Archive for January, 2017

A Community Affair: Celebrating T2F through Prince Claus Award

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Sunday, 5th February 2017 | 2:00PM – 5:30PM

We cordially invite you to ‘A Community Affair’, a full-day curated event that will celebrate the PeaceNiche/The Second Floor (T2F) Prince Claus Achievement Award on Sunday, 5th February 2017 at our venue.

In December 2016, His Royal Highness, Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, presented PeaceNiche/The Second Floor (T2F) with the PCA award for 2016, to former Chairperson, Ms. Mahenaz Mahmud, in an official ceremony at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.

The Prince Claus Awards honour outstanding achievements in the field of culture and development. The awards are presented annually to individuals, groups and organizations whose cultural actions have a positive impact on the development of their societies. The Awards highlight significant contributions in regions where resources or opportunities for cultural expression, creative production and preservation of cultural heritage are limited.

PeaceNiche/The Second Floor (T2F) is awarded for its courageous continuation of what should be normal civic activities, for promoting and enabling democratic discourse, progressive thought and critical debate in an increasingly polarized society; for creating a haven for tolerance, welcoming all shades of opinion within an overall framework of peace and secularism, for stimulating artistic expression in a broad spectrum of disciplines and encouraging experimentation that challenges local conventions; for mentoring and providing a supportive platform for younger generations to exercise their talents and opinions.

The forthcoming event at T2F is envisioned as a community gathering, for what we hope will be an enjoyable evening of entertainment and celebration of success.

Here’s to keeping the dream alive!

2:00PM – 2:30PM | Outdoor Mural and Art Activity
Summaiya Jillani, Ayesha Tariq and Haider Ali
2:45PM – 3:15PM | Key Note Speeches
Jeannette Seppen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Khalid Mahmood, Chairperson of PeaceNiche/The Second Floor (T2F)
Mahenaz Mahmud, Former Chairperson of PeaceNiche/The Second Floor (T2F)
3:30PM – 5:30PM | Dance and Musical Performances
Yousuf Kerai, Suhaee Abro, Sara Haider and Natasha Humera Ejaz


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When: Sunday, 5th February 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 2:00PM – 5:30PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Comedy Scene Presents: Anniversary Special Show

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Sunday, 29th January 2017 | 8:00PM –9:30PM

Comedy Scene will be 1-year-old on January 29th, 2017.

We’re celebrating this with a stand-up comedy show, bringing brand new material. Join us as we promise a night of hilarity.

List of our super-funny comedians:
Annie Shamim
Ayesha Tariq
Faraz Ahmed
Fayzan Yousafzai
Kashif Shahzad
Nida Fatima Syed
Usman Mazhar
Syed Osama Sami


When: Sunday, 29th January 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 8:00PM – 9:30PM
Entry: Rs.400

Zambeel Dramatic Readings presents Sookhay Saavun

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Saturday, 28th January 2017 | 7:30PM – 8:30PM

Zamiruddin Ahmed’s (1928-1990) nuanced works are distinct for their unassuming and direct narrative style. Mostly woven around the Muslim culture in India, his compelling works draw upon themes of social relationships, deception, loss of innocence, domestic estrangement and the suppressed sexuality of middle class women. The title of this performance borrows its name from the author’s short story Sookhay Saavun, which is considered a masterpiece of Urdu Literature.

Women are central to the narratives in both the selected stories Qissa Musammaat Phool Vati Ka and Tishna e Faryaad. Mercilessly manipulated by the male protagonists, the women choose their own fate through despair and dejection, claiming autonomy over their individual destinies.

Sookhay Saavun Final

When: Saturday, 28th January 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Rs.400


Drum Circle!

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Friday, 27th January 2017 | 6:30PM – 8:00PM

“Whenever people gather to play the drum, the world becomes a better place.” — Olatunji

Drum Circle!
Is Karachi’s frenzy affecting you? Do you feel exhausted? The exercise of communal drumming is an age old practice of therapy. The physical, emotional, mental, and social healing of the exercise is best experienced than read about. Community, drums, music, movement; need more be said?

Join us for an evening with Drum Circle!

