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20 MAR


Has spring sprung? Get the creative juices flowing with a selection of talks to inspire, excite, educate and delight! 

PechaKucha (or chitchat in Japanese) is a creative style of presenting that was created by two architects from Tokyo in 2003 who were fed up with lengthy presentations. 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 more.

If you'd like to know more about talking at a PechaKucha night, please get in touch! 

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Miss Grizzly and the Bees - a way of dealing with anxiety

@ VOL 18 ON JAN 16, 2019

Karen Arnott has been dealing with anxiety since she was a child. In this delightful hand drawn presentation she describes how she copes and successfully manages her life, family, and business, and still has fun. 

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Home - My Life on the Move

@ VOL 18 ON JAN 16, 2019

Juliet Lennon lived in many different countries as a child, moving around the world with her family, and then on her own, making new friends and finding ways to fit in, but wherever her family was, that's the place she called home. 

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Empty Your Head

@ VOL 18 ON JAN 16, 2019

David Griffin explains how to avoid feeling overwhelmed and get more done by getting things out of our heads and making action lists that really work. 

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The Value of Visuals

@ VOL 18 ON JAN 16, 2019

Anne-Marie Miller shows how visual notes can be used for creative problem-solving, translating conversations in real-time for conferences, meetings and workshops on a large scale (Graphic recording) or small scale (Sketchnoting) and how these become valuable by sharing and getting people engaged. 

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Pain and Inspiration

@ VOL 18 ON JAN 16, 2019

Abi Stevens is a freelance illustrator who also suffers from chronic migraines that affect all of her senses. She talks about the influences for her stunning art work and also about a series of very personal illustrations depicting the pain of her migraines.  

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Life's swerves and soothing the soul

@ VOL 16 ON OCT 17, 2018

Simon Hall is a tutor in Business, Creative Writing, Media, and Presentation Skills, A Journalist of 25 years' experience, mostly with the BBC, across radio, TV and online and an author, with seven novels published. 
At the age of 50, he found life events forced him to make some changes and describes here how he soothes his soul.

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Creating an Alternative Tourist Guide to Japan

@ VOL 16 ON OCT 17, 2018

Chris Loughlan is CEO Cambridge Institute for Innovation. Working with a range of organisations in the UK on innovation strategy, skills and evaluation. He is concerned about the impact that tourism has on the world and is in the process of creating an alternative guide to Japan in time for the Rugby World Tour and the 2020 Olympic Games.  

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A Life Lived with Passion and Purpose

@ VOL 16 ON OCT 17, 2018

Justin Miles is an adventurer, explorer, speaker, award-winning author, educator, and advocate for universal education provision. 

After a car accident that left him having to re-learn basic functions from walking to talking, he set  about turning his dreams of adventuring into reality and has tackled adventures and expeditions in polar, mountain, jungle and desert regions.



Preparing to rock your PechaKucha Presentation!

You may never have spoken in public before or you may be an accomplished presenter.


The PechaKucha format is very different to any other style so here's some tips on how to prepare your presentation:


Decide on your topic

You can present any project, idea, inspiration, passion, or anything except a business, religious or political pitch.It can be purely for fun, awe inspiring, poignant, world changing, creative, informative, or mischevious. PechaKucha Nights are for bringing our warm, supportive and friendly community together. As the presentations are shared with a global audience in over 1120 cities, topics that have more than a local appeal are welcome.

Start early

Preparing a memorable presentation usually takes longer than most people think it will. Strangely enough, getting a short presentation right takes more rehearsal than a long one. We need the finished set of slides at least a week before the event to check it and load it up ready for the night!

Choose 20 stunning, original images.

A PechaKucha presentation works best when your slides are the star of the show with no words cluttering them up.Using your own original images to illustrate your ideas makes your presentation memorable. If you're going to use images that don't belong to you, be sure you have permission, credit the photographer, and don't infringe copyright.

Put the images in a 4:3 PowerPoint presentation

This is the format required by the Global PechaKucha website where your presentation will end up, to be shared with the global PK audience. Please don’t use any of your 20 slides for your name, the title of the talk, or contact details – these are all added after the recording when the slides are loaded onto the Global PechaKucha website.

Set the automatic advance rate to 20 seconds

To set the auto-transition, select the 'Transitions' tab, and on the right you'll see 'Advance Slide'. Please tick the box next to 'After', and set the value to 00:20:00. Set the duration to 00:00, and then below that please click 'Apply To All'. If you've just fallen over or gone blank, don't panic. We're here to help with any technical issues and we want your presentation to run smoothly so just ask if you need help!

Rehearse speaking to each slide for exactly 20 seconds

The timing is crucial as the format is fixed and dictated by how the presentations are recorded and displayed on the Global PechaKucha site. There is no wriggle room! You start speaking when your first slide appears and 6 minutes 40 seconds later, you're all done. The more rehearsal you can do to get the timing of your words right, the more impact your talk will have

Rehearse some more

Experts estimate that the time needed to rehearse is 30 times longer than the duration of the presentation. This means that for a 6minute 40 second presentation, you should allow approx 3.5 hours for rehearsal!

Don’t use notes

Reading from notes just doesn’t work – it’s better to speak naturally and be prompted by your images

Email your presentation

As soon as you can, and at least a week before the event, send your Powerpoint slides to your City Organiser by email. (Not Dropbox, WeTransfer or any other system). If the file is too big, go back and compress the images within PowerPoint and that should work. We'll add them to a master presentation for use on the night

On the night

Turn up at least 15 minutes before the event starts and we'll show you the recording set up. The projector, microphone and monitor are set up to allow you to face the audience so you don't need to crane your head round to look at the screen.

Promoting the event

We'll promote the event in our newsletter and on Twitter and Facebook and tag you where appropriate so please join in and share the posts. Encourage your friends to come along to support you. Our official photgrapher will take photos on the night and these will be used in our newsletter and social media.

After the event 

We'll add the recordings to the Global PechaKucha website, and as soon as they've been approved by the team in Tokyo, they'll be published. We'll let you know as oon as this happens so that you can share them with your supporters.

City blog

Every official PechaKucha city has a city blog on the Global PechaKucha website.If you'd like to write a post about your project or your experience of presenting in Cambridge just let us know.


If you have any queries, please just ask!

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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.

  • Justin Crane

    Cambridge resident with over 20 years experience providing full-service conception, logistics, management & marketing for the events industry with his agency, The Crane Event. Failed rockstar, successful dreamer, forever optimist. Plays well with others.

  • 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...

  • 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... Learning new skills is stimulating and I continue to enjoy finding ways to use the current technology and work practices to help people grow their businesses using video.

  • 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.