I like any excuse to learn something new, and Pecha Kucha Night is a great way to hear about a whole range of topics in a short, fast-paced evening. Developed around a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each, the talks are deliberately concise and yet still fascinating.
Teaming up with Birmingham City University’s ReThink Media conference, PKN Birmingham volume twelve’s location was the newly opened Curzon Building which has fantastic views over the city. The seven speakers presented on a range of topics, from bread stamping to podcasting and operatic soprano Lily Pons.
To my mind, the great thing about PKN is that the short, sharp presentations have enough time to spark the interest of the audience, but if a topic doesn’t grab you, then they’re also quickly over. Thankfully all seven topics were fascinating with everything from storytelling in colonial Mexico via artwork stamped onto bread, through to popular podcasts and the future of cameras.
Rocio Carvajal’s talk on “The language of food: Bread stamping in colonial Mexico” was a speedy run through Mexican bread stamping from a historical perspective, but also her efforts to recreate this artistry and examples of her work, which we then got to eat after! I also enjoyed the camaraderie of the organisers who seem genuinely passionate about spreading interesting ideas in the city – evidenced by them allowing a presentation by Mark Stedman, founder of Ignite Brum, which runs a similar-format event of “five-minute presentations with slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds”…although Mark was at PKN to talk about his passion for podcasting.
The presentations on the night were recorded and are available to view on PKN Birmingham’s website and they have a number of other events lined up for the rest of the year. There’s more info at; http://pkbham.uk/