Archive for July, 2018

First Fridays Open Mic: August Edition

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

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Join us at Faraar Gallery, T2F on the first Friday of July 2018 for an open mic night featuring Karachi’s 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, props or whatever else you may need to get perform. Look for our host who will put your name down on the list – spaces are limited, so first come, first served!

Date: Friday, 3rd August 2018

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Time: 06:00 PM – 08:30 PM

Entry: Free, donations much appreciated!

**Registrations start at 6pm, first come first served. All performers get maximum 10 minutes stage time.**


Thinking Films: Trainspotting (1996)

Saturday, July 28th, 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: Trainspotting (1996)

Director: Danny Boyle
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Kelly MacDonald, Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle

A wild, freeform, Rabelaisian trip through the darkest recesses of Edinburgh low-life, focusing on Mark Renton and his attempt to give up his heroin habit, and how the latter affects his relationship with family and friends.

Join us on Wednesday, 1st August at T2F for our latest series of Thinking Films — “Trainspotting”

Date: Wednesday, 1st August 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!


Science ka Adda: Dark Matter-The Secret of the Universe

Saturday, July 28th, 2018

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Gazing up in a clear moonless night have you ever wondered what all the dark spaces between the stars consist off? Scientists tell us that the mass of our galaxy is actually much greater than the mass of all the visible objects that it contains; that there actually might exist matter that would not be visible even if you were to shine a light on it.
Join us for our next session of Science Ka Adda, with Dr. Masroor Bukhari, to discuss the nature of Dark Matter and Black Holes.
 
About the Speaker:
Dr. Masroor Bukhari is a known particle physicist and one of the only Pakistan-origin recognized dark matter scientists in the world. He is a member of the CMS experiment at CERN Geneva and two dark matter experiments with the Jlab accelerator in Virginia and Italian national nuclear labs INFN in Padua. He is also a long time member of the US Jefferson National Laboratory and Accelerator Facility in Newport News Virginia and took part in building the Nobel Winning ATLAS experiment.
 
 
Date: Thursday, 2nd August 2018
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2
Time: 06:30 PM – 08:00 PM
Entry: Free, donations much appreciated!

Maa Dharti Project: Chapter 6

Friday, July 27th, 2018

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Chapter 6: Mangrove Blessings

Mangrove forests are an irreplaceable component of the ecosystem. They are important in maintaining and building the soil; they provide protection against cyclones and play a significant role in coastal stabilization and promoting land accretion, fixation of mud banks, dissipation of winds, tidal and wave energy. Besides this they are a natural habitat for large number of insects, microorganisms, birds, mammals and reptiles; and act as physical breeding grounds and nurseries for fish, shrimp and crabs.

In Pakistan mangroves are still being cut down mercilessly for developmental activities near urban areas. Reduced water flow in the River Indus is also causing damage to mangrove forest and the ecosystem they support.

In the 6th Chapter of the Maa Dharti Project, ecologist Mr Nadeem Mirbahar will educate us on the importance and present state of mangrove forests in Pakistan today.

Mr Nadeem Mirbahar has more than 17 years experience in planning, management and conservation of natural, wild resources, and biological diversity. He holds two Master degrees, one in Environmental Biology and another in Sociology, as well as a postgraduate diploma from School of Environment, Resources, and Development (SERD), Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand; and is currently doing MPhil in Marine Science, University of Karachi. He is currently associated with Switzerland based South Pole Carbon Group as Senior Forestry and Climate Change Expert and has also worked with EU-UNDP, IUCN, WWF-Pakistan, Pakistan Navy, MoCC, PFI, SAVE, MFF, SFD, SWD, GoS, BF&WD, BCDA and national and local NGOs. As such he has extensive experience in the fields of ecology, forestry, environment, marine and coastal resources management, ecosystem management, environmental impact assessments, biodiversity conservation, dry-lands, water conservation, food security, urban ecology and climate change adaptation.

Date: Tuesday, 31st July 2018

Time: 06:30 PM – 08:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

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


DJ Workshop

Friday, July 27th, 2018

“Get wired” with DJ Awan

If you’re into electronic/progressive music this is for you!

T2F is pleased to announce a 2-month DJ workshop with weekly classes every Sunday starting from Sunday 5th August. The “Get Wired” course will train you in DJ skills; teach you the DJ business; and provide grounding knowledge of electronic music and its sub-genres.

