Archive for August, 2012

T2F 2.0 Location & Contact

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Contact the team



T2F 2.0 Address


10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi-75500
Phones: +(92-21) 3538-9033 and +(92-21) 3538-9043

Directions from Sunset Boulevard

  • From Sunset Boulevard, on the way to Korangi Road, turn right at 8th Sunset Street (the last traffic signal after the Defence Library before hitting Korangi Road)
  • Take the second left at Sunset Lane
  • Take the first right at Sunset Lane 5
  • The building has a red brick exterior


Faraar Shop

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

We are super excited to announce the Faraar Shop, a thela stocked with funky t-shirts, mugs, posters, art post-cards, chamak-patti notebooks and sketchpads, unique CDs, and a range of hand-painted truck art lamps, kettles, cups, and boxes.

Faraar Shop

The Faraar Collection

The Faraar Collection is a rotating display of visual delights, including paintings and artwork displayed at the Faraar Gallery.

Discount Bookshop

T2F’s bookshop stocks hundreds of English and Urdu titles covering South Asian fiction, current affairs, politics, film, music, graphic novels, women’s issues, science, philosophy, gender, etc. In addition to English titles, a comprehensive selection of Urdu prose, poetry and compilations are also available. Supporters of PeaceNiche regularly donate books, magazines, and journals which are then made available to the public at discounted prices.

For the Love of Books

About T2F

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Coffee!Coffeehouse tradition is all about sparking conversations and we are passionate about providing a platform for people to engage with each other. A community space for open dialogue, T2F features a café and bookshop and hosts poetry readings, meetups with writers, talks, debates, theatre performances, film screenings, open mic nights, jam sessions, and standup comedy.

T2F, formerly known as The Second Floor, because it was housed on the second floor of a nondescript office building, is PeaceNiche’s flagship initiative. A social entrepreneurship project that blends the best of business practice with the non-profit urge to make meaning, T2F is committed to social change through the liberal arts, creative expression, and open dialogue.

Since its inception in May 2007, T2F has hosted hundreds of events, ranging from poetry readings and film screenings, to vibrant debates on critical issues. With the support and participation of musicians, artists, writers, film makers, scientists, comedians, thought leaders, and engaged audiences, T2F has contributed to revitalizing Karachi’s cultural landscape and has provided an alternative, independent, safe space for discourse.

Our Tree of Life

Support Our Work

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Friends of PeaceNicheSince our inception in 2007, we have hosted hundreds of events, ranging from poetry readings and film screenings, to vibrant debates on critical issues. We have contributed to revitalizing Karachi’s cultural landscape and have provided an alternative, independent, safe space for discourse.

Every rupee we make is used to enhance our cultural and educational programming, initiate new projects, and meet operating costs. By supporting our work, you will become part of a critical group of individuals committed to meaningful change through art, culture, technology, and rational dialogue.

If you would like to support our work and contribute to PeaceNiche and its various projects, you can:

1. Make a Cash or Cheque Donation

Address: 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi-75500, Pakistan
Phone: +(92-21) 3538-9033

Cheques should be made out to “PeaceNiche

2. Wire Transfer your Contribution

Intermediary Bank SWIFT BIC: CHASUS33
Beneficiary Bank: JS BANK LIMITED
Beneficiary Bank SWIFT BIC: JSBLPKKA
Bank A/C # at Intermediary Bank: 870545696
Beneficiary Name: PEACENICHE
Beneficiary Account Number: 142608

3. Mail a Cheque to a PeaceNiche Advisory Board Member

Aassia Haq
Re: PeaceNiche and T2F / Sabeen Mahmud
6600 Gray Wolf Drive
Plano TX 75024

Clearly indicate PeaceNiche | T2F on the envelope or cheque and please provide a phone number for any cheque issues.

Please e-mail us at when you make a contribution so that we can follow up …

Legal Status of PeaceNiche
Registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860, Pakistan in 2007 Registration Number: KAR 0115

Driven by idealism, we are confident that we can get by with a little help from our friends. A big shout-out to everyone who has contributed. Every penny counts and your support means the world to us. 

