Archive for December, 2016

Cranes and Cube: A talk and exhibition by Asma Kazmi

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Saturday, 7th January 2017 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Cranes and Cube:
This series of drawings are one aspect of a broader exploration of looking at the architecture, architectural heritage, and spatial practices of parts of the Islamic world. Cranes and Cube is a reduction of the topographic features of a site to bring up ambivalent subjectivities in the narration of the site. These drawings are both propositional and critical, set against the political force fields of idealism and grandeur of the real estate boom in the Middle East, in conflict with the cycles of defeat visible in refugeehood, exile, and displacement.

Asma Kazmi creates transdisciplinary, relational works where people, media, and objects come together. She is the recipient of many awardsincluding the Fulbright Research Award, (CIES) to India; the Faculty Research Grant, CalArts; the Great Rivers Biennial, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Rocket Grant, the Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas University; At the Edge, the University of Illinois in Chicago; She has exhibited at venues such as the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA; Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City; Queens Museum of Art, NY; Worth Ryder Gallery, UC Berkeley; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; H&R Block Space, Kansas City; Grand Arts, Kansas City; University of Missouri, St. Louis; The Guild Gallery, New York; Galerie Sans Titre, Brussels, Belgium; and Gallery 400, University of Illinois in Chicago. Kazmi has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Kansas City Art Institute, and CalArts, where she was permanent faculty and co-program director of the Art Program. Currently, she is an assistant professor at UC Berkeley. She was born & raised in Karachi, Pakistan.


When: Saturday, 7th January 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Heer and Chog Kusambey Di: Feminist Theatre for Social Change

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Thursday, 5th January 2017 | 6:30PM – 8:30PM

In memory of the late Nasreen Anjum Bhatti, the beloved feminist poet and activist who passed away in January last year, UmangPoetry presents an evening of theatre, poetry and music.

Sangat, a feminist people’s theatre and music group from Lahore, will perform two plays which they usually perform in rural areas of Punjab and Sindh.

– “Heer”, by the 18th century Punjabi Sufi poet, Waris Shah. This production involves song, dance, mime and dialogue.

– “Chog Kusambey Di”, a contemporary play by the Punjabi poet and writer Najm Hosain Syed. This play is based on a kafi by Bulleh Shah, and has an all-female cast.

Both the plays are directed by Huma Safdar, who will also offer background and thematic overview in Urdu before the performance. For those who wish to stay on, the evening will end with a session of folk and Sufi music in Punjabi.


When: Thursday, 5th January 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Chemical Curiosities

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Tuesday, 3rd January 2017 | 4:00PM – 5:30PM

Join ScienceFuse to have fun with chemistry concoctions that fizz, boom and bang! Learn Science and Mathematics by doing as you make water explode, get your hands slimy, learn about gasses and watch us perform exciting fire experiments!

To register please contact:
Lalah Rukh – Founder Science Fuse at 0321 128 8701, 0321 5801 422 or

T2F –

Our STEM programs:
a. Promote an interest in STEM education by making STEM fun, relatable and hands-on.
b. Develop Science Enquiry Skills in children as science is about how people find out new knowledge as much as it is about what people find out.
c. Impart STEM knowledge while developing vital cognitive skills and attitudes in children, such as creativity, critical-thinking and the growth mindset.

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.


When: Tuesday, 3rd January 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 4:00PM – 5:30PM
Program Fee: Rs. 1500 per child
Age group: 7 till 12 year olds

Qavvaali featuring Shah Jee

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Friday, 23rd December 2016 | 7:00PM – 10:00PM

Join us at T2F for a traditional qavvaali mehfil featuring Shah Jee.

Shah Jee’s family has been continuously attached to Sufi orders for the last seven centuries. They have been granted permanent rooms adjacent to the shrines of Moinuddin Chishti, Nizamuddin Auliya and Alauddin Sabir Kaliyari, in Ajmer, Delhi, due to their regular services to the Sufi saints. The protégé of the legendary Ustad Bahauddin Qavvaal, Shah Jee inherited his father’s great sense of commitment to the Khausrau tradition, mastering vocal notes, instruments, as well a deep knowledge of Sufi poetry and thought. He has taught at the National Academy of Performing Arts, and currently holds a teaching appointment at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture.


When: Friday, 23rd December 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 10:00PM
Entry: Rs. 350

Shaan-e-Iftikhar Arif

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Saturday, 24th December 2016 | 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Join us for a beautiful poetic evening with Iftikhar Arif presented by Shaan Literary Organization in collaboration with T2F.

