Pecha Kucha Birmingham vol 14

Wednesday 18th May 2016

Our third Pecha Kucha Birmingham of 2016 was part of the International Dance Festival in Birmingham at their festival hub in the awe-inspiring (if acoustically challenging!) surroundings of the old Municipal Bank building on Broad Street.

Our speakers

Pecha Kucha is open to everyone who has something to share in 20 slides. Here are the eight people who spoke for volume 14. (The recording failed for the first three. We are beyond sorry.)

Julia Gilbert is a big fan of dance and music and spoke about the inextricable links between them, along with exciting examples of emerging technology that is enabling the creation of music through movement. Here’s some links to the people and tools she talked about.

Julie re-recorded her talk at home due to microphone failure at the event.


Jaivant Patel is a dance artist, cultural producer and choreographer from Wolverhampton who talked about his success engaging communities in South Asian Arts in parallel with his own journey as an independent dance artist.

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Iris Bertz, an intercultural interpreter and visual arts producer, says “somehow dance has always been part of my life, but only recently I have discovered how important it is.” Her talk was titled Dance is Happiness.

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Richard Battye has worked as a photographer in Birmingham for 26 years and has carved a niche photographing dancers. He talked about his technique and his landmark exhibition Still Dancing.

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Johnny Autin is an international dance artist and the creative director of Autin Dance Theatre. He talked about his choreographic work with professional performers and young dancers with the Man Made Youth Company and his emphasis on dance and physical theatre as agents for social change.

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Thomas OFlaherty is a creative dancer, teacher and entrepreneur who tolk the story of his British Caribbean artistic expression and how it connects to the roots of dance and rhythm from the African diaspora.

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Jack Tasker has always been fascinated by hair-brained schemes. His talk, Hustle 101 – how to turn empty buildings into something cool, tolk the story of how he (with help) set up the very popular Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces, featuring the building we’re in tonight!

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Saranjit Birdi is an architect and a dancer with a desire to find a synthesis between these practices. He presented his artistic journey so far from the underground jazz-fusion clubs of the 70s to his studio in Digbeth and how the creative spirit of Birmingham’s dancers has influenced him.

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