Archive for August, 2018

From Despair To Hope: Practical Strategies to Beat the Blues by SheViews

Monday, August 13th, 2018

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Have you ever felt down, and thought you were depressed? Join us on 1st September, 3pm – 6pm at Faraar Gallery, T2F for ‘From Despair To Hope: Practical Strategies to Beat the Blues by SheViews’. This workshop will focus on distinguishing the difference between depression, and the general blues. It is natural to feel down when things go wrong, so we will explore strategies on how to overcome the blues.

We will explore:

What to do when you feel disappointed?
How to get over that feeling of low self-confidence?
What to do when anxiety and fear are taking over?

We will talk about practical strategies, and you will have a chance to work in pairs  through exercises and sharing. Come to this workshop and learn some tools on how to support yourself, and others you love. Remember, this will be a safe, non-judgemental space!

Sayeda Habib
Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from UK | Master Practitioner of NLP | Author of “Discover The Best In You: Life Coaching For Muslims”

Dosti Zahra
Fitness Coach | Founder of The Strength Project | 12 International Fitness Certification

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Date: Saturday, 1st September 2018
Timings: 03:00 PM – 06:00 PM
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Registration Fee: Rs 1600

Group Discount: 10% off for more than 2 participants.
Last date of registration: 24 August 2018

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**This workshop is for females only, for queries regarding registrations kindly email at**

Constellations: A performance art piece written by Nick Payne

Monday, August 13th, 2018


One relationship. Infinite possibilities. ‘Let’s go for a drink. I don’t know what I’m doing here anyway. One drink. And if you never want to see me again you never have to see me again’. Nick Payne’s “Constellations” is a play about free will and friendship; it’s about quantum multiverse theory, love and honey. The play will be performed in an unconventional way, and aims to bring something new to Karachis creative scene. The performance will be an immersive experience for the audience members. It will showcase a reading of the play. From time to time the actors will also physically perform the play. After the performance there will be a Q & A session, and the floor will be open to a live discussion with the audience about the text itself, its impact on the performers and the importance of experimental performances within Karachi’s art scene. 

About the Performers:

Ahmed Majeed Agloria is currently enrolled in the 2-year conservatory program at the Lee Strasberg theatre and film institute – studying method acting. In the last 8 years Ahmed has been a part of 9 theatre productions in Karachi having worked with Shah Shahrahbeel twice. Along with acting in theatre Ahmed has also ventured into directing, his show “Out Of Order” opened to packed audiences, and followed a successful run. He has acted in various Pakistani TV productions for Geo. Along with TV Serials, he also acted in a Mothers day commercial for Walls. Ahmeds passion for performance drives him to revolutionise what it means to be a performer in Pakistan today. 

Ayla Khan is an undergraduate student at Yale University and a prospective English language & literature major, with a concentration in human rights theory. Her passion for theatre stems from her childhood, where she would actively take part in school performances. Ayla has since performed as an actress in various productions such as: Alice In Wonderland, Macbeth, Mikado, Caught In The Net and others. At Yale she has been a part of experimental plays which are written or compiled by students, and focus more on the themes and performance than the publicity and audience. Performing arts plays a major role in Ayla’s life, she hopes to complete her degree and return to Pakistan in order to further her work in the field of performing arts.

Dates: Thursday, 16th August 2018

Timings: 07:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Entry: Rs. 500/-

Thinking Films: Children of Heaven (1997)

Friday, August 10th, 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: Children of Heaven (1997)

Director: Majid Majidi
Country: Iran

Synopsis: When young Ali accidentally loses the only pair of shoes his little sister Zahra owns, the siblings attempt to hide the bad news from their poverty-stricken father and ill mother. They devise a scheme to share Ali’s own pair of worn sneakers until they can find a new pair of shoes for Zahra.

Join us on Wednesday, 16th August at T2F for our latest series of Thinking Films — “Children of Heaven”

Date: Wednesday, 15th 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!


Radical Self Expression by MOON.WAV

Friday, August 10th, 2018

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The concept of radical self-expression is about an individual, or a collaborating group, sharing their creations and ideas with love, to their community.
In these times of conflicting ideals, we have plenty to separate us…but art is a universal language, one that everyone can understand. We think it’s the perfect foundation to bring a diverse crowd of like-minded people together, in cooperation and celebration. This event features art, music, poetry, and dance, as envisioned by local creatives from Karachi!
//Rs. 300
A list of the souls joining us in Radical Self-Expression:
Ali Umer
Hadi Idah
Zahra Shah
Humyra’s (Humyra Salamat)
Sana Ahmad
Q. Saki
Minelle Valjee
Marium J. Kamal
Safwan Subzwari
Ferocious Virtuosity Department
Misbah Aslam Darbar
SarousH’s Art
Eman Faheem Khan
Muntaha Khan Chachar
Yaruk Mehmood
Ali Umer
Hadi Idah
Ali Fatani
Jamal Anwar
Kiran Sohail Azeemi
Sharjeel Shoukat
Umair Khan
Zoha Husain
Erum Ero
Syed Ameer Hamza
MOON.WAV is a collective movement inspired by the universal nature of the arts, and it’s many mediums; art, music, poetry, dance, and self-expression. We believe that the love of creation is a unifying ideal which holds the foundation to bringing a community together. Our mission is to create a new platform to gather like-minded individuals in collaboration, and with purpose. As a collective, we can give rise to a new state of being simply by establishing genuine connections with one another. 
Dates: Saturday, 18th August 2018
Timings: 06:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Rs. 300/-

