Sunday, February 05, 2012

PechaKucha 12

Edmonton's Garneau Theatre was buzzing last week with conversation and high energy shared between our city's young and not-so-young movers and shakers from a vast spectrum of industries. We all gathered together, munching popcorn, sipping Steam Whistle and settling into Garneau's creaky, vintage seats to hear what 10 Edmontonians had to say in 400 seconds. It was PechaKucha Night Number 12. 

This popular event has spread across the globe, originating in Japan as a way for young designers to network. Titling it "PechaKucha" meaning "chit chat",  a world-wide phenomenon was born, now hosted in more than 400 cities. At each event, featured speakers present concise presentations moving through 20 slides in 20 seconds. Edmonton's PechaKucha was spearheaded by NextGen, a City of Edmonton initiative that works to bring together young citizens who are interested in building a better community. 

This edition of PechaKucha featured fellow local fashion blogger and stylist, Erin Mongohan of The Vestiary. Likening Edmonton to a kid-sister she sometimes can't stand, but will always stick up for, Erin presented clever and witty commentary, making her case that Edmonton IS a stylish city. And you better not say otherwise.

Erin's street-fashion blog captures the city's most stylish residents out and about, "If anyone tries to say Edmonton doesn't have style, I can point them to my blog for proof". 

Other presentations discussed an inspiring photography project, winter city culture, the science behind bread making, and even a couple's yoga demonstration about human touch. It was a great night and I can't wait for the next one!

For info on PechaKucha in your own city visit the official website. 

Erin Monaghan sticking up for Edmonton's style.
Featured speakers at PechaKucha Night 12

Erin Monoghan of The Vestiary

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