Archive for September, 2016

Incredible Forces – Science Show for Children

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Friday, 30th September 2016 | 6:30PM – 7:45PM

Forces are all around us and affect everything we do. Join us for an hour-long show where we explore the world of forces with everyday objects and show you fun demonstrations about motion, fire and rockets with the help of an incredible scientist who lived almost 300 hundred years ago. You’ve probably read about these things in textbooks or heard about them from your teachers but here’s a chance to experience science in action.

This event is meant for children (9-12 years only, accompanied with parents or max 2 adults)

Science Fuse is a social enterprise working to promote an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in the UK and Pakistan. Our fun and hands-on learning programs engage children in immersive activities. These programs help develop not just science literacy but also critical-thinking, science enquiry, cognitive and communication skills in young learners. We help children foster a joy for learning, help them link science to their everyday lives and let them realize how STEM is not merely a subject they study in school but is in fact their ticket to understanding the world.

Lalah Rukh is the founder and CEO of Science Fuse and is deeply passionate about reforming learning environments for children in Pakistan. She has worked on developing, managing and delivering informal STEM learning experiences to thousands of children for the last six years, earlier at a social enterprise in Norway and more recently at The Science Museum in London which is one of largest science museums in the world, visited by almost 3.3 million people annually. She designs all our learning programs and brings STEM alive in classrooms across Pakistan. A typical day in her life usually involves launching rockets with children as they animatedly discuss Newton’s laws, writing stories based on the adventures of Gul Rukh – a child laborer who’s a remarkable science enthusiast and reaching out to schools, educators, social entrepreneurs and parents in Pakistan to talk about her work and philosophy. She strongly believes that if children especially those from underprivileged backgrounds get a chance to experience informal education, our world would be in a much better shape.

Faseeh Shams is COO and Head of Marketing at Science Fuse. He is Senior Marketing Manager at one of UK’s leading home improvement brands. Besides his fulltime job he spends his time overseeing design, marketing, operations and PR activities for Science Fuse. He is very passionate about bringing quality educational programs to children from diverse socio-economic backgrounds in Pakistan. Faseeh is also a professional photographer and TV documentary producer having worked with some of the most prolific news organizations in the world, including Newsweek, BBC, Reuters and Discovery channel.



When: Friday, 30th September 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:30 – 7:45PM
Entry: Rs. 300 p/child
Age Group: 9 to 12 years only (accompanied by max 2 adults)
Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes

To register, please use this link:

For questions, please contact:
Ahsan Zafar, Project Manager T2F at 0333 2248828
Lala Rukh, Founder Science Fuse at 0300 444 3290

The Art of Kathak with Farah Yasmeen Shaikh

Monday, September 19th, 2016

September 25th, 26th, 28th & 29th 2016 | 5:00PM – 8:00PM

Kathak Artist, Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, returns to T2F to share her traditional, yet innovative style of this classical dance form. Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of the movement technique, storytelling and expression, and the music and rhythms of Kathak – culminating into a performance on Thursday, September 29.

Registration Fee: Rs. 3500
To register, please use this link:

A rising name in the world of dance, known for her powerful and evocative storytelling, technical precision, delicacy, and grace, Farah Yasmeen Shaikh is breaking new ground, bringing a clairvoyant voice to the contemporary stage, whilst simultaneously maintaining the deep roots and traditional aspects of Kathak.

Trained for two decades by Kathak icon, the late Pandit Chitresh Das, Farah was a lead dancer in the Chitresh Das Dance Company. She is now an internationally touring soloist, performing to sold out shows of her original choreographic works, most notably, The Twentieth Wife – telling the tale of Empress Noor Jahan, through a full-length performance of dance, live music, multimedia, and theater, based on the novel by author Indu Sundaresan. Currently touring in the U.S., The Twentieth Wife will tour internationally in 2017.

In January 2016, Farah was introduced to the artistic landscape of Pakistan where she has begun to perform and teach on a regular basis, presented at various venues and institutions throughout the country.

