Archive for March, 2016

AKS Festival

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

April 15 – April 18 2016 | 5:00PM onwards

Aks Film, Art and Dialogue Festival continues with its third edition for the visibility and betterment of the minorities through the medium of cinema, art and dialogue. The third year of Aks festival will take place in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi, Pakistan.

AKS Film – Art – Dialogue Festival, launched in April 2014, is a global human rights initiative designed to facilitate an already existing socio-cultural dialogue. The organization aims to promote the visibility of minorities and marginalized groups and communities. AKS festival screens films, accompanied by discussions and debates, organizes educational workshops and performing arts events that promote awareness and dialogue about issues impacting minorities groups.

Schedule for 15th April 2016 (Venue: T2F)
5 pm: Made in Pakistan

7pm: Immaculate Conception

Schedule for 16th April 2016 (Venue: T2F)
5pm: She’s Beautiful, When She is Angry

7pm: Tangerine 

Schedule for 17th April 2016 (Venue: Goethe Institut)
5pm: Tran X Istanbul

7pm: Julia

Schedule for 18th April 2016 (Venue T2F)
5pm: Aks Shorts

7pm: Margartia with a Straw

The full program can be viewed here:



Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

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Taskeen – to give comfort to: A Community Workshop

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Wednesday, 13th April 2016 | 6:00 PM – 8:00PM

Taskeen (an Urdu word meaning “to give comfort to”) is a mental health and emotional well being awareness initiative developed by the Pakistan Association for Mental Health in collaboration with Humanity Initiative and CareForHealth.

The initiative is led by individuals who have been, directly or indirectly, affected by mental illness. We are a diverse team which comprises of mental health professionals, activists, students, journalists, caregivers, and individuals who are in recovery from mental illness in Karachi, Pakistan.

Mental health is a topic which receives inadequate attention in Pakistani society, which has resulted in several misconceptions about its nature, and has caused stigma to develop against individuals with mental illness. 

The Taskeen mission is to spread awareness about mental health issues and thus enable individuals who suffer from mental illness to seek the help that they need.

Presenter Bios:
Dr Taha Sabri is a medical school graduate actively involved in founding and leading social initiatives, with eclectic interests in writing and the performing arts. He is currently working in the capacity of a freelance health consultant, undertaking meaningful projects that serve the community in Karachi, Pakistan.

Alizeh Valjee holds a BA. in Psychology and Religion from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts and an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling from CPPD, UK. After gaining training and work experience in Psychiatric Rehabilitation she founded and operates CareForHealth, a charitable trust that reintegrates adults with mental illness into mainstream society. Alizeh also works as a counsellor in private practice. 

Beenish Nafees is a Forensic Psychologist, a Research Scientist, and a Corporate Coach in the UK. Currently, she has a consultancy which evaluates outcomes of mental health interventions and programs. Her work involves designing studies which explore patient views, effectiveness of medical and non-medical treatments, and approval of medications globally by FDA, NICE and other drug agencies. She has worked across a wide range of therapeutic areas such as schizophrenia, oncology, and family health. She advises health professionals, agencies and pharmaceutical companies about best clinical practice and research. As a Forensic Psychologist, she worked with mentally ill offenders in psychiatric intensive care units, and high security prisons. She frequently presents her research at international conferences and is the co-author of several journal publications and a peer reviewer for scientific journals such as British Medical Journal, and European Journal of Child & adolescent Psychiatry.

Ibadullah Shaikh works as a mentor for children in Machaira (Machar) Colony with Imkaan Welfare Organization. He is an advocate for wellness; physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. He is an animal, and human, rights activist; a pop culture geek; and a supporter of Arsenal Football Club.

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When: Wednesday, 13th April 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:00PM -8:00PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Introduction to Mindfulness: A session with Maheen Mohammed

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Wednesday, 6th April 2016 | 7:00 PM

The session will explore mindfulness and its application to everyday life and stress reduction through a combination of modalities, including mindfulness meditation practice, teaching and discussion, gentle mindful movement, and home practice. 

In a supportive, peaceful, and compassionate group atmosphere, you will learn breath and body awareness; cultivate your inner capacity for self-care, balance, and peace; and develop a kind and tender attitude towards yourself and your stress in order to lead a more healthy and fulfilling life.