Azaad Expression @ T2F

Friday, August 10th, 2018

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“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our minds…”
Pakistan is a country that was born out of two freedom movements – the freedom movement of united India against British Imperialism; and the freedom movement of the Muslim minority struggling for its fair representation in the governance of united India. The struggle of peoples to obtain their freedom will continue while there remains subjugation and exploitation in the world; and so will the celebration of the countless achievements along the way.
Come and express yourself freely at T2F!

Programme of events:
05:30 PM – 06:00 PM
Drum Circle with Mohsin Kazi
Location: T2F Parking plot

06:00 PM – 06:30 PM
Drum Circle with Mohsin Kazi
Location: Faraar Gallery

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Short Films screening from ‘Home 1947’ immersive installation by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Location: Faraar Gallery

07:00 PM – 07:30 PM
Talk by Tofiq Pasha Mooraj

Location: Faraar Gallery

07:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Open Mic Night
Location: Faraar Gallery

**This event will be followed by body painting, stalls selling eco-friendly, recycled products, and crafts created by the local community.**
Date: Tuesday, 14th August 2018
Timings: 05:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free; It’s Your Donations that keep us going!

Dance Mandala with Alizeh

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

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A one-day, walk-in workshop

About the workshop:
Dance Mandala is a method of moving meditation that encourages authentic self-expression, cultivating bliss, and stillness. Through free-form movement, music, and gentle guided instruction, participants are exposed to motion that confronts the rigidity and tension of their own bodies.

About the instructor:
Alizeh Valjee holds a BA. in Psychology & Religion from Mount Holyoke College; an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling from CPPD, UK; and is a certified freeform movement meditation facilitator. Valjee is the co-founder of CareForHealth and Taskeen, the Karachi-based mental and emotional health initiatives, teaches yoga and meditation classes at AQ Fitness, and also runs her own private practice as a therapist.

Date: Monday, 13th August 2018
Time: 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Place: The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: Free; It’s Your Donations that keep us going!

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

Improv for Self Workshop with Muneeb ur Rehman

Monday, August 6th, 2018

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You are a well-spring of ideas, emotions and memories, a latent poet, artist and genius. Experience your innate humanity and creativity through improvisational theatre to tap into your hidden potential. Learn to be spontaneous to create dramatic pieces, fun characters and interesting stories in the moment, off the cuff, on the fly. Give in to the joy and discovery of the unknown as you step into a dynamic journey of trust-building and exploration, all the while having fun with your team partners. The process is also therapeutic, relieving you of anxieties and facilitating with self-discovery. No script, no preparation, no prior experience as performer-come with your presence to be on your way…

About the Instructor:

Muneeb ur Rehman is a theatre practitioner, educator and improvisation coach with ten years of experience in the creative industry as actor, presenter and voice over artist. Having performed in a variety of theatre productions- from absurd to farce, from nautanki to historical story enactment- he currently applies theatre for education, development and critical thinking. Trained from iO Chicago, he has practiced improvisational theatre for four years as performer and coach. He has partnered with schools, NGOs, Youth Programs and commercial organizations to help them achieve their objectives through theatre. Over the summer of 2018, he taught improvisational theatre and curated shows across theatres in Nepal. He will be conducting the workshop “I am Us, Us is me” at the Global Performers Convention Performing the World in September in New York.

Dates: Friday & Saturday, 10th & 11th August 2018

Timings: 05:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Registration Fee: Rs. 1800 (for 2 sessions)

*We only have capacity for 16 participants, so please sign up at the door from 4:30pm on the day of the event. First come, first served.** (You can also Call/message/Whatsapp at 0302-2511440 to book your spots.)

Kathak – Kal Se Aaj Tak with Alaina Roy

Sunday, August 5th, 2018


Kathak – Kal Se Aaj Tak with Alaina Roy
The timeless story of life.

A unique dance and music performance, featuring Alaina Roy, as she demonstrates the evolution of Kathak dance through the ages from its classical Nritta enactment to its more contemporary Nritya or rhythmic style.
Tabla: Yusuf Kerai
Harmonium: Salman Wazir
Guest artists: Arieb Azhar & Ifti

About Alaina Roy:
She is a classical Kathak dancer who has been trained under the artistic guidance of Guru Pali Chandra and Nitesh Saraswat Ji in Dubai for 10 years. She began teaching in Pakistan in 2016 and has been trained in the ISTD syllabus and by a variety of Gurus in Lucknow and Dubai. She has performed at events and festivals across the United Arab Emirates, and in London where she has auditioned for the Royal Albert Hall and performed at the O2 Arena. With over 10 years of experience, at her core, Alaina is motivated by a mission to create a better world through her prized art form; dance.

