GDC Manitoba's sixth PechaKucha Night in Winnipeg brings to mind two astounding facets of our town: its wealth of storytellers, and the incredible storehouse of pure creativity we have on tap.
Winnipeg's isolation, geographically speaking, is perhaps what most boosts this city's creative edge; we entertain ourselves – and we do it with a flourish that shows itself with gusto every time PechaKucha Night comes to town.
As for storytellers, GDC Manitoba has now brought to the Park Theatre stage over 60 engaging and entertaining presenters and their craft – and our senses tell us the roll call isn't about to let up anytime soon. PechaKucha Night has provided GDC Manitoba some of our chapter's grandest recent moments. And in turn, we've filled the house on six occasions, providing intimate interactions between those bold enough to step up to the mic, and the audience there to receive them. So what's next?
For starters, summertime, and a collective breather. PechaKucha Night will return on September 15, and as each installment in GDC Manitoba's PKN series unfolds, it increasingly becomes a challenge as to how to match – and exceed – the energy and enthusiasm that comes with another stellar lineup. That is forever the aim.
GDC Manitoba is always on the lookout for future PKN presenters. As heard from those in the spotlight, the experience is a rush – as is the payoff. . If you have a creative endeavour to display, an engaging story to tell, or simply a narrative flair, you'd be perfect for PKN.
PechaKucha Night Vol.6 started with a bang, as Allan Lorde hammered out six minutes and forty seconds on the one subject that each and every unique PKN presenter shares – the ever-going battle with the blank page, be it literal or figurative. Staring the next challenge in the chops and arriving with a concept, the next big idea, that one day could grace the Park Theatre stage as the crux of a 6:40, 20-slide array of creative goodness. So read about it, in his own words:
What was your take on the experience on stage? Did it go faster or slower than you anticipated?
It was a rush, yet time stood still for a few moments. I found myself lost a couple of times, but looking at screen reminded me of where I was in the presentation.
Did anything stand out as a highlight of the evening? From your own talk, or someone else's?
Everyone ruled, and I gleaned a lot from each presentation, but I think Kal Barteski's and Cam Bennett's obvious zest for creativity really resonated with me. I needed to hear and see that. Also, being mentioned in Nik Thavisone's presentation was truly an honour.
How did you come up with your topic concept?
Oh, man. I debated for ages about what I was going to do. At first, I was going to tackle the subject of Winnipeg; why I love the place and why it's home, while other regions of the country s**t on it regularly. While I was debating with myself, the return of the NHL thing was just starting to pop off, so I hesitated to tackle the subject of how Winnipeg looks to others. Six minutes and 40 seconds couldn't contain what I wanted to I say, and I couldn't really pull it together.
Procrastination was my second option. The challenge was to take it on without without it reflecting too negatively on me, and I think I succeeded. Someone who attended can tell me otherwise – drop me a line! The truth is, we all do it, to varying degrees. Being upfront about it was a rather cathartic experience.
Prospective advice to PKN first-timers hitting the stage?
Prepare, but don't over-prepare. I was somewhere in the middle. It doesn't hurt to keep it a little loose and kinda conversational. But in the end, you've got to do what's comfortable for you. Don't let the clock intimidate you; the audience is on your side!