UPDATE: PechaKucha 20×20 Volume 21 in Benton Harbor

Update 9/30: 

The October 8 PechaKucha event is to be hosted outdoors only at the GhostLight Theatre. With concern for the rising Covid cases, the previously offered indoor seating for simulcast will no longer be available. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Provided seating will be limited, special arrangements may be submitted to

In the event of inclement weather, the first 135 tickets sold will be able to experience the event indoors. All indoor guests must comply with indoor Covid safety measures of remaining masked when not drinking, having your temperature taken, and showing proof of a vaccination card.

An outdoor event will not require guests to be masked or show proof of vaccination, but will be asked to have their temperature checked and observe social distancing when outdoors.

All ticket holders will receive a private link to watch the event live via PechaKucha’s YouTube page. Rain plans will be communicated via email, Facebook, and Instagram the morning of Friday, October 8.

The presenter lineup has also shifted. There are 9 Presenters at this event:

  • Denard Fenaud
  • Erick Fisher
  • Sharon Brown
  • Grace Kelmer
  • Debbie Boyersmith
  • August Garritano
  • Darryl Reece
  • Paula Camp
  • Lynne Clayton

Original: PechaKucha returns! Organizers are excited to welcome the community to experience Volume 21 live and in-person with 10 new presenters. The event takes place at the GhostLight Theatre, 101 Hinkley Street, Benton Harbor, on Friday, October 8, 2021, 8:15 – 10 PM. Doors open at 7:30 PM. PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where presenters run 20 images for 20 seconds each, advancing automatically.

The evening will be filled with art experiences throughout our community! At 5:30 PM, head to Krasl Art Center and celebrate a new exhibition with a presentation by participating artists, artmaking activity, live music, and a cash bar. At 7:30 PM, the party moves to GhostLight for cocktails and socializing before PechaKucha’s first presenter at 8:15 PM. Guests will have the option to select seats indoors or out when purchasing their tickets. Given current community COVID trends, the following safety protocols will be observed:

  • Masks are required by all guests indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • All guests seated indoors (Max 100) will be required to have their temperature taken at the door and show a proof of vaccination (Scanned images may be shared in advance. Details shared on ticket link).
  • All guests seated outdoors (Max 200) will be required to have their temperature taken at the door. Additionally, outdoor guests are asked to bring their own chairs.
  • Presenters will be stationed Outdoors, and simul-cast to the indoor audience.

Reserve your seat and get your $10 (+$1.90 fee) ticket in advance at Limited quantities may be available the night-of.

PechaKucha 20X20, conceived by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham in Tokyo, is an international phenomenon taking place regularly in over 1,000 cities around the world, and attended by more than 250,000 people annually. PechaKucha has been described as the world’s biggest physical social network. The key to the success is the simple format where presenters only get 20 images shown for 20 seconds each — this gives anyone a chance to present their recent project or passion.

Many cities often lack spaces where creative people can share their work, so PechaKucha is about exposing the hidden creativity in a city. PechaKucha nights are organized by local passionate and enthusiastic people with backgrounds in many creative fields.

PechaKucha St. Joeseph/Benton Harbor has been bringing local creatives to center-stage since 2015, and Volume 21 will kick off the hopeful return to in-person presentations! Whether you have been to all story-filled evenings or this is your first, this fun and communal evening spent engaging with local artists and community members is sure to provide new memories with our community.

Wightman, Krasl Art Center, and individual volunteers collaborate to bring this engaging event to the community.