For the intellectually inclined, there’s going to be a few great events in Karachi this week. Book lovers rejoice, because the 11th Annual Karachi International Book Fair is being held at the Expo centre in the coming week. If you’re in the mood to browse through table after table of all kinds of books, ranging from classics to contemporary hits to less-known gems, you should definitely make time to check it out!

T2F is holding two very interesting events in the coming week. The third film by renowned global activists ‘The Yes Men’ will be screened at the venue this weekend. ‘The Yes Men Are Revolting’ is a thought provoking film that touches upon relevant themes of global politics and economics. Poets Translating Poets will be held the very next day. The reading has brought together German, Urdu-speaking and Sindhi poets who have translated each other’s works. They will be reading out these translations during the event. This event is sure to offer some interesting insight into the cross-cultural exchange of art so don’t miss out if you’re a fan of poetry!

Karachi International Book Fair

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Pakistan Publishers and Booksellers Association is once again organizing the country’s largest 11th Karachi International Book Fair. This premier event brings together domestic and international publishers, booksellers, librarians and book lovers. The event provides an excellent opportunity for readers to view and purchase the best Pakistani and international books and publications. It also offers an opportunity for writers to interact with publishers. Brands like Liberty Books and Paramount Books will be selling a massive collection of books at amazing discounts.

This is the perfect event for all book lovers!

Where: Karachi Expo Center, Karachi Lines

When: till 16th November

Timings: 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.


“The Yes Men are Revolting”- Screening at T2F

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Join us at T2F for a film screening of ‘The Yes Men Are Revolting’, directed by Jacques Servin, Igor Vamos and Laura Nix. This event is initiated by Siraj Ali and will be moderated by Raja Qazi.

For 20 years, notorious activists The Yes Men (Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum) have staged outrageous hoaxes to hijack public dialogue about the issues of the day. In their third cinematic outing (after “The Yes Men” and “The Yes Men Fix the World”), they’re well into their 40s, and mid-life crises are threatening to drive them out of activism forever – even as they prepare to take on the biggest challenge yet: climate change. Their latest film is as much a character study as it is a thrilling ride depicting their latest interventions against corporate greed. From villages in Uganda, to toxic oil fields in Canada, these iconoclastic revolutionaries take on big oil, lobbyists, and the U.S. government, armed with nothing but thrift-store suits. Overcoming personal obstacles to deliver uproarious actions of global significance, the Yes Men deliver a hopeful message about ordinary people taking back the planet.

Where: T2F, 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA

When: 15th November

Timing: 7:00 p.m.

Contact: 021-35389043


Poets Translating Poets

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Two Urdu, two Sindhi and two German poets have met during a five-day workshop in Karachi, translating each other´s poems. This evening, moderated by literary critic Asif Farrukhi, will present the outcomes of this workshop as they read their translated poems, discuss their experience of translating each other without knowing their languages, the difficulties faced in the process and the insights gained. The event will also include a panel discussion.

Poetry Reading:

German | Daniela Danz, Andreas Altman

Sindhi | Attiya Dawood, Amar Sindhu

Urdu | Afzal Syed Ahmad, Ali Akbar Natiq

On the Panel:

Dr. Thomas Wohlfahrt (Director, Literaturwerkstatt and International Poetry Festival Berlin)

Stefan Winkler (Director Goethe-Institut Pakistan)

“Poets Translating Poets” is a project which aims to create a platform for poets from South Asia and Germany to translate each other´s works. The project was initiated by he Goethe-Institut in collaboration with Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, the German Commission for UNESCO and The Second Floor (T2F) in Karachi.

Where: T2F, 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA

When: 16th November

Timing: 6:30 p.m.

Contact: 021-35389043


Ayesha Jamil

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