PKDH #1

PKN The Hague Vol. 1

October 14th, 2009

PKN The Hague Vol. 1

PechaKucha Night made its debut in The Hague — or Den Haag — just over a week ago, and organizer Marc Boumeester fills us in on how the inaugural event was able to distinguish itself from the other “plentiful” PKN cities in Holland.

The first edition of PechaKucha Den Haag has proven to be exactly what the organizers had hoped it to be. In a country with such a high ‘PechaKucha density’ as Holland, it is hard not to become involved in some sort of competition or express oneself in terms of comparison. The organizers of PK-DH specifically wanted to steer away from these elements, especially because PechaKucha is all about sharing and appreciating. But as the high-brow cultural climate of The Hague has been described in terms like “immature” or “possessing a boring charm” and the general cultural climate has not brought forward spontaneous highly energetic states (like “just do it” or “hype it up”) as some other large Dutch cities have known, the organizers where faced with quite a challenge.

PKN The Hague Vol. 1

The solution was found by applying a small set of guidelines; keep it local and keep it real. Situated in an old fire station next to the railway, we found a very appealing selection of artists, architects, thinkers, designers and other members of the creative class, both on and off stage. A tantalizing variety of topics, projects, statements, reports, cultural-political criticism and art-forms was presented. Some participants were challenged by the strict rule of 20 slides, 20 seconds each, which still works as the big equalizer — experienced speaker or not, your slide will disappear much sooner (or later) than you had hoped. But this contributed even more to the great atmosphere, which held some elements of a 1956 Parisian-jazz-and-poetry-cellar gathering, some elements of a spontaneous fashion exhibit, but displayed most of all a typical friendly and open eagerness, with which PK-DH could well become the exemplification of the new shape and form of the emerging and dynamically changing cultural climate of modern The Hague. Keep it local and keep it real, hurray!

Below, more great black and white photos from PKN The Hague Vol. 1, with more to see in this Flickr account.

PKN The Hague Vol. 1

PKN The Hague Vol. 1

PKN The Hague Vol. 1

PKN The Hague Vol. 1

PKN The Hague Vol. 1

PKN The Hague Vol. 1

PKN The Hague Vol. 1

PKN The Hague Vol. 1

PKN The Hague Vol. 1

PKN The Hague Vol. 1

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