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Inspire Nepal Channel

After the events of the April 2015 Nepal earthquake, the worldwide PechaKucha community has come together to "Inspire Nepal". The road to recovery is a long one, and you can help inspire regrowth by sharing your story of Nepal here. Get in touch with us via inspire@pechakucha.org.

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Inspire Christchurch Channel

After the events of the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, the worldwide PechaKucha community has come together to "Inspire New Zealand". The road to recovery is a long one, and you can help inspire regrowth by sharing your story of Christchurch here. Get in touch with us via inspire@pechakucha.org.

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INSPIRE Channel

In the wake of devastation wreaked by natural disasters globally, PechaKucha seeks to assist in the re-development of all affected regions via the INSPIRE initiative. The road to recovery is a long one, and YOU can help inspire regrowth by sharing your stories here. Get in touch with us via inspire@pechakucha.org to begin.

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PAST VOL 4

Pittsboro @ Bynum General Store
Oct 28, 2009

PAST VOL 1

Manchester @ Contact
Dec 01, 2009

PAST VOL 22

Chicago @ Martyrs'
Jun 05, 2012

PAST VOL 1

Riyadh
Dec 02, 2012

PAST VOL 2

Eureka, Montana @ LCHS Commons Area
Mar 05, 2013

PAST VOL 3

Bellingham, WA
Apr 12, 2012

PAST VOL 74

Providence @ Ogie's Trailer Park
May 27, 2015

PAST VOL 2

Warwick
Jun 17, 2017

PAST PechaKucha Event

Chicago @ Apple Store Michigan Avenue
Jun 27, 2018

PAST VOL 15

Victoria @ Baumann Centre - Pacific Opera
Sep 08, 2018

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African Roadtrip

BY JAYSHREE THAKRAR
@ VOL 1 ON APR 22, 2013

A road trip through South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique and Swaziland results in good times and cherished memories for Jayshree Thakrar. The trip through southern Africa reveals the juxtaposition of old and new, all while showcasing Africa's natural beauty.

 
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Along The Open Road

BY TOVE DAHL
@ VOL 18 ON JUN 27, 2013

Tove Dahl is an undercover educational psychologist. With that being said, don't expect to find her where one would typically look for an educational psychologist. She believes that there are unlimited resources on the open road to help motivate people to learn. 

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Meg and I decided to go on a Roadtrip

BY ROSS MITCHELL-ANYON
@ VOL 1 ON MAR 27, 2015

The photo documentary as a local property collector, I go on a road trip with my dog Meg to inspect our properties, the people and the land.

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Drive By Press

BY KATE DEDLOW
@ VOL 3 ON SEP 17, 2015

Drive by Press is a woodcut design and woodcut printed apparel store. Kate Dedlow shares about their carve and design process for t-shirts, posters, and accessories. 

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A Story of Wander

BY LILIANE RAHAL
IN BEIRUT

With a passion for collecting instruments from their travels, Sarah Kaskas writer/composer/vocalist, and Liliane Rahal percussionist/co-arranger, gave birth to Wanderland, an indie/folk duo band making homemade heart-warming music. Listen to them narrate the story of how they met and began their adventure with the song "La Terrasse", and tell us about their process and inspiration.

 

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Natural Leavening

BY ANTHONY FALCO
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 09, 2017

From Texas to New York to Brazil, professional pizza man Anthony Falco has been active in the food industry from a widely popular french fry stand to a famous Bushwick pizzeria, to perfecting delicious bread recipes with his kids. At PechaKucha Night NYC, he talks about the process and health benefits to naturally leavened dough!

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Nan and Pop's Retro Perspective

BY MARK COCHRANE
@ VOL 19 ON OCT 12, 2016

"I didn't know how it was going to work, but like most things I do, I did it full of enthusiasm."

In "Nan and Pop's Retro Perspective" from PechaKucha Night Cairns Vol. 19, Mark Cochrane shares his the story of how he began working as a photographer through a whimsical project called "Nan and Pop's" travel adventures.

Mark has photographed model dolls, a vintage model car and model retro caravan to depict Nan and Pop’s adventures driving across Australia.  Nan and Pop’s adventures soon went viral and a star was born. 

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Vientianale on the Road

BY HELENE OUVRARD
@ VOL 7 ON SEP 14, 2017

When the Vientianale film-festival turns off the lights for another year, so begins 'Vientianale on the Road'. Helene Ouvard takes us on the road less travelled through Lao provinces from Bokeo to Champassak. Stopping at villages and schools, where make-shift screens are set up, or in reclaimed halls, we witness the sheer excitement of those taking part in a film workshop, or enjoying the best of recent Lao films.

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My Road to Health

BY ANGIE ASH-GOLDING
@ VOL 32 ON JUL 11, 2017

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Anne’s Naive 1964 Roadtrip

BY ANNE HANSON
@ VOL 6 ON JUN 09, 2018

Come along with Anne Hanson on an 822 mile trip in a little unkempt car with a driver whose luck was exceptional.  Stop at a hillbilly bar, check out a mormon dance hall and see magnificent orange cliffs, all in six minutes and forty seconds!

