Interested in design? Want to cram in as much information about as many designers in as short a time as possible? Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham Architecture had the same thought when they devised PechaKucha Night while in Tokyo in 2003. PechaKucha, derived from the Japanese word for ‘chit chat’, is a simple presentation format where presenters show 20 images for 20 seconds each. Presentations are rapid and concise, keeping things fast-paced and dynamic. Suffice to say, it has captured the imagination of the design community and is now happening in over 400 cities around the world.

Now taking place in more than 400 cities around the world, PechaKucha Night has evolved into a massive global celebration that is now as much about conversation and connectivity as its strict 20x20 format. The first Melbourne PechaKucha was held last year as a fundraising appeal for earthquake victims in Haiti and was hosted by Here Studio, who now run events four times a year at various locations around Melbourne.

Running as part of the opening night of the State of Design Festival, the latest PechaKucha instalment will take place amid the plaza created at by Nathan Coley for his Appearances exhibition at ACCA, with visitors invited to meet, network, show their work in public, or listen to others do so, all the while enjoying some locally-made craft beer and street food.

Speakers include:

Nicklas Wallberg, Tramsessions
Sarah Barrow and Michelle Gordon, artists
Jeremy McLeod, Breathe Architecture
Michael Leunig, cartoonist, philosopher, poet, artist
Danielle Wilde, inventor of hipDisk
Liam Revell, fashion designer
Ben Callery, Zen Architects
Jerome Frumar and Tim Schork, MESNE Design Studio

Location: ACCA, 111 Sturt St, Southbank
When: Wednesday July 20, doors open 8:45pm
Cost: Free Entry

PechaKucha Night is co-presented by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, State of Design Festival and Here Studio.