PKNs run in over 800 cities all over the world, a quick-fire way of hearing from people across the city and beyond.
At Pecha Kucha Night Dundee we had 13 diverse individuals who speak about whatever they like, and it’s a speedy format – presenters have 20 images and 20 secs per image – so just under 7 mins, which means you hear a lot of interesting, thought-provoking and often inspiring stuff.
Our regular ‘spread the word’ feature on the night also gave anyone the chance to grab the mic and shout out the events and opportunities they have coming up.
Pecha Kucha Night Vol 14 was also live streamed, thanks to Stream Scotland, a partnership between Bonnie Brae Productions and Mat Ploski who have pooled their video production skills together. Photos from the night can be viewed here, thanks to Stephanie Fulke.
Michaela Millar is Business Development Officer at Scott & Fyfe, an employee owned technical textile company which embraced a design led strategy shortly before its 150th birthday. Graduating from the DJCAD Textile Design course in 2012 she began working with the company after interning there using tools more commonly found in design than business. @michaela_millar and @ScottandFyfe
Mary Jane Baxter is a writer, maker and milliner with a love of travel. She is the author of two books, ‘Chic on a Shoestring’ and ‘The Modern Girl’s Guide to Hatmaking’ and is working on a third title, ‘Vintage Vacation’, inspired by a recent trip around Europe in her upcycled Mobile Makery van. Previously a BBC foreign correspondent Mary Jane is currently splitting her time between London and Montrose in Angus. maryjanemakes.com and mobilemakerytour.blogspot.com and @maryjanebaxter
Lorraine Wilson. Formerly a crack writer of horoscopes, amusing quizzes, and probing interviews with pop stars for Jackie magazine, Lorraine has somehow managed to feed herself and several small dogs by committing words to paper for the past 30 years. A former editor of Animals and You and The Scots Magazine, her first book was Take It To The Bridge, charting the history of Dundee rock and pop. Her second book, Facing Forwards, charts a three-month solo journey around Europe over the summer of 2015. @LorraineEWilson and @FacingForwards
Grant Richmond is a self employed web developer who occasionally likes to do mildly interesting things. Over the last couple of years his main side project has been starting and running Dundee MakerSpace but is now moving onto pastures new. You can find his ramblings at grant.codes or @terminalpixel.
Dawn Walton is a Cognitive Hypnotherapist and author of ‘The Caveman Rules of Survival’. She has a passion for challenging long held beliefs about mental health issues. Dawn believes everyone is screwed up, and if we could all just accept it then it would make it a lot easier to help people get over their problems. She has offices in Dundee, Aberdeen and does 50% of her business on Facetime and Skype, so is able to help people all over the world. So there is no hiding! Find her on @Thinkitchangeit, online at thinkitchangeit.com, on YouTube, Facebook and she’s pretty sure there are a few pigeons flying around with her contact details on them too.
Andrew Wasylyk is the alias of Scottish writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Andrew Mitchell. A member of alternative rock band Idlewild since 2014, he has released six albums with ongoing indie pop group The Hazey Janes along with the acclaimed debut of psych duo Art of the Memory Palace. previous tours supporting Wilco, and as a session player with Electric Soft Parade and School of Language – Andrew is currently touring his first solo record ‘Soroky’. facebook.com/a.wasylyk and @A_Wasylyk
Julija Danilova is a Textile artist and Garment constructor. Originally from Riga, Latvia, Julija moved to Scotland in 2007, where she decided to gain an education in Textiles. She graduated in BA Design and Creativity from RGU/ Dundee And Angus College in Dundee in 2014. facebook.com/BuildingBridgesDesign
Jordan Butler is Managing Director of Togs for Tots to Teens CIC, a Social Enterprise founded in response to the level of poverty in the City of Dundee. As well as providing a clothing and equipment bank for essential aid for struggling families; As an arts educator, Jordan aims to counteract blame culture through creative thinking and their ethos of ‘Creating Kindness’. Togs are striving to ensure that every child has what they need to thrive through the distribution of goods, experiences and by challenging attitudes. facebook.com/togsfortotsdundee
Siôn Parkinson is an artist, singer and producer. His performances often see him appearing in costume to invoke the voice of an animal, variously a burning elephant, a stuffed walrus, a lovelorn worm, and most recently a seal who talks and vomits. His work as a producer for Cape Farewell’s ‘Sea Change’ project took him to the Isle of Mull where he was Creative Director of Exhibitions for Comar, a role that in turn inspired his return to Dundee, the city in which he was born. He is producer of the inaugural Dundee Design Festival 2016. @sionparkinson
Almighty Foods is Dundee’s premier nutrient dense food company, sourcing only the highest quality organic ingredients from all over the world. They are the first company in Dundee to manufacture chocolate and nut butters from the bean/nut itself… truly evolutionary. Founded and run by Molly and Josh, who are spreading awareness of ethically natured organic eating and living, like wildfire. Their mission is simple, clean air, clean water, clean food, ethics and a whole lot of love. Join them and hear about there journey/vision and get involved in “nourishing your temple”! almightyfoods.co.uk
Ben Seal is a music producer and musician who sometimes makes films. Originally from England, he relocated to Scotland where he spends time larking about in the studio and talking about himself in the 3rd person. Having recently completed a complete list of desires, past and future, he has now moved onto regret. urbanfarmhand.net and @urbanfarmhand
Lesli Robertson and Natalie Macellaio, who are US artists who have created the exhibition The Mother Load at Hannah Maclure Centre, curated by artist and curator, Clare Brennan from Abertay University. natalie.macellaio.net and leslirobertson.com
The event can be also be watched in full below:
Timecode: 8:29 – Jack Wrigley, 16:04 – Mary Jane Baxter, 23:30 – Julija Danilova, 31:28 – Josh and Molly of Almighty Foods, 40:24 – Dawn Walton, 48.09 – Grant Richmond, 1:31:00 – Siôn Parkinson, 1:39:00 – Lorraine Wilson, 1:47:00 – Jordan Butler, 1:55:20 – Michaela Millar, 2:02:42 – Ben Seal, 2:10:43 – Lesli Robertson and Natalie Macellaio, 2:20:00 – Andrew Wasylyk.
PECHA KUCHA NIGHT DUNDEE VOL 14
Date: THURS 25th Feb 2016
Time: 7 – 10pm (event will kick off at 7.20pm)
Place: Bonar Hall, Park Place, Dundee
Event hashtag: #PKN_DND
What is Pecha Kucha Night?
If you’ve not been to Pecha Kucha Night Dundee before, then all we can say is come along and try it out. PKN is part of a massive global network, which you can find out more about here.
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 800 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.