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Tramping Huts

Architecture students typically build models for their theses, Callum Dowie constructed a complete building. In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PechaKucha Night Auckland Vol. 17) he speaks of the tramping huts found throughout New Zealand -- once used for overnight stays on hunting trips, now used for long-term hikes -- and how they were built of materials that needed to be carried. These huts inspired him to construct a foldable, easily assembled (by 4 people, in 2 hours) living space that could have valuable real-world application for those in areas post natural disaster.

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Canada's Pastime: Road Hockey

"Car! ... Game on!" Nostalgia, esprit de corps, bloody smiles, fraternal nicknames, intrepid rivalries, asphalt and hockey sticks -- this is the stuff of pastimes. Longtime photographer, would-be historian, and road hockey habitué Mario Bartel speaks of his lifetime relationship with what he has dubbed Canada's national pastime. In today's Presentation of the Day, "Canada's Pastime: Road Hockey" from PKN New Westminster Vol. 2, Mario talks about his unofficial local league (made up of various members of the community), which plays from October to May in any weather. He shares how, over the years, various traditions have sprung up around the games, and naturally -- as a photographer -- Bartel has covered them all.

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La Carmina's Underworld Trips and Offbeat Travels

Want a first-class ticket to the subculture underworld of Tokyo? You’ve come to the right place. La Carmina is a travel TV host and blog writer, who travels the world seeking out the off-beat subculture of each city she visits. In “La Carmina’s Underworld Trips and Offbeat Travels” from PKN Tokyo Vol. 115, we see Tokyo is her favorite city because she finds something for everyone — from monkey taverns to Victorian dollhouse cafes. Come check out what La Carmina has discovered within Tokyo!

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Purgatory Road

“If you’re going to talk about life, it makes sense to reference death.” Visual artist Krista Steinke speaks on her latest photography project based on a wooded region divided by a dirt road in rural upstate New York. In “Purgatory Road” from PKN Bryan Vol. 1 she speaks about the origins of her project’s name, and how the place itself has inspired a narrative that goes back several generations.

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Creating A Healthy City

We have a wonderful list of presenters on a range of topics. Come check out the event Tuesday night!

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Lessons from the Road

"Experiences bring lasting happiness, especially traveling to a new place. After all, what are you going to remember 20 years from now, your new 70" flatscreen TV or that week you spent in Morocco."As the owner of two successful pubs, it's probably safe to say that Larry Porter didn't really have the time to become a travel guide. But the lessons he learned while traveling compelled him to start Porterra Travel, so he could share the joy of travel with others. In Lesson's from the Road, from PechaKucha Night Easton Vol. 3, find out how travel changed him, and how it can change you.

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The Road Less Traveled

"I became almost obsessed with writing this story, as if someone was telling me 'You need to get this out on  paper.'" In "The Road Less Traveled" from PechaKucha Night Batavia Vol.4, E.V. Jones examines how events in her life, both good and bad, led her down the path to where she is today, a published author, a registered nurse, and mom of six children. Story writing and -telling was a form of therapy for Yvonne’s oldest son, who was diagnosed with auditory processing disorder. Story nights turned into The Wish, an original story written by . This first book became a series that was picked up by a publishing company.

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Lessons from the Road

  "Experiences bring lasting happiness, especially traveling to a new place. After all, what are you going to remember 20 years from now, your new 70" flat screen TV or that week you spent in Morocco."As the owner of two successful pubs, it's probably safe to say that Larry Porter didn't really have the time to become a travel guide. But the lessons he learned while traveling compelled him to start Porterra Travel, so he could share the joy of travel with others. In "Lessons From The Road" from PechaKucha Night Easton Vol. 3, find out how travel changed him, and how it can change you.

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Attention all Travellers!

Interest in both travel and photography is growing across Pakistan. PechaKucha Night 'Travel Diaries' brings these two together. If you have travelled to any of Pakistan’s breathtaking deserts, mountains, valleys or beaches or explored its myriad-faced cultural heritage or archeological wonders, dig out the pictures folders from your trips and get ready to present! The live audience are the people of Islamabad and the virtual audience will be anyone and everyone across Pakistan who visits the Kuch Khaas page or the PechaKucha Islamabad city page. Show them the beauty that Pakistan is! Send in your ideas and a few sample images on info@kuchkhaas.org latest by 7th February 2018 for a chance to share your travel diaries with the world! 

