To help you start piecing your Eid look together, Farah & Sanober’s having their exhibition this Friday. An intellectual week lined up ahead from discussing philosophers like Alan Badiou and their take on Darwin and Marx to understanding how the mind works with Level Upp at T2F. To cool things off, NAPA’s presenting their summer theatre series, Jashn Sahwan Ka. An exciting week lined up ahead with lots of learning opportunities.

Farah & Sanober’s Exhibition 12th July 2019

This time of the year is back. Exhibiting designer pieces on 12th July at Prince Jewellers.

Date: 12th July 2019

Time: 3:30 PM – 8 PM

Venue: Prince Jewellers, near Ocean Mall

Jashn Sahwan Ka: A Festival of Contemporary Theatre

JASHN SAHWAN KA: A Festival of Contemporary Theatre
Four new plays over four weekends.

NAPA’s summer theatre series, Jashn Sahwan Ka features the new generation of theatre stars: talented emerging directors and exciting young actors in contemporary plays on highly relevant topics staged in a fresh and engaging manner.

SCHEDULE:
Lights Out (11th-14th July), directed by Fawad Khan.
Heer Project (18th-21st July), directed by Zain Ahmed
Dead End (25th-28th July), directed by Sunil Shanker
Pooja (1st-4th August), directed by Uzma Sabeen

TICKETS: Rs 800/person (Rs. 400 for students)
For sale online (https://bit.ly/2FuF1AU) or at NAPA

ABOUT THE PLAYS:
LIGHTS OUT (11th-14th July): Every night, Laila and Rahat hear screams coming from the compound next to their apartment building. Laila wants her husband, Rahat, to report the screams to the police. Rahat does not believe the screams are as loud as Laila makes them out to be, nor are they worth reporting. They hear the screams night after night, and turn off their light out of fear. What’s happening outside? Are the screams real? Is a crime being committed?

HEER PROJECT (18th-21st July): A retelling of the story of Heer Ranjha from the viewpoint of Heer, incorporating modern poetry as well as dance and music to retell the iconic love-tale from a feminist perspective.

DEAD END (25th-28th July): An adaptation of David Mamet’s masterpiece Glengarry Glenn Ross, Dead End will leave you gasping for air. It makes you laugh, even though you know that his characters are fighting for their lives. The story revolves around real estate agents who are trying to survive in a brutal and competitive market. The salesmen work at a real estate company called Dream Ambassadors, selling property. This is a crucial month: the sales contest is on, and whoever makes the most sales will win a new car. The leads are crucial to achieve this target. But somebody has stolen the leads and everyone is a suspect.

POOJA (1st-4th August): A musical love story: Two best friends fall in love with the same girl. They make a pact that neither will pursue her, but changing circumstances bring her back into their lives. Pooja is a story of love, faith and betrayal in relationships.

Please note: No children under 14.

DATES: 11th July to 4th August 2019. Plays take place on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Zia Mohyeddin Theatre, NAPA

Birds of Sindh

This is the fifth time that birding enthusiasts are exhibiting their work and showcasing bird species and other wildlife found in Sindh which most of us are oblivious of. In the first ever exhibition that was held in 2016, we had only four participants. This hobby has now attracted the attention of several other photography enthusiasts who have become avid birders under the supervision of Mirza Naim Beg. He runs a Facebook group under the name, Wildlife with Dream Merchants (WWDM) which has materialised into a meaningful venture.
Birds of Sindh—an Exhibition is a humble effort from 14 photographers, hobbyists and professionals, to document the stunning birds found in Sindh. The group has documented more than 320 species that were photographed in various parts of the province.

We would also like to take this opportunity to create awareness about the adverse impacts of habitats destroyed as a result of encroachment, illegal hunting, and poaching which are blatantly prevalent in our country. Once these birds used to find a safe haven to thrive and grow in great numbers but their population is now gradually dwindling.

The purpose of this exhibition is not just to spark admiration for our feathered friends but also to channelize responsible individuals in helping us create a safe environment and habitat for these bird species. Our wildlife is an essential part of our eco system and it is important that we maintain a natural equilibrium.

Date: 12th – 13th June 2019

Time: 11 AM – 8 PM

Venue: Alliance Francais de Karachi

Friday Swing Night

Swing Dance originate in the 1930s taking on different forms: Collegiate Shag, Lindy Hop, Charleston, and Balboa. Today, Lindy Hop is the most popular one left. While fast Lindy Hop is an upbeat and a true test of trust and stamina, the swing dance basic is fun, light-hearted, and quite entertaining. The basic steps (rock step, triple step, and more) will be taught in the first half of the night. The remainder will see music playing and the group swing dancing with each other. But let’s not hog a partner, dance with each other into merriment, and start the first swing scene in Karachi!