Maheen Mohammed is a school psychologist (M.Sc School Psychology, 2002) with over 10 years experience working with children, adolescents, parents, and school staff in Canada and Pakistan. 

Having felt the profound impact of mindfulness as a support in her own personal life, Maheen was inspired to integrate mindfulness into her work with schools, and to pursue training in this field. 

She has been teaching mindfulness to children and adults since 2012, and is passionate about empowering people to use mindfulness to manage stress and anxiety, cope with difficult emotions, and deal with chronic pain and illness. 

Maheen is a Certified Mindful Schools Instructor (Mindful Schools, Oakland, USA) and an accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher (Breathworks Mindfulness, UK).


When: Wednesday, 6th April 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM
Session Fee: Rs.150

LitLab Open Mic

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Friday, 1st April 2016 | 7:00 PM – 9:00PM

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

Come share your poetry, prose, play, or any other piece of creative writing on Friday evening at 7:00 pm. 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 …

Asad Alvi from Zabaan will be hosting the event.


When: Friday, 1st April 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Free Entry

The Journey of Kathak Continues: Featuring Farah Yasmeen Shaikh

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Thursday, 31st March 2016 | 7:00 PM

Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, Kathak artist based in the U.S., returns to T2F on March 31st. Having just performed and conducted a workshop in January, this is an exciting opportunity to join Farah on the deeper intricacies and nuances of the rich tradition of kathak. 

Farah will be accompanied by Yousuf Kerai on tabla, Shehroze Hussain on sitar and Ustad Mehmood Ali Khan on vocals.

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When: Thursday, 31st March 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM
Entry: Rs.400

Bank Details

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Local Wire Transfer
Account Title: PEACENICHE
Account Number: 142608
Bank: JS Bank
Branch: Gulshan-e-Iqbal
Branch Code: 9201

International Wire Transfer
Intermediary Bank SWIFTBIC: CHASUS33
Beneficiary Bank: JS BANK LIMITED
Beneficiary Bank SWIFT BIC: JSBLPKKA
Bank Account Number at Intermediary Bank: 870545696
Beneficiary Name: PEACENICHE
Beneficiary Account Number: 142608
IBAN: PK55JSBL9501000000142608

Legal Status
PeaceNiche is registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860, Pakistan.
Registration Number: KAR 0115

Contact Information

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Mailing Address

10-C, Sunset Lane 5
Phase 2 Extension, DHA
Karachi-75500, Pakistan

Phones: +(92-21) 3538-9033 and +(92-21) 3538-9043

Cheques should be made out to “PeaceNiche”.

Legal Status
PeaceNiche is registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860, Pakistan.
Registration Number: KAR 0115

Why do we need you?

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Dear Friends,

Seven years ago, defying common sense and rationality, I abandoned my comfort zone and willfully walked away from everything I knew how to do. I had been constructing an alternative reality in my head for several months and the time had come to build it, in the real world.

I wanted to create a public space; a platform for creative expression, an incubator for emerging talent, and a community space for dialogue. I had all these grandiose ideas and unhealthy levels of naiveté and adrenaline. One room on the second floor of a filthy, nondescript office building was all I could manage with funds from family and fools, multiple credit cards, and a smattering of pixie dust.

Seven years later, the platform has been built. T2F is real. However, the path to living the dream, while rewarding beyond measure, has been one of extreme financial adversity. Like well designed software that protects its users from what goes on behind the scenes, it is our job to deliver a seamless user experience. Committed to that ideal, I have never really spoken about the operating system that powers the platform because I was shy and the timing never felt right.

Since 2007, we have delivered a steady stream of liberal arts programming without fuss and fanfare. We have enabled the creative fantasies of umpteen artists, actors, musicians, comedians, poets, and writers. We have been generous with our space and our time. We have remained fiercely independent.

We have come a long way, quietly. However, our operating system is now in dire need of maintenance and a massive upgrade. The easy way out is to fire a few people, switch off the air-conditioners, stop paying taxes, raise prices, ticket everything, and put an end to the honor code. An even easier way out would be to succumb to the lure of the almighty dollar. But the easy way out spells S.E.L.L.O.U.T.

