Archive for June, 2018

Percussion 101 with Ibadullah Shaikh

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

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‘Whenever people gather to play the drum, the world becomes a better place.’

– Olatunji

Sign up to explore the world of Percussion, a six day workshop with Ibadullah Shaikh at T2F. Come beat some skin to make music.

  • Introduction to percussion (music, rhythm, time, beat, structure)
  • Introduction to instruments (djembe, darbuka, bongos, cajon, shakers, tambourines, bells)
  • Traditional rhythms from around the world (Arabia, Africa, Indo-Pak, Western)
  • Ensemble performance

About the Instructor:

Ibadullah Shaikh trains as a qigong instructor at Thai Qi Holistics in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He is an Acumen Leadership Fellow 2017, and has a degree in Communication Design from University of Karachi.

He believes in wellness; body, mind, and soul. His experience, interest, and passion have led him to practice as a wellness facilitator. His purpose is to nurture rounded individuals who are motivated to explore their creative potential. He blends mindfulness, movement, and music to equip children, and adults, with a stable foundation which enables them to make informed choices in life, and form deep connections with the world around them.

He is engaged as a Mindfulness and Music teacher at Links Lower Primary School. He teaches qigong at DCTO School (Kiran Foundation). He conducts meditation sessions for Head & Neck Cancer survivors at AKUH. He also facilitates drum circles for schools, corporations, and public spaces.

Date: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 4th – 5th – 6th – 11th – 12th – 13th July 2018

Time: 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Place: The Second Floor (T2F)
Registration Fee: Rs. 6000/-

***The workshop is open to 6 students maximum. We have a first come, first served policy, please come in and sign up at T2F (between Monday – Friday | 1pm-6pm) or send us an email at info@peaceniche.org to register yourself for this workshop***


Maa Dharti Project: Chapter 2

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

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Maa Dharti Project

Chapter 2: Paani ka Chakkar

The Cycle of Water!

Today it is beyond doubt that one of the most pressing issues that humanity as a whole has to tackle is how to maintain the natural cycle of water. If we fail to do this it is not improbable that most future wars for many years to come will be fought over the depleting resources of water. According to national and international analysts, if we fail to act now, Pakistan will face mass droughts as soon as 2025.

Join us as we explore ways to protect the most precious life-giving compound on our planet, with leading environmentalist and conservationist Tofeeq Pasha Mooraj – the Maali at the Faraar Gallery, T2F on 3rd July from 6:30pm to 8pm.

About the Instructor:

Tofiq Pasha Mooraj has 30 years of experience in horticulture, floriculture, landscaping, tree-plantation, food development, water management and irrigation.  He is a member of Pakistan Water Partnership (PWP), Global Water Partnership (GWP) and Indus Delta Area Water Partnership, a governor of the Hisaar Foundation, an active supporter of Women and Water Network Pakistan and a long-term campaigner of Eco-awareness and environment-protection. He has hosted three TV shows – “Bagh Baani”, “Kitchen Garden” and ”Go Camping with Pasha” – and been involved in making several documentaries on Water both for the corporate sector and private media. Tofiq Pasha has conducted lectures and orientation sessions for several organizations, societies and educational institutions and is a regular guest on various television and radio programs on the environment. He has lived almost his entire life on a 6.5 acre farm in the mega city that is Karachi.

Date: Tuesday, 3rd July 2018

Time: 06:30 PM – 08:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Entry: Free; It’s Your Donations that keep us going!


Breath, Body & Mind Workshop with Dr. Bilal Ahmed

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

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A one-day, walk-in workshop!

Tap into the innate wisdom of your body through breath and movement through ancient practices that have been scientifically verified by modern neuroscience. These practices improve emotion regulation; resilience to stress, anxiety, PTSD, attention; and optimize cognitive function and behavior.

Breath-Body-Mind practices (BBM) are easy to learn, do not require any prior experience and can be used anywhere, including at home or office, healthcare facilities, or in school, in order to feel calmer and more focused.

About the Instructor:

Bilal Ahmed is a medical doctor(MBBS) by profession with a special interest in mental health and mind-body medicine. He is a certified Level 1 Breath-Body-Mind (BBM) teacher and has assisted workshops in the US, including at the Kripalu institute for Yoga and has been studying various mind-body practices.

