Speakers on a wide range of subjects had club-goers transfixed on more than the usual.
More than one hundred guests learned something new at PechaKucha’s first Bangkok event since 2008. Thanks to organiser Scott Coates, the PowerPoint presentation-style form of storytelling, which originated in Japan, has been revived here.
The concept of PechaKucha brings captivating speakers to interesting venues, where guests enjoy food and beverage during an evening both thought-provoking and entertaining. The Nest rooftop bar at Le Fenix in Sukhumvit Soi 11 was an ideal location for the re-launch, as it was easily accessible and well-known. The hotel and bar’s art-splashed exterior painted by graffiti illustrator Vinni Kiniki did give it a certain edge, but we do expect that the next PechaKucha event will be held at a place a little more presentation-friendly than the throbbing and chock-a-block rooftop bar.
The first speaker was writer, podcaster and stand-up comedian Greg Jorgensen, who spoke on the topic of ‘Exploring Bangkok by Bike’. For a city filled with traffic congestion, smog and notoriously reckless driving, who would’ve thought it’s actually ideal for cycling? According to the bike enthusiast and long-term resident of Bangkok, the fact that car drivers are so used to watching out for motorcycles makes it safe for bicyclists to meander through the streets as well.
Another notable speaker was the brave 11-year-old Alysha Coulson whose ‘Volunteering at Camillian Home Bangkok’ presentation highlighted her experience of assisting with children with disabilities. It was very encouraging and heart-warming to see this young girl describe her passion for helping others. At only 11, she is already a good example to follow.
The next PechaKucha event will be in late September (venue and speakers to be announced in late August). PechaKucha is looking for volunteers to help set up and run the event as well as take photos and video. Those who are interested in volunteering can email: email@example.com.
19/07/2012 - 10:37