PechaKucha, the international phenomenon that brings creative minds together for fascinating visual storytelling, continues locally Friday, Nov. 13, at the Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St./Route 1.

Doors will open 6:30 p.m., and the program commences at 7 p.m. There will be a reception after the program with food, drink, music and plenty of chitchat in the third-floor gallery area. Admission is $5 (cash) at the door; people are encouraged to arrive early to get a seat.

The PechaKucha format, where presenters are given 20 slides, each one shown for 20 seconds, to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in more than 800 cities around the world. The Midcoast’s November edition, Volume 26, will be presided over by emcee Hanna DeHoff.

Each of the following presenters will tell a six minutes-and-40-seconds story of their craft: Jennifer Albee and Jason Philbrook, Solar Farm Project; David Allen, artist; Rafi Baeza, graphic designer; Mark Bell, ceramicist; Jason Elon Goodman, filmmaker and photographer; Anneli Skaar, artist; and Tyler Southard, chief meteorologist at VStv.

PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine's organizing partners include Belfast Creative Coalition, Midcoast Magnet, Farnsworth Art Museum, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Waterfall Arts, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Strand Theatre and various creative community members. For Volume 26, lead sponsors are Bangor Savings Bank, Camden Real Estate, Free Press, Horch Roofing and Redzone Wireless. Supporting sponsors are Allen Insurance and Financial, Community Health Options, The Drouthy Bear, Maine Media Workshops + College and VStv/88.

For information about presenting or volunteering at one of the local events, email PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine also offers affordable sponsorships for local organizations and businesses; contact Jana Herbener at for more information.

PechaKucha 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

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