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Speaker at a PechaKucha Night event in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

PechaKucha or Pecha Kucha (Japanese: ペチャクチャ, IPA: [petɕa ku͍̥tɕa],[1] chit-chat) is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (six minutes and 40 seconds in total). The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, powers multiple-speaker events called PechaKucha Nights (PKNs).[2][3]

PechaKucha Night was devised in February 2003[4][5] by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Tokyo's Klein-Dytham Architecture (KDa), as a way to attract people to SuperDeluxe, their experimental event space in Roppongi, and to allow young designers to meet, show their work, and exchange ideas.[6]

In 2004, a few cities in Europe began holding PKNs, the first of several hundred cities that have since launched similar events around the world.[7][8] As of June 2012, PechaKucha Nights were held in 534 cities worldwide.[9]


A typical PechaKucha Night includes 8 to 14 presentations. The presenters (and much of the audience) are usually from the design, architecture, photography, art and creative fields, but also from academia.[10] Most presenters are design professionals showing their creative work, but presenters often speak about such topics as their travels, research projects, student projects, hobbies, collections, or other interests.

Organizers in some cities have added their own variations to the format. In Groningen, in the Netherlands, two slots are given to a live band, and the final 20 seconds of each presentation consists of an immediate critique of the presentation by the host’s sidekicks. Video art has also been presented at some events.

Protocol for starting a PechaKucha Night[edit]

To start a PechaKucha Night, potential organizers contact the PechaKucha organization, and after an informal application process, exchange a "handshake" agreement.[11] There are no limitations to a PechaKucha night. Anyone is invited to partake in the presentation.

PechaKucha is a registered tradename of Klein-Dytham Architecture (KDa).[2][3][12] The PechaKucha terms of use require presenters to "grant PechaKucha Night certain non-exclusive rights and license to reproduce their appearance."[13] Event flyers are posted on the global PechaKucha Daily blog,[14] while videos of presentations are posted online as well.[15]

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