Archive for July, 2017

Karachi AcroYoga Master Class 03

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Sunday 6th August 2017 | 5:00PM – 7:00PM

“Its kinda fun to do the impossible” – Walt Disney

Presenting an experience like no other, once again we bring to you a FREE Master Class showcasing AcroYoga in Karachi. In this class, we will go over the baics we learnt in the first two classes and attempt to take it up a notch to keep things simple yet exciting.

Step 1: Register for the class at
Step 2: Bring yourself (and a friend). If you don’t have a partner, we will assign you one.
Step 3: Let loose of your inner child and fly!

AcroYoga involves partners (a minimum of two individuals), one being a base and the other a flyer. We assure you that at this class, your body will have done things that it has never done before.

Beginners are welcome
*no prior yoga experience required
*flexibility is not a pre-requisite
*being super fit is not essential.

Join us on 6th of August and train yourself to become stronger and more flexible with the #KarachiAcroYoga team.

For further details contact:
Ajlaan: 0300-2700263
Dhanak: 0334-3456077

– Participants are liable for their own safety. #KarachiAcroyoga does not take any liability for injuries or accidents that may occur during the class. Acroyoga is a form of acrobatics which requires balance, patience and time. If you fall, we will help you get back up :).
– Please be responsible for your own belongings
– Rights of admission reserved


Date: Sunday, August 6th, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F), Karachi
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)


Friday, July 28th, 2017

Friday 28th July 2017 

PeaceNiche/TheSecond Floor (T2F) is pleased to announce that Zaheer Alam Kidvai (ZAK to most of us) will be the Executive Director of PN/T2F.

He will start in this role from August 1st, 2017, while remaining a regular Board member. ZAK, as many of you know, was the founding member of PN/T2F and a mentor to Sabeen Mahmud.

Please join us in welcoming him!

Goonj (Echo) – A solo dance performance by Suhaee Abro

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Thursday 27th July 2017 | 7:30PM – 8:30PM

Goonj – Echo is a solo dance performance by Suhaee Abro. With original music by Sarah Sarhandi (London, U.K) and Ahsan Bari (Karachi, Pakistan)

Suhaee Abro began training at age seven from the acclaimed Sheema Kermani. Abro specialises in Bharatanatyam and also choreographs and performs in other dance genres. She has been performing since age eight, and has performed in Pakistan, India, China, Nepal, Germany and Italy. She is the dance director of Nritaal, a critically-acclaimed dance and music group. She has also acted in Television for eleven years, and been featured in music videos and documentaries. She has taught dance and movement to children and adults at The Neemtree School of Music, The Second Floor (T2F) and privately, and conducted dance therapy workshops. Abro is the founder, director and producer of the dance festival ‘Raqs Mein Hai Sara Jahan – Dancing Away Differences’ which has been held in 2013, 2014 and 2016 in Karachi. Currently she is studying contemporary dance at the Nuova Officina Della Danza in Torino, Italy while continuing to perform internationally.

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A Solo dance performance by
suhaee abro
ECHO گونج

Date: July 27th, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F), Karachi
Tickets: RS. 500 per person, available on the venue

An epidemic of unsafe abortions: Are doctors fulfilling their duty-of-care?

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Thursday 20th July 2017 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM

We invite you to attend a panel session being held at T2F by Marie Stopes Society, titled: An epidemic of unsafe abortions: Are doctors fulfilling their duty-of-care?”. The panelists include an esteemed nucleus of key members from academia, healthcare, law and the media, including the likes of Dr. Sadiah Pal (leading gynecologist), Sarah Malkani (Lawyer based in Karachi) and Dr. Asif Aslam Farrukhi (Dean – School of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences at Habib University), amongst others.

We are grateful for your support and look forward to your participation as a key member of the audience.

Save the Date

Date: Thursday 20th July 2017
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Entry: Free! (Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously)


Community Update | T2F Newsletter Jan-Jun 2017

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Dear Friends,
We are delighted to introduce our first newsletter to the community. Since the inception of our space in 2007, The Second Floor (T2F) has been at the core of PeaceNiche’s commitment towards intellectual debate, fostering the creative mindset and addressing the critical issues of our time. This year marks our tenth anniversary.