Date: Friday, 12th July 2019

Time: 06:30 PM – 09:30 PM

Venue: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Rs.1000/-

Paintarity

Paintarity is derived from the words Paint and Charity. The event is an art exhibition being held for the purpose of raising money to help educate under privileged children.
The initiative is led by a platform called Educate Through Colour in Collaboration with Maidan.
Various artists will be displaying their work for the sole purpose of raising funds.

Date: 12th July 2019

Time: 5 PM – 8 PM

Venue: MainFrame, Block 4, Clifton

After the Budget: Protecting Higher Education in Pakistan

Members of the Progressive Academics Collective-Karachi invite you to attend our launch event at 4 pm on Saturday, 13th July at the Ahmed Shah Building, Karachi Arts Council. The PAC was formed by academics from various universities in Pakistan as a response to the ongoing attack on higher education and academic freedom in the country. Most recently, the significant budget cuts to HEC’s funding have prompted us to initiate a conversation around the continued degradation of higher education in the country.

Please join us for the panel discussion which will include voices of academics and students in public and private universities on key issues affecting higher education today. The panel discussion will be followed by an open mic session where the audience is invited to share their thoughts and concerns.

Speakers include:
Dr. Navin Haider, Pakistan Study Center, University of Karachi
Ajab Ali Lashari, Sindh Madrassatul Islam University
Mushtaq Ahmed, Dawood University
Shahana Rajani, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture
Zain ul Abideen, Student of Sindhi Literature, University of Karachi
Dr. Nosheen Ali, Institute for Educational Development, Aga Khan University

Date: 13th July 2019

Time: 4 PM – 5:30 PM

Venue: Arts Council

Darwin, Marx, Freud and their Thought Devices

In our coming circle, we discuss Alan Badiou’s short article where he writes on the importance of Darwin, Marx and Freud’s work as dissent within their respective domains of Biology, Philosophy and Psychology and how it collectively moves beyond their specific well-defined fields.

Reading: http://theoryleaks.org/text/articles/alain-badiou/on-contemporary-obscurantism/

Date: 14th July 2019

Time: 12 PM – 2 PM

Venue: Frere Hall

Thinking Films: Mommy (2014)

Dear Friends, Artists, Cinephiles,
We present to you Thinking Films, a series of film screenings curated to explore storytelling in world cinema. Our selection is not fixated on any one genre or language. Blockbusters, classics, arthouse, experimental and foreign films will all have their day!

The films will be introduced by filmmaker, writer (and unabashed geek) Sabeeh Ahmad, and each screening will be followed by an open discussion about the work and its craft.

This week’s offering: Mommy (2014)

Director: Xavier Dolan
Runtime: 129 minutes

Synopsis: A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbour inserts herself into their household.

Date: Tuesday, 16th July 2019

Time: 07:00 PM – 09:30 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: Rs.100/- (Complimentary Popcorn!)

Be. Contemplation Time

be. Contemplation Time curated by Noorulain Masood

Want to know yourself better? Crave some quiet introspective time within Karachi’s chaos? Find some needed me-time here.

About the workshop:
be. contemplation time is a space set aside for you to connect with the deeper, calmer, and more silent part of you through meditative and contemplative practice.
Each month’s session is unique and different from any other. Watch the event page for more details on the month’s session.

This months theme:
Positivity for well-being
Experience positivity, hidden in plain sight, to improve the quality of daily life.

Date: Thursday, 18th July 2019

Time: 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Venue: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Rs.100/-

Level Upp presents The Art and Science of Creative Thinking

This two hour workshop is a journey inside the mind of the artist, the creative and literally every human being. Creativity though an accepted feat of the human mind remains elusive to many, the aim of this workshop is to demystify this very human trait. The workshop will directly address the misconception that creativity is something that is a product of innate individual brilliance instead a feature of the human mind that can be cultivated, trained, honed and developed. The workshop will focus on teaching creativity as an attitude, the process of how ideas are created, developing creativity through practice, using creativity in decision making and finishing those unfinished projects that have been lurking in the background. The workshop has relevance to artists, managers, individuals leading teams and anyone interested in developing a creative vocation. The workshop will be lecture based with a few activities and active audience interaction.

Date: Wednesday, 17th July 2019

Time: 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Venue: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Registration Fee: Rs.1000/- (Walk-in first come first serve basis)

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