PechaKucha Night a calling for local creative minds to gather

Kelowna will host the city’s inaugural PechaKucha Night as part of the 2011 Arts & Culture Summit.

Kelowna will host the city’s inaugural PechaKucha Night as part of the 2011 Arts & Culture Summit.

“The event is a fun opportunity for creative minds to come together to share their ideas and showcase their work in a unique way,” said Sandra Kochan, City of Kelowna cultural services manager.

“This is the start of a local social network built around creativity, and there will be three more of these events in the next 12 months.

“We’re looking for a wide range of creative people. Architects, artists, chefs, curators, gardeners, filmmakers, designers, fashionistas, collectors —anyone who has ideas and a passion they can share with an audience in a visual format.”

PechaKucha Nights have been held in more than 370 cities around the world after originating in Tokyo in 2003. The informal event is built around a simple presentation format consisting of 20 images shown for 20 seconds each. The city is looking for 10 presenters, and an enthusiastic audience, to kick-off the inaugural event on April 9.

The evening event will be held at the Habitat on Leon Avenue om downtown Kelowna, free to the public.

Kelowna’s Art & Culture Summit will also feature a variety of workshops, presentations, brainstorming sessions and keynote addresses aimed at local artists and cultural organizations. For more information visit kelowna.ca/culture.