Archive for April, 2018

We Are Hiring

Monday, April 30th, 2018

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Job Opportunity!

Social Media Manager for PeaceNice/T2F

T2F is looking for a full-time Social Media Manager to lead T2F’s new website development, marketing, and social media strategy. Interested candidates send us your CV’s and portfolio’s at info@peaceniche.org

Details/Requirements:

  • A passion for providing for our community, nourishing creativity, celebrating culture and encouraging curiosity
  • Strong understanding of brand identity
  • A self-motivated attitude and desire to go above and beyond
  • Between 1-4 years of marketing and social media experience
  • Ability to lead T2F’s new website development including working closely with the third party website developer to set website marketing strategy, set milestones, follow up, and lead the project with energy and passion from inception to launch
  • An understanding of social media platforms including: facebook, twitter, Instagram, and more
  • Respond to customers on facebook on a daily basis
  • Develop a vision for T2F’s marketing and social media strategy, and strategy for how to increase public participation and outreach
  • Post updates for social media and website events
  • The ability to work well under pressure, handle multiple projects, estimate realistic deadlines and meet them
  • Should be thoroughly conversant with PeaceNiche/T2F and agree to its principles
  • Will work directly under the Executive Director
  • Will work closely with Gallery Manager and Graphics Designer for their inputs that need to be shared
  • Times are from 10AM to 6PM but a different set can be arranged if both parties agree to it
  • Do send us links where we can see your SM work or share your portfolio
  • Salary will be based on experience

Graphics Designer for PeaceNice/T2F

T2F is  looking for a Communications Designer to lead on in-house graphic design, illustration, and creative visual branding. Interested candidates send us your CV’s and portfolio’s at info@peaceniche.org

Details/Requirements:

  • A passion for providing for our community, nourishing creativity, celebrating culture and encouraging curiosity
  • Strong understanding of brand identity
  • A self-motivated attitude and desire to go above and beyond
  • Attention to detail and creative flair
  • Fluency in Adobe Creative Suite
  • The ability to work well under pressure, handle multiple projects, estimate realistic deadlines and meet them
  • Should be thoroughly conversant with PeaceNiche/T2F and agree to its principles
  • Will work directly under the Executive Director
  • Will work closely with Gallery Manager and Social Media Manager for their inputs that need to be shared
  • Should understand Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and other Social Media sites … or start on them now  and understand the requirements
  • Should understand Websites and Facebook Pages as the work will be visible on both platforms
  • Times are from 10AM to 6PM but a different set can be arranged if both parties agree to it
  • Do send a small Portfolio or link where we can see your work
  • Salary will be based on experience.

تعارُف  – An Introduction between Two Worlds

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

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Zindagi Trust brings to T2F ‘ تعارُف  – An Introduction between Two Worlds’, an exhibition of works by government school students using art to engage with the worlds outside their neighbourhoods and their time.

This show will feature work by students of two government schools managed by Zindagi Trust – SMB Fatima Jinnah Government Girls School and Khatoon-e-Pakistan Government Girls School. The schools teach art as a weekly subject to all students and cover diverse techniques, mediums and also art history and have put up impressive shows of student art work in the past year.

The exhibition kicks off with a discussion on making art accessible to everyone through government schools, public art and open galleries featuring Rumana Husain (writer and art critic), Ambareen Raza Thompson (Executive Director, IamKarachi) and Anam Shakil Khan (Head of Arts, Zindagi Trust)moderated by Aziz Sohail (curator and writer).

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3 2018

Time: 5 PM – 8 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Making Art Accessible – A discussion featuring Rumana Husain, Ambareen Raza Thompson and Anam Shakil Khan moderated by Aziz Sohail, 5:30 PM

Live Blind Contour Sketches by students, 6:30 PM onwards


People’s Poetry as People’s History: The Role of Habib Jalib

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

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Join us as we pay tribute to the renowned revolutionary poet Habib Jalib on 29th April at Faraar Gallery, T2F.

The talk focuses on the long career and role of the Pakistani revolutionary resistance poet Habib Jalib (1928-1993) as people’s historian by virtue of the fact that Jalib’s revolutionary resistance poetry covers the entire postcolonial epoch in Pakistan from the 1950s right until the restoration of democracy in the country in the 1990s, post-Zia-ul-Haq. One can retell the entire  – hitherto marginalized –  people’s history of Pakistan merely by reading Jalib’s poems sequentially and understanding not only the context in which they were written but also the struggles that they represented. For example, the meaning of the struggle for Pakistan and the debates over character of the new state, whether religious or secular in the early 1950s; the democratic struggles against Pakistan’s first military dictatorship of Ayub Khan in the 1960s; the struggle of East Pakistanis, which would later culminate in the independence of Bangladesh in the 1960s; the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto years as well as the struggle for Baloch people’s rights, both in the 1970s; the dictatorship of the Zia years and the pro-democracy movement against his regime in the 1980s; and the return of democracy under Benazir Bhutto’s first government in the 1990s. Interestingly though Jalib’s poetry is unique in this respect, he and his poetry was, and continues to be denounced, dismissed or ignored as ‘agitational poetry’, thus not worthy of poetic merit by critics and elite poets from both the left and right. The talk will be based on original translations from the Urdu of some of Jalib’s eminent poems as well as largely unknown or ignored poems to retell the people’s history of Pakistan and focus on people’s poetry as people’s history; and as tribute for the oppressed and narratives of the marginalized on the occasion of Jalib’s 90th birth anniversary (2018), and for truth in dangerous and bad times.