Art and the Airwaves: An Evening with Indian Friends, Sahar Zaman & Dhiraj Singh

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Saturday, 1st September 2012 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of videos, art, and conversation with Sahar Zaman and Dhiraj Singh who are visiting Karachi from Delhi.

Sahar Zaman is a newscaster and arts journalist freelancing with CNN India and Bloomberg India. She will share an exclusive video interview with critically acclaimed sculptor, Anish Kapoor and will talk about her curatorial endeavours including a project on ‘Sufism in Pakistan’.

Dhiraj Singh heads Programming at Lok Sabha TV, India’s official Parliament channel and is also perhaps the only artist in India who uses X-rays to produce art. In addition to sharing his X-ray installations, Dhiraj will talk about the role of a national channel in shaping opinions and the significance of its outreach.

Sahar and Dhiraj

Date: Saturday, 1st September, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Weaving Dreams: Zoe Viccaji in Concert with the String Players of Cultures in Harmony

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Friday, 31st August 2012 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening featuring singer-songwriter Zoe Viccaji and guest string players from Cultures in Harmony (CiH). The musicians will perform songs by Zoe and contemporary American music for strings. CiH has been to Pakistan four times now, and if you heard Zoe’s August 2010 concert at T2F with CiH director William Harvey, you know this is an event not to be missed.

Zoe and Cultures in Harmony

About the Musicians

Zoe Viccaji has been playing the guitar and writing her own music since the age of fifteen. Music has always been a part of her life and she grew up with a mother who plays the guitar and sings and siblings who are also musically inclined. Zoe joined her first band when she was seventeen and is now pursuing the life of a solo artist. She has acted in musicals abroad and in Pakistan and is a seasoned star of the Coke Studio house band.

American violinist, conductor, and composer, William Harvey has appeared as violin soloist at Carnegie Hall with the New York Youth Symphony and has performed concerti with orchestras in the Philippines, Mexico, and USA. Since March 2010, he has served as the Violin and Viola Teacher at Afghanistan National Institute of Music. He is one of the two founding conductors of the Afghan Youth Orchestra and has served as concertmaster of the Spokane Symphony. Mr. Harvey earned his M.M. from The Juilliard School and B.M. from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In 2005, Mr. Harvey founded Cultures in Harmony (CiH), an NGO that promotes cultural understanding through music.

Emily Holden is a versatile violinist, improviser, and composer whose musical endeavors have taken her around the world. Whether looping her own music through her laptop, improvising over house music, rocking out with indie bands, or returning to her classical roots, Emily is a fearless collaborator and dynamic performer who can move with fluidity through many styles. In 2009, Emily toured Germany for six months as the featured violin soloist in the Franco Dragone show INDIA, performing music by the legendary Bollywood film composer A.R Rahman for audiences of 2,000 people nightly. A native of Las Vegas, Emily lives in Brooklyn, where she freelances, teaches, and performs with several groups, including indie rock band Futurist.  

Originally from House Springs, Missouri, violinist Holly Jenkins has already established herself as a performing artist and chamber musician. She has played in recitals in six countries, and in such venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C, Cleveland’s Trinity Lutheran Church, and at St. Louis’ Sheldon Concert Hall. Ms. Jenkins began her performing career at the age of 11, when she was selected to perform Haydn’s Violin Concerto in G Major with the Alton Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing, Holly is passionately committed to promoting peace, dialogue, and cross cultural awareness through music.

Peter Myers is the founding cellist of the Saguaro Piano Trio and has performed with them internationally from Germany to Japan to New Zealand.  He is a repeat participant of the Marlboro Music Festival, and has performed with musicians such as Richard Goode and Michael Tree.  Passionate about cultural awareness, Mr. Myers has participated in musical outreach programs with violinist Midori in Mongolia, Laos, and Japan. Apart from performing, he finds further expressive outlets in composing, writing, and photography, and has an endless fascination with languages and culture.

Date: Friday, 31st August, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Rs. 200
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Startup Stories: Sara’s Henna

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Sunday, 26th August 2012 | 6:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a Spark Plug conversation featuring Sara Mushtaq and her entrepreneurial journey.

