Creative Dundee

Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol. 27

We are delighted to say PechaKucha Night Dundee is back!

Vol 27 happened on Thursday 12 November 2020. Streamed live from the main stage of Dundee Rep Theatre, to the comfort of your own homes, hosted by Creative Dundee.

We have hosted PKNs in the city since 2011, which now runs in over 1,200 cities around the world! It’s a simple quick-fire format – speakers show 20 images, each for 20 seconds.

Each of the 8 speakers chose a topic – their work, their loves, hates, hobbies or holidays! The night is a great way for people to meet and hear about interesting activities happening across the city and beyond. Always different, entertaining and inspiring; there is something for everyone at this event that first started in Tokyo in 2003 and has now grown into a global phenomenon. 

PKN Dundee was very different, although we made sure there were many familiars in there too, like the Pass the Mic feature – giving you the chance to shout out events and opportunities you have coming up!

Everyone who bought a ticket received a link via email a day before the event. This time we had a little gift for you – the first 100 orders received a postcard featuring the incredible PKN27 artwork from Louise McFarlane!

Creative Dundee is an organisation which supports creative talent to base, grow and sustain their practice in and around Dundee, by connecting and amplifying the city’s creativity.

Speakers included:

Hazel White is founder and Co-Director of Dundee based Open Change. Open Change help organisations deliver better services by designing them with the people who use them. Hazel is a Design Associate of the UK Design Council and a V&A Dundee Design Champion. In previous lives Hazel studied and lectured at Duncan of Jordanstone, set up an aluminium anodiser in Seoul and made armour for Judge Dredd. @hazelonewhite

Leonie Bell joins V&A Dundee in October as the museum’s new director. After 27 years away from Dundee, Leonie has returned to the city she was born in.  In this role she is responsible for leading the organisation from its spectacular home in Dundee, for developing the museum’s vision as Scotland’s design museum and for championing the fundamental role design has across society and in all our lives.  Leonie’s previous role was Strategic Lead for Cultural Regeneration leading on Paisley’s plans to put culture at the fore of the town’s regeneration to transform the town culturally, socially and economically.  Prior to that, Leonie was Head of Culture Strategy at the Scottish Government and Director of Arts at Creative Scotland, and led Scotland’s cultural approach to London 2012 and Glasgow 2014. Leonie started her career as Exhibition Researcher and Producer for Glasgow 1999: UK City of Architecture & Design, going on to become Programme Director of The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture, Design & the City. She also chairs the Advisory Board of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and is a trustee of the Edinburgh International Festival. @Leonie_S_Bell

Ahmad Deeni is an independent creative practitioner and founder at Chequered corridor. His approach to work aims to facilitate and enable discussion that leads to communication, understanding and collaboration between individuals, society, and industry. The intention of the process being to free itself of any complexity, in that it is presented openly and blatantly clear in its purpose. Upon graduating from DJCAD in 2018 he founded chequered corridor an artist collective charged with “helping yer da understand pompous art”  which has since had the pleasure of transforming V&A Dundee auditorium into a nostalgic playground with its pop up installation Awkward Family Photobooth. Alongside this he was a member of V&A Dundee’s Young People’s Collective, has worked and collaborated for Dundee based charity Yusuf Youth Initiative, Taught by Muhammed Food Bank and on a  project involving Facebook with London’s Livity Youth Network.  Recently he has featured in a collaborative show between Generator Projects and Wooosh Gallery with his print entitled “You know why they picked us”. He is now working on developing Dundee’s first open fabrications and sculpture workshop to facilitate individual artists, education and a collective public art practice with Chequered Corridor. @AhmadDeeni

Jess Thorpe is the newly appointed co-Associate Director (Engage) at Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre. Outside of this role she is also Co-Artistic director of award winning performance company Glass Performance and Lecturer in the Arts in Justice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Jess lived in Glasgow for 20 years and has recently moved to Dundee with her partner Chris and her sons Freddie (6), Wilbur (4) and Stanley (1).

Rhiannon Mudaliar is a director and artist. She is one of the artists selected on The Full Picture project. Her focus is on powerful stories, gorgeous visuals, and using her work to amplify and discuss the experiences of marginalised groups. @QueenRhiThe1st

Tanya Jones is a PhD researcher at Dundee University, exploring the application of restorative justice to climate injustice, especially for people living near glaciers in the Andes.  She is also a member of Extinction Rebellion Dundee. Before coming to Scotland she has been a solicitor in Yorkshire, a teacher in Italy and an anti-fracking campaigner and Green candidate in the west of Northern Ireland.  She has written novels, including the Ophelia O series, and books about chess, which she plays extraordinarily badly.  She occasionally updates her blog at and more often puts words onto Twitter at @decombustion and pictures onto Instagram at @tanyajonesgreen.

Wezi Mhura is a freelance creative producer, who has initiated and developed projects with widely diverse groups of artists, organisations and artforms including dance, street theatre, circus, physical theatre, digital and music performances. She is the founder of AfriFest, Scotland’s first festival commemoration of African Arts and Culture, and a celebratory showcase of visual, performing arts and culture of the Scottish Pan-African community. Wezi has a passion for cross-artform, multi disciplinary collaborations and experimenting with new forms, she often works within unconventional, outdoor and site specific spaces. Highlighted achievements include a London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Commission and two critically acclaimed events in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Culture programme. She has previously worked with Iron Oxide, La Banda and La Banda Europa, and as Programme Associate for Edinburgh International Festival. She is currently a Creative Associate with National Theatre of Scotland and Associate Creative Producer for the Traverse Theatre, for whom she produced the recent In Someone Else’s Shoes – Edinburgh’s Unexpected Summer 360 degree immersive video project. She is also one of the judges for the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Awards. @BLMMuralTrail and Instagram: @blmmuraltrail

Rhuari Campbell is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, originally from Fife but living in Dundee for about 16 years now. He’s a 2nd year mental health nursing student at Abertay and also writes a blog called The Romethian.

Pecha Kucha Night Vol. 27 // Thursday 12 November 2020

Time: 7 – 8.30pm (event will kick off at 7pm)

Place: Live Stream

Hashtag: #PKN_DND


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

*This event will be BSL interpreted by Linda Duncan and Leigh Anderson.

*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 was devised and shared by Klein Dytham architecture. The PKN Dundee event is organised and hosted by Creative Dundee.

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