MangalVangal Bazaar: LitLab Bargain Books & Open Mic

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LitLab: Bargain Books Bazaar & Open Mic
Join us in our fight to alleviate intellectual poverty

On Tuesday November 21st and Wednesday 22nd November T2F will be hosting LitLab, a two day event for lovers of literature

Bargain Books Bazaar: a fine selection of books, all at discounted prices!
Date & Time: Tuesday 21st November noon-10pm, Wednesday 22nd November noon-6pm

Explore our eclectic selection including contemporary fiction, local graphic novels, philosophical literature, a variety of insightful biographies and much more. If you have used or new books that you’d like to donate, please bring them in. All proceeds are used to fund T2F’s literary programs.

Literary Open Mic: welcoming poets, writers & spoken word artists!
Date & Time: Wednesday 22nd November 7pm-9pm

LitLab will conclude with a literary open mic for poets, writers, and spoken word artists to share original work. We’d love for you to share your own work, including work-in-progress, but if you wish to, you are also welcome to read published pieces by writers you admire. Each person gets 10 minutes at the mic. Sign up from 6pm (spaces are limited, so first come first served). Everyone is welcome to take part.

Your donations are most welcome to help keep this place running. Thank you.

Date: Tuesday, 21st November 2017 & Wednesday, 22nd November 2017
Time: noon-10pm
Place: The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: Free, donations welcome

Science Fuse: Science Adventure Series


Begin your learning adventure with the first in a series of Science Workshops by Science Fuse / spark your neurons at The Second Floor (T2F). Our first workshop will focus on the science of Brain, Senses and Incredible Materials.

Science Fuse create hands-on and engaging informal STEM learning environments where children learn by being scientists, investigators, and thinkers. We nourish children’s sense of wonder and curiosity and shape them into lifelong learners.

Join us on 25th & 26th November (11:00 – 13:00) to learn, experiment, explore and play!

To register please fill out the form below and we will get in touch to finalize your registration. We have limited seats and spots will be confirmed on first come first served basis after the program fee has been deposited at The Second Floor. Please find the link to the form below. Program fee is Rs. 1800 per child.

Our STEM programs:

– Promote an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education by making STEM fun, relatable and hands-on.
– Develop Science Enquiry Skills in children which is essentially learning how to learn.
– Enhance scientific literacy while developing vital cognitive skills and attitudes in children, such as communication and collaborative skills, critical-thinking and a growth mindset.

When and Where:

Age group: 7 – 14 years
Duration: 25th – 26th November
Last day to register: 24th November 2017
Timings: 11:00 – 13:00
Location: The Second Floor (T2F) Karachi
Program fee: Rs. 1,800/-
Location: The Second Floor – 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Karachi, Pakistan

For questions please contact:
Lalah Rukh or Joti Ghani at, or at 0323 6444 711, 0321 5801 422 or 0322 8027 867 or T2F at +(92-21) 3538-9043 and 0322 8027 867

Khumariyaan: Live in Concert


Back by popular demand to perform live at T2F, join us for a live concert featuring Khumariyaan!

Art for religious fundamentalism is, like water for fire, mere existence, is a form of resistance.
Khumariyaan was born in the age of Talibanisation, sectarian violence, military operations and neo-imperialist expansions, in the region which is a gateway to Central Asia, in the city of Peshawar. A band of musicians whose tunes are based on their native music, with nuances of other native sounds of the world, Khumariyaan’s focus is to elevate music to the medium of peace. Musically, Khumariyaan are also trying to break the tradition of South Asian vocal based musical culture, thus are primarily an instrumental band with little fragments of vocals to complement the overall harmony of their music. 

When: Monday, 20th November 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:30PM onwards
Entry: Rs. 600
*tickets are only available on the day of the event. No reservations – first come, first served!*

Thinking Films: The Wondrous Magic of Walt Disney

Thinking Films- Disney 1-02Join us for the first edition of T2F’s ‘Thinking Films’ series! In our first session, this Wednesday, take a journey through the evolution of animation as we know and love today. We will be screening short films about Walt Disney’s early animations and remarkable studio works!
Date: Wednesday, 15th November 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Entry: Free, donations appreciated

Qavvaali Mahfil Series: Subhan Ahmed Nizami

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Subhan Ahmed Nizami is a descendant of the prestigious “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana” of Delhi. Some years after his family migrated to Pakistan, the Manzoor Niazi qavvaali group was formed, featuring cousins Munshi Raziuddin, Ustad Bahauddin Khan, Ustad Manzoor Niazi and Subhan’s grandfather, Ustad Iftikhar Ahmed Nizami.

