Human Rights Day focus of PechaKucha Aberdeen

Human Rights Day focus of PechaKucha Aberdeen

Images from the Granite City and beyond highlighting human rights and Human Rights Day will be delivered at the next PechaKucha Aberdeen.

The city’s fourth PechaKucha Night - organised by the University of Aberdeen - will take place on Tuesday (December 10) at the Belmont Picturehouse. 

Devised in Tokyo, the PechaKucha presentations give participants 20 images and 20 seconds to discuss each one. Over 700 cities across the globe now host the nights.

This event will feature images and stories from a wide range of speakers, all based in Aberdeen but working with others around the globe; including the Amnesty International Aberdeen group, and Martin Mills, based in Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, who has spent many years gaining an understanding of protest in modern Tibet.

This event will also feature speakers and share images and stories from Project SEARCH, which seeks to provide preparation for employment to young people with disabilities through a mix of education and work experience placements.  

Andrew Thomson of Project SEARCH said: "Project SEARCH is a unique supported employment programme based on an international model.  We will be giving a brief overview of the programme in Aberdeen and will share images and stories from the project."

Alexander King will discuss the importance of disappearing languages and will share images from the people using the Koryak language in Siberia.

Edward Pollock founder and director of the Aqua initiative will share his work trying to increase clean water access to the 780 million people around the globe that do not have this basic necessity.

Dr Heather Doran, of the University’s Public Engagement with Research Unit, said: “Pecha Kucha is Japanese for 'chit chat. The concept of these nights was originally devised by two architects, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, and the first event was held in 2003 in Toyko as a way for young designers to meet, network and show their work in public.

“These nights are a great opportunity for people to share and learn about great work taking place in Aberdeen and beyond. Each night features a range of speakers from different backgrounds including subjects such as photography, science and art. 

“We want to open up the floor and invite speakers for future PechaKucha nights.  If you would like to speak at one of the evenings please get in touch with the Public Engagement with Research team at the University on 01224 273274 or by email at or visit”

All events are free to attend and take place at The Belmont Picturehouse from 7pm

Full details of the programme can be found at  and at the series Facebook page