Creativity celebration to mark anniversary

DOCFEST - Heather Croall
DOCFEST - Heather Croall
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The first speakers at an anniversary event celebrating 20 years of Sheffield’s Workstation have been announced.

Heather Croall, Sheffield Doc/Fest director, is the first to have signed up for the Pecha Kucha event, where she will talk about how Sheffield has become ‘Cannes for documentary people’.

And Laura Sillars, artistic director at Site Gallery, next to The Workstation, has also agreed to take a turn on stage as a speaker.

Pecha Kucha started in Japan in 2003 as a way for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.

It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in more than 700 cities around the world – Sheffield became number 300 in 2010.

The events, aimed at being informative, entertaining and inspiring, involve a series of speakers talking about their area of expertise while adhering to the strict rule of only using 20 slides and talking about each one for 20 seconds.

The Workstation, a creative business centre on Paternoster Row in the city centre, is 20 years old this year, having welcomed its first tenant in July 1993.

For Pecha Kucha tickets, priced £8 seated or £5 standing, visit