A Community Affair: Celebrating T2F through Prince Claus Award

Sunday, 5th February 2017 | 2:00PM – 5:30PM

We cordially invite you to ‘A Community Affair’, a full-day curated event that will celebrate the PeaceNiche/The Second Floor (T2F) Prince Claus Achievement Award on Sunday, 5th February 2017 at our venue.

In December 2016, His Royal Highness, Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, presented PeaceNiche/The Second Floor (T2F) with the PCA award for 2016, to former Chairperson, Ms. Mahenaz Mahmud, in an official ceremony at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.

The Prince Claus Awards honour outstanding achievements in the field of culture and development. The awards are presented annually to individuals, groups and organizations whose cultural actions have a positive impact on the development of their societies. The Awards highlight significant contributions in regions where resources or opportunities for cultural expression, creative production and preservation of cultural heritage are limited.

PeaceNiche/The Second Floor (T2F) is awarded for its courageous continuation of what should be normal civic activities, for promoting and enabling democratic discourse, progressive thought and critical debate in an increasingly polarized society; for creating a haven for tolerance, welcoming all shades of opinion within an overall framework of peace and secularism, for stimulating artistic expression in a broad spectrum of disciplines and encouraging experimentation that challenges local conventions; for mentoring and providing a supportive platform for younger generations to exercise their talents and opinions.

The forthcoming event at T2F is envisioned as a community gathering, for what we hope will be an enjoyable evening of entertainment and celebration of success.

Here’s to keeping the dream alive!

2:00PM – 2:30PM | Outdoor Mural and Art Activity
Summaiya Jillani, Ayesha Tariq and Haider Ali
2:45PM – 3:15PM | Key Note Speeches
Jeannette Seppen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Khalid Mahmood, Chairperson of PeaceNiche/The Second Floor (T2F)
Mahenaz Mahmud, Former Chairperson of PeaceNiche/The Second Floor (T2F)
3:30PM – 5:30PM | Dance and Musical Performances
Yousuf Kerai, Suhaee Abro, Sara Haider and Natasha Humera Ejaz


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When: Sunday, 5th February 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 2:00PM – 5:30PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Comedy Scene Presents: Anniversary Special Show

Sunday, 29th January 2017 | 8:00PM –9:30PM

Comedy Scene will be 1-year-old on January 29th, 2017.

We’re celebrating this with a stand-up comedy show, bringing brand new material. Join us as we promise a night of hilarity.

List of our super-funny comedians:
Annie Shamim
Ayesha Tariq
Faraz Ahmed
Fayzan Yousafzai
Kashif Shahzad
Nida Fatima Syed
Usman Mazhar
Syed Osama Sami


When: Sunday, 29th January 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 8:00PM – 9:30PM
Entry: Rs.400

Zambeel Dramatic Readings presents Sookhay Saavun

Saturday, 28th January 2017 | 7:30PM – 8:30PM

Zamiruddin Ahmed’s (1928-1990) nuanced works are distinct for their unassuming and direct narrative style. Mostly woven around the Muslim culture in India, his compelling works draw upon themes of social relationships, deception, loss of innocence, domestic estrangement and the suppressed sexuality of middle class women. The title of this performance borrows its name from the author’s short story Sookhay Saavun, which is considered a masterpiece of Urdu Literature.

Women are central to the narratives in both the selected stories Qissa Musammaat Phool Vati Ka and Tishna e Faryaad. Mercilessly manipulated by the male protagonists, the women choose their own fate through despair and dejection, claiming autonomy over their individual destinies.

Sookhay Saavun Final

When: Saturday, 28th January 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Rs.400


Drum Circle!

Friday, 27th January 2017 | 6:30PM – 8:00PM

“Whenever people gather to play the drum, the world becomes a better place.” — Olatunji

Drum Circle!
Is Karachi’s frenzy affecting you? Do you feel exhausted? 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?

Join us for an evening with Drum Circle!

About the Facilitator:
Ibadullah Sheikh works as a facilitator for Taskeen – a mental health initiative that conducts emotional wellness sessions. Through tragedy, he discovered the therapeutic power of drumming. His experience, interest, and passion has led him to practice as a public drum circle facilitator. In his effort to nurture his inner child, he has chosen to join Imkaan, to help nurture the children of Machaira Colony. His lived experience lends him to mix work and play at Khel.

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When: Friday, 27th January 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Entry: Make a Rs. 50 donation to support our artistic endeavours

Khumariyaan: Live in Concert

Friday, 20th January 2017 | 7:00PM onwards

Join us at T2F 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, our focus is to elevate music to the medium of peace.

Musically, we are also trying to break the tradition of South Asian vocal based musical culture, thus we are primarily an instrumental band with little fragments of vocals to complement the overall harmony of our music.

Website: http://www.khumariyaan.com/


When: Friday, 20th January 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM onwards
Entry: Rs. 600


Friday, 13th & Saturday, 14th January 2017 | 8:00PM 

In this Mehfil-e-Daastangoi, Fawad Khan, Syed Meesum Naqvi and Nazrul Hasan are performing new pieces from Tilism-e-Hoshruba and two pieces on dogs by the great Urdu humourists – Patras Bokhari and Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi.

