenting… PechaKucha™ Nights

February 16, 2016 - By: Sarah Hovis

PechaKucha™ (pronounced pe-CHALK-cha) is a Japanese term that means ‘chit chat.’ Over a decade ago, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture (KDa) created PechaKucha 20x20—a concise presentation format that shows 20 slides for 20 seconds each (that’s six minutes and 40 seconds total). Why was this succinct format needed? Because according to their website, architects, and creative people in general, talk too much when giving presentations.

Klein and Dytham debuted the concept in Tokyo’s SuperDeluxe and called it PechaKucha Night (PKN). Since then, the event has been held in over 800 cities around the world. Most cities have virtually no public spaces where people can show and share their work in a casual way.

PechaKucha is the perfect platform because it’s informal, fun, and creates an outlet for an exchange of ideas, and a celebration of creativity. A PKN can be held anywhere and anyone can present. Klein's daughter presented her artwork when she was five, and Dytham's mom presented her elaborate wedding cake creations when she was 69.

The global PechaKucha network is organized and supported by KDa, and each PKN is run by a city organizer and backed by a host of volunteers. Cities hosting PKNs consent to a free “handshake” agreement that is renewed each year. The agreement ensures there is only one event series per city and cities must organize a minimum of four events a year to qualify as an active city.

If there is not a PechaKucha Night near you, you can still watch one online from around the world.

Photo via: Daniel Nester



If you’re interested in organizing a PKN, start creating your PKN on today.