A poetry discussion featuring the legendary poet Iftikhar Arif will be conducted by Neel Ahmed And Hidayat Sayer.

Iftikhar Hussain Arif, commonly known as Iftikhar Arif, is an Urdu poet, scholar and littérateur from Pakistan. His style is romantic Urdu poetry. He has headed the Pakistan Academy of Letters and the National Language Authority. He has received the Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Presidential Pride of Performance awards, which are the highest literary awards given by the Government of Pakistan.

Three collections of his poetry, ‘Mehr-i-Doneem’, ‘Harf-i-Baryaband’ and ‘Jahan-e-Maloom’ have been published. Oxford University Press has published an anthology of Arif’s translated poetry under the title, ‘Written in the Season of Fear’.


When: Saturday, 24th December 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Film Screening: Knockout Girls

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Wednesday, 21st December 2016 | 6:00PM -8:00PM

Join us for the screening of ‘Knockout Girls’, a documentary film about Karachi’s first female boxing club, challenging gender stereotypes. The screening will be followed by a short Q/A session with the authour, Lidia Vasilevskaya and director, Pavel Baydikov.

In Pakistan’s traditionally patriarchal society, women are expected to keep house and take care of the family. Many are engaged at a very early age and never even see their husbands until the wedding, after which they leave their parents and go to live with their new husbands. Until then, every day is devoted to preparing for married life: they learn to cook, do housework and raise children. Many are discouraged from going to school or taking part in sports, some are even forbidden to do so. Society frowns upon educated girls and sport is considered unbecoming of a young lady.

The first girls’ boxing club in Karachi has begun to challenge these stereotypes. Kids and adults train together with enthusiasm and dedication, often surpassing their male counterparts. The club is in one of the city’s most dangerous neighbourhoods, notorious for raging gang wars; many girls are keen to learn so that they will be able to protect themselves and their families. The training also gives them a sense of freedom that they can rarely enjoy in other areas of life. Attending the club boosts confidence and broadens horizons.

Founder, Younus Qambrani, dreams that someday, one of his students will win Olympic gold but his enthusiasm for the club is not shared by everyone. Younus and his club have been threatened and girls have had to leave because of pressure from disapproving relatives. Even so, Younus and his young punchers continue to do what they believe is right, hoping that the day will come when their sporting achievements will make their country proud.

Lidia Vasilevskaya
Lidia was born and raised in Krasnodar and comes from a family of journalists. At university she studied foreign languages but has worked in television since the age of 16. Her varied experience includes presenting an entertainment programme and being a special correspondent for a news department. Throughout her early career, Lidia always dreamed of making documentaries and telling captivating stories. She has worked for RT since 2009, when she moved to Moscow.

Pavel Baydikov
Born in Omsk, Pavel finished high school in 1997 and in 2002 he graduated from the faculty of radio engineering at Omsk State University. 2008 saw him gain another degree, this time from the university’s arts and culture faculty. Initially, he worked as an editor for a local TV station but in 2005, he moved to Moscow to work as a documentary film director for a production company. He has worked as a director for RT since 2007.


When: Wednesday, 21st December 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Student Film Fest

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Sunday, 18th December 2016 | 7:00PM – 9:30PM

Join us on Sunday for back-to-back short film screenings, made by students from across the city.

All films present thought provoking social and cultural issues of interest and discourse. The screenings will be followed by a discussion with the young filmmakers on the state of education in film schools, key challenges the students face, and future prospects.

We would like to thank Amna Tariq for initiating this event. Amna will host and lead the discussion with the students. She is a recent graduate from Szabist and is now pursuing a career as an independent documentary filmmaker and freelance videographer.


When: Sunday, 18th December 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 9:30PM
Entry: Rs.100

A weekend featuring Manto’s works

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Friday, 16th – Saturday 17th December 2016 | 7:00PM

Join us this weekend for a special feature on Manto’s works.

Program Schedule:
Dramatic Readings by Khalid Ahmad

“Badshahat ka Khatma” – A play based on Manto’s story

A series of phone conversations between a man and a woman becomes the starting point of an ongoing telephonic friendship/relationship.

Dramatisation: Bee Gul
Direction: Khalid Ahmad
Cast: Nazr ul Hasan, Kaif Ghaznavi


When: Friday, 16th – Saturday, 17th December 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM
Entry: Rs. 500

Exhibition of 100 Posters on Extremism

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Friday, 16th – Thursday, 22nd December 2016 | 5:00PM

Poster for Tomorrow Pakistan & PeaceNiche/T2F in collaboration with Human Rights Commission of Pakistan present an exhibition of 100 best posters, selected from 5300 entries on Extremism.

