On this day, 2 years ago, T2F opened its doors to the public. It’s our second birthday today and I thought I’d use this occasion to say hello and share some updates.
A quick repeat for those who have joined us recently … 2 floors of space have been donated to PeaceNiche following the eviction of T2F from its premises on Khayaban-e-Ittehad. We marked our last day there with a final cup of coffee and a salute to new beginnings.
PeaceNiche and T2F 2.0 will be housed in a building in the commercial area of Phase 2 Extension in DHA, Karachi. Thanks to the generosity of our donor, we will have more space than before, enabling us to embark on new projects which we’re very excited about.
It’s hard to say exactly when we will re-open, as our new home is in a building that is under construction. We’re working feverishly and several hot, sticky hours each day are spent at the site trying to get things done. We’re aiming for end June/early July 2009 and will do whatever is humanly possible to meet that target. Even if everything is not exactly how we’d like it, we will start beta testing T2F 2.0 as soon as the building is electrified.
We’d like to thank all the wonderful people who have donated time and money to help us shift and fund our music fundraisers. Fareed Ayaz & Abu Mohammad Qavvaal Party and Tina Sani made the music events possible by donating their time and we are immensely grateful to them for all that they do for us.
We still need to raise money to purchase a generator as KESC becomes more unreliable by the day. If anyone reading this owns a generator company or has friends who own generator companies, please get in touch. Alternatively, if 200 people donate Rs. 5,000 each, we will meet our target 🙂
Here’s how you can help: http://www.t2f.biz/support-our-work
On this special day, we’d like to share some audio and video highlights from previous T2F events:
– Mohammed Hanif Reads From A Case of Exploding Mangoes
– David Barsamian Reports Live from The Second Floor
– Rasa Chughtai Recites at T2F
– Tina Sani – T2F Fundraiser [A Geo News Report]
– Fareed Ayaz Qavvaal Party Featuring Yasir Q on Darbuka – T2F Fundraiser
On 8th May 2009, Women’s Action Forum organized an evening of resistance at Karachi Press Club. Arundhati Roy delivered the closing keynote and I managed to capture it with a little Flip video camera. While this event had nothing to do with T2F, I am sure our community will be very interested in what Arundhati had to say, so check out the two-part video on the PeaceNiche YouTube Channel:
And just in case you’re missing T2F 1.0, browse through our photo album:
We will keep you posted about progress and look forward to seeing everyone in person, really soon. Can’t wait 🙂