About the Facilitator:
Ibadullah Sheikh works as a facilitator for Taskeen – a mental health initiative that conducts emotional wellness sessions. Through tragedy, he discovered the therapeutic power of drumming. His experience, interest, and passion has led him to practice as a public drum circle facilitator. In his effort to nurture his inner child, he has chosen to join Imkaan, to help nurture the children of Machaira Colony. His lived experience lends him to mix work and play at Khel.

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When: Friday, 27th January 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Entry: Make a Rs. 50 donation to support our artistic endeavours

Important Announcement

Monday, January 16th, 2017

It has recently come to our knowledge that a Facebook page of an entity calling itself the ‘Baloch Freedom Front’ contains images of the (late) Sabeen Mahmud and makes references to the organization ‘T2F’, and attributes certain views to the (late) Sabeen Mahmud and T2F as well as references to her murder, for the purpose of propagating the political views and objectives of this entity calling itself the ‘Baloch Freedom Front’

We would like to clarify and categorically state that T2F is in no way connected, nor endorses any views expressed, by this entity calling itself the ‘Baloch Freedom Front’. We would further like to clarify and categorically state that we also do not endorse the misleading references to the (late) Sabeen Mahmud by this entity. We reserve the right to take appropriate action against the misuse of the name of T2F and of the (late) Sabeen Mahmud.

The (late) Sabeen Mahmud and T2F primarily stands for the right of freedom of speech and expression for all the citizens and residents of Pakistan including the Baloch citizens of Pakistan, without affiliation to any particular political ideology or movement.

Our New Chairman

Monday, January 16th, 2017

A warm welcome to our new Chairman, Khalid Mahmood who began his new role at PeaceNiche/T2F at the start of January 2017.

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Here is a message from him to the community:

Dear Friends and Supporters of T2F,

I am honored to be appointed as the new chairman of Peace Niche/T2F.

I would like to thank the outgoing chairperson, Ms. Mahenaz Mahmud, and the outgoing managing committee/board for their untiring efforts in keeping T2F running for the past 18 months. Ms. Mahenaz Mahmud’s contributions in helping her daughter Sabeen Mahmud set up T2F, and continuing her work and her legacy after her tragic loss, are an invaluable gift to our city.

I would also like to thank the team at T2F and the outgoing director, Ms. Marvi Mazhar who took up the reins of T2F eighteen months ago, at a challenging time and restored the organization, its programs, and activities through their untiring efforts.

I would like to ensure the community that I will uphold the values and traditions of Peace Niche/T2F, so that it continues to be the space that it was envisioned to be.

With the help of the friends, management, and staff of T2F, I hope to improve the facilities further and continue to meet, and hopefully exceed, the standards of the programs, events, and activities at T2F. Together, we can protect, preserve, and expand the space for democratic dialogue and cultural exchange, and continue to nurture creativity, critical thinking and diversity.


Khalid Mahmood

Khumariyaan: Live in Concert

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Friday, 20th January 2017 | 7:00PM onwards

Join us at T2F for a live concert featuring Khumariyaan.

Art for religious fundamentalism is, like water for fire, mere existence, is a form of resistance.

Khumariyaan was born in the age of Talibanisation, sectarian violence, military operations and neo-imperialist expansions, in the region which is a gateway to Central Asia, in the city of Peshawar.

A band of musicians whose tunes are based on their native music, with nuances of other native sounds of the world, our focus is to elevate music to the medium of peace.

Musically, we are also trying to break the tradition of South Asian vocal based musical culture, thus we are primarily an instrumental band with little fragments of vocals to complement the overall harmony of our music.



When: Friday, 20th January 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM onwards
Entry: Rs. 600

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Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Friday, 13th & Saturday, 14th January 2017 | 8:00PM 

In this Mehfil-e-Daastangoi, Fawad Khan, Syed Meesum Naqvi and Nazrul Hasan are performing new pieces from Tilism-e-Hoshruba and two pieces on dogs by the great Urdu humourists – Patras Bokhari and Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi.

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When: Friday, 13th & Saturday, 14th January 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 8:00PM
Entry: Rs. 500