Pecha Kucha returns to Charlotte

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An energetic young woman half-sings about how a simple drawing bloomed into a passion for Photoshop. A photographer analyzes the culture of India through the images of the traditional weddings he's attended. A professor challenges the world to make smarter food choices for a better planet. A brave 5-year-old girl stands in front of a large audience to share her inspiration behind her paintings.

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All of these people have contributed to the creative conversations that make up Pecha Kucha (pronounced pet-cha k-sha). More than 500 cities across the globe have hosted Pecha Kucha nights, and after a two-year hiatus, Charlotte will be welcoming it back on March 21 at the Mint Museum Uptown from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Pecha Kucha offers a platform for people who wouldn't necessarily have the means to speak in front of a crowd or show their work in a gallery, but still long to have their voices and ideas heard. You can expect to hear individuals share their personal stories and visions - some conventional but many others not so much. Whether a person feels inclined to sing, hop around on one foot or talk through a puppet, there are no limits for self-expression.

Presenters get 6 minutes and 40 seconds to share 20 images for 20 seconds each, and that's it. Once time is up, they're done. There's beauty in conciseness.

Interested in being a presenter? Send in the title of your proposed lecture, a 100-word synopsis, and the 20 images you want to showcase. For more information on submissions, you can visit http://www.point8.org/pechakucha/presenters/submission-guidelines.

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