Worldwide exhibition will open on December 8th, 2016 at the Halle Pajol in Paris. Confirmed exhibitions around the world are Aix En Province, Ankara, Cairo, Chelyabinsk, Doha, Florence, Gainesville, Guayaquil, Istanbul, Karachi, Kermanshah, Le Renouard, Morocco, Mumbai, Quito, Sarajevo, Tabriz, Thessaloniki and more to come…

Karachi Exhibition will open at T2F from December 16, 2016 followed by a talk on ‘Extremism and Pakistan’ by renowned Human Rights and Peace Activist, I.A. Rahman on Thursday December 22, 2016 at 6PM.

Conceptual Narrative: Make Extremism History
Using design to promote and serve major human rights causes and the transmission of know-how are the most important principled directions of our activities. Since 2009, Poster for Tomorrow has focused each year on a basic human right, from freedom of expression to the universal right to healthcare. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved and the community we’ve established in this time.

Violence and extreme opinions only inspire negativity: intelligent debate and collective action will lead us to a better future. We need to meet in the middle to change the world together, that’s why its time to “Make Extremism History!” We have to take action to determine our own futures. Change must come from the bottom-up: from us. This can only happen in a world that is at peace with itself, where people are equals, not divided by labels, nationalities or religion.

We need to work together to change the world and to make extremism history.

About ‘Poster for Tomorrow’:
We are men and women around the world who believe that a poster, a simple, arresting image combined by a powerful piece of text, can be a force for change. A poster that when posted on a wall or on the net can make somebody sit up and take notice of an injustice and inspire them to take action. And that’s what we hope to do – to try and stop injustice.




An Exhibition of 100 Posters on Extremism
Date: Friday, December 16, 2016
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F) | Time: 5:00 pm
Exhibition will continue till Thursday, December 22, 2016
Daily Timings: 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Renowned Human Rights and Peace Activist, I.A. Rahman will give a talk on ‘Extremism and Pakistan’ on Thursday December 22, 2016 at 6PM.

Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Sibte Hasan Centenary Celebration (1916 – 2016)

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Friday, 9th December 2016 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM

In the Centenary Year of Sibte Hasan, join us at T2F for an evening dedicated to his life and work.

Program Details:
– An exhibition of Sibte Hasan’s photographs from different periods of his life including letters, archives and tributes by poets and writers. Curated by Naila Mahmood.

– ‘Jab Jasn-e-Sibte Hasan Unki Zindagi Mein Manaya Gya’ a short film by Ayesha Gazder. A glimpse of the historic 1985 tribute to Sibte Hasan, including his address.

– ‘Gumnaam Mussawer’ a short illustrated film, based on Sibte Hasan’s article ‘ Hajjan Bi ka Doola’ by Sibte Hasan Azad.

– ‘Getting to know Sibte Hasan and His Thought’ – a talk by Dr. Syed
Jaffar Ahmed.

Syed Sibte Hasan was a prominent progressive thinker and writer of our country who wrote a number of books on Social History, History of Thoughts, Politics and Literature. 2016 is his centenary year which is being celebrated widely. In his talk, Dr Ahmed will introduce the thinker and writer to the audience and would highlight why and how his thought is relevant in present day times when our society is facing multifarious crises of identity, ideology and different forms of extremism. Sibte Hasan stood for rationalism and enlightenment. The speaker would seek to explain how the views of Sibte Hasan could be made use of in addressing the challenges of our time.

Dr. Syed Jaffer Ahmed:
Dr Syed Jaffar Ahmed is Professor and Director at Pakistan Study Centre, University of Karachi. He has a long and rich academic career. He earned his Ph.D in 1993 from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at University of Cambridge.

Dr Ahmed teaches Government and Politics in Pakistan, Modern History, Research Methodology, and Contemporary Socio-political Issues of Pakistan. He has to his credit five books; he has also compiled 23 other books on history, politics and literature. His research articles have published in international and national research journals and anthologies.

Dr Ahmed has participated and presented papers in numerous international and national conferences. He regularly works with civil society organizations on issues of Peace and Human Rights. At present Dr Ahmed is also the Secretary General of the Progressive Writers Association, Pakistan.

Naila Mahmood:
Naila Mahmood is a visual artist and a documentary photographer

Ayesha Gazder:
Ayesha Gazder is a film maker, based in Karachi

Sibte Hasan Azad:
Sibte Hasan Azad is a young graphic designer and film maker.


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