Archive for August, 2017

Drum Circle!

Thursday, August 24th, 2017


“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 Shaikh 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.

Date: Friday, 25th August 2017
Time: 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Entry: Make a Rs. 50 donation to support our artistic endeavours

Film Screening: Mabel Aur Mein

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

20914550_1600503903307081_8996948498633401194_nMabel Aur Mein is an adaptation of the short essay by Patras Bokhari. Shot in the scenic campus of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), the film’s cinematography is vibrant and refreshing. Subtle yet hilarious, the script narrates the story of two good friends who get into a battle of egos, constantly trying to outshine the other. Highlighting amusing quirks from a university lifestyle, the film serves as a major throwback for graduates and a relevant modern adaptation for current students.

Mabel Aur Mein is a project of the LUMS Media Arts Society (LMA), the short film has received great feedback on a national level. LUMS Media Arts Societies(LMA) is one of the biggest societies at LUMS, which aims to promote creativity through channel of media.
After successful screenings of Mabel Aur Mein last year, they set out to screen it this year at T2F.

Date: 23rd August, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Entry: Free (Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously).

Length of film: 42 mins
The film wil be followed by a Q/A session moderated by Hassaan Naveed, Asst. Director External Relations, LMA

Hosted by LUMS Media Arts Society and The Second Floor (T2F)

Art Book Launch: Basila & The Street Crew

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Azcorp Entertainment is finally launching Basila & The Street Crew art book on 17th August, 2017 at The Second Floor (T2F).
Join us to be a part of an exciting book launch, meet your new heroes, and learn more about this new comic series!

Hosted by AzCorp Entertainment and The Second Floor (T2F)20799284_10155685746308619_2347917902799874017_n

Sur Ki Shaam: An evening of Semi-Classical Pieces

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Join us on the 18th of August for an evening of Semi Classical Pieces!
Time: 7:30 PM
Entry: Rs. 500 (Tickets available only at the door)

Vocals: Karam Abbas and Waseem Abbas
Tabla: Yousuf Kerai

Karam Abbas Khan belongs to the Gwalior gharana. Son of late Ustad Ahmed Ali Khan and grandson of Ustad Umeed Ali Khan, both classical vocalists of great renown, Karam is committed to continuing his family legacy and finding ways in which to experiment with merging their techniques and styles with that of more contemporary musical forms. Karam has been awarded NIGAR Filmi Award in 2002 and was nominated for best PTV Classical Singer Award in 1997. He has now shifted his focus to grooming his younger brother Waseem, who is proving to be a promising vocalist in his own right.

Yousuf Kerai needs no introduction. He is an avid Mathematician but is mainly known for his Tabla playing here. Yousuf has performed several times at T2F and other places in Pakistan, and leads a brilliant group of some of our finest musicians. He will be doing many other events under this banner.20767987_10155674879673619_2056928315724409414_n

Upsidedown Rainbow presents “No Guns Allowed”

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Sunday 15th August 2017 | 6:00PM – 7:00PM20770345_10155676383868619_2110308034916634819_nWelcome to the least violent place on earth hosted by the 5 funniest A level graduates you’ve ever seen, heard and smelled. That’s right we’re so good that we reek of comedic genius. So come check us out at our debut show kindly hosted by T2F and remember no guns allowed!

Tuesday, Aug 15
6-7 pm
Rs. 300
Tickets available at the door.

Omer Wahla aka WheresMySamosa’s Jetlagged Comedy tour.

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Sunday 12th August 2017 | 7:30PM – 9:00PM20746368_10155665148868619_1583715301953581271_oOmer Wahla brings his unique brand of Comedy to Pakistan once again. Love, empathy, morals and honor. None of these things
will be talked about during the show. Instead it will be filled with one liners and stories about why Americans still haven’t figured out the concept of a Lota.


Saturday,12th August,2017

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Entry: Rs. 500 (Tickets available only at the gate)

Stumped – A Play

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Sunday 19th Augaust 2017 | 8:00PM – 10:00PM20690395_10155659208378619_582529714323072612_oJoin us for an entertaining evening with ‘Stumped’ – a play about the cricket team of a fictional country called Kabristan, a story that involves match fixing, masculinity, national pride, dishonour, good jokes and bad language. Written by Imram Yusuf and translated by Fawad Khan.

‘Stumped’ won the first and only national playwriting competition so far in Pakistan. It was staged in the summer of 2013 at the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA), Karachi. The original NAPA production was directed by Zain Ahmed.

Sunil Shanker
Rauf Afridi
Bakhtawar Mazhar
Hammad Khan

Date: 19-Aug-2017
Time 8-10pm
Venu: T2F
Ticket: Rs.500

Tickets would be available at T2F’s gate. We have a first come first serve policy; hope to see you all there 😊

All proceeds from the ticket sales are being donated towards T2F’s sustainability for intellectual poverty alleviation.
Find out more: www.t2f/


Monday, August 7th, 2017

Date: Sunday, 13th August, 2017


Join us this August 13th as we welcome Irfan Sattar on his trip to Pakistan. Irfan and his wonderful poet friends will be with us for an evening of Mushaaerah!


Ajmal Siraj | Rasa Chughtai | Imran Shamshad | Khwaja Razi Haider | Shaheer Salar | Irfan Sattar

Date: Sunday, 13th August, 2017
Time: 7:30PM – 9:30PM
Entry: Free (Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously).

Book Launch: Kicking up Dust by Azra Abbas

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Sunday 20th August 2017 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM


Kicking up Dust

Azra Abbas
Translated by Samina Rahman

This book is a biography of the author and very skilfully presents a picture of her childhood, juxtaposing childish playfulness with the realities of the urban middle class she lived in. The prose is engrossing because it presents a child’s candid and forthright perspective of the society she is part of. The curiosity of a rebellious child forced to survive in the adult world provides insight for the readers into the mind of a child forced to grow up before her time. A number of the author’s poems, also translated by Samina Rahman, are included in this volume.


Azra Abbas writes poetry in Urdu. After earning her Master’s degree in Urdu at Karachi University, she taught Urdu Literature at a college. In 1981, she published an extended prose poem, Neend ki Musafatain, in the stream-of-consciousness style. Since then, she has published four collections of poetry, her memoirs, a compilation of short stories, and a novel. The writer currently lives in Karachi with her husband, the poet and novelist, Anwer Sen Roy.

Samina Rahman studied English Literature and Politics at the Universities of Punjab and Cambridge respectively. She taught at the Quaid-i-Azam University and University of the Punjab before getting together with a group of like-minded women to establish the Lahore Grammar School in 1979, where she still works. She is also a founding member of Women’s Action Forum (WAF), and has sat on the boards of numerous educational and women’s rights organizations including Society for the Advancement of Education (SAHE), Aurat Foundation, Dastak, and Simorgh. Ms Rahman has written on education, literature, history, and women’s issues. Her English translations of Urdu fiction and poetry have been published in various anthologies at home and abroad.

First Fridays: Open Mic Night

Friday, August 4th, 2017

20597547_10155642355913619_4403573676944889611_nJoin us at T2F on the first Friday of August 2017 for an open mic session featuring emerging talent.

T2F’s First Fridays Open Mic is a platform for musicians, poets, and comedians to perform, improvise and experiment in an informal setting.

Performers do not need to pre-register. Just show up with your voice, instruments, and props. Look for our host, Nadir Shehzad Khan, who will put your name down on the list.

Musicians get 10 minutes/2 songs and everyone else gets 10 minutes.

Registration will commence at 6:30 pm and close at 8:00 pm.