PechaKucha nights get city’s creative juices flowing

By Harry Hodge
A meeting of the minds is set to take place at the end of the month in District 2. And they’re hoping to make it a regular thing.
PechaKucha, meaning chitchat in Japanese, is a presentation guideline based on the format: 20 images X 20 seconds. Two architects in Tokyo created the PechaKucha format in 2003 as a way for designers and creative minds to meet, show their work and ideas, and share with one another at a social venue. Since starting in 2003, PechaKucha nights are now held in over 570 cities.
The first volume of Ho Chi Minh City’s PechaKucha Night was held in December and over 50 people joined for the event.
“With a mix of presenters and topics lined up for Volume 2, PechaKucha Night Ho Chi Minh City is sure to be another fabulous evening of creativity, sharing, and inspiration,” said event organizer Stacia Moriani.
Those who attend are free to present, provided they adhere to the PechaKucha format. According to the PechaKucha website, most people present their latest creative work. Some people share their passion and others share photos of certain projects of interest or recent holidays. It is suggested for presenters to go and see a PechaKucha Night before they ask to present to get a good feel for what it’s all about.
For more information about the event, go to The event is at VinGallery at 4 Le Van Mien, Thao Dien, District 2, on Thursday, Feb. 28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is 100,000 VND.


About hodgedude

I'm a Canadian journalist and teacher, most recently living in Edmonton and Toronto, now located in Ho Chi Minh City. Graduate of Concordia University in Montreal. I've taught English in S. Korea, pulled rickshaws in Canada, taught at a Taiwanese language boot camp, edited newspapers in China and played a French-speaking Spanish colonel on Vietnamese TV. I also play Australian football. Pick up a copy of issue one of my independent comic, "Getting Lucky," at Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, the Comic Hunter in Moncton, New Brunswick, and the Spotted Cow Pub, 111 Bui Vien, District 1, Saigon.
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