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KATHMANDU: The Second Kathmandu International Art Festival (KIAF) has not only hosted serious discussions, performances and art exhibitions, but Pecha Kucha Night also became an important part of this festival.

On November 28, Sujan Chitrakar an artist, art educator and a member of curatorial team at KIAF hosted Pecha Kucha night at Kasi bar, Durbar Marg.

Pecha Kucha means chit-chat in Japanese, as per Chitrakar who informed, “In 2003 Japanese artists established a trend where a person is given 20 seconds time to share about anything s/he wants with 20 visual slides.”

And since then over 500 cities in the world have been organising Pecha Kucha nights where the act has given a platform for artists and others to share about themselves and their work, as mentioned by

Chitrakar.

This was the seventh edition of Pecha Kucha night being held in Nepal. A total of 16 participants that comprised national and international artists, art students and more presented their ideas and thoughts on this night.

The venue was filled with an enthusiastic audience where each time a presenter completed his/her presentation, the sound of whistles, claps and cheers filled the venue.

Presenter Yuki Poudyal from Nepal talked about ‘Kolor Kathmandu’, an art movement. She informed that they will be creating 75 murals as part of their art movement which aims to create a feeling of unity amongst people through art.

The presentation was of just 20 seconds, so, there was no time to get bored.

Meanwhile, Sarawut Chutiwongpeti, an artist from Thailand and Cecilia Parades from USA talked about their art works and their techniques.

Actor Karma who was one of the audience shared, “Here, we get to learn from other’s experience. It is a good experience for me where I can listen and learn as well as socialise with various people.”

The KIAF is on till December 21

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