Creative Dundee

PechaKucha Night Dundee Vol.24 at the Caird Hall

Pecha Kucha Night Dundee, hosted by Creative Dundee, is a special night out, which now takes place in over 1,100 cities around the world. Dundee hosts the UK’s largest PKN and we’re excited to be at The Caird Hall for the first time, during Dundee Design Festival 2019!

Pecha Kucha Night was BSL interpreted by Linda Duncan and Jennifer Ramsay positioned stage right. The venue was also fully accessible with space for wheelchair users and their friends/family/helper to sit together. For more, see Caird Hall’s accessibility guide.

It’s a simple quick-fire format – speakers show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. Each person chooses their own topic – their work, their loves, hobbies or holidays. The night is a great way for people to meet and hear inspiring activities happening locally across Dundee and beyond. Always diverse and entertaining, there is something for everyone at this event which started in Tokyo in 2003 and has now grown into a global phenomenon!

Creative Dundee supports creative talent to base, grow and sustain their practice in and around Dundee, by connecting and amplifying the city’s creativity. Find out more and watch all previous talks here

A huge thanks to Fraser Robertson for the incredible PKN artwork. Check out more from him here.

Ged Grimes has been composing, producing and performing music for over 35 years. He came to prominence as a member of the Dundee’s finest pop trio Danny Wilson and he has been a member of Simple Minds since 2010. He has composed and produced music for numerous game soundtracks including Earthworm Jim 3D, Enter the Matrix, Shrek 3, Amplitude and Quarrel. His latest soundtrack for “ The Bard’s Tale IV Barrows Deep” game has been nominated for numerous industry awards and features Scotland’s leading Traditional and Gaelic artists. @gedgrimes

Suzanne Zeedyk is a research scientist and developmental psychologist fascinated by babies’ innate ability to connect with other people.  In 2011, she stepped away from a 20-year academic career at the University of Dundee with the goal of helping the public to share in her fascination.  If emotional connection shapes our health, our happiness and our very biology, that means we need to put relationships at the heart of our communities and our politics.  In the last 8 years, Suzanne has spoken to over 50,000 people, along the way emerging as one of the leading voices in the grassroots movement for Scotland to become an ACE-Aware Nation (Adverse Childhood Experiences).  She’ll tell us why she thinks this vision is an idea whose time has come — and why she truly believes that Scotland has a chance to put the power of compassion on the global map. @suzannezeedyk  

Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club has gone from strength to strength in the six years after our formation as a Wheelchair Rugby League Club winning many awards for the club and participants during 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 – with the club ethos of #allaboutability at the core. The club has received support from many quarters since 2013 and this has been invaluable and has ensured that we have seen the club further grow and expand the provision of the clubs core sports into Rugby League, Basketball, Tennis, Badminton and Curling. In addition, the club has provided opportunity for children and adults with disabilities in Archery, Golf and Para Skiing. @DundeeDragons

Rozina Spinnoy is a Design Strategist and Social Entrepreneur running her own NGO and SME’s working across Europe and beyond. Wearing several hats and using her innovation and design management skills across a variety of sectors from Education, Equality, Inclusion, Women’s issue, Mental Health, Urban Place-making and Civic Participation.  An active volunteer and Board member for community organizations, including youth sports and neuro-diversity. Championing the value of inclusive education and ‘designing’ inclusive communities with BIDs Belgium and Belgium Design Council. Along with the entrepreneurial and digital inclusion project Analogue to Digital, with STEAM and social impact amongst other projects. Actively networking, with attending and participating in many of the European and global conferences across various sectors and fields from design to the urbanisation of our cities. Rozina is not afraid to tackle challenging and complex problems, including challenging political systems and traditions. @rozinbxl 

Eileen Reid is currently a writer for the Scottish Review. Worked at Glasgow School of Art as Head of Widening Access. Prior to that, Lecturer in Philosophy at Langside College. Daughter of the Clydeside union leader and former rector of Glasgow University, Jimmy Reid.

Mara Menzies is an award-winning, internationally touring performance storyteller, passionate about the power and value of stories and the art of storytelling. Based in Edinburgh, she creates, shares and performs stories inspired by her Kenyan/Scottish heritage. She is a Trustee of TRACS, Traditional Arts and Culture of Scotland and is Founder of Mbegani Rising, a unique community development initiative at the Kenyan coast, that use stories and cultural heritage to inspire the social, creative and environmental regeneration of a rural community. @marastoryteller 

Thomas Maile is a Pecha Kucha organizer in the city of Aalen situated in the southern part of Germany. In his job as a police officer, he learnt how art and good design can help to bring messages, helpful tips and information to people in such a way that there is a chance that they will be followed and implemented. His job brought him to children’s theatre and Powerpoint and in an effort to give interesting and exciting lectures he has come across Pecha Kucha. His work has been awarded several prizes by various organizations. @mailthom

Annie Marrs is the Lead Officer for Dundee’s UNESCO City of Design. Originally from the Highlands with Aussie blood, vast landscapes and big, big skies have a huge influence over her. A lover of the weather, she’s obsessed with all things colourful. So it is fitting that Marrs Green is the World’s Favourite Colour. But what’s the true story and inspiration behind the colour?  So, once and for all Annie will answer the most burning of all questions about the colour that carries her name – is it blue or is it green? @anniemarrs

