Started in Tokyo in 2003 by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of
Klein Dytham Architecture (KDa) as a place for young design-
ers to meet, network, and show their work in public.
The format: 20 seconds x 20 slides. Each presenter is allowed a
slideshow of 20 images each shown, for 20 seconds each.
Result is 6 minutes and 40 seconds on stage.
Today PKN occurs in 290 cites globally.
Well know presenters include:
Jun Aoki, Toyo Ito, Rem
Koolhaas’ daughter, designers
such as Tom Dixon, Ron
Arad, Thomas Heatherwick,
comedian Johnny Vegas,
actress Joanna Lumley and
BBC newscaster Jon Snow.
Even Astrid Klein’s 5 year old
daughter Nanami and Mark
Dytham’s mother Angela
have done presentations in
the 20x20 format
FROM TOKYO TO BERN, LOS ANGELES, A Coruña, Aalen, Aarhus, Adelaide, Aguascalientes,
Amersfoort, Amman, Amsterdam, Asheville, Athens, Atlanta, Auckland, Austin, Bahia Blanca, Bah-
rain, Bali, Bandung, Bangalore, Bangkok, Barcelona, Basel, Beaufort SC, Beijing, Beirut, Belfast, Bel-
grade, Berkeley, Berlin, Bern, Bielefeld, Bilbao, Bogota, Bordeaux, Boston, Boulder, Bratislava, Brigh-
ton, Brisbane, Bristol, Brno, Brussels, Bucaramanga, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Buffalo, Calgary, Cali,
Canberra, Cape Town, Caracas, Cardiff, Catania, Champaign-Urbana, Charleston, Charlotte, Chat-
tanooga, Chennai, Chicago, Christchurch, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Cologne, Columbia, SC, Columbus,
Concepción, Copenhagen, Cordoba, Dallas, Damascus, Dawson City, Dayton, Delhi, Denver, De-
troit, Doha, Dortmund, Dresden, Dubai, Dublin, Dunedin, Durban, Edinburgh, Edmonton, Eind-
hoven, El Paso, Eugene, Ferrol, Florence, Frankfurt, Fresno, Gdansk, Ghent, Gisborne, Glasgow,
Gothenburg, Greenville, Groningen, Guadalajara, Guangzhou, Guayaquil, Halifax, Hamamatsu,
Hamburg, Hamilton, Helsinki, Hengelo, Hobart, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Houston, Huancayo, India-
napolis, Istanbul, Jacksonville, Jaen, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Kaiserslautern, Kalmar, Kampala,
Kansas City, Kaunas, Kolding, Kosice, Krakow, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Kuwait City, Lagos, Lake
in 290 cities and counting...
Ridge, Las Palmas GC, Lausanne, Leeds, Lexington, Lima, Lincoln, NE, Linz, Lisbon, Ljubljana,
London, Los Angeles, Loviisa, Luxembourg, Maastricht, Madrid, Málaga, Mallorca, Malmö, Man-
chester, Manila, Mar Del Plata, Marseille-Provence, Mauritius, Melbourne, Mexico City, Miami,
Milan, Milwaukee, Minneapolis St.Paul, Montevideo, Montreal, Morioka, Muenster, Mumbai,
Munich, Nagano, Nagoya, Nairobi, Nancy, Naples, Nashville, Nelson, New Haven, New Orleans,
New York, Newcastle, Nishinomiya, Norrköping, Oaxaca, Okayama, Omaha, Orange County, Oslo,
Osnabrueck, Ottawa, Oulu, Palmerston North, Panamá, Paris, Perth, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pitts-
boro, Pittsburgh, Pontevedra, Pordenone, Portland Maine, Portland Oregon, Porto, Porto Alegre,
Portsmouth NH, Poznan, Prague, Providence, Pune, Quebec, Queretaro, Raglan, Raleigh, Redding,
Regensburg, Reykjavik, Riga, Rijeka, Rimini, Rockland, Maine, Rome, Rosario, Rotterdam, Sacra-
mento, Saint-Etienne, Salisbury, Salt Lake City, Salzburg, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, CA,
San Jose, Costa Rica, San Luis Obispo, San Sebastian, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Savannah, Schiedam, Se-
attle, Seoul, Sevilla, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Singapore, Sofia, Sophia Antipolis, Southend-on-Sea, St
Louis, St.Petersburg, Stockholm, Stoke-on-Trent, Stuttgart, Sundsvall, Sunshine Coast, Surabaya,
Sydney, Tacoma, Taipei, Tallahassee, Tampa Bay, Tampere, Tel Aviv, Tenerife, The Hague, Tijuana,
Tokyo, Toledo, Ohio, Toronto, Treviso, Trieste, Tromsø, Turin, Turku, Udine, Umeå, Utrecht, Vaduz,
Valencia, Vancouver, Växjö, Venice, Victoria, Vienna, Vilnius, Wagga Wagga, Warsaw, Washington
DC, Waterloo, Wellington, Whangarei, Whistler, Whitehorse, Winnipeg, Worcester, Wroclaw,
If everyone has the same tools to play with, it is
IT EQUA L I Z ES YOU N G AND OL D,
revealing how differently people can use them. It is
STUDENTS AND PRACTITIONERS, an extremely leveling experience to see a student
AMATEURS AND PROFESSIONALS, next to a star designer, having the exact same
CREATING A PLAYING FIELD THAT IS parameters to work within.
EGALITARIAN AS IT IS EXCITING!!
PKN works because it is simple and people know
what to expect: twenty slides in 6 minutes and 40
seconds. This format makes it clear that it is up to
the presenter to turn this short slot into a memo-
Q&A There is no official Q&A at Pecha Kucha Night.
Instead the debates happen throughout the entire evening where the audi-
ence mingles with the presenters, so the opportunity for actual dialogue is
much longer. The casual atmosphere of the room makes it easy to
drop all formal barriers and socialize naturally. There are
chances to walk up to any presenters during the break
or at the end of the night to say “Awesome,
really like your work”
CALL FOR PRESENTERS
Our first Pecha-kucha night is scheduled for the 1th 15th of
MAY. We invite artists, architects, art critics, designers,
poets, filmmakers, musicians, photographers, collectors,
academicians, students and enthusiasts to present and
share your work, ideas, stories, impressions, fantasies, in
precisely the 20X20 format – 20 images, with each image
precisely for 20 seconds on the screen! That makes it 6
minutes and 40 seconds for each presenter.
If you wish to present write to us with a 3-line note on what If you wish to join us for the event as a part of the
you wish to present by the 25th of this April, and we will be audience, please join our facebook group or mail us at
happy to register you as a presenter. The issue, content and firstname.lastname@example.org
subject of presentation is open to your choice and concern.
www.pecha-kucha.org/night/chennai We look forward to your enthusiastic participation...
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
From Poster designs to ticket stubs to location setup to
DJ’s to spin some tunes. We are looking for people who
can help us make PKN a great night.
Know of a great location which would be great for PKN,
someone who would like to present; If you’d like to help us
organize or help sponsor PKN Chennai, please get in
touch with us, to create a interesting night of exchange of
ideas and contents.
If you wish to join us for the event as a part of the
Thanks audience, please join our facebook group or mail us at
We look forward to your enthusiastic participation...