Archive for September, 2014

Improv Theatre featuring The Platoon

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Friday, 26th September 2014 | 8:00 pm

The Platoon

The Platoon specialises in improvised theatre and is Pakistan’s first long-form improv troupe. We are grateful to them for doing a special, free show for everyone who has contributed to our #3K4T2F fundraising campaign. Here’s how they describe their upcoming show “Reporting for Duty”, which promises to be a riot.


It’s war time and we need you. Volunteer for us or get conscripted. Irrespective of how you choose, you are in for an experience with a chance to be a part of doing good and witnessing something new in the city.

The Platoon TroupeWe bring to you, The Platoon.

The show will begin with the audience riled up for battle, followed by a series of short-form games to evaluate our war strategy, further followed by the attack in the form of a long-form theatrical piece, and the conclusion shall be total surrender through free-form improv.

There will be music, wild horses, ammunition, drama and an unlimited supply of morphine.

Join us at T2F on the 26th of September, 2014, between 2000 hrs to 2130 hrs (that’s 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm, Private!), for a night of compelling theatre.

We are grateful to The Platoon for donating all the proceeds from this performance to T2F’s annual fundraising camapign.

Date: Friday, 26th September, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 300 [FREE for #3K4T2F donors]
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

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

Bargain Books Bazaar + LitLab Open Mic

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Friday 19th, Saturday 20th, Sunday 21st September 2014

Spend the weekend at T2F browsing through our motley collection of bargain books and magazines.

From quirky fiction to collector’s finds, from historical tomes to children’s books, T2F’s Bargain Books Bazaar has something for everyone. Prices start at Rs. 50. A number of wonderful individuals support us by donating books and magazines. Thank you all so much for your generosity. If you have used or new books that you’d like to donate, please bring them over. We’ll take everything! All proceeds are used to fund T2F’s literary programs.

T2F Book Spine Poetry

Join us on Friday for LitLab, T2F’s open mic for poets, writers, and spoken word artists.

On Friday evening at 7:00 pm, Spoken Stage founder, Mariam Paracha will host LitLab, T2F’s literary open mic. Share your poetry, prose, play, or any other piece of creative writing. You can read your own work, including work-in-progress, or a published piece by someone else. Each person gets 9 minutes at the mic. Sign up as soon as you arrive at T2F. Everyone is welcome to come and listen …

Litlab Open Mic

Bargain Books Bazaar Dates & Time: Friday 19th to Sunday 21st September 2014 | Noon – 10:00 pm
LitLab Date & Time: Friday 19th September, 2014 | 7:00 pm
Entry: Free!
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Film Screening: Zinda Bhaag and Director’s Talk

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Saturday, 13th and Sunday, 14th September 2014 | 6:30 pm

Zinda BhaagZinda Bhaag, subtitled in English, returns to Karachi for two weekend screenings and a Director’s talk.

Set against the backdrop of the murky world of illegal immigration, Zinda Bhaag tells the story of Khaldi, Taambi and Chitta, desperate to fast track their way out of a nondescript Lahore neighbourhood. In attempting to escape the reality of their everyday lives, they succeed in ways they least expected.

Narrated by Naseeruddin Shah, Zinda Bhaag is a visual delight that showcases the power of nuanced storytelling and proves that passionate filmmakers can deliver extraordinary results without astronomical budgets.

The screenings will be followed by a Q/A session with the Directors.

Running Time: 120 minutes
Directors: Meenu Gaur, Farjad Nabi
Producer: Mazhar Zaidi
Subtitles: English

We are grateful to the Zinda Bhaag team for donating all the proceeds from these screenings to T2F’s annual fundraising camapign.

Zinda Bhaag Footer

Date: Saturday, 13th and Sunday 14th September, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm
Entry: Rs. 500
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Monument Valley: An Exhibition of Works by JFrançois Chénin

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Opening Night: Wednesday, 10th September 2014 | 6:30 pm

Join us at Faraar for Monument Valley, an exhibition featuring the triptychs of JFrançois Chénin.

Monument Valley is a childhood remembrance, a journey, a particular relationship with pop art, a Wim Wenders film and a literally literary attempt.

Monument Valley

In Monument Valley, JFrançois Chénin brings the pictorial space nearer to the pop art of big American spaces. The graphical intentions of the American paintings of the 1950’s and 70’s incorporate this natural space, which hesitates between the earth and the sky. From it also flows an attachment to perspectives, open or intimate, and always majestic.

Monument Valley

“As far as fascination is concerned, the ear has the music. The eye has the painting. Death has the past. Love has the naked body of the other. Literature has the individual language reduced to silence”, wrote Pascal Quignard. The basic thing is to recommence. The compositions of Monument Valley bear the imprints of this ranting silence.

About the Artist

JFrançois Chénin was born in Lorraine, in 1954. His father was fond of traveling and he grew up in Iran, Turkey, and Greece. He went to secondary school in Avignon and studied philosophy in Grenoble. An avid reader and writer, his journey into literary realms began when he was eleven, with The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene. At thirteen, he read Victor Hugo and Balzac and would later struggle with Proust. Over the years, JFrançois immersed himself in the works of philosophers and musicians, and took to writing and drawing. He has three children and loves to linger on the terraces of cafes. JFrançois Chénin now lives in Pakistan and is the Director of the Alliance Française de Karachi.

Opening Date: Wednesday, 10th September, 2014
Opening Time: 6:30 pm
Gallery Hours: 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm daily
Venue: Faraar Gallery
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Gig featuring Baraf Paani

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Saturday, 6th September 2014 | 6:30 pm

Baraf Paani describe themselves thus:

One fine day, four insanely cute and all-round nice guys decided, over a glass of ice cold water, to get together and take over the world. They had no resources, money or talent to achieve their goal. So they decided to do the next best thing people with plenty of free time do … they formed a band. With plans to brainwash the youth and the elderly with their high voltage riffs, ear shattering drums, and ‘desi’ vocals, Baraf Paani are now a force to be reckoned with.

Ayaz Lakhani – Vocals
Khurram Maqbool – Guitars
Saqib Khan – Drums
Hassaan Sohail – Bass

Baraf Paani

Date: Saturday, 6th September, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm
Entry: Rs. 500
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

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Friday, 5th September 2014 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F on the first Friday of September 2014 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, Hassaan Bin Shaheen, 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, 5th September, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Free! Contribute #3K4T2F and help us keep our doors open
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

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

Invest in Creative Karachi

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Since 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.

Come Together! Help T2F Keep its Doors Open.

Driven by idealism, we are confident that we can get by with a little help from our friends. Support our work and become a friend of the arts. An annual contribution of Rs. 3000, merely Rs. 8.2 per day, will give us the fuel we need to keep going.

“I really believe in what you are doing and think that creating public space for real discourse is key to civil society”.

Jacqueline Novogratz – CEO and Founder, Acumen Fund