So, we are reaching out to you, the community that powers T2F, to come together and help us with this year’s operating system maintenance and upgrades. If a lot of people contribute just a little, we can keep the dream alive and we are confident that we will get by with a little help from our friends.

Founder, T2F

PS: We are immensely thankful to everyone who has supported us over the years; in cash, in kind, and by simply showing up. To the Open Society Foundations, we owe an enormous debt of gratitude for believing in our vision and work and for saving us from at least two near death experiences.

Comedy Scene

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Friday, 25th March 2016 | 8:00 PM

Mark your calendars for March 25th! 

Comedy Scene’s platform is back with a new show, at T2F!
We’re doing a new show, which means NEWER-FRESHER-FUNNIER content.

We loved your appreciation of our last comedy show in January and super positive reviews in the papers (, we’re setting up another great show with our talented group of comedians. So if you loved our last performance (or you’ve missed it) then get ready to laugh your socks off, with this one.

Bring your friends and family members along too! We will put up a family show for you and the show content is targeted to anyone aged 12 and over.

The rib-tickling and tummy splitting line-up:

• Fahad Zaki: “On his birth, Fahad’s parents named him after an animal. As revenge upon his parents, he appears on the cover of National Geographic, photo-bombing hyenas while performing as a male-mid-wife for elephants.”

• Harold John: Comes from a long line of comedians. The line is ‘this’ long.

• Faraz Ahmed is known to be the mayor of Friend Zone and now he has taken up comedy to stay in that zone. This is sad but he is happy to be sad about this – He is The Crazy Gentleman.

• “Muhammad Altamash: “There are two things you should know about Muhammad Altamash. He can fall asleep at any time and he likes to mess around with wordzzzzzzzzzzzz”

• Bassam Shazli: When everything else failed for Bassam, he did what every other unskilled man does in Pakistan, criticise, which turned out to be funny but Bassam had no intentions of being funny. Another fail, what a disappointment!

• Junaid Malik (JD): JD is the youngest of all and he is an intihaai Shareef and suljha hua larka, off the stage. JD is a Paindu from rural Punjab. He likes to share how he sees the world, which turns out to be very funny most of the times.

• Zeeshan has a funny way of looking at life, just as life has a funny way of looking at him. He’s one of our biggest performers to date and by big we mean literally BIG.

• Kashif Shahzad: Kashif sannad yafta chughad hain. Wiasay tu inka maun qudrati tor par teerha hai lehaza inko English bolna chaiyeh laikin kiyonkeh yeh chighad hain is li Urdu boltay hain. Iss say ziyada batanay say Babban bian nay mana kia hai. 

• Hassaan Bin Shaheen is a family performer, because he only gets to perform in front of his family. His mirror and elaborate collection of stuffed animals thinks he is a riot and they have persuaded him to perform in front of other mirrors and stuffed animals.

• Faheem Azam: favourite actor Govinda, favourite dancer Govinda, favourite singer Govinda, favourite politician Govinda, favourite song, main ne cycle se jaaraha tha, Onay paidal se aarahi thiii.


When: Friday, 25th March 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 8:00PM
Entry: Rs.300

Broadway to Bandar Road: Shehzad Ghias Shaikh Live

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Friday, 18th March 2016 | 8:00PM – 9:30PM

Broadway produced Stand up comedian Shehzad Ghias Shaikh presents his first public show of 2016 in Pakistan. After touring Lahore and Islamabad last year, Shehzad Ghias returns to Karachi for a special stand up comedy performance for one night only. 

Shehzad Ghias did his first stand up comedy show at T2F in 2011 and he returns 5 years later with his latest show. For the past 2 years Shehzad has been touring Pakistan and the United States, notably performing at the Broadway Comedy Club and Gotham Comedy Club in New York. 

Broadway to Bandar Road is a bilingual stand up comedy show in Urdu and English. Shehzad talks about his experiences of growing up in Pakistan, watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Urdu and Friends in Punjabi, he also talks about his experience living as an outsider in New York, using Tinder, going on dates and being petrified of ending up in Guantanamo Bay. The act will feature new jokes and some of his best old material.

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When: Friday, 18th March 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 8:00PM – 9:30PM
Entry: Rs.500