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Pecha Kucha a night of success

One of the presenters making his presentation

Pecha Kucha night in Colombo was a great success held last week. Colombo has been now included in one of the 400+ cities where Pecha Kucha has taken place successfully. A lot of people who are interested in art, fashions, designing and music have enjoyed the event really well. It was a totally different experience and an unforgettable moment for everyone who participated in it.

Enthusiastic youth listening to the presenters

Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of ‘Chit Chat’, it rests in a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images into 20 seconds. Pecha Kucha Colombo was an impressive event for emerging local talents to meet, network and show their unique talented work in public. Devised in Tokyo 2003, it has turned into a massive celebration today. Thousands of creative people are joined in hundreds of cities from every part of the world.

The atmosphere at the event was urban and chilled out with the warehouse space filled with relaxing benches and a Kade themed food stall. The focal point of the event was the large screen where the presentations were made and what finally brought the evening together was the exposure of hidden creativity.

There were several presenters at the event such as Dineth who is a dancer and a curator and has her own Fashion label Flower Power and Prageeth Manohansa is an artiste who uses scrap metal to make beautiful sculptures. There were three incredibly creative young people Naveen, Dinesh, Randula who came up on stage and attracted the whole audience through their initiative mathawaada. Photographer Harsha Madhuranga took the stage showcasing his true love - portraits. The second fashion designer was award winning Lonali who is just out of school and works hard on her ethical fashion label -House of Lonali.

Next speaker was illustrator Mika Tennekon, a model but now working on a children’s book. Julian a graphic designer and a puppeteer was the last presenter.

The Pecha Kucha night was an amazing and a different experience for the emerging talents and is a flat form for the youth who are obsessive over creative stuff. The next Pecha Kucha will take place in October 2011.


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