PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine, the local incarnation of the international phenomenon bringing creative minds together for unique and fascinating visual storytelling, kicks off its new season Friday, Nov. 11, at the Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St./Route 1.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the program commences at 7 p.m. with stories from visual artists and arts educators. There will be a reception immediately following the program. Tickets will be $5 (cash) at the door; people are encouraged to arrive early to get a seat.

The PechaKucha format, where presenters are given 20 slides with each one shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in more than 900 cities around the world. The Midcoast’s November edition, Volume 29, will be presided over by emcee Scott Sell.

Each of the following presenters will tell a six minutes and 40 seconds story of their craft: Tim Christensen, ceramicist; Maureen Egan, artist; Erin Little, photographer; Argy Nestor and Lindsay Pinchbeck, Go Malawi!; Elaine Ng, artist; Kathryn Oliver, photographer; Tollef Runquist, painter; and Karina Steele, woodworker.

For Volume 29, Camden Real Estate Company and Flatbread Company are lead sponsors; and The Rhumb Line is the supporting sponsor.

The 2016-2017 season will continue Friday, Jan. 27, at the Rockport Opera House (snow date Jan. 28); and Friday, April 28, at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.

PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine's organizing partners include Belfast Creative Coalition; Center for Maine Contemporary Art; Farnsworth Art Museum; Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors; Midcoast Magnet; Strand Theatre; Waterfall Arts; and various creative community members. For information about presenting or volunteering at one of the local events, email

PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine also offers affordable sponsorships for local organizations and businesses; contact Jana Herbener at for more information.

PechaKucha Night, devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham (Klein Dytham architecture), was conceived in 2003 in Tokyo as a place for young designers to meet, network and show their work in public. It is now an international phenomenon. For more information, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or