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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

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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

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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.

Qavvaali Mahfil: Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers

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Back by popular demand, T2F is proud to present a night of Qavvaali Mahfil with Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers on 13th April 2018 from 8pm to 10pm.

Keeping the flame of the Delhi Gharana alive, Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers perform traditional qavvaali. As the sons of Ustad Bahauddin, one of our greatest qavvaals, from whom they have learnt, Najmuddin, Saifuddin & Brothers have perfected over 20 years of live performances around the world. The troupe has toured throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, and across South Asia, and have received multiple accolades for their renditions.

In addition to performances, Najmuddin Saifuddin and Brothers are committed to sharing their art and knowledge by presenting lectures and workshops about the tradition and history of qavvaali.

Date: Friday, 13th April 2018

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Entry: Rs. 500/-

Soo e Daar Chalay by Khalid Ahmad

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Join us on Saturday, 14th April 2018 & Sunday, 15th April 2018 from 730pm to 930pm at Faraar Gallery, T2F for the theatre performance of Soo e Daar Chalay, an urdu translation of ‘Anitgone; play by Jean Anouilh’ by Khalid Ahmad.

Jean Anouilh’s play Antigone is a tragedy inspired by Greek mythology and the play of the same name (Antigone by Sophocles) from the fifth century B.C.

Jean Anouilh wrote his “Antigone” in 1944, during the height of the Nazi occupation of France. His interpretation of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy soon became a symbol for the underground–freedom fighters who saw the heroine’s defiance as a rebel’s call to patriotism.

Oedipus — Antigone and Ismene’s father — had two sons, Eteocles and Polynices. Upon Oedipus’ death, it was agreed that each would take the throne from one year to the next. After the first year, however, Eteocles, the elder, refused to step down. Polynices and six foreign princes marched on Thebes. All were defeated. The brothers killed each other in a duel, making Creon (Oedipus’s brother) the king. Creon ordered Eteocles buried in honor and left Polynices body to rot. He announced that if anyone attempted to give Polynices a decent burial that person would be put to death. It is in this scenario that Antigone resolves to defy her uncle, Creon.

Translated and Directed by Khalid Ahmad, this play was originally presented by Tehrik-e-Niswan under Khalid’s direction. He has performed it more recently at NAPA.

Date: Saturday, 14th April 2018 & Sunday, 15th April 2018
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Entry: Rs. 700/-

Karachi ka Manzarnama by Vasl Artist’s Association

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Vasl Artists’ Association is pleased to share ‘Karachi ka Manzarnama’, an exhibition of works which reflect upon the city of Karachi.

Karachi ka Manzarnama was a travelling collection of artworks, which was part of the Azme Naujawan Project. Curated and designed by Vasl, these works were taken to 6 community centers, inviting visitors from the neighborhood to explore the pleasures and challenges of urban living through a range of mediums employed by the artists.

To conclude this city-wide project Vasl brings the artworks to its’ final stop at the Faraar Gallery, T2F.

This particular show includes work by:

Adeela Suleman, Anousha Hassan, Arsalan Nasir, Fatima Munir, Gina Gul, Halima Sadia,  Haider Ali Naqvi,  Muhammad Zeeshan, Munawar Ali Syed, Naila Mahmood, Omer Wasim, Razin Rubin,  Samra Roohi, Seema Nusrat, Seher Naveed and Shahana Munawar.

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 12 2018

Time: 05:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

An interactive piece by Razin Rubin from 5:00 PM on wards,

A performance by Munawar Ali Syed at 6:15 PM

A video Installation by Omer Wasim & Saira Sheikh at 7:00 PM

Science Ka Adda: Let’s Talk Stress with Dr. Shehnaz Tapal

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Did you know that stress is one of the main contributors to weight gain; or that about 80-85% of human illnesses and diseases are partly attributed to stress; or that when we’re stressed, we seem to forget things? No matter how old we are, stress affects us in many different ways.

Join us and Dr. Shehnaz Tapal in an interactive two-hour session at Faraar Gallery, T2F, where we will identify triggers and manifestations of stress, and learn coping strategies to better manage stress in our lives.

About the Speaker

Dr. Shehnaz Tapal, Ed. D, is an education consultant and a teacher of Viniyoga, with over twenty years’ experience of working in the education sector. She is trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness in schools in the US and UK, and has created a series of workshops to help people from all walks of life to manage their stress. Dr. Tapal’s motto, “A calm mind, a relaxed body, and an open heart lead to learning,” guides her teaching in Karachi, where she runs courses that integrate mindfulness and yoga for self-care and overall well-being. She also teaches mindfulness in schools.


