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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.



7 reasons to come along to PechaKucha this week

Are you ready for one of the quirkiest events in the Cambridge events calendar?

Marvel at people's quick-fire presenting skills, learn new things and see the world afresh at PechaKucha Cambridge on Wednesday night.

This month's theme is a little March Madness and we're delighted to have presentations from a wide range of interesting folks including the story behind Dinky Doors, delighting people with tiny art installations across Cambridge, plus Wallace and Gromit, travel adventures and much more. 

Here are 7 reasons to come along to the University Wine Bar from 7.30pm.

  • Who is behind those Dinky Doors? Tiny doors are appearing all over the city but who is behind them? (See what we did there?) If you have wondered at the Wonder Emporium, posted a picture of the Emailerator or are simply asking what we're talking about and how it can save the world (we love big goals at PechaKucha) then come along. You will be looking at Cambridge differently after this presentation.

  • Do you love getting lost? Alice Gadney will be talking about how getting lost turned her into a map maker. Get direction and learn about the fine art of cartography during her exploratory talk.

  • Brian Bennett will be explaining why sometimes low tech is the best answer and how he hope to help save a small corner of our wonderful world wth the power of one.

  • What's your super power? We all have them even though we might not see them ourselves. Mindset trainer Caroline Ferguson will be talking about how supersensitivity is a super power.

  • There's no such thing as normal, as our line up testifies. Elaine Halligan will be talking about how to parent children who are 'different'.

  • Enter the weird and whacky world of Wallace and Gromit with Alex Stanlake who is going to give us his view on Nick Parks' duo as he explores having a Grand Day Out.

  • Enjoy a life affirming, adrenalin fuelled, joyful, trip around the world with adventurer Martyn Sibley as he shares his contribution to a world without limits.

Come along and join us. We promise you an unforgettable evening.

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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.

  • 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.