Archive for September, 2013

Hero Worship: An Exhibition of Paintings by Shanzay Subzwari

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Opening Night: Tuesday, 1st October 2013 | 6:00 pm

Join us at Faraar for a vibrant exhibition of paintings celebrating the Pakistani hero worship of cricketing stars.

Shanzay Subzwari paints the heroes we worship. Her new body of work created specifically for this show, ranges from portraiture to imaginative composition, using methods of photo-realism, miniature and pop-art.

Hero Worship

About the Artist

Shanzay Subzwari is a young Pakistani painter, who despite her age and current status as a student, has exhibited her work locally and internationally. Shanzay has been part of the Faraar Gallery artist pool since 2011 and has contributed fresh and vibrant, pop-art inspired paintings to the Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar, a significant production of the PeaceNiche Public Art Project. Shanzay brings to the canvas her youthful perspective on the past; her work often addresses cultural icons and faces of the yesteryears. Her painterly skill coupled with her use of brave colours and compositions, results in eye-catching, soulful art.

Opening Date: Tuesday, 1st October, 2013
Opening Time: 6:00 pm
Gallery Hours: 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm daily
Venue: Faraar Gallery
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Money Matters: The Business of TV

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Friday, 27th September 2013 | 6:30 pm

How do TV channels make money?
Why is the news so sensational?
Why do the headlines feature Bollywood music?

In Pakistan, despite news and entertainment shows being of widespread interest to the public, consumers do not pay directly for content via subscriptions. With content being given away for free, or at a nominal price, news outlets rely on advertising for their income. As a result, content has to attract and maintain the interest of a defined target audience likely to appeal to advertisers. How do these financial dynamics affect what we end up watching on TV and how are the preferences of the defined target audience measured?

Join us at T2F for a panel discussion on the current business model for TV in Pakistan and how content is shaped.

Conversations with industry leaders will explore how channels make money, how the rating system works, and how the advertising model influences content. Our panelists for the inaugural session of the Mind Your Media project include Afia Salam, Bilal Lakhani, Farhan Qureshi, and Mazhar Abbas.

Mind Your Media

Mind Your Media is a project of the Pakistan Coalition for Ethical Journalism and PeaceNiche. The initiative’s debate and lecture series will bring together decision makers at top news organisations, journalists and activists to explore the ethical challenges faced by the news media in Pakistan.


Date: Friday, 27th September, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar 3.0

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

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.

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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!

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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.

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Adnan Malik at JHAB 3.0

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.

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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!”

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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.


An Evening of Urdu Poetry with Kavish Omar and Sahar Ali

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Sunday, 22nd September 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of poetry featuring Kavish Omar and Sahar Ali.

Kavish Omar and Sahar AliKavish Omar is an acclaimed Urdu poet from Chittagong. Renowned for his diction and style, he was amongst the few poets considered to be critical to the East Pakistan mushaeraah circuit. Kavish was the editor of Payaam-e-Mashriq and the monthly publications; Karnafuli, Parcham and Seemaab. He was also responsible for the Adabi Safhah of the Daily Pasbaan and the Daily Shujaat. Kavish came to Karachi soon after the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 but held several mushaeraahs before his departure with the key aim of bringing people together through the magic of Urdu poetry. Kavish’s collection of poems is called Sang-o-Saman and some of his works recited at mushaeraahs held on M.V. Bagh-e-Dacca and its sister ship, Bagh-e-Karachi, have been compiled on a CD which is available at T2F.

Sahar Ali is a young poet from Karachi and is Kavish Omar’s daughter. Her book, Tumhaaray Gham Kay Mausam Mayn, written after the premature death of her husband, became a bestseller. The Seh-Mahi Kitaabi Silsilah produced an issue about her poetry and leading writers and readers have commented on her work.

Date: Sunday, 22nd September, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Behind the Scenes at the LHC: The Higgs Boson, Extra Dimensions and Dark Matter

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Friday, 13th September 2013 | 7:00 pm

The Large Hadron Collider is the world’s most powerful particle collider. It was built to help answer some of the most fundamental questions facing particle physics and cosmology.

What is the origin of mass? Are there extra dimensions of space? What is dark matter made of?

The world’s largest scientific instrument recreates, on a microscale, the conditions that existed a tiny fraction of a second after the Big Bang.

Join us at T2F for a Science Ka Adda session featuring Sarah Alam Malik as she sheds light on the discovery of the Higgs boson, the ongoing search at the LHC to find evidence for extra spatial dimensions, and the nature of dark matter.

Sarah Alam Malik

Sarah Alam Malik

Sarah Alam Malik is a particle physicist. She completed her undergraduate degree in physics from Oxford University, followed by a PhD in particle physics from University College, London. She is currently a research associate at Rockefeller University and a Fellow at the LHC Physics Center at Fermilab. Sarah works on the world’s most powerful particle collider, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, searching for evidence of extra dimensions and understanding the nature of dark matter which makes up 80% of the mass of the universe.

Date: Friday, 13th August, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


First Fridays: Open Mic Night

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Friday, 6th September 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F on the first Friday of September for an open mic session featuring emerging talent.

T2F’s First Fridays Open Mic is a platform for musicians, poets, and comedians to perform, improvise and experiment in an informal setting.

Performers do not need to pre-register. Just show up with your voice, instruments, and props. Look for our host, KC Leftblank, who will put your name down on the list. Musicians get 15 minutes/3 songs and everyone else gets 10 minutes.

First Fridays: Open Mic Night

Date: Friday, 6th September, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.