Pecha Kucha Birmingham at Rethink Media BCU

2016-03-08 PKB 2016 Flyer KL

The Pecha Kucha Birmingham team have announced the next five dates. These include events in partnership with International Dance Festival Birmingham and Flatpack Film Festival.

Tuesday night sees the return of Pecha Kucha Birmingham, as part of Rethink Media festival, which in turn is part of The Digital Cities Birmingham 2016 (events activities and collaborations across the city from 14-20th March.)

There are eight speakers booked to talk in the 20×20 format on Tues, covering topics from operatic sopranos, disability, refugees, theatre and more:

  • Zoe Partington is a disabled artist who uses her practice to challenge stereotypical thinking in visual art. Her talk is on re-framing visual media so you don’t exclude the excluded. How do we transfer iconic images and visual information into descriptive words so they have meaning for all?
  • Frank Golding is a former Director at Google where he worked on product, sponsorship and creative strategies. He now leads Golding Media Ventures, LLC and Run or Pass, Inc. His talk will be on the 50 year career of operatic soprano Lily Pons.
  • Rocio Carvajal, a Pecha Kucha veteran from Mexico, is an author, educator, blogger, baker and researcher of gastronomic heritage. Her talk is titled “The language of food: Bread stamping in colonial Mexico” and will look at how the codes embedded in and on food tell a story of the moral, economic, ethical, religious and even political views of its time.
  • Amrit Singh is the founder of NowHumanity and Rebel Creatives. He’s talk, “Refugees are Human too”, features powerful photographs from his recent trip to Lesvos, Greece helping refugees, visiting camps, volunteering and showing the power of live broadcasting on the ground.
  • Caroline Nash is an actress and producer of local theatre in the Midlands and a recent Come Dine With Me winner. She will be talking about the challenge of producing a theatre with interactive elements.
  • Mark Steadman is a web developer, the organiser of Ignite Brum and, from June, a freelancer. He’s talking about the medium of podcasting, about making media without asking permission, how amazing stories can be told and minds changed, and how it’s not all about Serial.
  • Tim Stimpson is representing Bold Text Playwrights, a collective of 8 playwrights from the West Midlands region. He also writes for The Archers. He’ll be talking about how they got together to connect with our regional audience and give them new and exciting theatre and how there’s still lots more to do.
  • Pete Ashton is an artist who works with cameras, and occasionally makes photographs with them. He’s a Birmingham Open Media fellow and is current developing “What If..? Cameras”, image-capturing devices which might exist in alternative realities where the DSLR and cameraphone don’t dominate.

Tickets for Pecha Kucha Birmingham at Rethink Media are £5 (and include a complementary drink and snacks.) More information / tickets via their website!

Flyer illustration Sigourney O’Brien.