PechaKucha returns

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The Pour House Dunsborough will host the 25th local PechaKucha night, a forum for people to network and present their passions to the community.

Translating as “the sound of chit-chat” in Japanese, PechaKucha facilitates succinct presentations where participants show 20 images, with 20 seconds spent on each.

Conceived by architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, PechaKucha began in 2003 in Tokyo and has since spread to more than 900 cities globally.

The event has been running in Dunsborough for six years and offers a social network outside of the digital sphere, according to co-ordinator Ninni Rosen-Tarrant.

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“PechaKucha is a platform that allows for people to share passions and network,” she said.

“It also offers real social and economic benefits in the way it connects people, organisations and ideas.”

Seven presentations are scheduled for the upcoming PechaKucha night, on topics from wellness and beekeeping to Chinese medicine.

Acupuncturist Sandra Hedges said her presentation would focus on not only her professional insight, but on her volunteering in clinics throughout Asia as well.

“It’s a great chance to showcase experiences and interests, in a casual, supportive format,” she said.

Ms Rosen-Tarrant said the event was especially important for a small community and gave everyone the opportunity to participate.

“There’s no age range — we’ve had presenters as young as five years old, up to retirees,” she said.

“People just want to be inspired.

“In this small community we have so many people with so many skills to offer, and PechaKucha encourages that.”

The PechaKucha night will run next Sunday from 6.30pm upstairs at the Pour House.

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