A NEWCOMER to the PechaKucha scene, Marie Pearce is presented her free ticket by Dido Eden. Photos supplied

FOR the first time in Opotiki’s PechaKucha history, a speaker is making a return visit.

On Thursday, 10 mystery speakers will take the stage armed with 20 slides, and 20 seconds to speak on each.

This will be the 11th PechaKucha night put on by the Opotiki District Library with more than 100 people having shared their stories on stage to-date.

However, this will be the first time a speaker has come back for another turn.

“It’s very rare [to have a speaker return],” library spokesman Ilmars Gravis said.

“We like to keep it as fresh as possible.”

However, library manager Jo Hunt said this particular speaker had been of such high interest, they were happy to make the exception.

GUY Mayo – who has attended every PechaKucha event – wins a free ticket to Thursday’s show, presented by Dido Eden.

But across the board, Ms Hunt said part of the allure for staff and attendees was not knowing what the presentations might be about.

“Even if you know the person, or have had a sneak peek at their slides, you don’t know how it will all come together,” she said.

Of the 110 presenters who had come through these events, Ms Hunt said about 95 percent were Opotiki locals with the occasional presenter from out of town.

For hopeful attendees, Ms Hunt said time was running out to get tickets, with three quarters already gone last week.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from the library or found online at trybooking.com.

james.sandbrook@opotikinews.co.nz