Sara MushtaqSara’s Henna started as a one-woman show providing henna services for fairs and small parties. Applying henna was something of a hobby for Sara Mushtaq. Today, she is a well known henna artist in Hong Kong and runs her company, Sara’s Henna, which has become a brand synonymous with providing exclusive novelty entertainment for events of all kinds and scales.

From the traditional use of henna for weddings and cultural events, Sara has branched out into producing henna merchandise and runs henna training workshops to pass on the skill to others. She has developed a team that now assists her at a range of events, from children’s parties to large corporate events. Her first exhibition titled Henna Warriors, which entailed her developing henna patterns for successful entrepreneurial women in HK and applying them, was exhibited as a fashion shoot at an art gallery.

More recently, Sara’s designs won first position in a global Henna Heals Crown Competition. Her designs were chosen and applied to decorate the heads of cancer patients who’ve lost their hair due to treatment. Inspired by this concept, Sara applied her first-ever henna crown on a young patient undergoing treatment at the Children’s Cancer Hospital in Karachi during her current visit.

Spark Plug Spark Plug is a PeaceNiche project that aims to build an ecosystem of entrepreneurs and thought leaders who will transform Karachi into a hub of innovation and growth.
Meetups • Alternative Learning • Mentoring • Co-Working

Date: Sunday, 26th August, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Rs. 50
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

T2F Café
More than just a space for wonderful food, delicious coffee, and delectable treats, the T2F Cafe welcomes you to jam on our balcony, chat over a game of chess, spark a conversation with a friendly stranger or nourish your mind with an array of books or pamphlets on display.

T2F Cafe plays an integral part in sustaining PeaceNiche/T2F’s offerings. We ask that you please support the community by showing us some love! Come to our café, open from Noon to 10PM.


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The Meeting Studio
An ideal space for off-site meetings, small group gatherings, private workshops or productive brainstorming, The Meeting Studio, is equipped with multimedia facilities, seats 8 to 10 people, features a 40” LCD TV, whiteboard, and wi-fi. To book The Meeting Studio, please email or call us on +(92-21) 3538-9043 for rates and information.

  • Ideal for private meetings, small off-sites, interviews, workshops, and presentations
  • Seats 8-10
  • 40″ LCD TV
  • Whiteboard
  • Wi-Fi enabled
  • We can provide multimedia projectors, a sound system, whiteboards, flip charts, and catering from T2F’s Café. Value-added services such as stationery, printing, and scanning are also available.



Quiet Studio 

• Open plan office designed for entrepreneurs, writers, researchers, and designers
• Each renter gets a desk and a locker
• Rentable on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis from 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm
• Standby generator
• Whiteboard
• Wi-Fi
• Attached bathroom


Faraar Gallery

Faraar Gallery a visual arts gallery that promotes and showcases emerging local talent. Home to T2F’s bookstore, merchandise store, as well as a variety of events, workshops and performances, Faraar Gallery is a platform for creative expression that PeaceNiche/T2F is dedicated to showcasing to the community and beyond. To pitch an event, launch, performance or workshop at Faraar Gallery, please email or call us on +(92-21) 3538-9043 for rates and information.

  • Multi-purpose space for art exhibitions, talks, film screenings, performances, large meetings, and workshops
  • Seats 70 – 100 depending on the nature of the event
  • Wi-Fi enabled






About PeaceNiche

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

PeaceNiche, a not-for-profit NGO, registered under the Societies Act of 1860, promotes democratic discourse and conflict resolution through intellectual and cultural engagement. Committed to becoming a vibrant centre of Pakistan’s developing civil society, PeaceNiche works in the areas of Arts & Culture, Science & Technology, and Advocacy.

Our areas of focus are:

  • Intellectual Poverty Alleviation
  • Providing a platform for dialogue and creative expression
  • Social change through the arts
  • Development of a vibrant community of civic-minded citizens
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Youth Engagement


Arts, Sci-Tech, Activism

Party Shoes: Solo Comedy Performance by Jawad Ali

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Friday, 10th August 2012 | 9:00 pm

This Friday at T2F, Jawad Ali will perform a critically acclaimed funny story about his adventures as an earthquake relief and rescue worker in Balakot.

Jawad Ali

“This is the kind of comedy I like the best.”
Dave Chappelle

Date: Friday, 10th August, 2012
Time: 9:00 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.