2 March 2006, 22:50 by mark hoekstra

Pecha Kucha Night Groningen

Pecha Kucha flyer, design by nijne

My hometown, Groningen in The Netherlands is one of the cities hosting a Pecha Kucha Night every now and then. Since there isn’t or hasn’t been an official page for the Groningen-edition, I decided to gather all the information and put it here…

But first of all…

Pecha Kucha, what is it?

Pecha Kucha Night, devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham (Klein Dytham architecture), was conceived in 2003 as a place for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. (Admittedly, it was also a way to get more people to visit SuperDeluxe – their then newly opened multimedia event space in Tokyo).

But as we all know, give a mike to a designer (especially an architect) and you’ll be trapped for hours. The key to Pecha Kucha Night is its patented system for avoiding this fate. Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each – giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show.

Pecha Kucha (which is Japanese for the sound of conversation) has tapped into a 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 a dozen cities across the world. Find a location and join the conversation.

More about Pecha Kucha in The Netherlands (in Dutch)

Pecha Kucha Night, the Groningen Edition

The Groningen-edition is organised by Nieuwe Garde, a network for young creatives, which started off in 2004 in Groningen but also has a sister-organisation in Rotterdam. Nieuwe Garde organizes all kinds of activities and the Pecha Kucha Night seems just the right activity for Nieuwe Garde and Nieuwe Garde just seems to be the perfect organization to host the Pecha Kucha Night overhere *^_^*

PKN Groningen Volume I

At march 16th 2006 the first Pecha Kucha Night in Groningen took place, it was held in The Remonstrantse Kerk in the city center.

The ‘Remonstrantse Kerk’, photo by Omke Oudeman


Presenters on the Pecha Kucha Night Groningen Volume I:


PKN Groningen Volume II

At june 29th 2006, the second Pecha Kucha Night in Groningen took place, this time in the Bijenkorf, a big department store in the city center.

The ‘Bijenkorf’


Presenters on the Pecha Kucha Night Groningen Volume II:


PKN Groningen Vol. III


On september the 26th 2006 Volume III of the Pecha Kucha Night was held by Nieuwe Garde and this time in conjuction with Ambizzious, which is a network that connects (alumni-) students of the master Strategy & Innovation from the Rijksuniversiteit in Groningen with each other and with companies. The location for the event again was The Remonstrantse Kerk in the city center. The night followed an event, Creative Cocktails by Ambizzious which was held in the same place during the day. The Pecha Kucha Night which followed after diner was an open event, accessible for everybody.

Presenters on the Pecha Kucha Night Groningen Volume III:

pics of the event can be found here.

PKN Groningen Volume IV

From PKN Vol.4 on the organization of the Pecha Kucha Night Groningen is in collaboration with Platform GRAS. The new homepage (in Dutch) of Pecha Kucha Groningen can be found here. (www.pechakuchagroningen.nl)

In English you can find info on the Global Pecha Kucha Night website (www.pecha-kucha.org/groningen)


-mark hoekstra


As mentioned in the Message from Mark's family this site has been made static. This means that it will be no longer possible to comment on his ideas and projects, but that we all can continue to cherish his creativity.

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