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Known as the "garden city" of Kazakhstan, we visit the beautiful and bustling city of Shymkent in this week's City Focus. Located in southern Kazakhstan, this ancient city of over 1 million people is filled with scenic parks, nature, and historical architecture that is bound to inspire creatives of the land. With PechaKucha Night Shymkent Vol. 21 coming up around the corner, let's all wish them the absolute best and hope for more bounding creativity to come out of Shymkent.

In this week's City Focus, we traverse to the glowing city of Rotterdam, Netherlands. As Europe's largest port city, Rotterdam is known for its lively riverside life, maritime heritage, modern architecture, and overflowing creativity. With PechaKucha Night Rotterdam Vol. 40 right around the corner, the organizers are busy making this event one of their best yet! Let's all congratulate them on reaching their 40th volume and hope that they continue to cultivate creativity in this wonderful city!

 

Alluring and picturesque PechaKucha Night city Greenville, South Carolina steals the spotlight in this week's PechaKucha City Focus. Known as one of America's fastest-growing cities, Greenville is not only a wonderful place for budding professionals, it was voted as one of the top three best small cities in the U.S. - Wow! With the gorgeous Falls Park on the Reedy suspension bridge as the center focus in their Vol. 17 poster, the Greenville team shares their hopes to build long-lasting connections between the various areas in their creative community with PechaKucha. Be sure to check out the Greenville city homepage for more information on their upcoming event on September 6th! Be there or be square!

We travel to the United Kingdom's beautiful Leamington Spa in this week's PechaKucha City Focus. Located in the heart of Warwickshire, Leamington Spa has over 50,000 inhabitants who enjoy the town's plentiful natural springs and leisurely atmosphere. Since November 2018, the PechaKucha Night Leamington Spa team has held 4 successful events with their fifth being a special collaboration with the locally celebrated TEDx team - What a wonderful pair! Let's all root for Leamington Spa's star organizer, Sarah Lowry, as she continues her PechaKucha Journey - helping to shine the spotlight on the hidden heroes of her community. Hip-Hip-Hurray for Leamington Spa!

This week, we are traveling in part to an ancient, dried out lakebed to visit Taipei for our City Focus. Home to just under three million residents, Taipei stands as the cultural, political, educational and economic hub of its host country, Taiwan. The city is filled with culture and incredible food, as well as many unique architectural feats like the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and Taipei 101, the former tallest building in the world. The skyline of the city provides breathtaking views in the night like the one pictured here, with lights of all different colors that shine bright for all to see. 

What's more, they are hosting their Vol. 40 event at the end of August on the 31st, you will not want to miss it!

Nestled in a valley overlooked by mountains, Guatemala City bustles as the capital of Guatemala, and we are going to take a trip there for this week's City Focus! With a population of around 2.5 million, the city is the most populous in the entire nation, what's more, it happens to be the largest city in all of Central America. As such, Guatemala City has become the epicenter for many things like economics, communication, and transportation, and is home to a very culturally and ethnically diverse community of people. The city itself is home to many ancient ruins, museums, palaces, and theaters that are all beautiful and historic sites to explore.

The city surely has everything one would need to stay entertained and amazed, but if you are looking for more, they are hosting their Vol. 17 event on the 14th of August, you won't want to miss it!

This weeks City Focus finds us back in the states, taking a closer look at York, Pennsylvania. “The White Rose City” as it is otherwise known brings a very rich and unique history unlike any other in America. Known as an architectural museum for its well preserved historic structures, some dating back to the mid-18th century, York was once the temporary capital of the United States while the Continental Congress drafted the Articles of Confederation there. Adding to the history is the countries oldest fair, the 10-day long York Fair, with roots tracing back to 1765, over 10 years before the nation was founded! Oh wait, there’s more? Yes! If you like Peppermint Patties, you’ll want to definitely visit as the delicious treat was created in the city. 

There is a lot going on within York’s city limits, and to add, they will be hosting their Vol. 12 PechaKucha Night in a few weeks on August 14th! You don’t want to miss it!

This week, we find ourselves heading to the southern hemisphere for our City Focus, landing in the beautiful destination of Christchurch, New Zealand. Dating back more than 150 years, Christchurch was the first official city in New Zealand and is the largest on the southern island, home to approximately 400,000 residents. Known as the "City of Gardens", it is host to over 700 parks and gardens, including the wonderfully grand Hagley Park, one of the larger city parks in the world. Close by, the famous Christchurch Botanic Gardens can provide a shady, peaceful environment filled with stunning plant life. For a little more excitement, the city and the surrounding suburbs also feature exciting attractions like Sumner Beach and the Adrenalin Forest. 

It is safe to say that there is plenty to do if you live in the city or are just visiting, but if you want more, swing by Christchurch's Vol. 40 event on August 1st!

Through the face of many adversaries, Christchurch continues to stand tall and rebuild that which has been knocked down, persevering and acting as an inspiration to all of us around the globe. We stand with you, Christchurch!

For this week's City Focus, we lend our gaze to "The City of Eternal Spring", Kunming, located in the Yunnan Province in southwest China. Home to over 6.5 million people and a melting pot of 26 indigenous nationalities, the city has established itself as the largest in the province and has flourished as the political, economic and cultural hub of the area. The nickname of the city comes from the year-round moderate climate that stays roughly between 8.9-20.3 degrees Celcius. However, the weather is far from the only thing that makes Kunming such an attractive destination. Spectacles such as the Stone Forrest, Dianchi Lake, Jiuxiang Scenic Area, and Western Hill can all be found within the folds of the city, and provide beautiful sights to anyone experiencing them. Beyond the sights, the intermingling but unchanging cultures of the different nationalities bring to fruition very unique customs and fun traditions like the Torch Festival or the Huashan Festival, where these groups can showcase their contrasting yet similar styles.

Adding to those opportunities, the city is hosting their Vol. 1 event on the 26th of July, it is surely not something anyone should want to miss! Best of luck to all of our friends in Kunming!

Grab your raincoats or umbrellas! We are heading up to Seattle, Washington for this week's City Focus. Perched high in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle finds itself home to nearly 750,000 residents, as well being the unofficial coffee capital of the United States. Being the birthplace of the behemoth brand, Starbucks, amongst other brewers, this title is well deserved. Known today for being one of the most progressive cities in the states, their roots actually extend very deep into the land, with indigenous groups making the area their home around 4,000 years ago. Nowadays, Seattle is the host of what seems like countless famous companies and landmarks, including the picturesque Space Needle that towers at 600 feet. Their biggest attraction, however, could be the Pike Place Market, one of the oldest farmers markets in the country, which still receives over 10 million visitors annually. With all of that history and a nickname like "The Emerald City", it is easy to see why people are moving there by the masses.

If you are one of those people, make sure to stay tuned for updates from Ana Pinto de Silva, the city organizer for events coming down the pipeline!

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