Archive for June, 2017

Make T2F Café Sustainable

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Dear T2F Community,

Despite our ambitious belief that it is possible to revive and sustain the café/community space model, the last 2.5 years have proved us otherwise. T2F café is suffering a massive loss.

Run as a social enterprise, the T2F café is a lively extension of our community space, well-placed and set up with the intention to bring people together.

Here is a brief overview of our operations:
• Four full-time skilled café employees who are paid market wages and benefits. T2F café has an employment policy which focuses on job opportunities for minorities. We strongly believe that when a social enterprise has the added bonus of being a café, it means that people are being trained in skills that give them a chance of long-term employment.

• The food we serve is locally sourced and hygienically prepared. We offer a range of fair trade coffees/tea, baked goods, high-quality “made-from-scratch brownies”, salads, sandwiches, bun-kebabs, pizzas and more.

• Our running costs include a full fledge working kitchen, (fridge/freezer, stove, oven, microwave, espresso machine) indoor seating area with 8-9 shared serving tables, 3 split air conditioners, and FREE WiFi. The cost of electricity has increased many fold in the last 5-6 years and running the air conditioners for the duration of time the café is open, is a significantly high expense.

To ensure our operations are steady and sustainable, we strongly believe that a wider ownership of the space is crucial at this point as we are revamping the café with a new look and menu.

The notion of letting customers choose whether they want to order or merely sit-in has unfortunately contributed to our loss. Most people who spend four to six hours in the café, rarely order anything other than a cup of tea or coffee. Hence the tables are occupied most of the time without any purchase and customers who want to come to the café to eat a healthy meal and in the process help sustain our café, don’t find a table or a chair to sit.

This has to change, if T2F is to become sustainable.

We urgently needed to create a system where we can generate revenues, employ people, pay our bills and create more opportunities. The purpose of the café is to be self-funding and to plough profits back into our programming and projects.

We are reaching out to the community to please assist and support us with our sustainability efforts.

PeaceNiche/The Second Floor Team (T2F)




The History, Art & Performance of Ghazal in Hindustani Sangeet

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Saturday, 8th July 2017 | 6:00PM – 8:30PM 

Topics that would be covered under the talk:
Urdu Poetry – History & Genres
Beher, Zameen, Qafiya & Radeef
Ghazal in Poetry
Sur & Laya
Raag & Taal
Ghazal in Music
Origin, Evolution & History of Singing Ghazal
Genres of Hindustani Sangeet
Social, Cultural, Religious & Political Aspects
Ghazal & the Nautch Girl
Styles of Ghazal Singing

Ally Adnan
Ally Adnan is an enthusiastic and indefatigable patron of the arts, and a well-known speaker on topics of culture, history and the arts. He holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and has headed several business units in a number of multi-national telecommunications firms. His true love, however, is the arts.

Ally is a collector of arts, antiquities and music. His art collection of more than six thousand (6,000) paintings includes original works by Abdul Rehman Chughtai, Ahmed Parvez, Ali Imam, Allah Bux, Bashir Mirza, Anwar Jalal Shemza, Gulgee, Jamil Naqsh, Joan Miro, M F Hussain, Marino Marini, Pablo Picasso, Sadequain, Sayed Haider Raza, and many other artists. His collection of music includes eighty (80) thousand hours of unpublished live recordings of music from South Asia. He recently donated a portion of his music collection to the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan, where the archive is named after him. Antique Japanese cloisonné, English sterling silver, Persian and Afghan rugs, Russian icons, Chinese snuff bottles, Japanese Cloisonné vases, Mughal jewelry, Muslim prayer beads, and Tibetan thangkas are amongst other items that he collects.

Ally started writing at the age of eleven (11) and is one of the few Pakistani writers who have written about music and the performing arts consistently for almost four (4) decades. His writings have appeared in Dawn, the Express Tribune, the Friday Times, Good Times, the Herald, Lajja, the Nation, Newsline, Page 3, the Pakistan Observer, She, Upstreet, V Mag and a number of other publications. His writings on classical music form a valuable treatise on the theory, culture and practice of music in India and Pakistan. Ally speaks on culture and the arts on the radio, television, schools and research symposia, all over the world, on a regular basis.

Ally’s area of expertise is Qavvaali and Sufism. He has conducted extensive research in the two areas and speaks and writes often on topics related to Qavvaali and Sufism. He has presented Qavaali all over the world and is considered a subject matter expert in the field.

Ally sits on the board of a number of institutions and organizations including the Indian Classical Music Circle of Dallas & Fort Worth and heads the After Hours organization which is dedicated to supporting South Asian art in the United States.


When: Saturday, July 8th 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:00PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Rs. 100

Dance Mandala with Alizeh!

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Monday, 3rd July 2017 | 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Dance Mandala with Alizeh Valjee!
A One-day Walk-in Workshop

About the Workshop:
Dance Mandala is a method of moving meditation that encourages authentic self-expression, cultivating bliss, and stillness. Through free-form movement, music, and gentle guided instruction, the participants are exposed to motion to confront the rigidity and tension of their own bodies.

