Pecha Kucha, Japanese for the sound of conversation, is a mix of show-and-tell, open-mike night and happy hour that has become a forum for ideas on design, architecture and other forms of creativity. Devised in 2003 in Tokyo, Pecha Kucha Night has spread virally to over 135 cities around the world as an informal forum for creative people to meet, network and show their work in public.For more about Pecha Kucha you can visit the global website.

Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for just 20 seconds, giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show.

Here are things you need to know about Pecha Kucha Night:

  1. Pecha Kucha Night is for creativity and not for profit.
  2. Pecha Kucha Night presentations are typically 20 images x 20 seconds each.
  3. Pecha Kucha Nights are about exposing the hidden creativity in a city.
  4. Pecha Kucha Nights are held in social spaces.
  5. Pecha Kucha Night is a true social network.
  6. Pecha Kucha Night is about thinking and drinking.
  7. Pecha Kucha Night is about the live event – not a LCD screen in your home.
  8. Pecha Kucha cities sign a simple hand shake agreement to join the network.
  9. Pecha Kucha Nights are held in over 135 cities.
  10. Over 4,000 people have already presented.
  11. Pecha Nights are organized by artists, designers, students, architects, etc.
  12. Everybody who runs a Pecha Kucha Night has a day job.
In Parliament, We Trust.

As Parliamentarians we believe that an event like Pecha Kucha is an important part of showcasing the varied and creative talent we have in Charleston. As Pecha Kucha organizers we get fired up (and hopefully not fired from our day jobs for neglect) in putting each night together, but it does take some green. If you would like to donate and help keep Pecha Kucha rolling, please select an amount from the drop down below. If you feel like you need a little something for your donation, a Pecha Kucha representative will gladly tap dance for you.