Catch a Very Special PechaKucha Night at Hotcards This Friday


Volume 24 of Cleveland’s PechaKucha Night will take place at Hotcards’ World Headquarters (2400 Superior Ave.) from 7 to 10:30 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 20. This particular evening will be special because, for the first time ever, hundreds of cities around the world will be hosting PKN events on the same day and broadcasting their events all over the world – including Cleveland. 

If you’re not familiar with the format, PKN Cleveland selects about 10 to 12 speakers who give passionate, fast-paced presentations using 20 slides for just 20 seconds each. The speakers are typically creative leaders and talented members of our community, and they speak about what they are most passionate about. The results are never boring, and this Friday’s PKN Global event is sure to be special.

“PechaKucha Night Cleveland is a pretty simple concept,” explains PKN organizer Michael Christoff. “An event where creative people share amazing work and interesting stories through a liberating presentation format.....and beer. Can't forget the beer. But seriously, it is meant to connect people in the audience to the amazing creative minds, ideas and work being done in our city; talking not only about what they do, but why they do it. The format is great because it completely levels the playing field by limiting all presenters to the exact same amount of time on the stage (400 seconds) and content quantity (20 images) This ensures that if a presenter hasn't completely captured your imagination, you will only be listening to them for a short 400 seconds before the next presenter is up on the stage.”

Friday’s presenters include Keith Berr (photographer), Peter Debelak (furniture designer), Eric Gordon (CEO, Cleveland Metropolitan School District), Freddy Hill (furniture designer), David Jurca (Associate Director, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative), Andrew Samtoy (lawyer, host/producer at Civic Commons/Ideastream), Dr. Brandy Schillace (research associate for the Dittrick Museum and Managing Editor of Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry), Candra Squire (owner, Salty Not Sweet Boutique) and additional videos from other PechaKucha events around the globe.

“What is most amazing,” continues Christoff, “Is that we've been doing this event four times a year since 2008 and we haven't come close to running out of amazing people with interesting stories and creative work to present; which makes us pretty darn excited to be here in Cleveland. In addition to interesting presenters, we also try to provide interesting environments for the events when possible, so if you look at our history of events, you'll find a few venues that hadn't been used for 10 years before we threw PechaKucha in them and likely haven't been used since. It makes it much harder to organize event, but creates a vibe between the presenters and the audience that you just can’t beat.”

As usual, PechaKucha Night is free and open to the public. Get there early for a good seat.

(RED SPACE at Hotcards World Headquarters) 2400 Superior Ave., 216-241-4040,

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