PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine will host an alfresco evening of lightning-fast presentations and visual storytelling Friday, Aug. 15, at the Camden Amphitheatre, located on Atlantic Avenue. The program will begin after sunset; guests are welcome to arrive at 7 p.m. for a bring-your-own picnic on the lawn. Also recommended is bringing picnic blankets or lawn chairs for seating.

The PechaKucha format, where eight presenters are given 20 slides with each one shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in more than 700 cities around the world. Midcoast’s August edition, Volume 22, will feature six minutes and 40 seconds each of work by Dave Clough, photographer; Tom Dowd, speaker, author, trainer and coach; Kelsey Floyd, photographer; Margaret Rizzio, artist; Stacey Palmer, sheep farmer; Michaela Crie Stone, artist; and Sara Trunzo, Director of Veggies For All. Emcee Erin Donovan will add a little comedy to the mix.

Tickets will be $5 at the entrance. In case of inclement weather, the event will take place at the downtown Bayview Cinema.

PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine’s organizing partners include Midcoast Magnet, Farnsworth Art Museum, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Waterfall Arts, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Strand Theatre and various creative community members. Event Sponsors for Volume 22 are Elm Street Marketing Essentials and Camden Downtown Business Group. Supporting Sponsors for the evening are Serendipity Fine Consignment, Laura Cabot Catering and Belfast Creative Coalition.

Pecha Kucha Night, devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham (Klein Dytham architecture), was conceived in 2003 in Tokyo as a place for young designers to meet, network and show their work in public. It is now an international phenomenon. For more information, visit To find out more about presenting or volunteering at one of the upcoming local events, email PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine also offers very affordable sponsorships for local organizations and businesses; contact Jana Herbener at for more information.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or