Kathak – Imperial Teaching Society for Dancers Grade 2
Kathak – Imperial Teaching Society for Dancers Grade 3
Semi Finalist for Kalashram Competition, London (by Pandit Birju Maharaj Ji)

Special Needs Foundation – Dubai
Worked for a special cause, under the artistic guidance of Pali Chandra, working towards a show with special needs children – SAATHI

Date: Friday, 17th August 2018
Venue: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Date: 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Entry: Rs.1000/-

Soulful Sitar By Amie

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

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Sitarist Dr. Amie Maciszewski is an award-winning musician, teaching artist, ensemble leader, and scholar.  Audiences describe Amie’s traditional sitar/tabla and Indo-jazz fusion ensemble performances as “magical” and “elegantly vibrant.” She is deeply committed to leading persons of various backgrounds, generations, and abilities in the exploration of the diversity of performance traditions in the world through sharing the traditional and new music culture of South Asia. She has traveled three continents completing artist residencies, performing in and hosting recitals, and conducting all-ages workshops on the music of South Asia, particularly Hindustani music, as well as on world fusion music. She was awarded the Gandharva Puroskar 2014 by Hindustan Arts and Music Society in Burdwan, India, for her contribution to Indian music internationally.  Her brainchild, the critically acclaimed Sangeet Millennium Ensemble (Austin Chronicle Texas Top Ten award, 2008 and 2011), seamlessly blends traditional Indian melodies with jazz/world grooves, creating an ever-evolving boundary defying sound.

Amie is a juried artist on the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) Touring Roster and Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA), an Empanelled Artist of the India World Cultural Forum (IWCF), and a City of Dallas Cultural Services Contractor. She served as a Cultural Ambassador for the US Consulate/Lahore, Pakistan; Visiting Musician-Researcher at ITC-Sangeet Research Academy/Kolkata (2011-14); City of Austin Cultural Contractor (2000-13); and New Mexico Arts Division Artist-in-Residence (1986-91). The Rotary Club Lahore Mozang awarded her “for her tremendous contribution worldwide to promote the art carving love and harmony across the borders.” She is currently on tour in Pakistan as a scholar-performer and instructor, this time supported by the American Institute of Pakistan Studies and NAPA.

Amie’s musical credits include five CDs (two classical sitar and three with her Sangeet Millennium Ensemble), as well as sound tracks in three independent films, four film festival trailers, and two theater productions (notably Enacte Arts’ A Modern-Day Vyasa: Jean-Claude Carriere’s Mahabharata, 2013-14).

Her training includes both formal academic study (B.Mus. – Gold Medalist, M.Mus. – Merit Scholar, sitar performance, Viswa-Bharati University, Santiniketan, India; Ph.D. ethnomusicology, University of Texas/Austin) and traditional immersion mentorship in India (under the late sitarist Professor Suresh Misra, Santiniketan, West Bengal), as well as ongoing traditional study with two legendary gurus: Grammy-nominated sarode Maestro Aashish Khan and, until her death in 2017, the late vocal diva Padmavibhushan Girija Devi.

Amie has served as visiting professor on the faculties of the Universities of Texas, Alberta, and Pittsburgh; as visiting artist-scholar at the Universities of Colorado, Chicago, and Louisiana State. She has also co-produced/directed four ethnographic films documenting her research with socially marginalized women musicians/dancers in India, two of them award-winning, which have screened at juried festivals, conferences, and other events in North America, India, Pakistan, and Europe.

Amie resides primarily in Dallas, TX, where she teaches sitar and Hindustani vocal lessons to students of all ages and backgrounds.

Date: Thursday, 9th August

Time: 7:30 – 9:30pm

Venue: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Entry: Rs. 500/-

Arts without Boundaries by The School of Writing

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

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For the first time, The School of Writing is putting together an exhibition where various forms of performing and visual arts will tell a beautiful narrative of Karachi. An intense week of capturing, exploring, and expressing narratives of the city integrating artistic expression using photography, music, theatre, and writing which comes to an end with the exhibition of #ArtsWithoutBoundaries where students from various communities have put together performances and write ups that encapsulate the heart of their city.

Join us on 3rd August at the Faraar Gallery, T2F from 3pm to 6pm for Arts without Boundaries, an art exhibit by The School of Writing.

About the Organisation:
The School of Writing (TSW), is a unique institution in Karachi which works in collaboration with Andover Bread Loaf Writing Workshop, Massachusetts, USA. Through its programs, TSW collects powerful narratives from communities to showcase through multimedia exhibitions, public readings, and electronic/print publications. Our creative wing aspires to draw on the cultural and material resources of local sites, and become a vibrant center for creativity in the arts, technology, and film by associating with different communal agencies, schools, and corporate organizations.

Date: Friday, 2nd August 2018
Time: 03:00 PM – 06:00 PM
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free; It’s Your Donations that keep us going!