Pecha Kucha Vol.9 dazzles the Ateneo
As a prelude to the Festival Verde de Cultura Musical (FVCM), the Pecha Kucha Vol. 9 was held before an auditorium packed with spectators on Friday, February 10, at the Ateneo inside the City of Knowledge. Twelve different exponents from twelve different branches presented, in a simple and original way, a variety of topics in 6 minutes and 40 seconds each.
Ana Victoria Esquivel was commissioned to begin with the presentations by talking about the excessive growth of Panama City and how this risk should inspire people with good ideas to find more friendly solutions for the environment in order to transform Panama into the beautiful place it deserves to be. Meanwhile, the boys from Ultimate Frisbee Panama talked about this interesting sport that gains more followers by the day and generates a special feeling that brings people together. Ana Elena Tejera spoke about how the sense of belonging to something is being lost in the country, but offered her landscaping related ideas so that people can feel they are a part of what is happening. In a more relaxed note Don Perezoso talked about his “Lazy” farm and how by following nature’s way he has managed to produce good food and provide a space for many people to visit and learn. The Tortuguías took the opportunity to disclose their major initiative to save sea turtles, endangered species, and how they managed to raise funds in a fun way that involves society. Talles Lopes, guest speaker from Brazil, talked about their initiative to invent a currency that can be used at the arts and cultural events they create.
After the Beer Break football enthusiast Jose Carlos Blanco was responsible for showcasing the business that has become of modern football while giving the example of St. Pauli, a team that has remained true to its roots and love for the game. Global Brigades spoke about their efforts to bring foreign students to learn by working in the health and development of populations affected by poverty. The Eco Creando girls exposed, in a funny way, the problem of waste, inequality, misdistribution of wealth and how this should be fought through education and games. Meanwhile, Álvaro Abitia from Mexico spoke about the music industry and the new technologies that allow music to be more collective and thus generate a change in the industry. From the radio program Red Bull Panamerika, Uriel Waizel talked about innovation in developing this famous program and how they consider themselves as radicals of music devoted to instruct and rescue forgotten bands. To end the evening on a comical note Jaguar, El Clandestino presented a witty critique of the reggaeton and Panamanian culture, which raised the Ateneo audience to its feet.
Once again, the City of Knowledge Ateneo was the epicenter of this major event that attracts hundreds of young people with fresh ideas and a desire to express their concerns about the world around them.