PechaKucha Auckland update

January 22, 2018 on 4:11 pm | In News |

Dear PechaKucha lovers,

Happy New Year to everyone! This post does not announce our next event.

It has been 10 years since I started PechaKucha in New Zealand with Auckland as the first city.

Personally, I never forget the moment at Galatos, back in 2007, on the first PechaKucha Night in New Zealand, when sparkling eyes followed presentations of local creatives who presented their passion and work in the 20 x 20 format. From then it moved like a wave through the country and it was great to help many other New Zealand cities to set up their own PechaKucha Nights.

10 years is a good time to start something new and so I decided to stop curating and organising this event series in Auckland.

Over the last 10 years I met the most inspiring people and can truly say, creativity is one of the big expertise in New Zealand.
It has been full-filling to showcase the amazing skills that are here at our doorsteps.

Particular in the hidden spots outstanding talents can be found and great things are happening.
It was good to get some of them on a stage they deserved.

My approach to change venues as often as possible, open topics to other disciplines so they can benefit from one another and trying to stitch our ever growing Auckland together creatively has impacted noticeable on the city.
To enable interdisciplinary conversations letting the images be a platform in which to stimulate ideas and actions was always at the core of my doing. Also to give the quiet achiever a chance to tell their story. It was always about the human spirit and the passion within each of us.

PechaKucha Auckland was never a one man band, therefor deep respect and many thanks to all the helpers along the way, here just to name a few:
Joachim Stein, Robin Martin, Tim Coster, Anet Kuhla, Andrew Barrie, Jane Zimmermann, Will Littlejohn, Rachel Manning, The BizDojo crew and many others.
Also the support from PechaKucha headquarters in Tokyo was alway there when we needed it. Thanks to the Astrid Klein, Mark Dythham and their team.

A big thumps up goes out to YOU, the audience, who sometimes had to wait in queues out in the cold. Without you nothing would have had happened. Thanks for the support!

After 10 years of a PechaKucha it is time for me to move on.  My whanau is going overseas for some time to reunite with our extended whanau and  to spend more time researching  Design & Art  trends. When back, you will hear from us from our new project, an experimental design facility in Whakapara/ Northland.

Keep an eye open for PechaKucha Nights in Auckland surely being organised in the future.

Take care and Aroha nui,
Luka Hinse

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