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Pecha Kucha 16 Kicks Off SXSW

Pentagram’s Austin office invites you to join us for Pecha Kucha 16 this evening, March 11, at 8:20 pm. Tonight’s event, the 16th Pecha Kucha held in Austin, is being touted as “The Unofficial Kickoff to the South By Southwest Music Festival.” The event will be held under a big tent in the parking lot of our building at 1508 West Fifth Street and is free and open to the public.

Pecha Kucha is a unique speaking format that features ten presenters from a variety of creative endeavors. Pecha Kucha, which means chit chat in Japanese, originated in Tokyo and now has chapters all over the US. The Austin chapter was originally founded by Herman Dyal and Carla Fraser and is now co-directed by Pentagram partner DJ Stout and Lana McGilvray. The challenging speaking format allows each speaker 20 slides which are set on a timer, beyond their control, of 20 seconds per slide. The unique format forces the presenters to tell their story within a six-minute time slot, and the combination of the quick narratives and the variety of disciplines makes for a very lively and enlightening evening of entertainment. The Austin event, which is free and open to the public, routinely attracts a crowd of 400 to 500 people.

Tonight’s lineup of local presenters takes on a distinctly South By Southwest theme. “SouthBy has been getting bigger every year and has become internationally recognized so we thought it would be cool to do a SXSW Pecha Kucha,” says Stout. “We’ve got speakers representing all three of the main SouthBy categories, interactive, film and music.” This evening’s presenters are music composer Graham Reynolds, singer-songwriter Charlie Faye, music photographer Mathew Sturtevant, animator Ron Pippen, pianist Patches King, guitar slinger Lance Keltner, music poster artist Noel Waggener, painter Jan Heaton, tech-wiz and philanthropist Richard Bagdonas, and rock and roll legend Jon Dee Graham.