MARCH 27, 2018
Petcha Kucha Vientiane Volume 8#
We are excited to be holding our 8th Petcha Kucha evening in Vientiane, at The League of Brewers, Vientiane.
We have 10 speakers who will be presenting on the theme as followers:
Random and informal.
A chance encounter, with a person, a country, an idea; can change, how we think, who we are.
Ongoing encounters with people and places; can inspire what we do, how we live.
We are looking forward to a diverse and inspiring group of presenters who will reveal their "encounters" in life.
Family Presentation: Mair Hyman, Marie-Do Hyman-Boneu, Zephyr, Mayo, and Sayo
We thank artist Jamie Lowe for his wonderful poster.
FEBRUARY 09, 2017
"Understanding theatre helps us to understand what it means to be human."
In A Theatrical Life - Telling Stories at PechaKucha Night Vientiane Vol. 4, Thiane Khamvongsa, a Laotian playwright, director and comedian who grew up and studied in France talks about the importance of theater throughout human history and how it can positively influence our lives.
SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
Vientiane's fourth PechaKucha Night took place on September 15, 2016, with a packed house of OVER 200 people at TimeLine Cafe! This well and truly exceeded our past attendance record - we are overwhelmed with gratitude to our always awesome audiences for their support!
The event brought together 10 of the Capital's creative, innovative and talented minds: claymation artist Souliya Phoumivong of Clay House studio, tea sommelier Anna Maria of Kinnari - Tea of Laos, lacquer artist Marie Do Hyman-Boneu of MDO Art Studio and Lacquer Vientiane Laos, writer and Eat Drink Laos blogger Lilani Gonnesena, disability and rehabilitation sector worker Bernard Franck, theatre director Thiane Khamvongsa of A Midmonsoon Night's Dream, artist Bruno le Matelot, teacher Teresa Foard, renewable enery and acroyoga enthusiast Ga Rick Lee, and Emily Koo of Vientiane Green Drinks.
Presentations spanned the tea-scapes of Laos, powerful female figures, exploring the stories of persons living with impairment, a life in the theatre, a family's extrodinary battle with a terminal cancer diagnosis, stories from the Mekong riverside, and digging deeper into the oft-asked question "Where are you from?".
Photos by Kate Antonas and where noted, My Vientiane.
Photo by My Vientiane
Photo by My Vientiane
Some of the PechaKucha Vientiane Vol. 4 speakers (L-R): Bernard Franck, Emily Koo, Ga Rick Lee, Teresa Foard, Thiane Khamvongsa, Souliya Phoumivong, organiser Kate Antonas, organiser Nami Ishihara, Anna Maria and organiser Catherine O'Brien. Photo by My Vientiane.
SEPTEMBER 04, 2016
This week's PK People Spotlight lands on PKN Vientiane's organizer, Nami Ishihara, who has shared via the 20x20 format her experience growing up between Japanese and American cultures as a "Third Culture Kid". Now an organization change facilitator who loves to connect people, she believes that everyone has something original and interesting inside them, and PechaKucha is a great way to share that something special! Through organizing PechaKucha, she has found that Vientiane is a small city with a wealth of creative talent, often undiscovered. She is proud that PechaKucha Nights have invigorated the arts and social scene in Vientiane by providing a forum for people to share their ideas with each other and with the world.
AUGUST 27, 2016
AUGUST 25, 2016
We've had a summer full of rest and relaxation over here in Vientiane, so we've hit the ground running with our next PKN popping up at Timeline Cafe on Thursday, September 15 from 6pm. We've got a host of exceptional peeps presenting at this event, so we hope to see you there Vientiane!
But don't get us wrong, it hasn't been all poolside cocktails and working on our tans...
Over the summer Vientiane-based Lao designer Manilla Chounlamountri, has created a truly awesome poster for our upcoming Vol. 4 event. Manilla is an illustrator at heart, and while she usually draws in black and white, she didn't shy away from punchy hues for this work. We think it sums up the PechaKucha vibe perfectly: captivating, interesting, bold, and cool with just a tad of quirk thrown in!
Many, many thanks to Manilla for this wonderful work. We can't wait to plaster them all over town for the community to see!
JULY 06, 2016
The Magic House
“The house is built around the concepts of water, air, wind and light.”
In The Magic House from PechaKucha Night Vientiane Vol. 3, Mair Hyman talks about the process of designing and building a dream house for him and his artist wife in Vientiane, Laos in the neighborhood of Ban Apinihan. The result is a stunning house that combines both Lao and Western elements.
JUNE 03, 2016
Well, we smashed our attendance record at PechaKucha Night Vientiane Vol. 3 with over 160 people (and one very cute pooch!) joining us at O'Grady's Irish Pub and Restaurant last night! Thanks for the wicked turn-out Vientiane!
The event brought together 10 of the Capital's creative, innovative and talented minds: Fanglao Dance Company director and dancer Ounla Pha Oudom (Kaka), artist Jihyun Lim, writer and co-creator of Ban Apinihan Mair Hyman, third-culture kid and PK organiser Nami Ishihara, filmmaker and ballet dancer Mattie Do, participant-observer Ruth Foster, Bill Pennington from the development sector, anthropological archaeologist and Lucha Libre enthusiast Flavio Silva, co-founder of Lanith: Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality and local rockstar Maeve O’Brien, and CSArchitectes' Somphonsack 'Toun' Phayouphorn, to share their ideas with the community.
Presentations spanned childhood memories, art and architchture portfolios, the history behind Lucha Libre, elephant foot yam farming in Burma, ballet vs horror films, and a personal tour of the statues of Vientiane.
Here's some snaps from last night, taken by PKNV co-organiser Kate Antonas. More photos on our Facebook.
Vol. 3 speakers
Back L-R: Flavio Silva, co-organiser Sabine Scharfe, Bill Pennington, Maeve O'Brien.
Front: Ji Hyun Lim, Nami Ishihara, Mattie Do, Ruth Foster, Mair Hyman.
Missing: Ounla Pha Oudom and Somphonsack 'Toun' Phayouphorn
JUNE 01, 2016
"To start a day with a cup of coffee, knowing where it's comes from and recalling the people in each process is very rewarding."
In Laos, Coffee and The Little House from PechaKucha Night Vientiane - Vol. 2, Yoko Matsushima, who has lived in Laos for 16 years and is the owner of The Little House café in Ban Simuang, Vientiane, talks about her work as a cafe owner, the relationships she has built with the farmers who produce the coffee beans, her staff who keep the cafe going, and her customers. She hopes for a future where people can continue to drink good Lao coffee.
MAY 30, 2016
PKN Vientiane Vol. 3 Poster!
We're excited to present our poster for PechaKucha Night Vientiane Vol. 3!
Designed by Vol. 2 speaker Nilada Ratanavong from Maison Matilda Living - a gorgeous cafe and design store in Vientiane, a must visit if you're ever in our neck of the woods! Many thanks Nilada!