written by Talha Kehar
The PeaceNiche team works tirelessly to organize and structure events, be it an evening of music, a lecture or an art exhibition. Each event is the result of the cohesive effort of our staff. We attempt to make each event enjoyable, interactive and informative. We also make it a point to enjoy ourselves as we do this- all work and no play makes T2F a dull place! Every now and then, we have an event that tests our teamwork whilst giving us an opportunity to let our hair down. Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar (JHAB) is one such event.
JHAB is one of the most popular recurring events at T2F. This July, JHAB had its third instalment, a two day event featuring 21 artists including Saad Irfan, Nyla Talpur, Fatima Zaidi and Raania Durrani. PeaceNiche also invited craftsmen from interior Sindh, who exhibited traditional, vibrant pottery, shawls and bangles. Their handicrafts, being a rare sight in Karachi, flew off the shelves, and it was surprising to see that they still had anything left to sell on day two!
Pottery Workshops had also been organized with Khalid- a traditional potter/kumbhar from Karachi. Children made and decorated their own pots and carried them proudly around the bazaar, like brightly coloured trophies.
In order to engage the community around T2F, Yaminay Nasir Chaudhri of The Tentative Collective, showcased a number of short films made by community members on the topic, “What I do on my day off”. Filmmaker Adnan Malik screened the music video (with a behind-the-scenes segment) he made for Bumbu Sauce’s song ‘My Punjabi Love for You’. These films were screened on the walls outside T2F.
Even in this jumble, it was integral that our team kept track of the goings on, as difficult as it might have been not to spontaneously break into dance to a Bollywood song. We managed to keep a check on our bopping tendencies but in such events it’s hard not to lose track of one’s surroundings. A quote from one of our team members sums up this sentiment
“I’d be in my corner, but there’s no space for me there!”
JHAB 3.0 left people exhausted, yet amazed, with so much to see and do in such a modest space. From the explosion of culture and colour on the walls to the energetic bazaar environment; it was impossible not to get sucked into the madness. Art, craft, music and culture all combined to create an exuberant ambiance that was enjoyed by participants, spectators and ourselves. We, at PeaceNiche, definitely look back at JHAB 3.0 as one our favourite events of this year.