As the families grew and reached almost 50 members, each Ustad formed his own qavvaali troupe, adding to the wealth of the gharana’s heritage. Ustad Iftikhar Ahmed Nizami, the eldest cousin and the great-great grandson of Ustad Tanrus Khan, was extremely versatile and was blessed with a beautiful voice. His Radio Pakistan concerts were highly sought after performances that people would go out of their way to attend. His son, Ustad Afaq Ahmed Nizami was the family librarian, a specialist of Farsi kalaam, and an exemplary practitioner of classical music.

After his father’s passing in 1999, Subhan Ahmed Nizami, barely 18, formed his own qavvaali group to continue the legacy of his forefathers. In addition to performing in Pakistan, Subhan and his brothers have given several extremely well received concerts in France.

When: Sunday, 19th November 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 8:00-10:00PM
Entry: Rs. 400

Avaaz: ‘Kings Without Thrones’ & Baap’ Film Screenings

Join us for a back-to-back short film screening focusing on minority populations in Pakistan followed by a Q&A session

The Films
Kings Without Thrones: An insight into Pakistan’s marginalized African population 
About the Director:
Alice Peter is a Media Sciences graduate from SZABIST University who completed her thesis on the marginalisation of Pakistan’s Sheedi (Afro-Pakistani) community this year. Currently, she works at SAMAA News as a Videographer and Content Writer.

Baap: Torn between two forces, a man struggles to find himself
About the Director
Jehanzeb Raza is a Film and Television production major from SZABIST university. His field of expertise is art direction and he focuses extensively on the communication between characters and their environment.

The film screening will be followed by a talk with Mr Taimur Suri followed by a Q&A. Taimur Ahmed Suri is presently engaged in the capacity of Head of Department for Media Sciences as Assistant Professor at SZABIST. Previously he was Assistant Professor at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVS) where he taught for over a decade in the discipline of History of Art. Presently he is engaged in putting together two major projects one being the recompilation of History Curriculum for middle to senior schools of Pakistan and second is a joint compilation of FOMMA and IVS of addressing the gap in the culture industry in Pakistan starting with a focus on Karachi.

Date: Friday, 17th November 2017
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Entry: Free, donations much appreciated

Sur ka Safar: An Evening With Shahzeb Ali

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Shahzeb Ali has been a student of the vocal tradition of Gwalior Gharana for over 12 years. His first guru was Ustad Hameed Ali Khan, with whom he spent 6 years, and later he became a disciple of Ustad Mehmood Ali Khan. At a very young age, Shahzeb has managed to grasp the unique, intricate features of the South Asian vocal tradition; his taans and layakari are commendable. He has performed on television for various channels such as Geo TV, TVOne and PTV to name a few. In addition, he is now a regular feature in music festivals such as APMC and has also served on a panel of judges for singing competitions in schools and organizations such as IAMKarachi for their Youth Festivals. Shahzeb currently teaches vocal classes at The Arts Council of Pakistan in Karachi.

Date: Saturday, 11th November 2017
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Entry: Rs500
Tickets available only at the door

Black Code: Documentary Screening


Toronto-based documentary filmmaker and cinematographer Nicholas De Pencier (Four Wings and a Prayer, Watermark) examines the complex global impact that the internet has had on matters of free speech, privacy and activism.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director

Date: Thursday, 9th November 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Entry: Free, donations welcome

Dance Mandala with Alizeh Valjee!

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Dance Mandala with Alizeh Valjee!
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, the participants are exposed to motion to confront 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.
When: Monday, 6th November 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Free! (donations are appreciated)

Panel Discussion on Education and Heritage Buildings


Karachi Civic Innovation Lab (KCIL) in collaboration with Public Interest Law Association of Pakistan (PILAP) is bringing a panel discussion that will explore the two pressing issues of Karachi as voted by the citizens themselves on the recent poll launched by PILAP.

To be a part of this conversation, register at:

Date: Thursday, November 2nd 2017
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Entry: Free