What’s On in Karachi: 2nd – 8th February 2018

There’s plenty of great events around town in Karachi this week. The annual SAARC exhibition is this Saturday, with stalls for jewellery, clothes, home accessories and arts and crafts. The yearly Dawn All About Lifestyles Exhibition is on all weekend at the Expo center with loads of stalls for the whole family. You can catch Stage Nomad Production’s play Rehearsal at the Arts Council or to the various art, dance and photography exhibitions happening around town.

SAARC exhibition in Karachi

Pottery from Hala, Sindh at SAARC 2017

The SAARC Entrepreneur’s Day exhibition is a annual must for anyone who loves traditional crafts. It’s a great place to pick up unstitched outfits featuring rilli, natural dyed block printing and chikankari. There are always lots of jewellery stalls and home accessories, stationery and gift wraps and assorted arts and crafts. This years exhibition will be held on 3rd February, 2018 at Marriott Hotel, Karachi but please buy a pass in advance as there are no tickets available at the door.

To buy Passes:
0345-2120560 (Whats app only)

Date: 3rd February

Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Venue: Marriot Hotel, Karachi

Dawn All About Lifestyles Exhibition 2018

Dawn All About Lifestyles, an exhibition organized by Dawn Media Group, is Pakistan’s largest consumer goods exhibition held every year. The event is being held at the Karachi Expo Centre from February 2-4, 2018 and will have a dog show, games for children including laser tag, a stamps exhibition, food stalls and many many stalls from popular lifestyle brands covering everything from healthcare to home decor. Entry free. Families only.

Date: 2nd – 4th February 2018

Time: 3p.m – 10 p.m. (Friday) 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Sat/Sun)

Venue: Expo Centre, Karachi


Rehearsal –  play by Stage Nomad Productions

Sometimes humor is not enough to tone down the gravity of a situation.

A theater group makes an unscheduled stop only to find one of their cast members missing. To cast a local, they have to run him through a ‘Rehearsal’. A thoroughly-contemplated event that highlights the judgmental mindset of our society where we don’t let women live in peace.

From the writer of the famous ‘Anji’, Mr. Vijay Tendulkar has done complete justice to the spirit of this drama. From the makers of Court Martial and Mulzim Ya Mujrim, Stage Nomad is back with their 4th play. Starring the talented cast from IBA: Hammad Ather, Moiz Khan, Shah Hasan and Mushk Kaleem among others, this play is sure to leave you with many questions in addition to a lot of entertainment.

Date: 1 February – 5 February

Time: 7:45 p.m – 10.00 p.m.

Venue: Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi – Academics, R Kayani Road, Karachi, Pakistan-74200

Open Mic Night at T2F

Open Mic night at T2F

Join us at Faraar Gallery, T2F on the first Friday of February 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, February 2nd 2018
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Time: 6:00-8:30pm
Entry: Free, donations much appreciated!

Write in Session by the Desi Writer’s Lounge

Writing can be a lonely task. Sometimes you need a tribe to help you set goals and deadlines, to share your successes and mistakes — to stay motivated. These sessions will give you a quiet and supportive environment to write in the company of others. Novelists, poets, bloggers and scriptwriters are all welcome.

Join Desi Writers’ Lounge at the British Council library in Karachi as we resume our bi-monthly Write-in Sessions starting Saturday, 03 February 2018.

The write-in sessions are for new and experienced writers and aim to develop a strong writing community offline. Writers must bring their own laptop or notebook, whichever medium they are comfortable with, and write with fellow writers. There is no requirement of sharing work with others but you are welcome to discuss your writing if you feel you need help or direction. This is an opportunity to share knowledge and passion for stories and writing, and to find inspiration with fellow writers.

About Desi Writers’ Lounge:

Desi Writers’ Lounge (DWL) is an online collective for South Asian writers and a plat-form for writing on South Asia that is powered entirely by volunteers. With ten years of dedicated effort and groundbreaking initiatives under its belt, today DWL runs online forums for peer review, a literary magazine called Papercuts, an international short story competition, a poetry competition, a global network of book clubs, and an education and training programme for writers and readers.

The DWL write-in sessions started with officially hosting NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in 2015 and 2016. Physical write-ins are a big part of NaNoWriMo, a global challenge in which participants have to write 50k words in 30 days.

Participation fee: PKR 200 for non-members; FREE for members

To register, please email librarykhi@britishcouncil.org.pk with your name and CNIC OR Library Membership number.

The sessions are for ages 18 and above.