About the Instructor: 
Alizeh Valjee holds a BA. in Psychology & Religion from Mount Holyoke College; an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling from CPPD, UK; and is a certified freeform movement meditation facilitator. Valjee is the co-founder of CareForHealth and Taskeen, the Karachi-based mental and emotional health initiatives, teaches yoga and meditation classes at AQ Fitness, and also runs her own private practice as a therapist.

Dance Mandala July 2017-02

When: Monday, 3rd July 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Grow With Us #5K4T2F

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Dear Friends,

On 15th May this year, PeaceNiche/The Second Floor (T2F) marked its tenth anniversary. This momentous milestone is an important time for us to address the community that nurtures T2F. We have strived to keep our programming and projects steady over the years, none more crucial and challenging than the past two and a half. We, like countless others, were devastated by the loss of our beloved founder and dreamer, Sabeen Mahmud on the 24th of April 2015. However, in the aftermath of the massive void her death created, we were overwhelmed by the unconditional love and support from our patrons. This act of the community selflessly coming together like a family was awe-inspiring and gave us the strength to face extreme hurdles and hold the fort despite all odds. We began planting the seeds for a stronger creative community as T2F continued to keep its doors and heart wide open.

Our unbreakable resolve in Sabeen’s vision alongside the community’s solidarity led us from strength to strength and in December 2016, PeaceNiche/The Second Floor (T2F) was awarded the much-coveted Prince Claus Award. This achievement was a testament to the enormous struggle that has been our journey since 2007 and the future that awaits us. This future however, is reliant on financial independence and stability and while we are working towards making it a reality every day, it is a continuous process that cannot and never has happened overnight.

We strive to grow and nourish a diverse creative hub for the diverse creative people of this extraordinary city with a strong honor code. This means that in the face of extreme financial adversity, we have still kept 70% of our events free in just the past year because we are determined to keep T2F an accessible and fertile ground for culture discourse and change. It takes hundreds of hours of planning and labor and thousands of rupees a month to sustain a unique space like ours and to keep it free from corporate practices, which is most important to us. The survival and growth of this space with the freedom to function as we do, relies on the generosity of our patrons and the community at large.

#5K4T2F is a continuation of our crowdfunding campaign from 2015, Come Together: Invest in Creative Karachi. We are at a point again where we seek your help as we have done before, to tackle the challenges with this year’s expenses, maintenance and upgrades. We cannot stand the thought of shrinking our scope of programming or quality of work for the community. To enable this space means that we need to serve our community fully.

If T2F has brought joy and inspiration into your life, if it has helped you celebrate and empower yourself, if it has provided you with a sanctuary in spirit and space, please consider contributing towards our shared future. Your gift will help us go a long way.
There are several ways to help us, find out what you can do by visiting:

Coming together in times of struggle is one of the strongest acts that define you, our vibrant community, and strengthens the bond that connects us all as the T2F family.

And at T2F we promise, there will always be room for family.

Ajay, Alifiyah, Binyamin, Chand, Ellia, Fatin, Fiza, Hassan, Majeed, Mamu, Mukesh,
Sana & Zarar
PeaceNiche/The Second Floor (T2F) Team

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Film Screening: The Streets Are Ours

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Tuesday, 20th June 2017 | 8:00PM – 9:00PM 

Join us for the screening of The Streets Are Ours on our beloved founder, Sabeen Mahmud’s 43rd birthday.

This short documentary tells the inspiring story of Sabeen, founder of Karachi’s performance space T2F, who paved the way for American actress/writer Fawzia Mirza to perform her one-woman show across Pakistan, one month before her tragic death.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the Director, Michelle Fiordaliso and Cinematographer, Anam Abbas.


When: Tuesday, 20th June 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 8:00 PM
Entry: Free! (Please donate generously to support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation)

Ramzan Qavvaali Series: Taj and Shaad Mohammed Niazi

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Friday, 23rd June 2017 | 10:00PM – 12:00AM

Hailing from the Atrauli Gharana, Taj and Shaad Mohammed Niazi are amongst the finest contemporary practitioners of Hazrat Amir Khusrau’s kalaam. The progeny of the late, critically acclaimed Moin Niazi, and recipient of the Pride of Performance award, the troupe has performed widely across the subcontinent, from Pakpattan to Dhaka.

Ramzan Qavvaali Series-04

When: Friday, 23rd June 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 10:00PM – 12:00AM

Entry: Rs. 400

Ramzan Qavvaali Series: Najmuddin Saifuddin and Brothers

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Friday, 16th June 2017 | 10:00PM – 12:00AM

Keeping the flame of the Delhi Gharana alive, Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers perform traditional qavvaali, perfected over 20 years of live performances around the world. The troupe has toured throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and across South Asia and have received multiple accolades for their renditions.

In addition to performances, Najmuddin Saifuddin and Brothers are committed to sharing their art and knowledge by presenting lectures and workshops about the age-old institution of qavvaali.

Ramzan Qavvaali Series-03

When: Friday, 16th June 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 10:00PM – 12:00AM

Entry: Rs. 400