Participants are advised to wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle with them. It is also preferable to bring your own yoga mat.

If you have a medical or mental disorder, please contact Dr. Bilal at bilalahmedmd4@gmail.com before coming to the workshop.

Disclaimer:

The content and practices offered herein are to educate consumers on health care and medical issues that may affect their daily lives. Nothing in the content or practices should be considered, or used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Date: Sunday. 8th July 2018

Time: 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Place: The Second Floor (T2F)
Registration Fee: Rs. 600/-

Age Group: Teenagers and Adults

*We only have capacity for 20 participants, so please sign up at the door from 6:30pm on the day of the event. First come, first served.**


Chhoti Sattarvheeñ Shareef, Visaalé Amir Khusro by Saami Brothers

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

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Join us for ‘چھوٹی ستّرویں شریف, وصالِ امیر خسرو‘ the Urs celebration of Hazrat Amir Khusro, with a special performance by the Saami Brothers! According to Sufi tradition, the death anniversary of a saint is an event to rejoice when union is achieved with the Divine.

The complete classical musical tradition of Pakistan and North India traces its lineage back to Amir Khusro, the great 13th century poet, mystic, inventor and musician of the Chishtiya Sufi order, who is also credited to be the founder of Qavvaali style of music.

About the Performer:

The Saami Brothers were trained in classical music and the art of qavvaali under the rigorous tutelage of Munshi Raziuddin Khan and their father, Ustad Naseeruddin Saami. Keeping the flame of the Qavvaal Baccha Gharana alive, the Saami Brothers are well versed in a number of languages, and weave various genres of eastern classical music beautifully into their qavvaali performances.

Date: Sunday, 1st July 2018

Time: 07:30 PM – 09:30 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

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


Thinking Films: Adaptation (2002)

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

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Dear Friends, Artists, Cinephiles,

We present to you Thinking Films, a series of film screenings curated to explore storytelling in world cinema. Our selection is not fixated on any one genre or language. Blockbusters, classics, arthouse, experimental and foreign films will all have their day!

The films will be introduced by filmmaker, writer (and unabashed geek) Sabeeh Ahmad, and each screening will be followed by an open discussion about the work and its craft.

This week’s offering: Adaptation. (2002)

Director: Spike Jonze

Screenplay: Charlie Kaufman

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper

Frequently cynical screenwriter Charlie Kaufman has just taken on a new assignment to adapt writer Susan Orlean’s “The Orchid Thief” into a screenplay, all of it based on the life of the eccentric John Laroche, an exotic plant collector. While his twin brother Donald is writing scripts with ease, Charlie finds himself on a perpetual struggle that never seems to end.

Join us on Wednesday, 27th June at T2F for our latest series of Thinking Films — “Adaptation”

Date: Wednesday, 27th June 2018

Time: 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Free; It’s Your Donations that keep us going!


Harassment without Borders Talk by HRCP

Monday, June 25th, 2018

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Recently, there has been increased awareness of the insidious problem of sexual harassment and an understanding of how pervasive it really is. However, this awareness of the problem must be accompanied by a practical understanding of what constitutes sexual harassment, how individuals and organisations that are privy to it can respond to it (including what systems are already in place) and how complainants can hold harassers accountable, while ensuring their own safety. These issues are even more important in light of the increased use of social media – as a tool to harass and then malign victims, as a means of exposing perpetrators of harassment and as an avenue for society to either support or suppress accounts of harassment.

To demystify the law and discuss ways to be more active citizens, lawyers Sara Malkani and Hiba Thobani will be joined by activist Areeba Fatima with Uzma Noorani as the moderator on Sunday, 1st July 2018 at the Faraar Gallery, T2F. Sara Malkani is an Advocate of the High Court of Sindh and currently the Advocacy Advisor (Asia) for the Center for Reproductive Rights, an INGO. Hiba Thobani is an Advocate of the High Court of Sindh and a law teacher. Areeba Fatima is a recent A Level graduate, who has taken a stand against sexual harassment in educational institutions and is advocating for the implementation of policies against such harassment. Uzma Noorani is a human rights activist and the Co-Chairperson at Human Rights of Commission Pakistan (HRCP).

