Pecha Kucha Penticton returns with stories between two lakes

Pecha Kucha — Japanese for “chit-chat” — is a speaker series that originated in Tokyo

Dynise Brisson of the Gitxsan Nation will be one of the speakers at the next Pecha Kucha Penticton night. Submitted photo

Fascinating, educating and ripping-good Okanagan yarns will be shared at the 11th Pecha Kucha Penticton.

The theme of the speaker night, March 15 at the Cannery Brewing Co on Ellis Street, is Stories Between Two Lakes. As organizer Tony Davis said legend has it, Penticton is one of just two cities in the world that can boast that is has a lake on either end of it (the other one is Interlaken, Switzerland).

“And boy, do we have stories and experiences to share in this little town sandwiched between Okanagan and Skaha lakes. At just 42 square kilometres in size Penticton’s population punches well above its weight when it comes to inventiveness, creativity, character and people who have had, well, experiences that are just plain weird,” said Davis.

Amongst the 10 speakers for the latest chapter of Pecha Kucha Penticton are: Dynise Brisson of the Gitxsan Nation, a writer, poet and a classically trained dancer who both teaches dance and choreographs works in a variety of styles; wine, food and tourism writer Allison Markin and Allan Clarke, who in just 18 months went from landlubber to a sailor who competed in some 60 yacht races and sailed across the Pacific Ocean – all for free.

Pecha Kucha — Japanese for “chit-chat” — is a speaker series that originated in Tokyo in 2003. It’s since grown into an international series in more than 1,000 cities. Based on a simple format presenters get six minutes and 40 seconds to spill the beans in an engaging slide-show format.

Tickets are $10 and available at Cannery Brewing and Cowork Penticton. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first presentation taking place at 7 p.m.

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