Rouzita Vahhabaghai, Ali Abbassi and Bita Vahhabaghai
Pecha Kucha events have also been held in Gothenburg, Sweden.
PECHA KUCHA IS an international movement that organizes forums in cities around the world for designers and other creative people to present and show their work in all media, including the visual arts, architecture, design, music, fashion, film and literature in an exhilarating kaleidoscope of inspirations, ideas and work..
THE PECHA KUCHA FORMAT allows presenters 20 images each shown for 20 seconds for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds of being in the limelight before their time is up. Presentations are concise, the interest level is constant and many people are afforded the opportunity to showcase their work. More importantly, people with creative energy can come together to meet and network.
THE WASHINGTON, D.C. version of Pecha Kucha, which is called Capitol Pecha Kucha, was organized and launched in March 2007 by architects Rouzita Vahhabaghai and Yiselle M. Santos Rivera, and artist and graphic designer Bita Vahhabaghai.
ABOUT 300 people gathered near Scott Circle in Northwest Washington Wednesday night, Jan 7, for what Capitol Pecha Kucha called “Volume 6,” which focused on “Change,” and specifically individuals who are addressing meaningful “Global Issues” in their work.
AMONG THE PRESENTERS were Keith Bellows, Traveler editor-in-chief for National Geographic; Maya Ajmera, Global Fund for Children (www.globalfundforchildren.com); director/producer Karim Chrobog (www.warchildmovie.com); photojournalist Chris Rainier (www.chrisrainier.com); Geeta Raj, The Global Sleepover (www.theglobalsleepover.com); environmental architect Travis Price (www.travispricearchitects.com); NGO Program Director for Sudan; Vahid Jahangiri (www.lifelinefund.com); Tegy Thomas, founder of SuperNova7 Productions; and environmental artist Shinji Turner Yamamoto (www.yamamotoshiji.com). The event music was provided by DJ Brien Zachary Watson.
PECHA KUCHA – Japanese for the sound of conversation – taps into a demand for a forum in which creative work can be easily and informally shown. The brainchild of Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, Klein Dytham architecture, Tokyo, began in 2003 as a forum for designers to meet, network, and show their current work to the public, and has since spread to over 150 cities across the world.
PECHA KUCHA IN Sweden held several events in Gothenburg in 2008, and plans to hold its Volume 12 event on Jan. 29. For more information, visit http://www.pecha-kucha.se/
Marianne Drowne, Rasul Sha’ir and Neil Takemoto
Wesam Dawood and Karim Chrobog
Rouzita Vahhabaghai and Ali Abbassi