About HRCP:

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) was established in 1987 as an independent non-government organisation. Since then it has developed to become an influential country wide human rights body. The HRCP has established a leading role in providing a highly informed and objective voice on a national level in the struggle for the provision of human rights for all and democratic development in Pakistan. HRCP’s role in highlighting human rights abuses has been recognised not only on a national level but also internationally.

Date: Sunday, 1st July 2018

Time: 04:00 PM – 06:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Entry: Free; It’s Your Donations that keep us going!


Drum Circle with Mohsin Kazi

Saturday, June 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!

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, 29th June 2018

Time: 6:30PM – 8:00PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

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

*We have limited drum sets available, which will be used on first come first served basis, participants are welcome to bring their personal equipment to this session to avoid disappointment*


Event Title: Book Launch: The Pop-Culture Junkie’s Guide to Pakistani Cinema

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

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Calling all film buffs!

Do you like movies? Do you like talking about movies? Are you excited about Pakistani cinema’s alleged ‘revival’? if you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then you’re invited! Come over and enjoy Beyond Sanity Media’s ode to the pop-culture aficionados of Pakistan. Meet author Ushah Kazi, indulge in some intense film talk, and ofcourse have fun!

About the Writer:

Ushah Kazi is a Canada based Pakistani writer. She loves to cook, watch movies and talk politics. And whenever she can, she writes about them too. This is her first book.

Date: Saturday, 7th July 2018

Time: 07:30 PM – 09:30 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Entry: Free; It’s Your Donations that keep us going!


Maa Dharti Project: Chapter 1

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

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Maa Dharti Project

Chapter 1: Karachi Monsoon 2018 Tree Plantation

(One Step towards Repair)

Culture is incomplete without Eco-culture. Today more and more people are finally realising the impact of climate change and global warming. On an average 137 species of animals are going extinct every day due to deforestation. Pakistan has the 4th highest rate of water-use in the world, but according to evaluation reports we could ‘run dry’ by 2025! The time to act is now!

In acceptance of our role as a central socio-cultural platform of Karachi, T2F in collaboration with Tofiq Pasha’s World (The Mali) is pleased to announce the commencement of the Maa Dharti Project – a series of seminars and initiatives culminating in strategies and mini-projects aimed at repairing the ecosystem of the city. Some of the subjects covered in the seminars will include: tree-plantation; water-management; recycling and disposal of garbage; breathing quality-air; vegetable and rooftop gardens; urban forests; safeguarding mangroves; and Eco-awareness.

The title of the first seminar of The Maa Dharti Project is, “Karachi Monsoon 2018 Tree Plantation – One Step towards Repair”, and will be conducted by Tofiq Pasha Mooraj (The Mali), at the Faraar Gallery, T2F on 26th June from 6:30 to 8pm.

About the Instructor:

Tofiq Pasha Mooraj has 30 years of experience in horticulture, floriculture, landscaping, tree-plantation, food development, water management and irrigation.  He is a member of Pakistan Water Partnership (PWP), Global Water Partnership (GWP) and Indus Delta Area Water Partnership, a governor of the Hisaar Foundation, an active supporter of Women and Water Network Pakistan and a long-term campaigner of Eco-awareness and environment-protection. He has hosted three TV shows – “Bagh Baani”, “Kitchen Garden” and ”Go Camping with Pasha” – and been involved in making several documentaries on Water both for the corporate sector and private media. Tofiq Pasha has conducted lectures and orientation sessions for several organizations, societies and educational institutions and is a regular guest on various television and radio programs on the environment. He has lived almost his entire life on a 6.5 acre farm in the mega city that is Karachi.

Date: Tuesday, 26th June 2018

Time: 06:30 PM – 08:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Entry: Free; It’s Your Donations that keep us going!


Happy Sabeen Day!

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

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In loving memory of our founder and mentor, Sabeen Mahmud, join us at T2F on 20th June from 6pm to 10 pm to celebrate Sabeen’s birthday and all that her life stood for – amidst heartfelt anecdotes and impromptu musical performances and jam sessions with several underground and mainstream musicians from Pakistan’s music industry!

Though physically Sabeen has been removed from our midst, her presence is very much alive within the human connections that she cultivated with so much love and care. We invite you all to join us in celebrating her life, her mission and her realization of a beautiful world.

Date: Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Time: 06:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)