Local Pecha Kucha Chapter to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

The local St. Augustine chapter of Pecha Kucha (pronounced: peh-CHAKH-cha), Japanese for “chit-chat,” will celebrate its 10th anniversary on April 5 at the Front Porch at the St. Augustine Amphitheater, according to a media release. Pecha Kucha is a social event where guests are invited to speak to the audience on a variety of topics. The catch? Each speech must only consist of 20 presentation slides with only 20 seconds spent on each slide.

“These short speeches are like snack-sized bites of information,” said Angie Ullmann, one of the event organizers, in the release. “They’re just a small glimpse that explains the ‘why’; Why an experience or idea matters, why it’s worth considering, why it’s significant. This shorter format changes the whole dynamic of the gathering. People are relaxing, it’s outside, and there’s food and drinks. Instead of a lecture or formal presentation, it’s more of an informal performance.”

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the event with presentations beginning at 7. There is a suggested donation of $10 per person. Local food trucks African Love Kitchen and Luvin’ Oven will be on-site. April’s theme is “Permission” and features a variety of speakers, including Jennifer Dournaux, a lifetime dancer, teacher and Pilates instructor at The Dance Company; and Nic Patterson, a pianist who discovered the transformative effect of music as a previously incarcerated individual.

For more information, visit: pechakucha.com/communities/st-Augustine