PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine turns 5

Jan 18, 2014
Filmmaker Daniel Quintanilla is pictured filming a conversation featuring elders in a small Oaxacan, Mexico, indigenous community as they speak about corn, soil and the problem of fertilizer contamination.

Rockport — PechaKucha Night Midcoast will celebrate five years of bringing creative minds together for lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun with its 20th edition Friday, Jan. 31, at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and nearby Rockport Opera House.

CMCA, 162 Russell Ave., will host the pre-show reception starting at 6 p.m. The PechaKucha presentation will follow promptly at 7 p.m. around the corner at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St.

The PechaKucha format, where eight presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in more than 700 cities around the world. Midcoast's Volume 20 will features six minutes and 40 seconds each of work by photographer Jim Dugan, wild mushroom expert Greg Marley, art educator Lindsay Pinchbeck, filmmaker Daniel Quintanilla, director of The Wood Chop School Seth Silverton, director of Hope Elephants Andrew Stewart, karate instructor David Troup and artist David Vickery.

Tickets will be $5 at the door, and hors d'oeuvres and wine will be available at the reception. To find out more about presenting or volunteering, email PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine also offers very affordable sponsorships for local organizations and businesses; contact Jana Herbener at for more information.

PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine’s organizing partners include Midcoast Magnet; the Farnsworth Art Museum; Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors; Strand Theatre; Waterfall Arts; and various creative community members including Amanda Austin, Maggi Blue, Lorna Crichton, Jane Farthing, Kelly Finlay, Jana Herbener, Truth Hawk and Kathleen Gass. For Volume 20, Elm Street Marketing Essentials and 2A architects are Event Sponsors along with Reception Sponsors FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars and Bixby Bar. Rheal Day Spa is a Supporting Sponsor for the evening.

Pecha Kucha 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. For more information, visit

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

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