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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

City to Host Pecha Kucha -- Night of Ideas

Monday February 13, 2012

Free event is Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Metro Hall

Ideas about the city’s culture, growth and history will be celebrated and discussed next week at Louisville Metro Hall – and the public is invited to attend the free event.

Mayor Greg Fischer is hosting Pecha Kucha, an evening in which presenters get 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide to pitch their ideas. The event began in Japan and has spread worldwide, including to Louisville, which is hosting its seventh Pecha Kucha night, most of them at 21C MuseumHotel.

The event is Tuesday, Feb. 21 with doors opening at 7 p.m. Presentations about everything from bourbon and local foods to swing dancing and African-Americans history begin at 8 p.m.

A cash bar reception will be held in the 2nd floor rotunda of Metro Hall (enter from the historic front doors) with the presentations occurring in the Mayor’s Gallery on the 4th floor. Louisville’s food trucks will be parked in front of Metro Hall, selling their culinary creations.

“This is a great night for innovative ideas and breakthrough thinking,” Fischer said. “My goal is for Louisville to be a city teeming with ideas – and Pecha Kucha, along with the IdeaFestival and other events— is making that happen.”

Some of the presenters next Tuesday include Branden Klayko, editor of The Architect’s Newspaper in New York and the blog Broken Sidewalk; Conor O’Driscoll, of Woodford Reserve Distillery; Ramsi Kamar of Ramsi’s Café on the World and Dr. Blaine Hudson, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Louisville.

A full list of presenters is available at