For this week's City Focus, we lend our gaze to "The City of Eternal Spring", Kunming, located in the Yunnan Province in southwest China. Home to over 6.5 million people and a melting pot of 26 indigenous nationalities, the city has established itself as the largest in the province and has flourished as the political, economic and cultural hub of the area. The nickname of the city comes from the year-round moderate climate that stays roughly between 8.9-20.3 degrees Celcius. However, the weather is far from the only thing that makes Kunming such an attractive destination. Spectacles such as the Stone Forrest, Dianchi Lake, Jiuxiang Scenic Area, and Western Hill can all be found within the folds of the city, and provide beautiful sights to anyone experiencing them. Beyond the sites, the intermingling but unchanging cultures of the different nationalities bring to fruition very unique customs and fun traditions like the Torch Festival or the Huashan Festival, where these groups can showcase their contrasting but similar styles.

            Adding to those opportunities, the city is hosting their Vol. 1 event on the 26th of July, it is surely not something anyone should want to miss! Best of luck to all of our friends in Kunming!

            PechaKucha Night Kalamazoo weaves together the first place prize for this week's PechaKucha Poster Spotlight. Honestly, guys, this is one of the most beautiful posters we've seen yet! The collection of different patterns that look like they've been sewn together and the nine, representing Kalamazoo's Volume 9 event, artistically weaves under and over the pattern. If you're looking for an incredible collection of people all sewn together for a good night of fun, PKN Kalamazoo will have their event next week, July 25th, at the Old Dog Tavern Beer Garden

            Can't wait to see what else you guys have got!

            This week's PechaKucha Poster Spotlight is coming in hot! Congratulations to PechaKucha Night Aalen, for your amazing desert poster! With a wonderful clash of warm and cool, desert and sky, orange and blue, this poster captures a great juxtaposition in such a sleek design. There are also some fun vacation icons spread throughout, due to the travel theme of their volume 41 event, which you can catch TONIGHT at Aalener Löwenbrauerei! Can't wait to hear what kind of travel stories Aalen has!

            Gute Reise!

            Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Instagram and Tumblr for more posters!

            Grab your raincoats or umbrellas! We are heading up to Seattle, Washington for this week's City Focus. Perched high in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle finds itself home to nearly 750,000 residents, as well being the unofficial coffee capital of the United States. Being the birthplace of the behemoth brand, Starbucks, amongst other brewers, this title is well deserved. Known today for being one of the most progressive cities in the states, their roots actually extend very deep into the land, with indigenous groups making the area their home around 4,000 years ago. Nowadays, Seattle is the host of what seems like countless famous companies and landmarks, including the picturesque Space Needle that towers at 600 feet. Their biggest attraction, however, could be the Pike Place Market, one of the oldest farmers markets in the country, which still receives over 10 million visitors annually. With all of that history and a nickname like "The Emerald City", it is easy to see why people are moving there by the masses.

            If you are one of those people, make sure to stay tuned for updates from Ana Pinto de Silva, the city organizer for events coming down the pipeline!

            Resting comfortably on the Baja California Penninsula in Mexico, Ensenada shines bright in this week's City Focus. With a population of around 700,000 people, the city is the third largest in Baja California and is home to an ethnically diverse community that fosters a unique culture, including being the birthplace of the modern fish taco! Maybe that is why its local nickname is "La Cenicienta del Pacífico" - The Cinderella of the Pacific. Hosting Mediterranean climates, Ensenada also finds itself at the heart of the Mexican wine country, as well as being a popular destination for tourists and cruise ships. With good wine and a fun culture, it truly sounds like the perfect place for a PechaKucha; and as luck would have it, our friends down in Ensenada have arranged their Vol. 3 event, which will take place on July 11th. If you are in the area, you won't want to miss it!

            Viva Ensenada y viva PechKucha!

            PechaKucha Night Ulaanbaatar was not playing around this week as they take the top spot in our Poster Spotlight! This colorful and chaotic poster brings the same fun energy that can be found during the events hosted there, and features a wild collage of eyes, birds, ice cream and almost every shape and color imaginable; we love it! While Ulaanbaatar is still rather new to the PK family, they take no shortcuts in providing a worthwhile event that looks like an absolute blast.

            With a poster like this, imagine how great their Vol. 4 event will be on July 6th, just a few days away! 

            Want to see more posters? Go check out our Tumblr and Instagram, you won't be disappointed!

            This week for the City Focus, we're going down to one of the biggest, most populous cities in the world: the megalopolis of São Paulo! I mean, we're really talking big here. São Paulo has a population of over 30 million people and is currently the 12th most populous city on the planet. As such, it has a huge GDP. Not the biggest in Brazil, not the biggest in South America, but the biggest GDP in the Southern Hemisphere! It is home to some magnificent buildings, including the Mirante do Vale, Edifício Itália, Banespa, North Tower and even the São Paulo Cathedral. As the city is the most populous in Brazil it features a melting pot of different cultures and identities with inhabitants native to over 200 different countries. Obviously, it's one of Brazil's great cultural centers where hundreds of thousands visit for any of its many festivals. Looking to get in on the fun? Well, PKN São Paulo is holding it's Vol. 6 event, held next week on July 3rd!

            We hope to see everyone there! Boa sorte!

            PechaKucha Night Nikko crosses over to the winner's side for this week's PechaKucha Poster Spotlight. This poster is actually a grand collage of different photos compiled by Tateho Kitayama. It's a wonderful collection of pictures that comes perfectly together as a complete whole. If you're looking for a wonderful collection of presentations that are all completely different but come together for a great night of fun, then look no further that PKN Nikko's Vol. 6 event! We can't wait to see what kind of collage you guys make tonight!

            Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Instagram and Tumblr for more posters!


            For this week's City Focus, we're taking you to the City of Temples. In the foothills of the Himalayas lies the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. As it used to be the royal capital, Kathmandu hosts palaces, mansions, gardens of the former Nepalese aristocracy, and seven World Heritage sites. No wonder it is considered to be the center of Nepal's history, art, culture and economyーA perfect place to hold PechaKucha Night, wouldn't you say? Speaking of which, you can catch their PechaKucha Night Kathmandu Vol. 16 on June 25th at Attic.

            In 2015, Nepal suffered a catastrophic earthquake. Despite the disaster, the Nepalese people rose above. PechaKucha Night Kathmandu decided to represent their strength in one of their event posters to celebrate creativity in the face of destruction.

            Seriously, you guys inspire us. We wish you all the best next week!

            PechaKucha Night Karachi races to first place for this week's PechaKucha Poster Spotlight. With its wild color sceme and striking young man riding a motorbike, this poster is basically the definition of cool. You can thank the talented Sana Nasir for that. And if you want to meet the coolest people in Karachi, be sure to check out the very first PechaKucha Night event ever to be hosted in that city, held on June 21st at the Hive.

            Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Instagram and Tumblr for more posters.

            Stay cool Karachi and remember, don't text and drive!

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