International PechaKucha Day Brings The World Together on Feb. 20

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Creative Day Celebrated Globally at Public Events, Offices, Schools, and Online

PechaKucha (PK; pron: Peh-cha Koo-cha, ペ-チャ-ク-チャ) invites global citizens around the world to participate in its inaugural International PechaKucha Day, a day when thousands of participants will join in storytelling events across the globe on February 20. Participants will create PK presentations or watch one -- around the world from Tokyo to Geneva to Orlando, and more.

A PK presentation is simple: ‘20 images X 20 seconds-of-talk-per-image’ format. #ipk2020 is one day only, with hundreds of global events producing thousands of 400-second presentations.

“International PechaKucha Day 2020 is garnering buzz -- from a variety of public events, school, and business events. It’s exciting and unprecedented to have so many global participants during one 24-hour period of time,” says Sean Smyth, CEO, and Co-Founder of PechaKucha. “We see first hand how PechaKucha is becoming a fan-favorite ‘show and tell’ presentation platform.”

Since its inception in 2003 in Tokyo by architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, PechaKucha’s community has grown tremendously. In 2019 alone, more than 50,000 people attended over 1,200 PK Nights in cities across 137 countries, watching thousands of presentations. Over 100,000 people use the pechakucha.com website and app every month to post their own PK presentation or watch 16,000+ previously-recorded PKs.

Tokyo, PechaKucha’s headquartered city, will be home to various #ipk2020 celebrations, including an internal office PK presentation at HQ, a lunchtime working session at a school to teach kids how to create and give a PechaKucha, an afternoon public and community workshop on PK, and a nighttime public PechaKucha Night event -- Tokyo Vol. 169 at Core Kitchen Space.

  • Anyone can celebrate International PechaKucha Day on February 20 by:
  • Attending a PK Night event -- from Aalen (Germany), Appleton (US), London (UK), Townsville (Australia), and more.
  • Creating your own PK presentation for the world to see via the PechaKucha website
  • Host a private PK Event in your business/office, or classroom
  • Watch any of the 16,000 PechaKucha presentations at pechakucha.com -- and get inspired
  • Follow International PK Day happenings on February 20 with the hashtag #ipk2020

About PechaKucha: PechaKucha is a fast-growing storytelling platform used by millions of people across the globe. Today, PechaKucha Nights are held in more than 1,200 cities in 137 countries. Schools, businesses and government agencies worldwide license PechaKucha’s ‘20 images x 20 seconds’ brand format to easily and quickly share information and present concepts. PechaKucha, which means “chit chat” in Japanese, is based in Chicago and Tokyo. Visit http://www.pechakucha.com to gain inspiration from 16,000+ PechaKucha stories.

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