In 2008, I co-found PechaKucha Night Cleveland, a free public event that features 10-14 speakers, each sharing new ideas and work on topics ranging from visual art, architecture, and technology to food, film, music, photography and furniture design. Each presenter is allowed to show 20 images of their work, and each image is pre-timed to 20 seconds per image, resulting in a rapid-fire style 400-second long presentation that keeps audiences engaged. The goal is to expose and attract new talent and ideas, to foster the existing creative community in an innovative platform, and to incite meaningful collaborations among the presenters and audience members. The event was started by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture in Tokyo, Japan. Colleague Raseem Parker and I wrote a lengthy proposal to bring PechaKucha to Cleveland, and continue to plan 4-5 events per year. Each event attracts anywhere from 250-750 audience members to hear the 10-14 presenters. Every event is free and open to the public. This event is for content and not profit and as co-founders and organizers, we sign a “handshake agreement” with the original founders in Tokyo which states no money can be made for the organizers by running these events.

The planning team has recently grown from two to seven people as we continue to find new ways to make PechaKucha Night Cleveland even better. To keep up to date with all things PechaKucha, please keep tabs on us via:

Twitter: PechaKuchaClev

3 thoughts on “PechaKucha

  1. Effie Tsengas

    Hello, Michael,

    I am interested in submitting my name in as a presenter for the next Cleveland PechaKucha Night. U would love to talk about the Kent State University College of the Arts. We incorporate the Visual Arts, Music, Theatre, Dance, Fashion Design & Merchandising and the Kent State University Museum.

    Please let me know if there’s a process for which I need to submit more formal information.

    330-672-8398 office
    330-283-2713 cell

    1. Michael Christoff Post author


      I’m sorry that I never saw this message! I started this webpage and then proceeded to use it very little. Please email us at We would LOVE to chat further about how you might be able to do a presentation. It would probably need to be more specific about the work the students do, or what you’re able to accomplish.

      My apologies if I’ve already responded, but I honeslty can’t remember doing so.

      Have an awesome afternoon!

      -Mike Christoff


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