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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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Theresa Feetenby

in Cambridge

Pay It Forward Gift Vouchers


If you've ever passed a homeless person and wondered if you could do more than give them small change, Theresa Feetenby has come up with a brilliant idea. Through Pay It Forward Gift Vouchers you can give vouchers that can be exchanged for food or other goods from participating businesses. In this inspiring presentation Theresa explains how it works and what we can do to spread the idea and help more people in need.  

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Living in the now

@ VOL 21 ON JUL 17, 2019

Footloose, fancy free and no ties used to describe Louise Lee's life as she explored the world. Then she got not one, but two dogs, and life changed. Then it changed again. Here she describes how her dogs taught her to appreciate that today is the only day that matters.  

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In Defense of Pigeons

@ VOL 21 ON JUL 17, 2019

Let's face it. Pigeons get a bad rap. They're accused of being dirty, greedy, aggressive and worse. Max Jung paints a very different picture of beautiful, iridescent, brave, and much-decorated war heroes. As he says, "If we provided pigeon loos, pigeon poo would be less of a problem." Makes you think ... he might have a point. 

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Cycling - the Secret Ingredient to a Happy Childhood

@ VOL 21 ON JUL 17, 2019

Dutch Children are consistently reported as being the happiest in the world, so Roxanne De Beaux joined 30 students from around the globe at the Planning the Cycling City course in Amsterdam to find out more about the connection between the happiness of the children and the cycling environment they grow up in.

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Expect the Unexpected

@ VOL 21 ON JUL 17, 2019

The work of a professional photographer is full of unexpected surprises as Lucinda Price shows us in these stunning images. From cows in the city to half-submerged horses, she has learned to turn the unexpected into memorable photographs to the delight of all who see them. (Lucinda is also the volunteer photographer for our PechaKucha Nights in Cambridge.) 

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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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Can Tourism be Sustainable?

@ VOL 20 ON MAY 15, 2019

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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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! 



Stepping out from behind the camera and up to the microphone - by Lucinda Price

How I went from observer to speaker

Lucinda Price is the official photographer for PechaKucha Nights Cambridge 
I've been photographing PechaKucha Cambridge events as part of the volunteer team since October 2018. I've really enjoyed the talks I've seen and I love the variety of topics covered every time.
All along I absolutely loved the idea behind talking to 20 images on 20 slides (20 seconds per slide) and thought it would prove to be a good challenge. I finally decided to get over my nerves and present a talk when the theme for July came up - 'drawn to the unexpected'. I have found over my 5-year photography career that I have come across all sorts of unexpected events and situations and could see a talk shaping up.
For me finding the images was fairly easy, given I'm a photographer! Once I had trawled through my portfolio for images that I was able to share, and added a few more I took for tales where I couldn't share the imagery, I very quickly had 20 slides put together in a workable format.
Now came the hard part! The first time I practised my talk I found I filled the time mostly with ummms, ahh and some 'and then...' with little in between. It initially felt a bit like a primary school ‘what I did at the weekend’ list of things rather than a talk. I think in the end I practised my talk over 20 times over a couple of days with many revisions on the day itself.
I had already realised the stress of the talk would put me off my photography so I took the first slot so I could do my talk and quickly move into more familiar territory taking images of the following speakers. Ann Hawkins, our MC, introduced the session and then it was my turn.
My heart racing, and the fear building up, there I was looking down the microphone at a room full of people, suddenly thinking OH what HAVE I done.... Luckily the relentless ticking of the clock on the presentation and knowing I had to get the slides spoken to fairly precisely meant I just had to get going.
6 minutes and 40 seconds later, after a few laughs and a seemingly attentive audience it was all over and I could go back to my photography!
Here's how Anne-Marie Miller depicted the talk in her delightful sketch notes! 

If you are considering a talk here are a few tips that might help:

  • Practice, practice, practice - I found some key sentences linked to slides helped me keep the nerves down. For example, as my introduction I had as a definite sentence: "Hi, I'm Lucinda and I shoot people for a living". Knowing what that first sentence would be really helped me get going. I didn't have set words for the talk as I found that too stressful however practice also meant that I roughly knew where I was the whole time, it was reassuring that as was talking the slides came up about where I wanted them to be. 20 seconds can be so fast and perversely so painfully slow all at the same time. Practice helps pace the gaps between the slides.

  • Embrace the quiet. Once I worked out that my second slide was crucial to have the appropriate phrase linked to it, I was very happy to wait until the slide came to resume the talk. In the end I don't think I had an awkward pause, but having pre-thought that if I was too quick I can just wait took the pressure off.

  • Don't try and say everything. I started with a long list of things and worked out what might be most interesting/unusual to listeners without being too specific to only be amusing to those in the trade. I cut quite a bit out and I think this benefited the talk and my stress levels!

  • Prepare when you arrive. Having not used a microphone before, I was kindly shown the set up by Simon Hagan before the session started, meaning I was more relaxed when I got up there for real. While talking there is a laptop screen with the current and next slide visible and this was great to see the set up before the talk.

  • I found the slides were just as good as prompt cards, each slide had a meaning to me; some were giving me time prompts as some tales took more than one slide but each slide helped me bookmark where I was in my talk.

  • Make sure the images you use are copyright-free or you have explicit permission to use them.

  • Everyone is lovely! The room was filled with engaged and welcoming people, as an audience goes this was a great confidence boost. I have lots of experience talking to teenagers on careers days with Form the Future and this group was way less scary than that.

  • Finally it's really good fun to do so take the time to enjoy it - it goes so quickly!

Watch Lucinda's talk Expect the Unexpected  
See Lucinda's Photography 
Would you like to give your own PechaKucha talk? Get in touch with us.

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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.