Archive for April, 2016

Creative Karachi Festival 2016

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Sat, 23rd April 2016 – Sun, 24th April 2016 | 1:00PM – 10:00PM

The Creative Karachi Festival is Sabeen’s gift to our city. The event was famously dubbed by its passionate founder as a ‘non-stop party in the park!’ – a two-day weekender in the generous grounds of Alliance Française, transformed into a weekend mela.

In 2014, Karachi audiences experienced a rare, convivial mix of ideas and activities spanning diverse genres and artistic forms. It was an intimate but local affair that had a tiny corner of the city transformed into a buzzing wonderland.

CKF returns for its second edition this April on the 23rd and the 24th, to celebrate the life and legacy of Sabeen Mahmud. We share her belief that the show must go on.

CKF2106 keeps alive her vision for a more creatively conscious city, by sustaining the creative forces that she generated together with us.

We will curate an exceptional line-up of visual artists, contemporary and traditional craftsmen, performers, writers, poets, dancers, film and documentary makers, qavvaals and musicians. For the second edition, we have exciting additions to the programme – indie film screenings and lively panel discussions. No party would be complete without independent chefs and food makers, for a unique outdoor eating experience with communal tables, food demos, and tastings!

We are indebted to the Alliance Française who have generously allowed the use of their wonderful venue once again, and to the Karachi Accueil Society, Goethe-Institut, HBL, Engro Foods, Dawn and CityFM89 for their extended support.

Dates: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April 2016
Time: 1:00pm to 10:00 pm
Venue: Alliance Française de Karachi
Entry: Rs. 350 per day
Weekend Pass: Rs.600

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When: Saturday, 23rd April 2016 – Sunday, 24th April 2016
Where: Alliance Française de Karachi
Time: 1:00PM – 10:00PM
Entry: Rs.350
Weekend Pass: Rs.600
(This festival is for the sustainability of T2F. Please donate)

Film Screening: Documentary on Perween Rahman

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Tuesday, 19th April 2016 | 7:00PM

An intimate portrait of Pakistani architect and urban planner Perween Rahman and her remarkable work for Karachi’s poor.

“No one is safe in this city. Those who think otherwise are living in a fool’s paradise”, says Perween’s best friend and colleague Anwar Rashid as he navigates the chaotic roads of Karachi. An architect and urban planner, Perween Rahman dedicated her life for the poor of Pakistan. She was shot dead by armed assailants on her way home in March 2013. When she joined the Karachi based Orangi Pilot Project, founded by Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan, Orangi’s lanes were full of filth and choking gutters. Back in the early 80s, the people of Orangi, most of them migrants from India and Bangladesh, were taking their own steps to improve sanitation. Dr. Khan assigned Perween the task of developing a low cost sanitation model for Orangi. Perween’s pioneering work in Orangi led her on a collision course with the various mafias in the city. She surveyed the water supply to Karachi and pinpointed locations from where water is being stolen from the bulk supply lines. She mapped and documented Karachi’s informal settlements to provide the poor security against land grabbers. Perween had an alternate vision for the development of Karachi. “Development doesn’t come from concrete. Development is not five star hotels and mega road projects. What we need is human development.”

The screening of the film will be followed by a short Q/A session with the film crew.

About the Director:
Mahera Omar is a documentary filmmaker and co-founder of Pakistan Animal Welfare Society.


When: Tuesday, 19th April 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Memorial for Masood Hamid

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Sunday, 17th April 2016 | 6:00PM – 8:00PM

(Personal Note from Tooba Masood)

As you know the first death anniversary our dad, Masood Hamid, is coming up. We wanted to do something for him which we think he would have liked and couldn’t think about anything better than gathering family, friends and his colleagues together.

Masood Hamid was born January 2, 1960 to Syed Hamid Ali and his wife Razia. He loved Karachi and was first separated from the city when his father sent him to boarding school with his older brother for two years. The war brought them back and while Baba missed running around the school grounds in Abbottabad, he used to say he enjoyed his time at Habib Public where he played elaborate pranks such as hiding the school bell and what not. He also attended Karachi University and IBA. He made several friends over the years who the family is still in touch with.

After graduating, he started his first job at an advertising agency, Spectrum and then moved on to Dawn.

He was associated with PHPL for the past 28 years. He was a natural leader, and in his capacity as Director Marketing, he had built one of the finest teams of marketing people for Dawn and other publications of PHPL.

I could go on and on about Baba but this is it for now, come to t2f on Sunday, April 17 and share some of your stories about him.

Hope to see you there!

Also speaking at the event will be:

Hameed Haroon: Dawn’s CEO, Mr Haroon is the former president of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) and also someone baba considered to be a mentor and great friend.