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Travel Pakistan: one country, infinite landscapes

Article by Ayesha Fazlur Rahman, Programme Manager Kuch Khaas - The Centre for Arts, Culture and Dialogue  Travel for leisure is great; make a checklist, get your torch , snack bars and meds supply and off you go. But what about finding the travel companions? I learnt the perfect solution to that  problem one afternoon in Boston when I wanted to attend a Rumi event at the unfamiliar MIT campus. I asked not one, not 7, but 11 of my university buddies! “Sounds great, but I am busy today” was  the response , worded differently. I looked up the place on the map, got me on the bus on a cold winter evening and went alone. It worked out just fine. I also got to eat free baklava! Since then, this has been my travel plan: I go from point A to point B, I ask several potential travel partners and if nothing works out I book a tour with a tour operator and go with a group of complete strangers! The result? I have been on several trips with several travel buddies and at times even alone. Chitral, KP Province  I went to Chitral for the Kalash Spring Festival with Humaira whom I had met at a hike on the Margallah Hills, Islamabad. She was trigger happy when it came to taking pictures, which meant I got lots of pictures taken too! We were part of a travel group and got to chat with several of the other travellers: the American woman who wanted to interview all the locals and wouldn’t give a straight answer about her nature of work in Pakistan, the Dutchman who spoke the most formal version of Urdu ever spoken since 1947! The Pakistani lady doctor who one day, at the breakfast table, demanded to know why the Norwegian couple, married for 7 years, had not been able to produce an offspring thus far! During the  jeep rides across the Rumbur and Bumburet valleys, most people, other than couples, hopped on to the jeeps close at hand instead of clinging to the friends they had come with. (Internet image for Chitral) Deosai National Park, Gilgit Baltistan At an average elevation of 4114 meters , the Deosai National Park in Skardu is the second highest plateau in the world. Traveling through valleys and narrow roads, you suddenly are struck by the sheer expanse around you as you approach Deosai, literally meaning the Land of Giants. It’s a treeless plain , covered with grass and tiny pink flowers that give it a pink hue. Travel, they say, is about facing your demons and slaying them etc: for some its the fear of heights, of losing  cellphone connectivity, of getting in an accident. My fear was not having hot running water: that got sorted every morning when my still half-closed eyes were greeted with a splash of water from an ice cold mountain spring, near our camping site! What better way to prepare for a 5km not-so-steep hike to search for the Holy Grail of Deosai, the  brown bear. The day we embarked on our search, the wind announced our arrival to the bears who thought it best to take cover, away from our prying eyes and cameras. May be another day, another trip the winds will be on our side. Cholistan Desert, Multan, Bahawalpur (Punjab Province) South Punjab is also a popular tourist destination that hosts both jeep rally enthusiasts and campers in the Cholistan Desert; heritage lovers and devotees visit the beautiful shrines in Multan and Uch Sharif . To escape the relentless heat here, tours are planned in the winter months. My travel companion on this trip, Najia,  took me to an unknown destination too: the childhood world of fits of uncontrollable laughter, that had somehow not been possible since school ended. The freedom that comes with anonymity made us unbelievably foolhardy as we merrily wandered to forbidden parts of the Panjnad Headworks in Bahawalpur! I made a lasting friendship with an elderly German couple; Najia offered me up for adoption to them! Mr Manfred took a prize winning photo of us at the Lal Suhanra Park in Bahawalpur, blackbucks enjoying the misty morning along with us. Hunza and Khunjrab Pass , Gilgit Baltistan Hunza and the Khunjrab Pass (Pak-China Border) were next on my list. This time I roped in a friend of a friend’s son, whom I had met at his wedding, to travel with me. She agreed! Michelle turned out to be someone who liked to observe people and scan their conversations for deducing their personality traits; thus there was always interesting analyses of events and interactions happening around us! So this trip we talked to people and also a lot about them! The Hunza residents are known for longevity and good health, attributed mainly to the Hunza water and diet of honey and nuts. They look lean and fit too. At an elevation of 4693 metres, the Khunjerab Pass is the highest paved international border crossing in the world. Fairy Meadows , Gilgit Baltistan This is a valley with a breathtaking view of Nanga Parbat The Killer Mountain. Fittingly, the 10 km road that leads from Raikot Sirai to Fairy Meadows is rated among the top 12 most dangerous roads in the world. Once there, a 6 hour mountain trek takes you to the Fairy Meadows camping site, at an altitude of 3300 metres. This trip is not for the fainthearted so I wanted to do it while I still had age on my side; no travel partner, no problem: I went alone with a bus full of strangers. Nope, didn’t make any lasting or even temporary friendships this time, the sole of my hiking boots gave way at the first step of the 6km hike. The ghoray wallah offered to trade shoes with me for the duration of the hike, at the end of which a Nepalese med student from Lahore gave me an extra pair that he had. See, it worked out just fine. We think we need friends more than we actually do. Believe me when I say the following about the view of the Nanga Parbat: It’s alive, with a personality, with changing moods; mostly unsmiling but generously giving from its treasure trove of beauty a few coins for the lonely traveller to carry home. Sardaryab (KP Province) , Pir Chinasi (AJK) Sometimes travel for work can turn into a bit of sight seeing too. My colleagues Fauzia, Samreen and Rahmat in Peshawar took me to Sardaryab ( the head of the river) in Charsadda. We picked chapli kebabs along the way and ordered fish there, what a treat! What a serene little spot! After a training workshop for textbook developers in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Jammu &Kashmir (AJK), we went up a spiralling road to Pir Chinasi. At an elevation of 2900 meters, this hill top gives a pretty view of the city and surrounding rural areas.