Workstation stages Pecha Kucha event

pecha kuchaThe Workstation in Sheffield has joined forces with Pennie Raven and Jonny Douglas – the team behind Sheffield’s hugely successful Pecha Kucha nights for a special ’20 by 20×20’ Pecha Kucha event  on Thursday September 12.

In 2013 the Workstation is celebrating 20 years of being at the forefront of the creative life of the city – the first tenants moved into the building in July 1993 and ever since the movers and shakers of Sheffield’s creative scene have worked, played, filmed, exhibited, created and discussed inside its walls (or on the rooftop!). Now a selection of past and present Workstation tenants will accept the ‘20/20 Challenge’ and take to the Pecha Kucha stage.

Pecha Kucha is a global phenomenon which originated in Tokyo in 2003. There are now over 700 cities around the world hosting Pecha Kucha events – Sheffield became number 300 back in 2010.

Pecha Kucha events are informative, entertaining, inspiring evenings at which a series of speakers talk about their area of expertise adhering to the strict 20 slides with 20 seconds each Pecha Kucha rules. The format keeps the speakers, and the audience, on their toes, making the pace snappy, the tone informal and the atmosphere infectiously fun.

Among the speakers are Heather Croall,  director of Sheffield Doc/Fest  which celebrated its 20th festival  in June bringing thousands of delegates to the city. Heather has been at Doc/Fest since 2006 during which time it has become one of the three most important documentary festivals in the world, dubbed “Cannes for documentary people”; Laura Sillars, artistic director of Site Gallery, which is a leading international contemporary art space with Jarvis Cocker, Paul Hill MBE, Marina Warner and Ian Anderson as its patrons. Laura is also the founding chair of Sheffield’s Cultural Consortium and a member of the curatorial team of Art Sheffield; Lianne Mellor, of Mellor Ware, who is a relative newcomer to the Workstation – she moved into her office in 2012 and kitted it out with her trusty kiln to make her beautiful tea sets. Lianne is an entrepreneur with a true passion for what she does. In 2012 Liberty of London started to stock her range of chinaware – and she is branching out to create new products and also Ian Anderson, founder of The Designers Republic who made their name in the late 1980s designing iconic album covers for Leeds band Age of Chance. Their designs have graced the record sleeves of Pulp, The Orb and Supergrass to name but a few, as well as artists signed to Sheffield’s Warp Records.

It promises to be a thoroughly entertaining evening with live music, special birthday messages… and one or two surprises!

Ticket info: £8 seated / £5 standing, book at http://pknsheff14-eorg.eventbrite.com/

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