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20 FEB


We're excited to announce our third PechaKucha Night, this time with the theme "MAGIC".

We've invited special speakers from the community who will give presentations in the PechaKucha format: 20 images x 20 seconds. Be ready to be inspired and be part of a creative community!

Tickets can be purchased for $10+fee on our Eventbrite page: https://pechakucha-alexandria-vol3-tickets.eventbrite.com


Featured Presentation

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Michael Sharp

in Alexandria

Coming Back Home


For some of us, "home" is a faraway place, but for Michael Sharp, it is the place where he was born and grew up in, and where he is now raising his son. In his presentation, he describes the places that have shaped him and memories from his childhood in Alexandria, as well as upstate New York and California. He wonders what our children will remember about the places they grow up in.

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Nearby Nature and Transformation at Four Mile Run

@ VOL 2 ON NOV 07, 2018

Something remarkable has been going on at Four Mile Run Park, a trail and waterway that passes through urban industrial areas in northern Virginia, USA. After decades of pollution and neglect, through the efforts of volunteers, the area is coming back to life. Kurt Moser, president of the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation, details how we can sometimes transform nature around us to positive effect. 

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Discovering Your Inner Light

@ VOL 2 ON NOV 07, 2018

In his presentation, Bodhi Ling Patel encourages us to let our inner light shine and to take care of our body, mind, and spirit. As a high school student concerned about depression and suicide among young people, he strives to live life to the fullest and spread the message that we all have a beautiful light within us.

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Serious Play

@ VOL 2 ON NOV 07, 2018

In the summer of 2018, Ling-Yun Tang spent 2 months in Berlin with her children and fell in love with the public playgrounds. As she crisscrossed the city visiting numerous parks and playgrounds, she was impressed by how well play was integrated into public spaces, and learned a valuable lesson about letting go when it came to letting her children explore and take risks on their own.

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Place and How to Get There

@ VOL 2 ON NOV 07, 2018

"Place can be the freedom to explore where roads can't go," says Katie Goode, who explores the theme of inner place in her inspiring, and at times, funny, presentation. She shares some tips and small blessings that have come her way, that have helped her to move to a place where she feels present, clear, and sure.  

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Moving from Fear to Freedom

@ VOL 2 ON NOV 07, 2018

For 30 years, Leopoldo Díaz -Moure was in a place of fear. Like a block of ice, he felt frozen and numb. Leo takes us on an inner journey through emotional landscapes that we all inhabit and shares how he was able to move from a place of fear to a place of freedom. What place would you like to be?

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Making Animal Friends Around the World

@ VOL 1 ON MAR 15, 2018

Megan Brennan Wood is an attorney and Foreign Service spouse who has traveled around the world with her family, befriending animals wherever she goes. Hear Megan tell the tales of the dogs, cats, pigs, foxes, and other animals she met and whose images she captured in Myanmar, where she lived for two years, and in her travels in southeast Asia. Don't miss the hilarious closing image of (spoiler alert:) her cat as Donald Trump!

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On Personal Risk-Taking and Courage

@ VOL 1 ON MAR 15, 2018

"Don't give up on your dreams, and give uncertainty a chance."

Michelle Claire shares stories about the risks that she has taken in her life, and that have brought her from San Antonio, Texas, to Washington, D.C. -- everything from white-river rafting, telling her mother she wanted to become an artist, and personal decisions about love and friendship. Speaking on PechaKucha has been on her bucket list for a long time-- and we're glad she took the risk, at PechaKucha Alexandria Vol.1

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Photo Album of Paintings

@ VOL 1 ON MAR 15, 2018

Mamatjan Juma is an artist who was trained in the style of Socialist Realism, in which ideology was paramount. He began questioning this notion and exploring more abstract styles after his move to the United States. Through "snapshots" of his paintings, he shows the development of his style, where beauty, balance, and limitlessness are expressed without the need to stand for an ideology. 



City Focus: Alexandria

As one of the newest cities to join PechaKucha's creative community, PechaKucha Night 
Alexandria graces this week's City Focus. Located along the Potamac River, Alexandria has preserved America's colonial culture through its 18th century style architecture, boutique shops, and museums. Having held their very first volume this month, be sure to keep a look out for fascinating presentations from historically rich Alexandria! See you all at PechaKucha Night Alexandria Vol.2!

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About the City's Organizers

  • Nami Ishihara

    I am a group facilitator who loves to connect people and ideas. I believe that everyone has something original and interesting inside them, and PechaKucha is a great way to share that something special!

  • Ling-Yun Tang

    I am a sociologist interested in the intersection of creativity, the arts, and urban design. I have taught and researched internationally, and am always on the lookout for communities of artists and designers with a shared interest in building a more beautiful, inclusive, and inspiring world.

  • José Caicedo

    José R. Caicedo is a creative leader, problem solver, communicator and visual artist. He is also an achiever, a learner, an empath and a glass half-full perspective on the world around him. Above all he seeks to connect with others through real life stories and appreciation.

  • Andy Monaco

    As a "stay at home" architect and father, I love to find opportunities to keep my mind engaged in the world of design. It is all around us! I am interested in adaptive reuse and the layers of meaning that can be applied to the environment at all different scales, from buildings to products.