For the first time this year, Design Indaba Expo will be hosting two Pecha Kucha sessions. Pecha Kucha means “chit-chat” in Japanese. Join us in the fashion arena at 5pm on Friday and Saturday for a drink and a bit of natter.
As we all know, give a microphone to a designer and you might be trapped for hours! The key to Pecha Kucha is its patented system for avoiding this fate. Each presenter is allowed 20 slide images, each shown for 20 seconds, over which he or she speaks – giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps speeches concise, interest levels up and allows more people a chance of exposure than do traditional presentation formats.
On Friday 27 February at 5pm in the evening you can look forward to hearing from Haldane Martin, designer of the iconic Zulu Mama Chair and Songololo Couch, featured in the SOUTH exhibition; fashion designer Sandhya Lalloo; fine art publisher David Krut; Tsai, designer of 2008’s Most Beautiful Object in South Africa, the Nested Bunk Bed; Royal College of Art graduate, Revital Cohen; and Luyanda Mpahlwa, award-winning architect of the Design Indaba 10x10 Low-cost Houses, currently nearing completion in Mitchell’s Plain.
At 5pm on Saturday 28 February, the lineup includes branding specialist Nathan Reddy; Heath Nash, renowned for his signature lampshades made from recycled materials; jeweller Geraldine Fenn, whose work is in the running for this year’s Most Beautiful Object in South Africa; fashion sophisticate Amanda Laird Cherry; and controversial satirical cartoonist Zapiro. (Please note that the lineup may be subject to minor changes.)
Pecha Kucha Night, devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham (Klein Dytham Architecture), was conceived in 2003 as a place for young designers to meet, network and show their work in public. Since then, it has spread virally to over 100 cities across the world.
Come and join us as at the Design Indaba Expo as the day winds down for a drink at the bar and to see what your contemporaries have to say. The subject matter covered promises to be eclectic and inspiring. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to network and natter at this enjoyable event. We look forward to seeing you there!
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