It is an exciting phase for us to engage with the community and we want to take this opportunity to present some new initiatives and report on previous events. Our aim is to send out a newsletter on a quarterly basis, to keep you in touch with news and developments which relate to our day-to-day operations, policies, programming and projects.

Whilst the majority of the material in this newsletter is inevitably reporting from developments   in-house, we are keen to respond to the interests of our readers and look forward to your feedback and comments on this first edition.

We hope you will enjoy our first issue of Community Update. Let us know what you think!

PeaceNiche/The Second Floor (T2F) Team

Read and download here: Community Update | T2F Newsletter Jan-Jun 2017


Monday, July 10th, 2017

Wednesday July 19th 2017 – Wednesday August 9th 2017


“The modern way of seeing is to see in fragments. It is felt that reality is essentially unlimited, and knowledge is open-ended. It follows that all boundaries, all unifying ideas have to be misleading, demagogic; at best, provisional; almost always, in the long run, untrue. To see reality in the light of certain unifying ideas has the undeniable advantage of giving shape and form to our experience. But it also – so the modern way of seeing instructs us – denies the infinite variety and complexity of the real. Thereby it represses our energy, indeed our right, to remake what we wish to remake – our society, ourselves. What is liberating, we are told, is to notice more and more. …
… There is no final photograph.”

From Susan Sontag’s essay, Photography: A Little Summa in “At The Same Time: Essays and Speeches” (London: Hamish Hamilton, 2007)

Naveen Naqvi is a fine art photographer. Her photographic work has been published in print and online, and exhibited in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to this she was a broadcast, print and online journalist, television actor, poet, music show host, and model.

Artist’s Statement:
“While I do not identify as a landscape photographer, this work was made over the course of 2015 and 2017. It was a time of personal difficulty in which the forests of Vancouver were a great solace. With the exception of two pictures, all images are made on 35mm and 120mm film.

I am interested in issues of belonging, desire, loss and impermanence. (I often think of how ‘belonging’ holds within it ‘longing’.) As we, the world, and we in the world are in a constant state of hurtling “forward,” my photographs and writing come from a need to understand what it means to be in this time.”

Ali Sultan is a self-taught painter and photographer who lives and works in Lahore. He gets lost in windows, hides in stairways, hangs in curtains and sleeps in a hat.


Naveen Naqvi and Ali Sultan
Faraar Gallery
July 19 – August 9, 2017
Opening reception: Wednesday, July 19 | 5-8 pm
Regular Gallery Hours: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Friday 14th & Saturday 15th July 2017 | 4:00PM – 10:00PM

JOIN US for new masti on July 14 and 15, from 4 – 10 pm each day, for Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar – an event where we can experience art and meet artists in an accessible, inclusive, dynamic, and engaging environment.

We are dreaming up new collaborations, interactive features, community-meets, pop-up exhibitions, open studios, and more. We are allowing ourselves to imagine a public art that feels truly local – not only in its experience and aesthetic but also in whom it invites and engages with. We are spilling onto the street to meet our neighbors halfway. We are daring to include multiple, distinct art forms in one massive show, and we are convinced that it is possible to curate across a spectrum of art practices. We are stretching the limits of what a contemporary show can look like, and we’d love for you to join us!

Watch this space over the next week for more info on our participants and features!



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Date: Friday 14th & Saturday 15th July 2017
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 4:00PM – 10:00PM
Entry: Free! (Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously)

Film Screening+ Q&A: Bachelor Girls

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Sunday, 9th July 2017 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM

In the heart of city of dreams, Mumbai, single independent women are facing housing discrimination because of their status of being ‘unmarried’. The dream of freedom is shattered in this leading cosmopolitan, as women hailing from small towns and big cities recount their stories of rejection and exclusion. ‘Bachelor Girls’, as labelled by the society, struggle to find a roof above their head and question the idea of freedom for women in today’s modern India.

moderated by Sadia Khatri

PRESENTED BY Documentary Association of Pakistan AND The Second Floor (T2F)


Date: Sunday, July 9th, 2017
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Entry: Free! (Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously)