Archive for June, 2015

Ramzan Qavvaali Series: Subhan Ahmed Nizami & Brothers

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Saturday, 4th July 2015 | 10:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a traditional qavvaali mehfil featuring Subhan Ahmed Nizami & Brothers.

Subhan Ahmed Nizami is a descendant of the prestigious “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana” of Delhi. Some years after his family migrated to Pakistan, the Manzoor Niazi qavvaali group was formed, featuring cousins Munshi Raziuddin, Ustad Bahauddin Khan, Ustad Manzoor Niazi and Subhan’s grandfather, Ustad Iftikhar Ahmed Nizami.

As the families grew and reached almost 50 members, each Ustad formed his own qavvaali troupe, adding to the wealth of the gharana’s heritage. Ustad Iftikhar Ahmed Nizami, the eldest cousin and the great-great grandson of Ustad Tanrus Khan, was extremely versatile and was blessed with a beautiful voice. His Radio Pakistan concerts were highly sought after performances that people would go out of their way to attend. His son, Ustad Afaq Ahmed Nizami was the family librarian, a specialist of Farsi kalaam, and an exemplary practitioner of classical music.

After his father’s passing in 1999, Subhan Ahmed Nizami, barely 18, formed his own qavvaali group to continue the legacy of his forefathers. In addition to performing in Pakistan, Subhan and his brothers have given several extremely well received concerts in France.


Date: Saturday, 4th July, 2015
Time: 10:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 300
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Ramzan Qavvaali Series: Taj and Shaad Mohammed Niazi

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Saturday, 27th June 2015 | 10:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a traditional qavvaali mehfil featuring Taj and Shaad Mohammed Niazi.

Hailing from the Atrauli Gharana, Taj and Shaad Mohammed Niazi are amongst the finest contemporary practitioners of Hazrat Amir Khusrau’s kalaam. The progeny of the late, critically acclaimed Moin Niazi, recipient of a Pride of Performance award, the troupe has performed widely across the subcontinent, from Pakpattan to Dhaka.


Date: Saturday, 27th June, 2015
Time: 10:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 300
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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To Sabeen, With Love

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Saturday, 20th June 2015 | 10:30 pm

Remembering our one and only troublemaker.
Sabeen, wish you were here with us to celebrate your birthday.


Date: Saturday, 20th June, 2015
Time: 10:30 – 2:00 am
Entry: Rs. 500
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Meet the Chair: A Thought Provoking Exploration

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

16th June – 18th June 2015 | 3:30 pm

Aesthetic trends, the emergence of new materials and production technologies, ergonomics, social, cultural and behavioral changes are all reflected in its design over the decades. Designing a space or slab or void for external / internal space keeping material and proportion intact – theoretical research and concept for the ‘Chair’ design process will be through understanding of the Masters and their reflection.

Design Keywords:

Material Understanding • Proportions • Durability • Internal / External • Joinery • Bolts Details • Craftsmanship • Artisans • Vernacular • Design Aesthetics • Process and Concept

Product: Chair
Opening: Tuesday, June 16th | 3:30 pm
Exhibition Dates: Tuesday, June 16th – Thursday, June 18th
Curators: Arch. Marvi Mazhar & Arch. Salman Javed

An exhibition by the 5th year Architecture students at the Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi.


Date: Tuesday, June 16th – Thursday June 18th, 2015
Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Double Hai – Story of the London Bus: A Film by Danial Riaz

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Friday, 12th June 2015 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Join us at T2F for a screening of ‘Double Hai – Story of the London Bus’ followed by a conversation with Danial Riaz, a documentary film maker from London now in Pakistan.

“Inspired by Shahzad Roy’s documentary series ‘Chal Parha’ which addresses the problems faced by educational institutes (specifically government schools) in Pakistan, I felt that more such topics need to be out there and discussed through our media” – Danial Riaz

The documentary aims to look into how the iconic red coloured double-decker of London came about to be such an epitome for bus networks across the globe. More specifically, the short film looks into its past – on how the bus evolved, and its present – how it’s managed by the government, what are its main sources of income and expenditure, how has technology been utilized and how quality of life across a cross section of the British society has benefited from the Bus.

Running Time: 25 minutes
Director: Danial Riaz
Language: Urdu


: Friday, 12th June, 2015
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Entry: Free
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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About the Director

A graduate from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences in Philosophy, Danial Riaz headed the LSE Media Society, while working on about 40 projects over 3 years. He started working as a Chartered Accountant in London for about a year then got bored and decided to continue his passion for film and public policy.

Dil Phaink – From the Streets to the Heart of Pakistan’s Pop Culture

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

15th – 25th May 2015

This May, PeaceNiche is taking ‘Dil Phaink’, a multimedia love letter to the Pakistani spirit, to the Alchemy Festival at London’s Southbank Centre.

The Alchemy Festival is an annual showcase of the best of dance, music, theatre, design, fashion, comedy and literature from South Asia and this is the second consecutive year that Pakistani artists will be welcomed to the festival.

Dil Phaink is a celebration of an inimitable spirit of abandon and exuberance, bordering on melodrama. We believe these troubled times and our muddled identities aren’t the problem, they’re the platform: the perfect stage for a nature that tilts towards the flamboyant, the need to wear your heart on your sleeve, take chances, romance the days, write poetry, and be joyous – to be ‘dil phaink’.

Artists, graphic designers, typographers, musicians, writers, videographers and architects will come together for this show to create an audiovisual showcase of Pakistani street culture, cult cinema, visual memory and matters of the heart.

The show addresses how we as Pakistanis are responding to what is happening around us and how our humour becomes a refuge for the times when we feel powerless — a silent admission of the absurd logic that sometimes defines how we live and love in Pakistan.

You have all read about the blackouts, bombs, burqas and really bad guys – but now we want to take them to the nooks and corners of any street, in any city, in any part of Pakistan, so they can hear the many voices that talk (and whisper and shout) after the newspapers have had the last word.

About PeaceNiche
PeaceNiche, a non-profit organisation, is committed to becoming a vibrant centre of Pakistan’s developing civil society. The Second Floor (T2F) in Karachi is the first project of PeaceNiche. A community space for open dialogue, T2F provides citizens with a platform for social change through rich cultural activities, public discourse, and advocacy using progressive ideas and the new media.

About Alchemy
Alchemy, Southbank Centre’s festival of South Asian culture, returns for the sixth year in 2015 (15 – 25 May 2015), celebrating and exploring the arts, culture and politics of the countries of the Indian subcontinent and their relationship with the UK. The festival will present collaborations, new works, premieres and legendary artists across dance, music, theatre, design, fashion, comedy and literature, plus talks and debates providing unique insights into the region.



Date: 15th – 25th May 2015
Time: 10:00 AM
Entry: Free
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London

Learn More
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