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PechaKucha Night Dundee Vol. 29

PechaKucha Night Dundee was back for vol. 29 in November 2022!

PechaKucha Night Dundee returned to the main stage of Dundee Rep Theatre on Thu 10 November 2022 for a sold out show!

Hosted in the city by Creative Dundee since 2011, PKN now takes place in over 1,200 cities around the world. It’s a simple quick-fire format: speakers talk about a subject of their choosing, showing 20 images, each for 20 seconds—meaning no two nights are ever the same. You can watch all previous talks online, or use our randomiser if it’s too hard to choose!

After starting in Tokyo in 2003, PKN has grown into a global phenomenon. They’re always different, entertaining and inspiring, and there’s something for everyone. Our regular Pass the Mic section also gives anyone in the audience the chance to shout out any events and opportunities they have coming up for the rest of the city to hear about!

Biggest thank you to Jurgita Vas for our illustration, and also for bringing it to life through animation!

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


Our speakers included:

Fatima Ishaq

My name is Fatima Ishaq and I’m a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for Dundee West. I’m passionate around empowering young people to reach their potential, and love meeting young people and representing their views with the youth Parliament and Dundee youth council! I worked on developing and delivering a campaign called ‘Oor Fierce Girls’, looking at tackling peer sexual abuse, and I am passionate in creating safer spaces & safer places for all! I am also incredibly passionate around mental health, where I volunteer with various organisations and am also a trus tee at Feeling Strong, a Dundee based mental health charity.

Aside from campaigning, I am navigating life through my gap year – working, volunteering, and a commitment to improving my mental health – with an aim to study social work next year!

Twitter: @FatimaIshaqMSYP

Taylor Dyson

Taylor Dyson is a playwright, poet and performer from Dundee. She co-runs Elfie Picket Theatre, an award winning, Dundee based theatre company, and they focus on creating contemporary social and political work. They are currently doing a community tour of Taylor’s newest play, Dolly Parton Saved My Life, funded by Creative Scotland. Taylor is passionate about Scots language, accessible arts and working class representation.

Twitter: @ElfiePicket and Instagram: @elfiepicket

Gary McCartan

Gary McCartan is an award-winning game developer and one of the founders of Pocket Sized Hands. At Pocket Sized Hands, we are a team of passionate, talented and dedicated people that loves making games and creative experiences.  We work with a number of different partners big and small from Warner media to Cambridge University. 

I completed my Computer Games Technology course at Abertay University, and was there where I co-founded Pocket Sized Hands. We have a keen interest in using games tech to create experiences in other sectors such as architecture and now, dairy farming and we’re excited helping out with the challenge of bringing AR solutions to the agriculture sector. Twitter: @zecbmo and @PKTSizedHands

Liam Sinclair

Liam Sinclair previously worked with Scottish Dance Theatre as Executive Producer, and returned to Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre as Executive Director & Joint CEO in January 2019. Prior to this he has held the roles of Artistic Director of the Byre Theatre (University of St Andrews), Artistic Director & CEO of Macrobert Arts Centre, Director of the Edinburgh Mela, and Head of YouthWorks Drama (Short Courses) for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, of which he is a graduate. He is currently Co-Chair of the Federation of Scottish Theatre and has previously been Chair of the Board for Luminate, Scotland’s Creative Ageing Organisation and Chair of Paradise Theatre Company, Scotland’s leading inclusive theatre company. An avid lover of the outdoors, spending lots of time walking with his family, Liam is passionate about the intersection between culture and the environment. When Gillian asked if he would consider doing a PechaKucha, he decided that this was the moment to “feel the fear and do it anyway”… so let’s see how that goes!

Twitter: @DundeeRep

Hilary Nicoll

Hilary Nicoll was born in London, brought up in Dundee and is now a Senior Lecturer at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen where she is also Co-Director of Look Again. Over the years she has worked in arts and cultural organisations all over the UK, including Arts Council England and Scottish Sculpture Workshop. She will be talking with and on behalf of her Mum, Dorothy Nicoll, one of the founding team of Nicoll Russell architects in Broughty Ferry, designers of Dundee Rep Theatre.