About the speaker:

Raza Naeem is a Pakistani social scientist, book critic, and an award-winning translator and dramatic reader currently engaged as Instructor in History at the Senior School in the Beaconhouse School Systems in Lahore. He has been trained in Political Economy from the University of Leeds in UK, and in Middle Eastern History and Anthropology from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, US. He is presently working on translations of the selected work of Sibte Hasan, Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi and Abdullah Hussein and contributes regularly to NewslineThe News on Sunday and The Friday Times. He has curated and moderated a first-ever edition of Banned Books Week in Pakistan in Lahore in September 2014, and subsequently since then, in collaboration with Olomopolo. He is the recipient of a prestigious 2013-2014 Charles Wallace Trust Fellowship in the UK for his translation and interpretive work on Saadat Hasan Manto’s essays. He is currently the President of the Progressive Writers Association in Lahore. His most recent work is an introduction to the reissued edition (HarperCollins India, 2016) of Abdullah Hussein’s classic novel The Weary Generations.

Date: Sunday, 29th  April 2018

Time: 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Free; Your donations will help us bring you more programs like this.


Science Ka Adda: Evolution by Saad Shafqat


Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

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Charles Darwin who died in April 1882  was a naturalist and biologist known for his theory of evolution and the process of natural selection. Join us on Saturday, April 28 at 7pm to participate in the latest series of Science ka Adda: Evolution, a talk by Saad Shafqat where he explores the theories suggested by Darwin. Irrefutable scientific evidence establishes biological evolution through natural selection, first comprehensively articulated by Charles Darwin in 1859, as the best explanation for the diversity of life on Earth. This talk will present the ideas of evolution in a manner accessible to non-experts.

About the speaker

Saad Shafqat is professor of neurology at Aga Khan University. He holds a PhD in neurobiology from Duke and specialised as a neurologist from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. An academic author as well as a published creative writer, Saad has several scientific papers as well as his two books to his credit. His upcoming novel “Tightrope”, a hospital drama set in Karachi with echoes of #metoo, will be published by Bloomsbury later this year.

About Science Ka Adda:

Science Ka Adda is a platform for debate and discussion about science and how it impacts our lives. Conducted by specialists from various different backgrounds and disciplines, Science Ka Adda has addressed topics that range from ‘The Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence’ to ‘Tools for Disease Eradication’.

Date: Saturday, 28th  April 2018

Time: 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Free; Your donations will help us bring you more programs like this.


Drum Circle!

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

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Is Karachi’s frenzy affecting you? Do you feel exhausted?

Join us for an evening of Drum Circle with Mohsin Kazi and Ibadullah Shaikh!

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?

Date: Friday, 27th April 2018

Time: 6:30PM – 8:00PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Make a Rs. 50 donation to support our artistic endeavours

*Your donations will help us bring you more programs like this.


Book Launch: ‘Music Chronicles’ by I AM KARACHI

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

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Join us on Wednesday, 25th April at 5pm at the Faraar Gallery, T2F for the launch of ‘ Music Chronicles’ – A Beginner’s guide to Pakistani Music, a reference book by I AM KARACHI for the young audience who has limited or no access to Pakistani musical culture and history. Written by eminent musicians and practitioners of the country; the book comprises of different chapters explaining the difference between eastern and western music, history of Pakistan’s music journey, and offers young readers a short but comprehensive insight into local music.

About the Book:

Pakistan has a rich and diverse culture of music, having produced world-renowned musicians and critically acclaimed work. Unfortunately, in recent times, due to the lack of funding for the arts and the dearth of music schools, the trend of teaching liberal arts in our colleges and universities – our musical heritage is dying out. IAK is working extensively in music and identified the need of a reference book for young students to enable them to understand music traditions and norms in Pakistan.

In this book, some of the best practitioners of music discuss the concept of gharanas, the different genres of music, the difference between a sur and a taal and similar. Easy to read and comprehend; the book caters to a young audience, intending to provide them a basic guideline of Pakistani music.

Date: Wednesday, 25th  April 2018

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Free; Your donations will help us bring you more programs like this.


Jhaanjar Di Paanwaan Chhankaar (JDPC) Meet & Greet with Cast and Crew

Friday, April 20th, 2018

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Join us on Monday 23rd April at 7.30pm for the Meet and Greet session with the cast and crew of upcoming theater play Jhaanjar Di Paanwaan Chhankaar (JDPC); a trilingual Comedy play in Urdu and English with a sprinkling of Punjabi produced by OLOMOPOLO Media.

