Creative enlightenment comes to Charleston via Pecha Kucha Night

Image by Flickr user AnDre | 21_21 sightImage by 20081107-pecha-kucha.jpg A Pecha Kucha in Catania, Italy ... it's certainly not your traditional presentation.

Update November 13: Go check out our write-up and video of the night.

Original post: Some good news and bad.

The good: Pecha Kucha Night is finally coming to South Carolina; and the bad: They're all booked up, but they'll be doing another show soon.

But you're probably thinking "What the heck is Pecha Kucha?"

Pronounced "peh-cha ku-cha," the word is Japanese for the sound of conversation, the event is essentially a series of clever presentations by clever folks. They generally focus on design, art, photography, culture, and the like. But, to keep things concise and hoping, each presenter only gets to present 20 slides for 20 seconds each.

And everyone presenting is locals -- get a list of who. So not only is it a great chance to get inspired, but a great chance to do some networking.

The event is held in some 150 cities worldwide, heck, it's so popular it even has its own Wikipedia page.

The local site shares a few things to know about the night:
01 - Pecha Kucha Night is for creativity and not for profit.
02 - Pecha Kucha Night presentations are typically 20 images x 20 seconds each.
03 - Pecha Kucha Nights are about exposing the hidden creativity in a city.
04 - Pecha Kucha Nights are held in social spaces.
05 - Pecha Kucha Night is a true social network.
06 - Pecha Kucha Night is about thinking and drinking.
07 - Pecha Kucha Night is about the live event - not a LCD screen in your home.
08 - Pecha Kucha cities sign a simple hand shake agreement to join the network.
09 - Pecha Kucha Nights are held in over 135 cities.
10 - Over 4,000 people have already presented.
11 - Pecha Nights are organized by artists, designers, students, architects, etc.
12 - Everybody who runs a Pecha Kucha Night has a day job.

The event is Wednesday, November 12, from 6-8 p.m.

But, like I said, they're all booked up, but that doesn't mean you can't try and beg your way in. But fear not, they'll be back in early '09.