What’s On in Karachi: 17th March to 23rd March

This week is full of interesting things to do in Karachi including many events at Alliance Francaise and the Geothe Institute. You wouldn’t want to miss the interesting exhibitions this week including: Farida Hassan at Ensemble, the Hina Mirza Spring Launch and the Pomegranate Linen.

Farida Hasan SS’18 Exhibition at Ensemble Karachi

This spring revamp your wardrobe with eye-catching pieces from spring collection 2018 by Farida Hasan. Launching 20th of March at Ensemble Karachi.

Date: 20th March

Time: 10AM to 10PM

Venue: Ensemble, C-32, E Street, Block 4, Clifton, Karachi

Pomegranate Linen Launch

Pomegranate Linen is proud to announce the launch of a new luxury bed linen collection on March 17-18 in Karachi.

Digital: Our signature handpainted watercolour designs, digitally printed on high thread count cotton sateen.
Bourdon: A collection of specially woven high thread count cotton sateen, and high thread count cotton percales with bourdon stitching in complimenting colours.
Jacquard: Specially woven luxury jacquard designs

The exhibition will include:

Duvet sets (cover, pillow cases)
Flat sheet sets (sheet, pillow cases)
Cushions (18″ x 18″ embroidered & digital prints)

And a brand new table linen range, featuring: Table covers (our signature handpainted watercolour designs, digitally printed onto 100% cotton fabric with a special stain- and spill-proof finish. Fabric can be customised to any size tables.)

Date: 17th to 18th March

Time: 4pm onwards

Venue: TBA (one day prior to the event)


The unveiling of Creo’s debut home decor and accessories collection, showcasing accent pieces that utilize the sensual and striking qualities of natural wood, brass, copper and marble to deliver bold aesthetics and smart functionality. Check out Creo’s ecclectic range of lamps, trays, planters and more at their open house this Saturday.

Date: 17th March

Time: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Venue: 90/II, Khayban-e-Bahria, D.H.A, Phase 5, Karachi

Hina Mirza Spring ’18 Launch

A limited collection of RTW breezy pastel lawn Chikan Tunics and pants.

Doors open at 12PM. Collection would be available at both hinamirza stores in Karachi.
Please Note: We only have a limited amount of tunics and designs cannot be made on order.

Date: 17th March

Time: 12PM to 9PM

Venue: Shop No.1 Plot 4C Ittehad Lane 12 Phase 2 EXT DHA Karachi and Shop No.3 Plot 14C Main Zamzama Commercial DHA Karachi.

Hatha Yoga 2.0 by Alizeh Valjee at Pi & Co.

Pi & Co. // Health and Fitness Community presents #HathaYoga 2.0 in association with #AlizehValjee presents a beautiful Saturday morning Yoga Session in the greens of our #Coworking // #Community space


Hatha yoga aligns the mind and body. It is an inward focused practice that uses breath and traditional yoga poses to improve wellbeing.

Benefits include flexibility, toning of the body, stillness and relaxation, not only during class but in everyday life. It is great for students who would like to cope with stress and anxiety, blood pressure issues, for beginner yoga students, and for anyone curious to explore themselves.

Alizeh Valjee holds a BA. in Psychology & Religion from Mount Holyoke College, an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling from CPPD, UK, is a certified freeform movement meditation facilitator and a certified yoga instructor. She co-founded CareForHealth and Taskeen, Karachi based mental and emotional health initiatives, works as a counsellor in private practice, and most recently, leads therapeutic retreats in nature.

Date: 17th March 2017
Time: 10:00am- 11:30am
Venue: Pi & Co. (Former Pi Social)
Price: 850 (includes #NutraLov HealthBar)
Buy Now: https://www.piandco.pk/en/events/view/568668109/hatha-yoga-20-by-alizeh-valjee

Francophonie Open Day at AFK

Are you curious about learning the French language and discovering French culture? This Saturday, 17 March 2018, come to the Francophonie Open Day at #AFKarachi and try out:

– A free open French class for kids and adults (11 AM)
– A short quiz about French culture with prizes (12 PM)
– A potluck lunch ft. French dishes with our students & teachers (1 PM)
– A post-lunch game of pétanque (2 PM)

Email us at [email protected] to register your spot for the open class. You don’t need to know any French to attend! Feel free to bring along a French dish if you like for our potluck lunch. Entry is free and all are welcome but please email us to register your spot. See you there!

Date: 17 March 2018
Time: Starts 11 AM
Place: Alliance Française de Karachi
Entry: Free entry, but email [email protected] to let us know if you would like to attend. All current students and members are invited to attend and engage.

LaBelle: All your heart’s desires at Neco’s

You deserve the best…we are offering you the best.

Visit N’eco’s (basement) for a shopping treat for yourself.

Shop for the coolest Kurtis from Misha’s or the most beautiful silver jewelry from Zed Eye, some gorgeous pearl and silver pieces from Oochi or some fun home decor from Adorn and awesome makeup from Makeup Grammar.

Date: March 17th

Time: 12pm to 8pm

Venue: N’eco’s  (8C Lane 1 Bukhari Commercial Area Phase 6 DHA)


Art Revolt: artists and activists for change by Aks Foundation

In this section Aks International Minorities Festival will present two very important films of our very own diaspora Pakistani artist and activist Fawzia Mirza.

This film contains the penultimate interview with Sabeen Mahmud, conducted by writer/actress Fawzia Mirza, three months before Mahmud was murdered. The interview footage is woven throughout the film to provide context, and allow audiences to spend as much screen time with Mahmud as possible. Mahmud’s interview footage imbues Mirza’s experiences with meaning, as she comes to understand that her purpose in Pakistan is not simply to express herself, but to create spaces, just as Mahmud had, for other people to express themselves—no matter what their story is.