Farah is also developing her newest production based on the 1947 India-Pakistan Partition which is set to premiere in 2017 in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Workshop Details:
25th September | 5-8PM | Introductory Session
26th – 28th September | 6-8PM | Advance Sessions
29th September | 6-8PM | Performance by Farah and students accompanied by Yousuf Kerai on tabla and Shehroze Hussain on Sitar & Vocals | Entry: Rs. 400


Roots, Rhythm and Resistance

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Saturday, 17th September 2016 | 5:00PM – 9:00PM

In 2016, Capoeira in Pakistan is 9 years old. It has been actively played in Islamabad since it began and has been expanding to Lahore and is now in Karachi for the first time ever through Amar’s pioneering efforts to inform, educate and train Pakistani students in this art form since January, 2007.
Although it has been around for almost a decade, it is still under-represented as an art-form by experienced capoeiristas in Pakistan’s arts & culture scene (the current second generation of capoeiristas in Pakistan have 4 years of experience). The nature of this unique art-form is greatly misunderstood due to the prevalence of many romantic myths and stories taken as historical fact, one of those being that capoeira was developed as a fighting technique and disguised as a dance.

Contextual and historical reasons for this will form part of the exploratory Q&A session after the documentary.

This workshop and documentary screening aims to introduce the Pakistani audience and participants to the basics of the art of Capoeira. It’s history, philosophy and presence in Pakistan. What it is, what it isn’t, where it is today and where it may go from here.

The documentary itself is the first part of a trilogy that will be made to spread accurate and impartial awareness internationally for Capoeira in Pakistan as well as to educate Pakistani Capoeiristas in this beautiful form of expression.

About Amar Latif:
Amar is Pakistan’s pioneering Capoeirista with almost 20 years of playing Capoeira. 9 of these years were of teaching experience gained through setting up numerous Capoeira training groups in Pakistan. He created Pakistan’s first informal Capoeira study group in January, 2007 and the first official group in September, 2012 in collaboration with the Embassy of Brazil in Islamabad & Ambassador Alfredo Leoni. In December, 2014 he was selected for a Cultures of Resistance scholarship by Iara Lee to journey to Brazil for extensive training and deepening of his knowledge.

Now having returned from Brazil and Peru after a year of intensive training in 2015, Amar (a student of Mestre Anastacio Marrom of Rio de Janeiro) is in the process of organising and conducting workshops and classes throughout the major cities of Pakistan with a view to establishing an active and closely integrated community of Capoeiristas nationwide.

The overall long term objective is to provide free classes for disadvantaged communities in order to effect some level of social uplift; through Capoeira as a tool for inclusiveness with the roda as sacred space in which children and adults learn a positive, constructive way to deal with the hardship of their lives in collective and spontaneous creative play.


When: Saturday, 17th September 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Entry: Rs. 300

In His Own Voice: An Evening with Pirzada Qasim

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Friday, 9th September 2016 | 7:30 – 9:30PM

In His Own Voice: An Evening with Pirzada Qasim
Poetry Readings and Conversations | Moderated by Fatema Hassan

“Poetry that is reminiscent of older, simpler times. He is a genius.” – Tribune

Dr. Pirzada Qasim occupies a prominent place in the contemporary literary circle of Pakistan, and globally. Considered to be amongst the finest intellectuals in the country in the field of poetry and education, Qasim was Born in 1943 in Delhi. After the Partition, he migrated to Pakistan and received a Bachelor’s degree in Science from the University of Karachi, following by a PhD from Newcastle University in England. His volumes of Urdu poems, namely Tund Hawa k Jashan Mein (In Celebration of a Gusty Wind) Shole Pe Zaban (Tongue Upon a Flame), are critically acclaimed works.

Qasim has travelled extensively to be featured at several poetry symposiums in UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Europe, Africa, Saudi Arabia, India and Gulf countries, and is the recipient of over 20 Lifetime Achievement Awards globally, from 1989 to 2012.

About the Moderator:
With three poetry collections, an anthology of short stories, and several non-fiction books to her name, Dr Fatema Hassan is a well-known poet, writer, feminist, and academic. The current honorary secretary of the Anjuman-e-Tarraqi-e-Urdu Pakistan, Dr. Hassan has been extensively featured in talks and conferences around the world to present her critical works on Urdu poets.


