It will be a showdown of young and creative minds this evening, day five of the 4th Digital Festival currently being held at Durban University of Technology.

Young creatives across the media and the world of arts are expected to battle it out at this year’s PechaKucha, a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each. The trick is to keep up to the format by keeping presentations concise and fast-paced. It takes place tonight at DUT City Campus’ Arthur Smith Hall at 7pm.  

This year, some of the speakers include Photographer, Llwellyn Makhanya; Civic Data Activist, Richard Gevers; Developer, Mark Stuart; Music, app developer, Brad Vause; Multi-media designer,  Zwelisha Giampietri; Journalist, Sihle Mthembu; Designer & Rapper, Bylwansta and more will be sharing their passions in images.

Makhanya who is a portrait photographer based in Durban describes himself as a documentary photographer always seeking to be a voice for those who want or cannot speak for themselves. “Passion wise I am inspired by people specifically faces and how they make sense without being verbal. I love photographing people’s faces whether it’s in a studio or in an informal setting.”

PechaKucha, which means “the sound of conversation” in Japanese, was first conceived by Tokyo architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, who were seeking a way to encourage student presenters to use PowerPoint in a more organised and succinct manner.

Picture Caption: Zwelisha Giampietri who is one of the PechaKucha presenters.

Picture supplied.

Mongi Khanyile