Signed Songs Are Us are a Deaf-led choir based in Dundee. The choir was established in 2013 when Gerry Hughes opened Tayside Deaf Hub. Members of the Deaf community decided to translate songs into a visual BSL performance for Gerry, who had successfully sailed single-handedly around the world. The founding members were a strong Deaf BSL choir, cued by a hearing interpreter.  The choir successfully performed across Dundee and Scotland, with an appearance at the Commonwealth Games. In recent years the Deaf choir has welcomed new members and extended this welcome to Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and hearing people alike. The choir remains Deaf led and songs are translated by the choir members to produce a visually enchanting performance in British Sign Language. In 2017 it was the only Deaf choir from Scotland to take part in the first National Deaf Choir Competition, held in Nottingham, returning with a bronze award. The choir returned to England in 2018 to compete again along with performances at both Dundee and Perth’s first Pride celebrations.  This year Signed Songs Are Us were honoured to be hosting the National Deaf Choir Competition 2019 in Dundee!

Darryl Gaffney du Plooy – Hey I am Darryl I do a few different things working with people in Dundee that I will tell yi aboot but what I really want to share with you are my hopes for Dundee, the Emerging Dundee.  Being a UNESCO City of Design and coolest city in Scotland is a great restart but, does it matter if the benefits aren’t felt by those who need it most? I will suggest a couple of ideas that could create deeper dialogue and foster wider optimism about the about the potential from redeveloping Dundee. @DDuPlooy  

Briana Pegado is a creative producer and the Founder of the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival (ESAF), an award winning social enterprise that provides a platform for emerging artists in Scotland. She is also a cofounder of Povo, a process-led creative collective that engages people with the creative process through research and experimentation. In 2016, she was named one of Scotland’s Top 10 Social Innovators by Third Force News. In 2017, she was named one of Scotland’s 30 Under 30 Inspiring Young Women by YWCA Scotland – the Young Women’s Movement for her work as founder of the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival exploring how the creative industries can be more accessible to emerging creatives facing barriers to entry in the sector. @briana_pegado

Dougie Lonie Dundee-born Dougie is a Senior Consultant at BOP Consulting, one of the leading research and strategy organisations working in the creative industries globally. Dougie’s work focuses on how cultural policy is linked to broader social agendas including, health and wellbeing, education and sustainable development. He’s recently worked on these topics with Creative Scotland, British Council, Arts Council England, Goethe Institut and UNESCO. Based in Barcelona, and a proud ‘Citizen of Everywhere’, Dougie is passionate about exploring how creativity and cultural participation is linked to positive human and environmental development, as well as understanding how forms of culture (old and new) can open up dialogue and improve intercultural cooperation.

Siôn Parkinson is an artist based in Dundee. Siôn uses singing in his art, often working with other artists, musicians and community choirs to create absurdist musical performances, which he presents in galleries and venues. He studied BA sculpture at Central Saint Martins and MA Fine Art at The Slade. He is currently studying for a practice-led PhD at the University of Leeds exploring a cappella singing and contemporary art performance. Alongside his art practice, for over a decade Siôn has worked as an independent curator and producer, collaborating on projects with: Art Angel, Cape Farewell, ICA (all London), ATLAS Arts (Isle of Skye), Reid Gallery (Glasgow), and The McManus Galleries & Museum (Dundee). He helped set up Dundee Design Festival in 2016. Since 2018, he runs Tilde Arts, a curatorial practice based in Dundee. Tilde are currently working with designers Dexter Sinister to launch, a field-recording database of workplace noise that will inspire a series of new ‘works songs’ for the 21st century.

Andy Bullick is a Northern Irish stand-up comedian and performer who came to Dundee as a student in 2010. He made the city his home when he got his start in comedy after losing a bet.  Nominated for a Best New Act award in 2012 only encouraged him but losing out to someone funnier didn’t stop him performing across Scotland for the last 7 years, supporting renowned acts Ray Mearns, Jojo Sutherland, Tanya Lee Davis and Gary Faulds. With fast-paced, high energy storytelling and improvisation, his quick wit and fast mouth have meant he’s a regular on the professional circuit and at the Edinburgh Fringe since bringing his first solo show in 2014. Recently he has worked as a breakfast presenter for Dundee’s own WaveFM and shared the silver screen with Lorraine Kelly and Mark Walberg as part of the hit Dundee web-series Sons of Spielberg. He’s part of the city’s only dedicated comedy club Icebreaker Dundee, bringing the best of Scottish talent and international comics to Dundee.  When he’s not making a nuisance of himself onstage you can find him writing, acting and podcasting. @AndyBullick

Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 24

Date: Tuesday 28 May 2019

Time: 7 – 10pm (event will kick off at 7.20pm)

Place: The Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB

Hashtag: #PKN_DND

Tickets: Eventbrite // Dundee Box Office

Standard: £7

Amps supporters, students, un-waged, over 60s and under 18s: £5

Find out more about our Amps Supporters Network for discount ticket entry. 

For this event, bookings can only be made by credit/debit cards, and refunds will be made only if the order is cancelled up to 24 hrs in advance of the event, not after. If you have any problems booking a ticket, please contact

This event will be BSL interpreted by Jennifer Ramsay and Linda Duncan.

*This event will be live-streamed, filmed, photographed and eventually shared on the Creative Dundee social media platforms. If you do not wish to appear in any of the images that are made public, please let us know at

Pecha Kucha Night Dundee is part of the global PKN network and was devised and shared by Klein Dytham architecture in 2003. PKN Dundee is now the largest of the nights in the UK and is organised and hosted by Creative Dundee.


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