Chit-chat on its way to Barnsley

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A BUSINESS networking craze from Japan is about to take off in Barnsley.

Pecha Kucha – the Japanese for “chit-chat” – was thought up by a firm of western architects, based in Tokyo and events are now being held in more than 400 locations wround the world.

Participants have to deliver a presentation comprising 20 slides, devoting no more than 20 seconds to each slide, giving them a total of six minutes and 40 seconds.

The aim is to inspire others with a project, passion or idea and sales pitches are banned.

Barnsley’s inaugural Pecha Kucha Night is being hosted by Creative Barnsley, which organises events for the creative sector on behalf of business support programme Enterprising Barnsley.

Steph Pollard, from Creative Barnsley, said: “The fact that presentations are kept fast-paced should make for a varied and informative evening that really gets people talking.

“We’ve had quite a bit of interest with possible presentation subjects ranging from stone balancing to gallery management and Morris dancing to the cultural Olympiad!

“We hope it will be a great way to enable creative individuals to gain from each other’s experience, spark collaboration and raise their profiles - as well as have a bit of fun. There will also be plenty of time afterwards to chat over drinks.”

Barnsley’s Pecha Kucha Night takes place tomorrow night from 6.30pm on at the town’s Digital Media Centre.