When: Friday, 9th September 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:30PM – 9:30PM
Entry: Rs. 100

This event is part of PeaceNiche’s Urdu Preservation Project.

PECB, Dissent and Democracy

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Thursday, 8th September 2016 | 7:00 – 9:00PM

The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill – popularly known as the cybercrime bill – is now an Act of Parliament. In the year-and-a-half long period, from the time a leaked copy was made available, awareness was raised, the bill was critiqued on television talks shows, in columns and articles, and on social media, resisted inside and outside the assemblies, it still passed retaining its draconian form.
On September 8, 2016, we will gather at T2F to discuss the process of its passage, how it impacts us as citizens, what to be wary of and how this will be yet another tool in the hands of the state to muzzle and suppress dissent – this time, online.

Panel discussion: Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) – yet another tool in the hands of the state to muzzle and suppress dissent | Moderator: Farieha Aziz

Zohra Yusuf
Anis Haroon
Jibran Nasir

Performance: Shehzad Ghias and Faiza Saleem

Poetry reading by Nuzhat Kidvai: Selections from Faiz, Jalib and Faraz


When: Thursday, 8th September 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Rail Kahaani by Zambeel Dramatic Readings

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Saturday and Sunday, 3rd – 4th September 2016 | 7:30 – 10:00PM

Rail Kahaani brings together five short stories that are intrinsically linked through the concept of railway journeys. Since its beginnings in 1953, the railway network traversing the subcontinent has carried millions of people from one place to another, generating narratives in both the personal and collective imagination. Train journeys feature strongly in Urdu literature, perhaps most prominently in the accounts of Partition and mass migration.

The stories in this collection navigate time from pre-partition to present day Pakistan and feature everyday narratives that evoke memory, myth, superstition, human interaction and societal perceptions.

Katta hua Dabba (Intizar Hussain)
The stillness of an uneventful evening is in sharp contrast to the disquiet in Manzoor’s mind as friends gather to share travel stories.

Dhoka (Mubashir Ali Zaidi)
Known for his 100-word stories, the author elucidates a few moments of human interaction on a railway platform. Despite its brevity, the narrative leaves a lasting impact on the imagination.

Reserve Seat (Intizar Hussain)
Barri Bu is anxious to interpret her recent dreams, particularly the one that finds her on a railway station.

Aik Shauhar ki Khatir (Ismat Chughtai)
Written in the first person, Chughtai’s humorous account of encounters in a women’s compartment of a train reveals perceptions about women in pre partition India.

Thal (Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi)
Set in the Thal desert at a time when the railway was a new phenomenon for its inhabitants, this story traces the myths and superstitions that ruled the region’s inhabitants for generations.

Performers: Mahvash Faruqi, Saife Hasan, Asma Mundrawala, Fawad Khan
Music: Danish Faruqi
Poster design: Naheed Yahya & Asma Mundrawala
Sound & Direction: Asma Mundrawala

Zambeel Dramatic Readings is grateful to Asif Farrukhi for his kind permission to read three stories from his unpublished anthology.


When: Saturday & Sunday, 3rd – 4th September 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:30PM – 9:30PM
Entry: Rs.400 (Tickets will be available at the gate)

The Big Six: Celebrating 6 years of First Fridays Open Mic

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Friday, 2nd September 2016 | 6:00 – 9:30PM

Join us on 2nd September as we celebrate the 6th anniversary of First Fridays Open Mic nights at T2F. This is indeed a milestone for us, from where we first started. The Open Mic sessions have enabled us to build and showcase on a smorgasbord of talent from across the country.
We are humbled by the community’s support, our wonderful hosts over the years and for the scores of people who show up for these sessions. Thank you for believing in yourselves and thank you for the music.

We are working towards making ‘The Big Six’ a spontaneous, EXTRA special community affair. Some fun surprises coming your way but our overall program will ensue as always so don’t forget to show up with your voice, instruments, and props. Our host, Nadir Shahzad, Natasha Noorani and members from the T2F team will help put your name down on the list.

We are starting early to accommodate as many people as we can! Registration will commence at 6:00 pm and close at 8:00 pm.


When: Friday, 2nd September 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:00PM – 9:30PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)