The 13th of February 2013 saw Durban’s 9th Pecha-Kucha and was kindly hosted by Inscape College one of Durban’s newest creative colleges. AG!LE has proudly been behind the event for over 3 years. If we lost you at Pecha-Kucha, let us explain: Pecha-Kucha is a global phenomenon that happens in over 600 cities around the world. The format is simple: you get a whole lot of interesting speakers together give them a mic, and ask them prepare to a presentation consisting of 20 images. Since passionate people have a tendency to carry on and on and on, each of the images are timed to 20 seconds, making for a presentation that is 6 minutes and 40 seconds long.
This was our very first outdoors event and luckily the weather played its part. After imbibing some liquid inspiration and filling up on some Afro’s chicken the audience sat down to watch our first speaker Jamie Lee Gibbon who shared about what Inscape College do in pruning the next generation of creatives. Following on was Omelga Mthiyane a film producer whose movies have featured across the world including the Sundance Film Festival. Omelga shared some of her process and the amazing locations her films have taken her. Christopher Reid then shed some light on the ever changing world of trends and the role trends play in society. Just in case anyone thought the evening was heading into a congenial direction, Trevor Kleinhuis took to the stage and shook up things up by taking us on a tumultuous journey of drugs, HIV and lies. But what’s an ideas share without an academic? Evolutionary biologist Corrie Schoeman enthusiastically threw off the covers on the evolutionary arms race going on between bats and moths, his ability to take complex subject matter and articulate them in clear and simple was characteristic of a great lecturer. What is evident from this Pecha-Kucha and those before, is that Durban is a diverse city filled with much talent. We cannot wait for the next one.