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When: Friday, 13th & Saturday, 14th January 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 8:00PM
Entry: Rs. 500 

Film Screening: Feica vs Feica

Thursday, 12th January 2017 | 7:00PM

Feica vs Feica is a short documentary (27 min. 36 seconds) about Pakistan’s veteran political cartoonist, Feica. For the last 30 years, Feica has been taking on all shades of bigotry – political, religious and social – through his cartoons. For these ‘sins’, the Karachi-based artist has often found himself in trouble with state authorities and political parties. But even stints in jail haven’t curbed Feica’s outspokenness, his non-conformism. His critics call him stupid for openly criticizing Pakistan’s power centres; for flouting the ban on alcohol by taking his hipflask to public places. But while he courts the image of a troublemaker and an irresponsible alcoholic, Feica is also a notoriously disciplined cartoonist, a canny entrepreneur, a doting father and caring husband.

This film confronts Pakistan’s contemporary socio-political realities as reflected by the public and private faces of its best-known satirist. What do these two Feicas think of each other? Who is the real Feica and what does he think? Why is he hated as much as he is admired?

This short film shows the best and the worst of Pakistan though the eyes of a liberal, progressive artist. Most importantly, this documentary speaks of what resistance looks like and its future in a country eviscerated by its contradictions, its bigots and zealots.

The fim screening will be followed by a short Q/A Session with Feica himself and the fim crew. The session will be moderated by Munazza Siddiqui.

Faisal Sayani is an independent filmmaker and freelance journalist who teaches television production and the history of cinema at public and private universities in Karachi. Between 2002 and 2015, he headed current affairs departments at Geo News, DawnNews and Express News. He has also produced several documentaries on various subjects, including the 2006 ‘Zinda Tau Rehna Hai’ (Life Goes On) about life in the northern areas of Pakistan after the 2005 earthquake. He’s also a passionate photographer.

Munazza Siddiqui is the Executive Producer, Geo News International, and Editor of Jang-The Economist annual publication. With journalism experience of over 22 years, she has worked in print, radio, TV and electronic media with organisations that include Daily Muslim, Daily Dawn, BBC Asia Service, PTV, Deutsche Welle, Samaa, Dawn News and Geo. She has written and reported extensively in Pakistan and across Europe.

When: Thursday, 12th January 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

The Art of Kathak: Workshops with Farah Yasmeen Shaikh

 Sunday 8th – Wednesday 11th January 2017

The Art of Kathak: Workshops with Farah Yasmeen Shaikh

Kathak Artist, Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, returns to T2F to share her traditional, yet innovative style of this classical dance form. This time, the workshop is being conducted for children and adults.

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When: Sunday, 8th – 11th January 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)

Workshop Details:
Children: 8th Jan | 2:30 to 4:30pm
Adults: 8th Jan | 5 pm to 8 pm
9th to 11th Jan | 6 pm to 8 pm

Registration Fee:
Children: Rs. 1,000
Adults: Rs. 3,500

Please register by emailing us at info@peaceniche.org.

Cranes and Cube: A talk and exhibition by Asma Kazmi

Saturday, 7th January 2017 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Cranes and Cube:
This series of drawings are one aspect of a broader exploration of looking at the architecture, architectural heritage, and spatial practices of parts of the Islamic world. Cranes and Cube is a reduction of the topographic features of a site to bring up ambivalent subjectivities in the narration of the site. These drawings are both propositional and critical, set against the political force fields of idealism and grandeur of the real estate boom in the Middle East, in conflict with the cycles of defeat visible in refugeehood, exile, and displacement.

Asma Kazmi creates transdisciplinary, relational works where people, media, and objects come together. She is the recipient of many awardsincluding the Fulbright Research Award, (CIES) to India; the Faculty Research Grant, CalArts; the Great Rivers Biennial, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Rocket Grant, the Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas University; At the Edge, the University of Illinois in Chicago; She has exhibited at venues such as the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA; Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City; Queens Museum of Art, NY; Worth Ryder Gallery, UC Berkeley; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; H&R Block Space, Kansas City; Grand Arts, Kansas City; University of Missouri, St. Louis; The Guild Gallery, New York; Galerie Sans Titre, Brussels, Belgium; and Gallery 400, University of Illinois in Chicago. Kazmi has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Kansas City Art Institute, and CalArts, where she was permanent faculty and co-program director of the Art Program. Currently, she is an assistant professor at UC Berkeley. She was born & raised in Karachi, Pakistan.


When: Saturday, 7th January 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Heer and Chog Kusambey Di: Feminist Theatre for Social Change

Thursday, 5th January 2017 | 6:30PM – 8:30PM

In memory of the late Nasreen Anjum Bhatti, the beloved feminist poet and activist who passed away in January last year, UmangPoetry presents an evening of theatre, poetry and music.

Sangat, a feminist people’s theatre and music group from Lahore, will perform two plays which they usually perform in rural areas of Punjab and Sindh.

– “Heer”, by the 18th century Punjabi Sufi poet, Waris Shah. This production involves song, dance, mime and dialogue.

– “Chog Kusambey Di”, a contemporary play by the Punjabi poet and writer Najm Hosain Syed. This play is based on a kafi by Bulleh Shah, and has an all-female cast.

Both the plays are directed by Huma Safdar, who will also offer background and thematic overview in Urdu before the performance. For those who wish to stay on, the evening will end with a session of folk and Sufi music in Punjabi.


When: Thursday, 5th January 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)