Trisha Le, representing Lloydminster Young Professionals, spoke to the Rotary Club of Lloydminster on Monday about the upcoming Pecha Kucha speaking event at the Vic Juba Community Theatre on Sept. 21. The second annual event will feature 11 local presenters on the theme of Light. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO
Eleven Lloydminster residents have seen the light and are ready to share what that means to them at the Vic Juba Community Theatre.
Light is the wide open theme for the upcoming Pecha Kucha 2 event on Sept. 21 following the theme of Raw at the inaugural event last year, hosted by Lloydminster Young Professionals.
“Just like the past theme Raw, Light can be interpreted many different ways,” said event coordinator Trisha Le who spoke about the event during Monday’s Rotary Club of Lloydminster luncheon.
“That’s the beauty of it—I am excited to hear what people present on, so it’s a range of humour, it’s a range of inspiration.”
Le said it could mean talking about light at the end of the tunnel, or whatever people’s perspectives are.
Pecha Kucha, which means chitchat in Japanese, is all about speaking on a topic for six minutes and 40 seconds during the showing of 20 slides for 20 seconds each to eat up the clock.
“It’s intended to be quick and engaging,” Le told Rotary.
This year, there were about 21 applications to present based on the positive audience feedback from last year’s show.
“We had some great feedback from the community,” said Le.
She said right after the first Pecha Kucha, organizers had people asking when is the next one, along with a lot of people expressing interest in presenting.
She surmises the first one went over well because it was new, and it gave anyone in the community the ability to share a story in an organized way.
“For us, everyone has a story and we want people to share that story,” said Le, speaking for the Young Professionals.
That initial presentation was followed up by what Le called Pecha Kucha 1.5, organized by both school boards last spring for Grades 10-12 students.
A Pecha Kucha 2.5 will go ahead for students on May 9, 2018.
Le’s talk at Rotary was introduced by some video footage of last year’s Pecha Kucha shown by Jason Whiting, who co-founded Lloydminster Young Professionals a couple of years ago.
Whiting also ran one video presentation for Le featuring a student from Lloydminster Comprehensive High School, who spoke at Pecha Kucha 1.5 last spring.
Rotarian Les Harper also spoke about his mentoring experience with hydroponics while on vacation in Hawaii using a Pecha Kucha format.
Tickets for Pecha Kucha 2 on the Ulmer Chev stage are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.