Pecha Kucha is a presentation format for creative work originally devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein-Dytham Architecture (KDa) (http://www.klein-dytham.com/) in Tokyo, Japan in 2003 as a place for creative types to meet, network, and show their work in public. The name derives from a Japanese term for the sound of conversation ("chit-chat") and it's where you get to talk about whatever you want in 20 second sound-bites.
Pecha Kucha Night is an event in which presenters give brief presentations accompanied by 20 images, each of which is shown for 20 seconds, about a topic of their choosing giving a total presentation time of 6 minutes 40 seconds. Presenters (and much of the audience) are usually from the design, architecture, photography, art, music and creative fields and with up to 14 presenters in a night there's bound to be something to spark your own creativity.
Pecha Kucha has tapped into the demand for a forum in which creative work can be easily and informally shown, without having to rent a gallery or chat up a magazine editor. This is a demand that seems to be global-as Pecha Kucha Night, without any pushing, has spread virally to over 125 cities across the world, including London, San Francisco, Seattle, Rotterdam, Shanghai and Berlin. Pecha Kucha Night was voted Best Inspirational Event in the Metro 2007 Best of Auckland awards and the recent Pecha Kucha Night on 28 May at TheNewDowse was sold out and generated great feedback from participants and audience.