About the Play:

Director

Sarmad Khoosat

Cast

Sarmad Khoosat

Samiya Mumtaz

Zain Afzal

Iman Shahid

Aspiring musician, Hamza decides to live away from his over protective mother, Mrs. Sohail for the first time. Living in an apartment that he is still getting used to, a random, free-spirited neighbor, Zaman walks into his humble abode one day, and they begin to bond over their interests. Mrs. Sohail makes a surprise visit and she begins to question everything Hamza has chosen to do. After asserting his desires and dreams to his mother, Hamza reminds her that she has the impetus to his empowerment while growing up and would like to continue on living his life with the independence she had prepared him for as a child.

Date of the performance:

Karachi | 27 – 29 April, 2018 at Karachi Arts Council 

Link to the event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/346071522551152/ 

Date: Monday, 23rd  April 2018

Time: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Free; Your donations will help us bring you more programs like this.

*Tickets of JDPC theatre play (Karachi) are available at T2F reception


You write or blog? We’ll help you get going on the platform that powers the BBC, Bloomberg and The Forbes

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

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WordPress is the most popular CMS in the world. Whether it’s personal blogs or major magazines and news organizations such as The New Yorker, the BBC and The Forbes, WordPress powers nearly 75 million websites on the internet.

WordPress Meetups is a free to attend community driven event where people gather at one platform to help each other by sharing their knowledge and experiences using WordPress.

This time around the meetup is focused around bloggers and writers. We’ll discuss how people looking to start out with blogging or writing can benefit from WordPress and how can they improve their existing blogs or websites.

About the Speakers

  1. A how-to on setting up your Wordpress blog or website

Speaker: Fahad Sheikh

Description: Developing with WordPress for the past 8 years.

  1. How to optimize your blog for search engines

Speaker: Saad Durrani

Description: Editorial Assistant at Paramount Publishing Enterprise

  1. How to build a community around you with blogging

Speaker: Waseem Abbas Syed

Description: WordPress enthusiast and a travel lover

Date: Saturday, 28th April 2018

Time: 04:00 PM – 06:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Venue: 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi-75500, Pakistan (https://goo.gl/maps/qFVFHM66izj)

Entry: Free, donations encouraged for the continuation of events like this for our community!


Sur Ka Safar: Usman Anees

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

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Join us at Faraar Gallery, T2F, for the latest performance in our Sur Ka Safar series, featuring Usman Anees, accompanied by Yousuf Kerai on the tabla.

About the performer

Usman Anees started learning the piano at the age of 8 from his father Ijaz Anees. He gave his debut performance at the age of 12 at the Marriot Hotel. In subsequent years, he gave solo recitals at many different venues in Pakistan, including the Goethe Institut, the Alliance Francaise, and The Arts Council and has been invited to play for the consul generals of the British, German and Italian embassies. He has also appeared in duet concerts with distinguished international artists. He has appeared many times on national TV and reviewed in the newspaper by leading critics of Western Classical Music. His European debut took place in Berlin when he played at the prestigious Mendelssohn Remise to a standing ovation. In 2016, he did a studio recording of the complete 32 piano sonatas of Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Usman got his qualification from the Trinity College of Music by finishing his Fellowship degree there in the field of music composition. He has composed extensively for various mediums, ranging from solo piano music to symphonies and an opera. His works have been played by American and German artists in various countries.

In this performance Usman will present a solo piano recital followed by some fusion work with tabla player, Yousuf Kerai.

Date: Saturday, 21st April 2018

Time: 7:30–9:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Rs 500. First come, first served at the door


Thinking Films : Agora

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

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Join us on Wednesday, 18th April at T2F for our latest series of Thinking Films — “Agora”: A film worthwhile to watch today in many parts of the world where fundamentalism is increasing daily.

A historical drama movie Directed by Alejandro Amenábar and Written by Mateo Gil and Amenábar is based in late 4th century Roman Egypt, and uses part-fact and part-fiction to highlight the relationship between Religion and Science during a time where Greco-Roman polytheism was declining and the Christianization of the Roman Empire was on the rise.

Astronomer, philosopher, and mathematician Hypatia teaches her scientific learnings to a class of male students. Among the students is the slave Davus, her student Orestes, and a young Christian man Synesius who all fall in love with her. Hypatia dismisses all of their advances as she continues to teach. There is a rising battle between the Christians and pagans in Alexandria. The city’s Christians slowly gain political power, threatening the institutions of learning along with the governance of slavery. 

The film opened in Spain in October 2009 and become the highest-grossing film of that year.

We will wrap up the film screening with a group discussion. Our event is free, but please support us by buying some delicious popcorn for which proceeds will go directly towards the continuation of T2F’s programmes for the community!

Date: Wednesday, 18th April, 2018
Time: 07:00 PM – 09:30 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: Free. Donations would be welcome so we can continue to bring you programs like this.