Zohra Yusuf: Vice President of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Ms Yusuf met baba when both of them were working at Spectrum.

Sarmad Ali: President of the APNS, Mr Ali has been associated with the Jang group since 1993. Baba met Mr. Ali when both of them were working at Dawn.

Khalid Majeed: One of baba’s closest friends who lives in Chicago. They grew up together in the Nursery area.


When: Sunday, 17th April 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:00PM -8:00PM


This Changes Everything – the documentary by Avi Lewis

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Tuesday, 12th April 2016 | 7:00PM

This isn’t another film on climate change. It is a film that seeks to question, understand and build a better conversation around a reality that is transforming our world as well as our personal spaces. It seeks to help us connect the dots and realize what we want of the future and work beyond social boundaries to stitch cohesive and resilient communities. In the context of Pakistan and Karachi, what does that mean?

What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?

Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

This is not a film that tries to scare the audience into action: it aims to empower. We want this film to be an organizing tool for campaigners, organizers and community groups across Canada and the world; This Changes Everything is about the power of people working together, and that message is most powerful when people watch it together.

Provocative, compelling, and accessible to even the most climate-fatigued viewers, This Changes Everything will leave you refreshed and inspired, reflecting on the ties between us, the kind of lives we really want, and why the climate crisis is at the center of it all. Will this film change everything? Absolutely not. But you could, by answering its call to action.

About Geoff Brown:
Geoff Brown is a former secretary of the Manchester Trade Unions Council and works with workers groups on mobilizing, campaigning, training and workers negotiation, in the UK as well as in other European countries. He visits Pakistan every year to work with the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research on organizing and capacity building of local workers. He has also attended the last days of the COP21 conference in Paris in December, 2015.


When: Tuesday, 12th April 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:30PM -8:30PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Rekhte ke Ustaad: Ghalib ke Teen Rang

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Thursday, 14th April 2016 | 6:30 PM – 8:30PM

“Rekhte ke Ustaad” is a bilingual study circle for
enthusiasts to deepen tRekhte ke Ustaad: Mirza Ghalibheir understanding and appreciation of Urdu poetry. Each session is devoted to reading, translating and discussing examples from the poetry of a great master. In a special session of the study circle, the facilitator Zahra Sabri will lead a discussion on Mirza Ghalib’s poetic style as manifested in diverse pieces of his work.

Mirza Asadullah Khan “Ghalib” (1797-1869), “noble, poet, and wit of Mughal Delhi in its twilight years”, holds an undisputed position as one of the greats of Urdu poetry. Having written most of his popular ghazals between the ages of 19 and 25, he is also hailed as a pioneer of modern Urdu prose.

Rekhte ke Ustaad

reḳhte ke tumhīñ ustād nahīñ ho ġhālib
kahte haéñ agle zamāne meñ koʾī mīr bhī thā

You, Ghalib, are not the sole master of Rekhtah
They say that in former times, there was also a fellow called Mir

Rekhtah – meaning ‘poured’ or ‘mixed’ – is an older name for the Urdu language, and particularly its Perso-Arabic-infused poetry.

Zahra Sabri is a researcher and literary translator. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at McGill University where her focus is on Mughal history and Indo-Muslim literatures.

When: Thursday, 14th April 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:30PM -8:30PM
Suggested Donation: Rs.100

Peace, Love and Harmony at T2F

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Saturday, 9th April 2016 | 7:30 PM – 9:00PM

The Platoon reports for Peace, Love and Harmony at T2F in memory of Sabeen Mahmud, somebody who propelled us when we were dreaming by providing us a space, now we want to take hers forward.

Peace Love and Harmony is an interactive improvised show that will focus relationships, quirks and all that makes us human shown through open scenes incorporating characters, narratives, and music!

All proceeds from this will go towards raising funds for the Creative Karachi Festival – Sabeen’s Brainchild.


When: Saturday, 9th April 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:30PM
Entry: Rs.450

Celebrating the #GirlsinGreen – Karachi

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

7th April 2016 | 6:00PM onwards

Join us for a meet & greet with Captain Sana Mir and members of the Pakistan Women’s National Cricket Team at 6pm, Thursday 7th April, to congratulate them on their notable performances in the WT20 games.

In light of the Lahore attack, this is going to be a modest occasion. However we feel it is imperative to recognise the great achievements of these outstanding women and to build a strong sense of community – the need for which is greater now more than ever before.

Meet the #GirlsinGreen and get to know more about the lives behind your favorite players and their stories. This event is brought to you lovingly by Zeb Bangash, Girls at Dhabas and The Second Floor (T2F).

Entry is free and open to all.

#girlsplayingcricket #girlsplayingstreetcricket


When: Thursday, 7th April 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:00PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)