Simple.

A massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of conversation (“chit chat”), it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

20 images x 20 seconds each = six (6) minutes and forty (40) seconds of awesomeness.

I want to tell all my friends about the coolest event in Berkshire County but I can’t pronounce PechaKucha.

No worries, we are here to help.

Gotcha.

What does this mean for Pittsfield and You?

While more than 230 plus cities WORLDWIDE hold these PechaKucha Nights (PKN), Pittsfield is the first and only city in Western Massachusetts to be a part of the fun. Even better — this means that YOU can get the opportunity to partake in one of these informal, social, sharing gatherings. Plus, it’s in a museum (we have a mummy and an ostrich). Pretty cool, right? If you’re the quiet type, don’t sweat it; just show up, sit back, have a free beer or two* and enjoy the presentations. Don’t forget to clap.

The FIRST (of many) PechaKucha Nights will be held on Thursday, March 8, from 7pm – ish.

Door prize for the most original definition of “ish”. Post it on the museum’s Facebook page:

CLICK ME!

If you’re the talky type and love to share, then by all means, participate! Simply fill out this writable PDF (ain’t technology grand?) and click “Submit”.

And if you’ve already Googled PKN or looked at the PKN website, then you know this presentation can be about pretty much anything: current projects, previous trips, forays into cooking, DIY projects, your husband’s affinity for khaki slacks, your wife’s love of floral arrangements, your little league team, an examination of the names of nail polish colors, photos of woodland creatures found on your property  — seriously. ANYTHING. Just remember — 20 slides, 20 seconds each.

The one thing we ask is that you keep it PG-“ish” — there might be some kids present. We also reserve the right to reject presentations and to move presentations to future PKNs (yes, there will be more).

Help?

If you really can’t think of a topic but really want to present, fret not, just keep checking back at berkshiremuseum.org and we’ll continue to post videos and presentations from previous PKNs to help you out.

Let’s recap —

PechaKucha Night Pittsfield
Thursday, March 8, 2012, 7pm – ??ish
Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA
$5 admission, free for members
To submit a presentation idea, email [email protected]
To find out more about PKNs go to www.pecha-kucha.org

Tell your friends and we’ll see you here!

*Remember that note about “free beer”? Wandering Star Brewery is graciously offering the free beer that night. Cheers!

PechaKucha Night was devised by Klein Dytham architecture in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.

Click this link to read 20 questions and answers about PechaKucha.