Registrations for the upcoming session will close on Thursday, 1 February 2018

Date: Saturday, 03 February 2018 (Sessions happen on the first and last Saturday of each month)

Place: British Council Library


Asif Farrukhi reads his short story Samandar ki Chori


One fine morning the residents of Karachi wake up to an unusual sight: the sea has been stolen. Dazed and perplexed, they try to respond to this in their usual ways giving rise to a multitude of sounds. They learn to live with the missing sea and the rising bowl of dust in its place.

Asif Farrukhi has written seven collections of short fiction and two volumes of critical essays, Asif Farrukhi has also translated from and into Urdu. He edits the literary journal Duniyazad and teaches literature. Asif Farrukhi lives in fiction and writes Karachi

Date: Saturday 3rd February

Time: 15:00–18:00

Venue: Pioneer Book House, opp Dow Medical College, MA Jinnah Road


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, 5th February 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.**

Talk and Paper-Relief Workshop by German Artist Beninga Chilla

Join us on Thursday, 8th February at Faraar Gallery for a talk and paper-relief workshop by German artist, Benigna Chilla.

Paper-relief is a simple, DIY means of printing using every day tools. Inspired by ancient, geometric patterns found in architecture, textiles, and nature, Benigna Chilla breaks them down into their most basic forms, isolates sections, analyzes how all the pieces fit together, plays with color and then finally recreates the original inspiration as a completely new design. Benigna Chilla presents her work to the viewer as an optical illusion through the layering of see-through surfaces.

Benigna Chilla:
Benigna Chilla began her art training in her native Germany at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin. She moved to the USA in 1969, where she completed her graduate studies and then taught as Professor of Visual Arts until her retirement in 2011. She now teaches workshops to non-traditional art students in South Asia each winter. Benigna continues to produce work in her home studio and has had over forty solo exhibitions in the USA and internationally.

Date: Thursday, 8th February 2018
Time: 5:00 – 8:00pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Registration: 20 seats available. To register for the workshop, please find the form on www.vaslart.org/opportunities or email at [email protected] for further inquiries

Thinking Films: Disney and Beyond

Join us on Wednesday, 7th February 2018 for the final instalment of T2F’s Thinking Films Disney series! In our first edition of Disney Thinking Films, we took you on a journey through the evolution of animation through a series of short films about Walt Disney’s early and remarkable studio works. In second session, we took a deeper dive into Walt Disney’s groundbreaking work in the world of animation we know and love today. In the final instalment this Wednesday, will be screening a series of animations that showcase Disney’s cutting-edge innovation that inspired big name animation studios of the 21st century.

We’ll 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, 7th February 2018
Time: 7:00pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: Free, donations appreciated!

Beyond The Classroom – A Photography Exhibition

The School of Writing presents a one of its kind photography exhibition showcasing the work of amateur photographers who are also full-time teachers. This training was held under the initiative of Badal Do
Badal Do is a unique initiative for teacher sensitization to bring about inclusive and innovative tools in education. The initiative aims at adopting creative and innovative methods to make peace, social inclusion, diversity and tolerance part of the educational experience, in the classrooms and beyond.
This year-long initiative was led by a consortium of seven organizations: AzCorp Entertainment, Society for International Education, Pak-American Cultural Centre, Teachers’ Resource Centre, Children’s Museum for Peace and Human Rights, the School of Writing (TSW), and Mind Map Communications.

These pictures are the works of 400 primary school teachers who documented different locations of Karachi, including different Mosques, Mazaar, Temples, Churches, cemeteries to experience diversity that exists in the city and take those values of tolerance, acceptance and peace into their classrooms and embed them in their teachings.

Date: 3rd-5th Feb

Time: 3pm-8pm

Venue: TDF Ghar, MA Jinnah Rd, Karachi

Danser Toute la Nuit

Rida Shahzad is an upcoming artist who performs theatrical dances. Experience her connecting her soul with her body while creating a spectacular fusion of dance and music.

Date: Friday 2nd February 2018

Location: The Grid, 31-C, 7th Lane, Bukhari Comm. Area, Phase 6, DHA, Karachi, Pakistan
Time: 8:30pm

There are no entry charges, but a donation of a 100 rupees would be appreciated by the community centre. We only run this haven and these amazing performances by your support 🙂

Salima Feerasta
Salima Feerastahttps://karachista.com
Salima Feerasta is chief editor of Karachista.com and one of Pakistan's top fashion and lifestyle journalists.

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