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Tonight's PechaKucha is a joint event with Cambridge Skeptics!  

PechaKucha (or chitchat in Japanese) is a creative style of presenting that was started by two architects in Tokyo in 2003 as way for young creatives to show their work and network. Since then the concept has grown and PechaKucha talks now run in over 1120 cities around the world bringing together people from all creative backgrounds.

PechaKucha Cambridge has featured a wide range of speakers from many different disciplines including science, art, design, photography, fashion, architecture, mental health, sport and tonight ... skeptics! 

If you'd like to get involved, please get in touch! 


Featured Presentation

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Chris Loughlan

Director, Cambridge Institute for Innovation (Cii) in Cambridge

Can Tourism be Sustainable?


The Rugby World Cup 2019 and the Olympic Games 2020 spurred Chris Loughan into investigating how tourism can become more sustainable. His efforts have met with mixed responses but with more and more tourist attractions trying to balance the economic and environmental effects of increasing numbers of tourists, Chris's guide to sustainable tourism is slowly gaining attention. 

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Drop the F Bomb on Money

@ VOL 20 ON MAY 15, 2019

When Charlotte Steggall talks to young people about the schools programme Take Your Place, helping young people with little or no experience of university explore the world of higher education, the topic that always comes up is money. The barriers that stop people talking about money, the stigmas and judgements, are things that Charlotte is helping to get rid of. Encouraging young people to be open about money helps them to be more confident about making financial decisions and explore their options. 

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Sueno Verde - an Eco Friendly Community

@ VOL 20 ON MAY 15, 2019

Fay Durrant had a dream to buy a piece of land in Spain and build an eco-friendly community.  It didn't work out quite the way she thought it would but after a pause to re-group and gather more resources, she has started again and with bands of volunteers and supporters is re-building her dream. 

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Ten Reasons Why Shoes are like Men

@ VOL 20 ON MAY 15, 2019

As the owner of two shoe shops, Sarah Decent takes a keen interest in the way women shop for shoes. She has also been married three times and drawn some startling and often hilarious comparisons between shoes and men. This presentation lists ten of them - there may be more! 

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Making People Feel Comfortable

@ VOL 20 ON MAY 15, 2019

John Monks has spent much of his life and career helping people who feel that they don't fit in to be more comfortable with who they are. In this presentation he shares some of the techniques he uses and the results that they have. 

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Dream Author

@ VOL 20 ON MAY 15, 2019

Sophie Hannah is best known as a crime writer and was invited by the Agatha Christie family to continue the Poirot series. She has recently started a coaching prgramme for authors and here she explains why she was motivated to do that and what is involved in the programme. 

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Hello Tiger!

@ VOL 19 ON MAR 20, 2019

Martyn Sibley is a regular guy who happens to have a disability called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). This means he cannot walk, lift anything heavier than a book or shower himself. He runs Disability Horizons, is the author of 'Everything is Possible', has a Degree in Economics & a Masters in Marketing. In this fun packed presentation, Martyn shares his love of adventure and his travels around the world.  

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My Child's Different

@ VOL 19 ON MAR 20, 2019

Elaine Halligan is the London Director of The Parent Practice. In this presentation she shares the lessons learned from her struggle to unlock her son’s potential and explores the enabling role that parents can play in getting the best out of children who are seen as ‘different’ or ‘difficult’. The notion that our children may be shunned for being ‘different’ breaks our hearts, but there is plenty we can do to help such children develop into thriving, resilient adults. 

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Dinky Doors Save the World

@ VOL 19 ON MAR 20, 2019

Dinky Doors is a street art initiative from guerilla artists in Cambridge, UK. They unexpectedly found themselves on an unexpected mission to *SAVE THE WORLD*. Unexpectedly.

They're an antidote to the seemingly endless terrible news that we’re inundated with on a daily basis. To deliver wonder as you wander through the medium of… er… dinky little doors.

In this presentation you will discover how dinky things deliver unexpected dollops of delight that can defend against the daily onslaught of miserable miserableness. And together we can *SAVE THE WORLD*.



Are you drawn to the unexpected?

Tales of the unexpected and some unexpected tales will be told at the next PechaKucha night in Cambridge.

If you’re familiar with the quickfire presentation style of Pecha Kucha then you’ll know that the unexpected is to be expected.

As Forrest Gump would say, you never quite know what you’re gonna get.

If you haven’t been along yet then each speaker is expected to present 20 slides and speak for 20 seconds about each one. It’s a fun way to be introduced to new topics and speakers. The rapid style is entertaining as well as informative.

Cambridge’s PechaKucha team has decided to celebrate the unexpected side of life and presentations for their next event, which will be held at the Cambridge University Centre Wine Bar, Granta Place, on Wednesday July 17 at 7.30pm. The title is Drawn To The Unexpected. Make of it what you will.

Anne-Marie Miller designed this great poster for the event! 

If you would like to have a go at presenting then we have slots available. To make it even more unexpected we can also offer you the chance to do improv. This means a set of 20 slides will be given to you unseen and you need to tell a story to go with them. Everyone who has volunteered for an improv presentation has enjoyed the experience and the audience is usually cheering them on while laughing at the tangents they go off on.

Are you drawn to the unexpected? Then join the audience or put yourself in the spotlight as a speaker. Entry is free, donations to Pecha Kucha on the night are welcome.

If you would like to present, please fill in the contact form.

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About the City's Organizers

  • Ann Hawkins

    I am an egalitarian. Blues music makes me happy. I dislike ritual, bureaucracy and received wisdom. I'm described as helpful and patient. Rarely as 'nice'. I am a self-sufficient, anti-social, confident, introvert. I'm a writer and business mentor.

  • Anne-Marie Miller

    Mum. Graphic designer and illustrator. Partner in Carbon Orange Graphic Design Studio. Resident of Cambridge since 1992. Tea addict.

  • Ann Hawkins

    I am an egalitarian and blues music makes me happy. I dislike ritual, bureaucracy and received wisdom. I'm described as helpful and patient. Rarely as 'nice'. I am a self-sufficient, anti-social, confident, introvert. I'm a writer and business mentor.

  • Berenice Smith

    I have been a designer for most of my working life, with a postgraduate degree in graphic design and typography. I have a design practice and also work on fused and stained glass. I live in Cambridge and I'm owned by my rescue dog, Molly. I am passionate about using design to solve problems using common sense and a user friendly approach.

  • Lucinda Price

    Experienced Freelance Photographer with a demonstrated history of working in the photography industry. Skilled in Family , Wedding, Portrait and Newborn Photography.

  • Simon Hagan

    I've worked as a cameraman, editor, writer and director, travelling far and wide and meeting and working with interesting people - from bank robbers to government ministers, from refugees to people off the telly...

  • Karen Arnott

    Creative director and graphic designer. Interested in all things design, yoga, food, mental well-being and travel.

  • Louise Lee

    LOVE: Dogging (dog walking), grinding spices and cooking curries, photography for fun, gardening. Fan of GQT and IFTT. DISLIKE: Public speaking, except when others are doing it.

  • Rachel Extance

    I am a communications specialist and an award-winning journalist with 15 years experience in print, digital and social media. I’ve worked on lots of great stories, often getting the front page. I’ve covered a range of topics from social issues and regeneration of towns and cities to national and European elections. One of my proudest achievements was a campaign which won free bus travel for thousands of people. I have a wide range of interviewing experience including cabinet ministers, business leaders and celebrities.