Past Manchester Event: VOL 23

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VOL 23

August 02, 2018
@ Fairfield Social Club


Come and enjoy another night of interesting, fast-paced talks from some of the north-west's top creatives, thinkers and doers all taking the PechaKucha challenge: 20 images, 20 seconds per image, no stopping.  

The theme for this event is 'reflection'. Come along if you want to hear stories about the school that teaches refugees how to code, the organisation that is tackling loneliness and isolation in Manchester and the forum where you can discuss death in the digital age. Are you interested in how virtual reality is affecting our behaviour? Or how a desire to be a horse can lead you into advertising? Or how you can your work published easily? Then this is the event for you.

We'll be at the Fairfield Social Club, home of the excellent GRUB Street food market, next Piccadilly train station. It's our biggest space yet! As ever, we'll be running activities in the breaks. This time, you can look forward to another challenge to make art from Elaborate Club and take part in our inaugural 'rock, paper, scissors but with plasticine' competition (with prizes!) hosted by Designasaur. And, if we can find a vehicle big enough, we'll have the riso printer from MARC the Printers.

We have a line-up of ten amazing speakers. Want to know who they are?...


On the Night

The doors open at 19:00 and the talks start at 19:30. We'll have a beer break just after 20:20. The talks should be finished by 21:40 where you'll have a chance to mingle afterwards.

During the break, you'll be able to take part in the Elaborate Club workshop and the plasticine rock, paper, scissors competition!


Thanks as ever to our paper sponsors, G . F Smith.

About the Fairfield Social Club

The Fairfield Social Club is based near Piccadilly train station under railway arch. In their own words:

"Hello. We're building a new place where all sorts of nice things are going to happen. You'll be able to come along and have fun and listen to music and laugh and watch movies and enjoy a nice pint. Everyone will have a nice time."

About PechaKucha Night Manchester

PechaKucha Night Manchester was relaunched in June 2016 by a new team after an eighteen month hiatus.

This is our tenth PechaKucha following a string of successful events. We are indebted to the support of Manchester’s creative scene coming along as speakers and audience members as well as our previous hosts, SpacePortX, Ziferblat, The Wonder Inn, Neo, the Rapha Clubhouse, PLANT, Texture, the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and the Bright Building. Most importantly, thank YOU for keeping us going!

PechaKucha Nights will continue take place every three months at venues across Manchester. Our mission is to feature a high calibre of creatives, designers, artists and community projects from the city and the North.

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Get Your Hopes Up

@ VOL 23 ON AUG 02, 2018

Born storyteller, proud Northerner and stop motion animator; Designasaur started drawing from the minute that she learned to hold a pencil and never quite found the desire to put it down. Today, she makes films that would appeal to her five year old self and together, they make a great team. 

In this presentation, Designasaur (aka Lisa Kenney) talks about getting your hopes up, getting knocked back and carrying on regardless.


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#foundfiction - The Guerrilla Publishing Experiment Connecting Readers and Writers Across the World

@ VOL 23 ON AUG 02, 2018

Print off a short story, put it in an envelope marked 'READ ME' and leave it somewhere random to be found. The idea behind #foundfiction is simple but powerful, and it's inspired readers and writers across the world since launching in 2014. Here, founder Steve Clarkson talks about the origins of the project, how it quickly gained a dedicated following, and what the future holds.

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"Androids dream of real sheep" (or more boringly)  "The implications of the things we make"

@ VOL 23 ON AUG 02, 2018

Empathy is a fundamental part of our human experience but the technology we build and design is at odds with that. So what is empathy, where does it come from and what can we learn from it?

Let’s talk about what it means to be an empathetic being, the effect technology is having on our ability empathise with each other and what we can do to understand each other better, communicate and design more ethical ‘things’ that help people be people.

Steve Clarkson
Writer and Editor in York
Alan Ionita
Software Developer in Manchester
Alex Khanyaghma
Development Officer, Manchester Cares in Manchester
Lisa Kenney
Stop Motion Animator, Designasaur in Manchester
Maria Panagiotidi
Lecturer in Psychology, Staffordshire University in Manchester
Jack Sheppard
Product Designer, Made by Sheppard in Manchester
Kate Feld
Writer and Lecturer in Digital Journalism, University of Salford in Manchester
Olivia Downing
Creative Copywriter and Founder of Chicks in Advertising in Manchester
Sarah Unwin
Founder of The Death Forum, Arts and Event Producer in Manchester
Simon Bray
Photographer and Producer in Manchester