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Pecha-Kucha Night is an evening event where local people with a passion and some creative project tell their stories in a program of “lightning talks.” Each person gets six minutes and forty seconds to talk, and can present visuals in a preset format: twenty slides with 20 seconds a slide. The 20X20 format was established at the first Pecha-Kucha event in Tokyo ten years ago, and today these events are scheduled in more than five-hundreds cities in towns, from Santa Barbara to Kabul.
Pecha-Kucha is a Japanese term, which translates roughly as “chit-chat”. This describes the conversational atmosphere that the evening holds. No time to lecture, the 20X20 format pushes the presenters to be clear and concise about their stories. In Santa Barbara, as in other cities, Pecha-Kucha Nights are organized by volunteers, and serve as a venue for the “creative class” in the town to get to know each other. Santa Barbara has enough creative ventures—environmental projects, architectural designs, photographic, artistic, and culinary experiments, Internet start-ups, non-profit social and cultural services—to fill a monthly Pecha-Kucha calendar for decades.
Pecha-Kucha Nights are being held on the last Thursday of the month at the University Club, on the corner of Santa Barbara and Sola downtown. The organizers have a website for people looking to present (http://pknsb.org). The room is just big enough for 70-80 people, and so these events are expected to regularly sell-out. Videos from the presentations are hosted at ( http://www.youtube.com/user/pknsb?ob=0&feature=results_main ). People go to Pecha-Kucha Nights to get connected with the larger community of creativity and passion that makes Santa Barbara such a vibrant town. The event asks for a five dollar donation to help pay for the room. There is a cash bar (bring cash... they don’t like credit cards). Pecha-Kucha Nights are currently organized by Christophe Sautot, NikiAnne Feinberg, and Bruce Caron. The organizers want to thank the University Club for helping make Pecha-Kucha Nights so special.