Dance Mandala with Alizeh

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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, 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.

When: Monday, 2nd April 2018
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Free! (donations appreciated)

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

Pakistan International Film Festival (PIFF) 2018

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Join us for the Day 4 of Film Screenings of Pakistan International Film Festival 2018 at T2F on Sunday, 1st April 2018, 3pm – 730pm.

About the Event

Pakistan International Film Festival (PIFF) is organised by Karachi Film Society, a nonprofit organisation founded by renowned Producer/Director Ms. Sultana Siddiqui. The primary goal of Karachi Film Society is to make film and cinema accessible to the general public and to increase awareness of the already existing genres in film making.

PIFF is one of the largest film festival in Pakistan. It will screen features, shorts, and documentaries from Pakistan and from around the world. A platform for independent filmmaking, creative expression and compelling storytelling, PIFF supports emerging and established voices, discovers emerging filmmakers, curates innovative and fresh ideas, and introduces new technology and trends through seminars, workshops, premieres, exhibitions, and live performance. Feature films invited to participate in the PIFF will be shown in the section determined most appropriate by festival programmers, as per their discretion.

Details:

03:00 PM – 04:30 PM

Why are you here?

UK – Short Documentary

11 min 49 secs

Motor

Russia – Short Documentary

12mins

Humanity in Migrating

Turkey – Short Documentary

25 min 17 sec

30 mins break

05:00 PM – 06:00 PM

88 Men

Pakistan – Short Documentary

15mins

Okai on the Nagara

Japan – Short Documentary

4min 38 secs

Shah Jo Risola

Pakistan – Short Documentary

9 mins

Jassi Pappi Da Akhrot

Pakistan – Short Documentary

9 mins

06:00 PM – 07:30 PM

The Unknown Mountaineer

Pakistan – Documentary Feature

1 hour 5 mins

When : Sunday, 1st April 2018

Where : Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Time : 03:00 PM – 07:30 PM

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

Qavvaali Mahfil: A Tribute to Munshi Raziuddin

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Join us on Friday, 30th March 2018 at Faraar Gallery, T2F when the grandchildren of Ustad Munshi Raziuddin – Ghayoor and Moiz (sons of Qavvaal Fareed Ayaz) along with brothers and cousins (sons of Qavvaal Abu Muhammad) pay a tribute to their grandfather.

Belonging to the Qavvaal Bachchon Ka Gharana, this family’s lineage of Qavvaali dates back to more than 700 years. The two major Qavvaal have imbibed a lot from their grandfather, Ustad Munshi Raziuddin, having been trained and performed with him several times.


Date: Friday, 30th March 2018

Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Rs 500. First come, first served at the door.

Mian, Biwi aur Wagah

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Join us on Thursday, 29th March 2018 at Faraar Gallery, T2F to meet the team of ‘Main, Biwi aur Wagah.’

About the Play

‘Mian Biwi aur Wagah’ (Husband, Wife and the Wagah Border) is a homecoming experience for the lovers of Urdu theatre, spun around the lost tradition of letter-writing. The play is based on the real life story of a Pakistani wife and her Indian husband. They narrate their stories through letters, carrying a range of emotions. Between them lies Wagah, the border that separates the two countries and a metaphor for the similarities and differences between the two nations. Wagah is a symbolic character, and a storyteller, who weaves intimate memories, incidents, and observations, and attempts to discover himself in the process. In the days of digital communication, letter-writing can seem hopelessly outdated. Yet, it’s an art worth reviving, because it imparts a human touch that modern technology lacks.

Riding on experimental theatre dynamics and inventive sound and light ingredients, the production of ‘Mian Biwi aur Wagah’ hopes to inspire the audience to revive the art of soul- stirring communication, by putting pen to paper and writing to their loved ones.


Date: Thursday, 29th March 2018

Time: 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Free; Your donations will help us bring you more programs like this.

In Light of the Other by Vasl Artist’s Association

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Join Vasl Artists’ Association on Monday, 26th March 2018 at Faraar Gallery, T2F to meet the 10th Taaza Tareen Artists and Writer in Residence.

Taaza Tareen, Vasl’s flagship program for young graduates, aims to identify new talent from Pakistan; and to channelize, mentor and showcase their creative aptitude. Taaza Tareen Residencies, since 2005, have supported recent graduates from Pakistani art institutes at formative stages of their professions.

For the 2018 cycle, the artists and writer have been working around the theme ‘Bijli, Pani aur Gas’ examining how critical resources shape geographical conflicts and determine the everyday struggle for existence.


Date: Monday, 26th March 2018

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Free, donations appreciated

Sur Ka Safar: featuring Turab Ali

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Join us on 24th March 2018 at Faraar Gallery, T2F, for the latest performance in our Sur Ka Safar series, featuring Turab Ali, accompanied by Yousuf Kerai on the tabla.

About the Performer

Turab Ali descends from three generations of sitar players of the Dehli Gharana. He has been trained by his grandfather, the late Ustad Imdad Hussain Khan, and his maternal uncle, Ikhlaq Hussain Khan. Turab gave his first public performance at age 13, in Karachi, and has been performing ever since, including in India and the Middle East. He has performed in festivals and concerts arranged by All Pakistan Music Conference, Tehzeeb Foundation, Lahore Music Forum, British Council, and Sampurna. He has recorded for film and TV drama scores with famous music directors of Pakistan. Turab plays in the Gayaki Ang (or vocal manner of playing). It is perhaps the most difficult form of playing the sitar as it involves the systematic use of a pitch deflecting technique by pulling the strings across the frets and varying their tension. Turab has received the Husn-e-Kamal award for his performances in Pakistan.


