From Tokyo to Barnsley for novel business networking idea

20 June 2011

Barnsley is the latest place to join in a global networking craze which gives creative people the chance to share ideas with a crowd – but in just six minutes and 40 seconds!
Pecha Kucha literally means 'chit chat' in JapaneseThe concept was conceived by Klein Dytham Architecture in Tokyo in 2003 and popular Pecha Kucha Nights are now held in over 400 cities and towns worldwide.
All speakers get to show 20 slides but have no longer than 20 seconds for each one, to make sure presentations are bright and brief. And sales pitches are definitely not allowed – the aim is to inspire others with a project, passion or idea. 
The first official Pecha Kucha Night in Barnsley is being held at the Digital Media Centre, in County Way, on June 30, from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.
The event is being hosted by Creative Barnsley, which organises networking events for the creative sector on behalf of the Enterprising Barnsley business support programme.
Steph Pollard, event organiser at Creative Barnsley, said a variety of speakers were being selected from submitted proposals.
She said:   “The fact that presentations are kept fast-paced should make for a varied and informative evening that really gets people talking. We've had quite a bit of interest with possible presentation subjects ranging from stone balancing to gallery management and Morris dancing to the cultural Olympiad!
“We hope it will be a great way to enable creative individuals to gain from each other's experience, spark collaboration and raise their profiles - as well as have a bit of fun. There will also be plenty of time afterwards to chat over drinks.” 
To sign up to the event go to or turn up on the night. 
Cities or towns have to organise a minimum of four events a year to qualify for official Pecha Kucha Night status. The next event will be held in Barnsley on August 25.  To have a presentation idea considered for the August event, email
The Enterprising Barnsley programme offers business support to Barnsley businesses with growth potential.   It has attracted £2.89m investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.
For more details about Enterprising Barnsley, contact programme manager Martin Beasley on 01226 772648 or at, or go to
Notes to News Editors:
Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend the Pecha Kucha Night at the Digital Media Centre, in County Way, on June 30, from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.
For further information about the event, please contact Steph Pollard on 07761 964492 (not for publication).
Enterprising Barnsley is a partnership between Barnsley Development Agency, Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre and the University of Huddersfield’s Barnsley Campus (UCB). It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to provide an integrated programme of business support. 
Additional media contact: Deborah Wain on 07903 466228 or at 

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