Is Pecha Kucha the new karaoke?

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Pop artist Nikolas Allen of Mount Shasta will be one of the presenters during a Pecha Kucha Night April 16 in the Atrium at the Market Street Promenade in Redding.

Mt. Shasta pop artist Nikolas Allen will be one of the presenters during a Pecha Kucha (peh-cha-koo-cha) Night on Friday, April 16, in Redding.

Pecha Kucha is a night of creative PowerPoint presentations from designers, artists, musicians and architects. It originated in Tokyo in 2003, when two American architects wanted to find a way to spice up boring PowerPoint presentations. Since then, Pecha Kucha Night has become an international grassroots movement taking place in more than 60 cities every month.

Organizers must agree to hold four events per year in order to be allowed to sponsor Pecha Kucha Nights in their city.

Lauri Sturdivant, executive director of the Siskiyou Arts Council, will be attending the Redding show to see how she can bring Pecha Kucha to Mount Shasta. 

Pecha Kucha presenters create their own PowerPoint slideshow and narrate the show as it runs. Presenters are allowed to talk about anything they are interested in or passionate about. The catch is that they must stick to a strict 20 x 20 format – 20 slides at 20 seconds each. This keeps things moving along quickly and keeps every presentation to a brisk 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

The objective is to appreciate the work of creative artisans in a social setting, so the presentations are not allowed to contain blatant sales pitches. A wide variety of people and topics guarantees that each Pecha Kucha Night is one-of-a-kind.

Nikolas Allen said he was personally invited to present at Pecha Kucha in Redding when organizers Larry and Tish Harris stumbled upon his work at a Redding Holiday Art Show late last year.

“I hadn’t heard of it before, so I was a bit confused, but intrigued,” says Allen. “I’ve never been a huge fan of PowerPoint and, as a graphic artist, I’ve managed to avoid it for most of my career. But, I’ve come up with a performance art piece that will entertain as well as educate. Plus, as a nod to Tokyo, my timekeeper will be dressed as a militant Japanese schoolgirl. It’ll either be totally awesome or totally offensive.” 

Pecha Kucha Redding is co-sponsored by Viva Downtown, and the first event will be held on April 16 in the Atrium at the Market Street Promenade from 7 to 9:30 pm. Admission is free and refreshments are provided.

For more information, contact organizers Larry or Tish Harris at pechakucha_redding@att.net or call 530-244-6640. For maps and submission forms for future events, visit http://bit.ly/b2M5D8