Date: Wednesday, 11th April 2018

Time: 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

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

First Fridays Open Mic: April Edition

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Join us at Faraar Gallery, T2F on the first Friday of April 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!

All performers get maximum 10 minutes stage time.

Date: Friday, 6th April 2018

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Time: 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM

Entry: Free, donations much appreciated!

Dance, Heart, and Mind: Workshop with Suhaee Abro

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Join us for a two-day workshop with critically acclaimed dancer Suhaee Abro. Abro’s ‘Dance, Heart, and Mind’ workshop involves elements of dance therapy and aims to provide relief in an age where we are often lead by negative thoughts, fears, and a lack of self  awareness, self love and self respect. The workshop does not require any prior dance experience.

Here is a link to a similar workshop led by Abro in Italy: https://www.facebook.com/scuoladirecitazionedellacalabria/videos/756902071174918/

Let’s open our bodies, hearts, and minds and dance it all away!

About The Instructor:
Suhaee Abro began her training in Classical Dance at the age of seven from the respected Classical Dancer, Sheema Kermani. Abro specialises in ‘Bharatanatyam’; also choreographing and performing other genres of dance. She has been performing since the age of eight, including numerous performances in Pakistan, India, China, Germany, Italy and Nepal. Her group, ‘Nritaal – a live dance and music group’ in which she works as a Dance Director and performer has been quite appreciated by art-lovers and art critiques. Abro is the Director and organizer of ‘Raqs Mein Hai Sara Jahan – Dancing Away Differences’, a one-day festival celebrating various forms of dance and dancers.

Date: Saturday & Sunday, 7th-8th April 2018

Time: 05:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Place: The Second Floor (T2F)

Registration Fee: Rs. 4000

***The workshop is open to 15 students maximum. We have a first come, first served policy, please come in and sign up at T2F or send us an email at info@peaceniche.org***

Thinking Films: Summer of My German Soldier

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Join us on Wednesday, 4th April 2018 at Faraar Gallery, T2F for our latest session of Thinking Films: Summer of My German Soldier.

One of the best movies made for TV, “Summer Of My German Soldier”, was nominated for three Emmy awards in 1979, including Best Drama on Comedy Special, Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series or Special, and actress Esther Rolle was nominated and won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Ruth.

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The story:

Twelve-year-old Patty Bergen lives in the small American town of Jenkinsville, Georgia, during World War II. Patty’s family owns the local clothing and general supplies store, in which Patty occasionally works. Patty’s abusive father and uncaring mother have little time for her, instead favoring her younger sister Sharon. However, Patty does have a friend in Ruth, the family’s black, middle-aged housekeeper.

The U.S. government opens a prisoner-of-war (POW) camp for captured German soldiers in the town, and one day Patty meets one of the POWs: Anton Friedrich Reiker (one of the few prisoners able to speak English) when the POWs are allowed to buy supplies from her family’s store. Soon after, Anton escapes from the POW camp and is on the run. He is about to escape on a train when Patty sees him and scuppers his plans. Rather than inform the authorities, Patty hides the young soldier in some abandoned rooms above the family’s disused garage and brings him food. Anton shows Patty a warmth and respect that she never had from her cold family and the two become close friends.

Anton is almost exposed when he sees Patty’s father beating her one day and nobly runs out of hiding to protect her, but she shouts for him to go back before he is seen. However, Ruth sees Anton. She does not approve of Patty harboring him, but agrees to keep her secret and helps by giving Anton food. Before long, the FBI begin conducting a thorough search of the town looking for Anton. When they call at the Bergens’ home, Patty runs out to the garage to warn Anton that he must leave immediately or he will be caught. Anton flees from the garage after thanking Patty for her help and gives her a valuable ring that belonged to his grandfather. However, while trying to leave the town that night, the FBI finds Anton and he is shot dead trying to escape. The FBI return to the Bergens’ house that night and relay the news of Anton’s death to Patty, who is utterly devastated.

Appalled to hear that his own daughter aided a German prisoner, her father virtually disowns her and tells her that she is dead to him. She is also alienated by the small-minded townsfolk who now view her as a traitor. The only person who still talks to her is Ruth, who has now been fired from her job as housekeeper. Ruth tries to comfort Patty in her grief and tells the townsfolk to leave Patty alone as only God has the right to stand in judgment of her.

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This is an amazing movie and we hope all of you will come to see it. 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!

When : Wednesday, 4th April 2018

Where : Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Time : 07:00 PM – 08:40 PM

Entry : Free. Donations requested for PN/T2F to bring you such programmes