Pecha Kucha Night Dundee is an opportunity for anyone to come along and hear about what’s happening locally, from around 12 totally diverse individuals who speak about whatever they fancy! You, plus hundreds of other people get to sit back, listen, laugh and enjoy… PKN is part of a massive global network, which you can find out more about here: Pecha Kucha Nights.
At PKN we also have the regular ‘spread the word’ feature, giving anyone the chance to grab the mic and shout out the events and opportunities that you have got coming up…
A huge thanks to illustrator Ruud Hendriks of Momo & Sprits for this great sunny Pecha Kucha illustration!
Please have a look at all previous PKNs and watch videos of the presentations here.
Gord Matheson is a Dundee based songwriter and musician who performs as The Strangers Almanac. He has been active in campaigning for Scottish independence, and is a member of National Collective, the pro-independence movement of artists and creatives. @gordmatheson. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 9.
Claire Dufour and Alice La Rooy – Alice works part-time at Abertay University as a Learning Technologist and she dabbles in sewing, knitting and painting. Sometimes these hobbies combine to create objects of Wearable Art. Claire is a community art project manager. She is passionate about performing arts and committed to developing creative engagement in Dundee. @byricochet and @Alice_LaRooy. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 9.
Connor McElwaine – Originally from Clydebank moved to Dundee for university and is now currently an MLitt student at the University of St Andrews studying Modern History. Connor got involved in politics from a young age motivated by inequality and inspired by the cause for change and has since led campaigns on issues such as the living wage at Dundee University. He believes that Scotland should remain as part of the UK. @ConnorMcElwaine. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 9.
Alison Best is a designer who has been investigating the approaches and benefits of design participation within the local community. Alison will be talking about her involvement in the redevelopment of Roseangle Play Park. She will cover design, the importance of outdoor play, the types of play which every child needs, and the project design solutions she presented at her Degree Show. @abest91. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 9.
Sabrina Logan is the Development Officer with The Bharatiya Ashram Charity, where she is successfully expanding the Centres themes, collaborating with the wider creative community in Dundee and building stronger partnerships. Established in 1995, the centre promotes benefits for all, focusing primarily but not exclusively on ethnic minority clients in Dundee and surrounding areas. With an overall objective of improving the quality of life, the charity runs activities under three themes, Health & Wellbeing, the Arts and, Education for all. In 2009, after the redevelopment of the Dudhope Arts Centre, the Dudhope Community Centre was born. The new centre has enabled the charity to build successfully on their three core objectives and continues to enrich the lives of the Centre users. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 9.
Alan Richardson started his career in photography while still at school, taking pictures of the drivers and the action at local autocross events and getting them published in the local paper. He also took pictures of the star golfers who came to his hometown of Carnoustie to play in the Open Championship. On leaving school he joined a weekly newspaper group based in Arbroath as the darkroom boy and learned the trade from printing the pictures of other photographers. Finally freed from the darkroom he spent the next few years covering everything from car crashes to golden weddings. From Arbroath he moved to Aberdeen Journals working on the Evening Express and Press and Journal where the jobs included Royalty and the famous faces that appeared at His Majesty’s Theatre as well as the glory European Cup winning years of Aberdeen football team. Having won a few awards for his work Alan set up in business for himself in 1989 moving to Dundee where he is still based. His work regularly takes him all over Scotland occasionally to London and abroad. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 9.
Audrey Beckett was part of the first Abertay University Ladies Pool team called The Abertay Saltires and held the vice-captain position the first year, the captaincy in the second year and competed in the Brittish University Championships in Coventry. Audrey has played for the Scottish Eightball Pool Federation (SEPF) Scotland Ladies Team for 4 years now. She has competed in International events such as The European Eightball Pool Federations (EEPF) European Championships and The World Eightball Pool Federation (WEPF) World Championships in team and singles events. Audrey is currently the number one ladies pool player in Scotland for the second year running. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 9.
Rory Gianni. After graduating from University of Strathclyde’s MSc. in Environmental Entrepreneurship, Rory became a self-employed software developer. He often works with start-up companies helping them take concept to market. In early 2013, Rory founded ‘Cleanweb Scotland’, one of a growing number of global communities interested in applying internet technologies to sustainability problems. Along with talk nights and networking events, the Cleanweb community was involved in running last year’s Glasgow ‘Startup Weekend’, business launch competition. The event was one of the first ever to be sustainability themed and saw over 90 participants, judges, and coaches attend. @digitalWestie. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 9.
What the devil is a Pecha Kucha Night anyway? Pecha Kucha Nights* were originally started back in 2003 in Tokyo, as an event for creatives to meet, network, and talk about their work in public. Since then Pecha Kucha, meaning ‘chit chat’ in Japanese, has spread internationally running in over 700 cities across the world. The much loved and respected format is relaxed, simple and enjoyable, with something for everyone – presenters have 6 minutes 40 seconds to show and talk through their 20 images, each for just 20 seconds – this keeps things fast and fun!
Pecha Kucha was devised and shared by Klein Dytham architecture. The PKN Dundee event is organised and hosted by Creative Dundee.