Course Content:

Intro to Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

Intro to DJ controller

Intro to DJ software

Learning to DJ on a controller

Learning the DJ business

Basics of electronic music production

About the Instructor:

Dj Awan is a professional music producer, Dj and musician. He started his music career at a very young age in year 2000 as a guitar player. In 2014 He crossed over to Electronic Music and has since then been producing and performing his own music locally and internationally at raves, bars and clubs.

You can visit his page on www.facebook.com/djawan123

Dates: Sunday, 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th August, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th September 2018

Timings: 02:30 PM – 04:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Registration Fee: Rs. 8000 (for 9 sessions)

***Only limited slots available, register now! 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 5

Friday, July 20th, 2018

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Maa Dharti Project  Chapter 5: Kachrey ka Khazana – Part 2

In order to deal with the 12,000 tonnes of garbage that Karachi generates on a daily basis, it is first necessary that we begin to question and change our habits. There are examples of countries in the world that have not only used up all their own garbage but are even importing garbage from other parts of the world to recycle or burn as fuel. Though a sizeable amount of garbage in Pakistan gets recycled through a mostly unregulated industry, too much of it still ends up in the sea or in landfills that poison the groundwater. 

In the next Maa Dharti Project with Tofiq Pasha Mooraj, we continue with the second part of “Kachre ka Khazana along with 4 guest entrepreneurs who share their experience of how they have decided to deal with garbage.

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 organisations, 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.

Guest speakers:

Selwa Habib – RLCC

Naheed Moini – Bees Knees

Anousha Fatima – Trashit

Laila Odho – ArtChowk

Date: Tuesday, 24th July 2018

Time: 06:30 PM – 08:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

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


Drum Circle with Mohsin Kazi

Friday, July 20th, 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, 27th July 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 drums available this time , which will be used on a first come first served basis, participants are encouraged to bring their personal equipment to this session*


Constitutional Framework for Parliamentary Elections’18

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

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The upcoming parliamentary elections to be held on 25th July 2018 will mark the second consecutive democratic transition of power in the history of Pakistan. While some say this is a welcome sign of democracy finally taking root in Pakistan, there are growing concerns that certain state institutions have overstepped their authority to influence the electoral results in favor of those political parties that are considered ‘pro-establishment’. Pakistani society is divided amongst those who welcome the recent disqualification of Nawaz Sharif and court judgments against senior members of his party; and others who consider this to be equivalent to a ‘judicial coup’. We invite you to participate in a civilized and objective discussion to  understand what the constitutional framework for the upcoming elections in Pakistan presently is, and what it should be in an ideal democracy.

The Panel will consist of:

Anis Haroon – National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) & Women’s Action Forum (WAF)

Salahuddin Ahmad – Karachi Bar Association (KBA)

Haider Imam Rizvi – Karachi Bar Association (KBA)

Sara Malkani – Women Lawyers’ Association (WLA)

Asad Iqbal Butt – Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP)

Date: Monday, 23rd July 2018 

Time: 06:00PM – 08:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Free!


Jambro: Jamathon @T2F

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

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The Jambro Jamathon is a series of jam sessions featuring talented musicians from the Jambro community. Hosted in collaboration with some of the best Jam Spaces in Karachi, this is your chance to get closer to the vibrant jam culture of the city!

Limited jamming slots will be available on merit and first come first served basis.

Date: Thursday, 26th July 2018

Time: 06:00PM – 10:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Free!


 Film Screening: BASTA (LUMS Annual Film)

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

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BASTA – a film inspired by Intizar Hussain’s works

What if you wake up in a strange cafe one night and don’t remember how long you’ve been there and whose bag it is you’re holding onto? What if the color of your clothes doesn’t match your bag, and you do not know how long you had been asleep? And what if you meet a strange man who claims you know him, but you don’t?

About the Film:

“Basta” is LUMS Media Arts Society’s annual film which is first of its kind in Pakistan due to its experimental nature. This half an hour long minimalist short by the makers of last year’s acclaimed Mabel aur Mein explores ideas of time, fate and ego through two characters stuck in a room. It will be followed by a brief talk/networking/Q&A session with the makers about the ideas behind the film and its making, the state of student independent filmmaking in Pakistan and how to shoot a film against all odds.

About the Society:

Founded by Bilal Lashari the director of Waar and the much awaited Maula Jutt, the LUMS Media Arts Society (LMA) has for many years been producing quality feature length and short films which have gone on to Pakistan wide screenings as well as film festivals. It promotes student and independent filmmaking throughout Pakistan. LMA’s members have made music videos for acclaimed local indie music bands and artists and look forward to collaborations with other filmmakers and film buffs.

Date: Sunday, 22nd July 2018

Time: 06:00PM – 08:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Free!