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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 sites, 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 but 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!

Resting comfortably on the Baja California Penninsula in Mexico, Ensenada shines bright in this week's City Focus. With a population of around 700,000 people, the city is the third largest in Baja California and is home to an ethnically diverse community that fosters a unique culture, including being the birthplace of the modern fish taco! Maybe that is why its local nickname is "La Cenicienta del Pacífico" - The Cinderella of the Pacific. Hosting Mediterranean climates, Ensenada also finds itself at the heart of the Mexican wine country, as well as being a popular destination for tourists and cruise ships. With good wine and a fun culture, it truly sounds like the perfect place for a PechaKucha; and as luck would have it, our friends down in Ensenada have arranged their Vol. 3 event, which will take place on July 11th. If you are in the area, you won't want to miss it!

Viva Ensenada y viva PechKucha!

This week for the City Focus, we're going down to one of the biggest, most populous cities in the world: the megalopolis of São Paulo! I mean, we're really talking big here. São Paulo has a population of over 30 million people and is currently the 12th most populous city on the planet. As such, it has a huge GDP. Not the biggest in Brazil, not the biggest in South America, but the biggest GDP in the Southern Hemisphere! It is home to some magnificent buildings, including the Mirante do Vale, Edifício Itália, Banespa, North Tower and even the São Paulo Cathedral. As the city is the most populous in Brazil it features a melting pot of different cultures and identities with inhabitants native to over 200 different countries. Obviously, it's one of Brazil's great cultural centers where hundreds of thousands visit for any of its many festivals. Looking to get in on the fun? Well, PKN São Paulo is holding it's Vol. 6 event, held next week on July 3rd!

We hope to see everyone there! Boa sorte!

 

For this week's City Focus, we're taking you to the City of Temples. In the foothills of the Himalayas lies the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. As it used to be the royal capital, Kathmandu hosts palaces, mansions, gardens of the former Nepalese aristocracy, and seven World Heritage sites. No wonder it is considered to be the center of Nepal's history, art, culture and economyーA perfect place to hold PechaKucha Night, wouldn't you say? Speaking of which, you can catch their PechaKucha Night Kathmandu Vol. 16 on June 25th at Attic.

In 2015, Nepal suffered a catastrophic earthquake. Despite the disaster, the Nepalese people rose above. PechaKucha Night Kathmandu decided to represent their strength in one of their event posters to celebrate creativity in the face of destruction.

Seriously, you guys inspire us. We wish you all the best next week!

City Focus: Visby

Just off the coast of Sweden, this week's City Focus lies on the island of Gotland. Welcome to Visby! This city is arguably the most well-preserved medieval city in Scandinavia with its famous town wall and many church ruins. This UNESCO World Heritage site draws in many visitors every year, and one of its most notable tourists was Hayao Miyuzaki who used Visby as one of the main visual inspirations for the movie Kiki's Delivery Service. The island is only accessible through boat and air traffic, so is it worth it to go? YOU BET! And if you're visiting Visby in the near future, you might be able to catch their very first PechaKucha Night on June 12th at Joda Bar.

We can't wait to see what they've got! Good luck, everyone!

For this week's City Focus, we're taking you across the Mediterranean to Europe's southernmost capital, Valletta! As a UNESCO World Heritage site, the capital city of the island nation of Malta is home to some of the best gardens, palaces, and churches in the world. With a wonderful mixture of Baroque, Mannerist, Neo-Classical, and Modern architecture, Valletta is the perfect place to hold a wonderful mixture of stories and people. Just like its nickname Superbissima – Italian for "Most Proud" – Valletta is most proud to host PechaKucha Night Vol. 11 on May 23rd. 

Ix-xorti t-tajba!

Located on the coast of India, we take you to the star-studded heart of Bollywood, Mumbai, in this week's City Focus. From the dazzling stars in the sky to the stars of Bollywood, Mumbai is loaded to the brim with talent and brilliance that will surely reveal itself at PechaKucha Night Mumbai Vol. 12. After 11 amazing volumes since 2008, we are curious to see what Mumbai will yet again bring to the vivacious PechaKucha Global community. Keep shining, Mumbai!


This week's City Focus lands on the classic American city of Springfield, Ohio. In 2004 it was recognized as an All American City and has had quite a history since it’s founding in 1801. It also holds many amazing hiking trails like The Little Miami Scenic Trail, a 78 mile (125 km) paved walkway stretching across 4 counties in Ohio. It also has majestic gorge’s, river’s, and caverns sure to delight any and all nature lovers. PechaKucha Night Springfield, OH Vol. 23 will be held on April 17th. Best Wishes Springfield!


Extensive cycling culture, gastronomy, fine leather products, beautiful architecture, all of these wonderful things can be found in this week’s City Focus of León, Mexico. This gem of a city hosts one of the most extensive bike networks in Latin America and is also considered one of the most environmentally friendly cities in Mexico. Of course year round there’s plenty to do in this city, but also the Feria de León, or León State Fair is also a big hit here, being one of the most visted fairs in Mexico. Unfortunately it only takes place in January and February, however, the fun hasn't stopped yet, PechaKucha Night León Vol. 12 will take place on April 12th. Buena Surete León!

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