Date: Saturday, 24th March 2018

Time: 7:30–9:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Rs 500. First come, first served at the door

Drum Circle!

 

Is Karachi’s frenzy affecting you? Do you feel exhausted?

Join us for an evening of Drum Circle with Ibadullah Shaikh!

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, 23rd March 2018

Time: 6:30PM – 8:00PM

Entry: Make a Rs. 50 donation to support our artistic endeavours

Thinking Films: Loving Vincent

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Join us on Wednesday, 21st March 2018 at Faraar Gallery, T2F for our latest session of Thinking Films: Loving Vincent.

Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully painted feature film produced by Oscar- winning studios Breakthru Films and Trademark Films which explores Vincent’s life and work by bringing to life some of Vincent van Gogh’s most inspirational paintings to tell his story. Vincent van Gogh is the world’s most famous painter and his Starry Night, Café Terrace at Night, Sunflowers, Wheatfield with Crows and indeed his own face in his many self-portraits are among the most recognised images in our world. He is not only famous for his paintings, but also for his tortured life, notably for cutting off his ear and shooting himself while painting at his easel; painting to the bitter end of his unhappy misunderstood life. He is the world’s totemic ‘tortured artist’. In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.

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, 21st March 2018

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Free, donations appreciated

Aks International Minorities Festival

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Join us at T2F from Friday – Sunday, 16th – 18th March 2018, 5pm – 10pm to celebrate the 4th edition of Aks International Minorities Festival #Resist.

Aks International Minorities Festival, Film – Art – Dialogue, screens films, accompanied by discussions and debates, organise educational workshops, art exhibitions and performing arts events that promote awareness and dialogue about issues impacting minorities and marginalised groups. After touring Lahore and Islamabad, Aks International Minorities Festival has come to Karachi. It is a global human rights initiative designed to facilitate an already existing socio-political and cultural dialogue.

How to Sign up:
The Aks International Minorities Festival is an inclusive festival and is completely free of cost. Please send an email with the title/s of the event/s, your full name, and phone number to karachi@aksfestival.com. If you are bringing friend/s, please give the name/s and phone number/s for each person.

Detailed Program: www.aksfestival.com

Aks events taking place at T2F:

Friday, 16th March 2018
5pm – 730pm | The Voice of Transgender People in Politics
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1214547175314963/

8pm – 10pm | Apricot Groves
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/825439164307083/

Saturday, 17th March 2018
730pm – 10pm | Art Revolt: artists and activists for change
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/148159159191010/

Sunday, 18th March 2018
5pm – 7pm | Made in Pakistan (Karachi Edition)
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/169390227022647/

8pm – 10pm | Mulahapar
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/168962323887561/

When : Friday – Sunday, 16th – 18th March 2018
Where : Faraar Gallery, T2F
Time : 5pm – 10pm
Entry : Free. Donations requested for PN/T2F to bring you such programmes

Soul Force, a Tribute to Freedom by Paul Livingstone & Friends

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Join us on 14th March 2018 for Soul Force, a Tribute to Freedom by Paul Livingstone, Ustad Bashir Khan & Karachi Jazz Band at T2F for a musical tribute honouring the legacies of Pakistani visionaries such as Bacha Khan, Asma Jahangir, and Sabeen Mahmud alongside prophetic international voices of peace and direct action such as Martin Luther King and Cesar Chavez among many others.

Featuring live performances of Indian classical and western jazz crossover music by Paul Livingstone, Ustad Bashir Khan & Karachi Jazz Band, the concert will celebrate the history of nonviolent resistance and promote its relevance and practicality for the mental, social, and spiritual uplift of our communities and the world. The performances will be accompany a multimedia presentation of the Soul Force Project.

About the Project:
The Soul Force Project exists as an open source performance vehicle which demonstrates the relevance & practicality of nonviolence today as a universal truth. We hold that the principle of love in action has been demonstrated in a multiplicity of cultures, confirmed by history and is rooted in our diverse religious, ethnic and social identities; if we look for it. To love the ‘other’ is the highest story of being human, the biggest challenge and the most powerful weapon for peace but it is meaningless if we do not act on it and model it for others. This power affects all aspects of human health, well being and harmony in our collective environment. Using dynamic music, imagery, poetry and other artistic expression this collective artistic work strives to provide a tangible hope for a future of humanity. We come to hope through the inspiration of visionary leaders, the stories of courageous men and women of the past and the present from all corners of the globe. The empowerment of knowledge demonstrates the reality that change is in our own hands and pushes us to take action in resonance with that belief. Soul Force is the power that transforms the violent tragedies of history into a beautifully story of redemption today and this is our story, if we want it.
 
A video link to the initial Soul Force performance in Los Angeles with Hindu, Muslim & Christian artists performing together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4qU9vsH6wQ
About the Performer:
International performer, composer, teaching artist/activist Paul Livingstone is a disciple of the legendary Pandit Ravi Shankar and has dedicated himself over the last three decades to the power of creative music as a vehicle for social justice, community & spiritual renewal. He received his undergrad and masters degrees from Cal Arts and currently is on the music faculty at Glendale Community College teaching Indian and world music.
For more information, visit: www.tanpura.com.
Entry to the event is on first-come-first-served basis. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Date: Wednesday 14th March 2018
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Rs 100. Your donations will help us to continue holding programmes like this for the community!