Instagram: @hilarynicoll and Twitter: @HilaryNicoll

Sam Gonçalves

Sam Gonçalves is a filmmaker, writer and community organiser originally from Brazil. He is currently working with a number of organisations including The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, boom saloon and Vox Liminis. He is interested in narratives and the role they play in solidarity, liberation and collective action.

Twitter: @SidlingBears

Claire Gorman

Claire Gorman is a community musician, composer and advocate of the Hokey Cokey. She loves playing with other people, writing tunes, creating sound-worlds, leading choirs and instigating small musical happenings. As a community musician her work is about facilitating joyful music-making experiences and exploring ways of bringing more fun, play and spontaneity into our collective music-making processes and daily lives. Current interests include free improvisation, Deep Listening, geopoetics and exploring ways in which we might connect more deeply with ourselves, with others and with the environment through music and sound making. Recent projects include City Soundscapes, Musician in Residence for Dandelion, and Paradisical Heaven of Persy.

Instagram: @clairegormanmusic

Caishlan Sweeney

Caishlan Sweeney has campaigned for change and cared for the environment from a young age, becoming a member of Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and WWF at 16, and even building her own weather station at age 14 to monitor changes in weather patterns! Caishlan gained a BA in Sculpture from DJCAD, then moved to Norwich to complete her Masters in Fine Art. Establishing her practice and career in the arts, she worked with organisations across the UK to bring artists from around the world to exhibit alongside local artists and graduates while establishing her own artistic practice, exhibiting across the UK and Europe. Caishlan has held a variety of roles in organisations across the arts and has led policymakers to create change and has held a variety of board appointments, and is currently Secretary for Tayside Mountain Rescue.

Before joining Eden Project, she was Head of Communications at Dundee Rep and Scotland Dance Theatre. Caishlan joined Eden Project in early 2018 as part of the Communities Team, where she led the delivery of the UK campaign in Scotland, encouraging positive action on a mass scale through participation in The Big Lunch and the communities network. In late 2020 she joined Eden Project International as Project Engagement Manager.

Twitter: @EdenProject

Jamie Bankhead

Jamie Bankhead is the CEO of Konglomerate Games, a video games company specialising in creating games to help people. He has worked on a number of games from physiotherapy games for children with breathing conditions to training games for doctors and is committed to changing the perspective that games are bad and a waste of time to how big a positive impact they can have.

Twitter: @KonglomerateG

Ravideep Kaur

I’m Ravideep Kaur, Coach/Consultant and obsessive disruptor – specialising in the somatic embodiment of decolonial healing & pro-liberatory education.

I’m incredibly passionate and advocate for each and every one of us to own and represent the wholeness of who we really are.  This means letting go of deep social conditioning that no longer serves us, allowing us to build and embody a sense of self-trust so that we can move forward on this journey towards collective healing & ultimately liberation.

My passion for this work stems from my awareness and capacity to see things through multiple lenses at the same time.  

My ultimate commitment is to continue to lean into my own ancestral history and wisdom, reclaim and empower others to do the same. For that, we must collectively understand how much of our experience is tied up within colonial structures, statuses and enforced forms of domination.  I am humbled both by the beauty of this world and by the concept of being a lifelong learner. In person, I am you, a fellow traveller on a spiritual path of discovery and healing.

Twitter: @rav_deep and Instagram: @ravideepkaur_

Stephanie Graham

Photograph: Ben Douglas

Stephanie Graham is an award winning Jeweller, Social Entrepreneur and aspiring Policy Designer from Dundee. Stephanie works closely with the V&A Dundee and has recently finished a summer internship with Scottish Parliament.

Twitter: @stephgrahamnjs

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This event was BSL interpreted by Linda Duncan and Leigh Anderson.

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

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

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