Zaynab (Fawzia Mirza) like a good Muslim daughter lives with her recently widowed mother Parveen (Shabana Azmi) who is obsessed with soap operas and finding husband for immigration lawyer daughter. However, sharing a home together comes at a cost; the constant re-arrangements in the flat and motherly interference in Zaynab’s life. But when Mexican firebrand Alma comes into Zaybab’s life and she falls in love, this puts a whole different pressure on living with mum. A “mum com” as Fawzia describes it, the film is a funny and poignant story about relationship between mother and daughter, but also an important portrayal, especially in our modern political landscape: with Muslim, Pakistani, and queer voices all being suppressed individually, the idea of the three identities intersecting is foreign to mainstream media.

Date: 17th March

Time: 7:30 PM to 10 PM

Venue: T2F

‘Aur thora sa Muskurao’ – Abbas ali khan live and unplugged

Join us over a cup of tea and scrumptious bites for an evening full of soulful music under the open sky. This time bigger and better! Limited seating available so grab your tickets asap! tickets are available at koel cafe.

Date: 17th March

Time: 9PM to 12AM

Venue: Koel Cafe, Block 4, Clifton

KDSP Carnival

Join us to celebrate World Downs Syndrome Day

Date: 18th March

Time: 3PM to 7:30PM

Venue: DHA Sports Club – Moin Khan Academy

Book Club: The Ice-Candy Man by Bapsi Sidhwa | Karachi

This March, our pick is the enthralling ‘Ice-Candy Man’ by Bapsi Sidhwa, the book on which Deepa Mehta based her highly acclaimed film ‘Earth’. It follows the life of Lenny, a Parsi eight year-old girl, and reflects her innocent yet intelligent perspective of how life changed around her during the time India was divided and Pakistan was born. Sidhwa’s complex portrayal of relationships, betrayals, communal tensions and mass displacement allows the reader powerful insight into a unique point in history.

Join us with your opinions on the book and gear up for an engrossing conversation.

This event is FREE and is suitable for ages 16 and above.

To register, please email [email protected] with your name, CNIC, B-Form, Passport or Library Membership number.

At the time of visit, participants are to carry their original CNIC, B-Form, Passport or Library Membership Card.

Location: British Council Karachi Library

Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Registrations will close on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 5 pm.

Made in Pakistan (Karachi Edition)

The Aks International Minorities Festival aspires to recognise the deserving artists and promote them by showcasing their work; hence, the festival this year pays homage to three brilliant emerging Pakistani filmmakers.
We would like to screen short selections of upcoming Pakistani Talents in this section. There will be screening of Rang Raaz by Hamza Bangash, AM to Pm by Alizeb Raees and Runj by Ibrahim Rana.
Filmmakers will be in attendance to introduce their work.

Date: 18th March

Time: 5PM to 7PM

Venue: T2F

Mulahapar Screening- Aks Foundation

Aks International Minorities Festival presents probably the best documentary made on Minorities and the harmony of living together in a diverse little model town MULAPAR.
Mulhapar is a village in Punjab, Pakistan with a larger working class Christian and Muslim population. Putting aside the Pakistan’s image through media outlets for violence and intolerance towards religious minorities, this film goes to the heart of humanity itself, in a mixed community of rich and poor, Muslims and Christians, young and old, male and female. Mulhapar interweaves their family destinies, individual stories and anecdotes into a living mosaic. With its richly diverse images and philosophically pensive narrative, Mulhapar is a poetic film committed to showing the essence and diversity of human existence in a respectful, natural and undogmatic manner.

Date: 18th March

Time: 8PM to 10PM

Venue: T2F

Art Studio at AFK

Join a 6-week art workshop to learn pencil drawing, watercolor and acrylic on canvas. Open to adults and kids. Starts 19 March 2018. Call us on (021) 35873402 or email [email protected] to get more information. Visit #AFKarachi to register.

Duration: 6 weeks
Days: Mon & Wed
Time: 4 to 6 PM
Course Fee: Rs. 16,000
AFK Membership Fee: Rs. 2000

-Pencil on paper
-Water color on paper
-Acrylic on canvas

Areas of Study:
-Elements of Art & design
-Still life
-Understanding the work of an old master

Learning Outcomes:
-Aesthetic qualities & an understanding of the elements of Art & Design in concept and execution.
-Artistic skills in an informed and disciplined manner
-basic drawing & painting

Date: Start 19th March

Venue: Alliance Francais

Made in Germany ‘Screening’

Aks International Minoritieis Festival in cooperation with the Goethe Institut Pakistan presents a selection of short films curated by Hamburg International Queer Film Festival (HIQFF) “MADE IN GERMANY”

For the Aks International Minorities Festival 2018, HIQFF, in cooperation with the Hamburg-based feminist video archive bildwechsel, selected short films and videos program that give a diverse overview on German queer filmmaking in its broadest sense, especially from recent years. A wild mix of genres – from short documentary to fiction and more experimental video art – these films will show an insight in the program and topics of the Hamburg Festival.

Date: 19th March

Time: 6:45PM

Venue: Geothe Institute Pakistan

Talk with programmer and human rights activist Sebastian Beyer from Hamburg International Queer Film Festival (HIQFF)

See more details on http://www.aksfestival.com/aks-pakistan-2018/aks-shorts-2018/made-in-germany/

Resurrection-A Dance Performance by Nora Amin

For the NAPA International Theatre & Music Festival 2018, Goethe-Institut Pakistan brings Egyptian Choreographer, theatre director and writer Nora Amin. who will present ‘Resurrection”.

‘’Resurrection” is a dance ritual on breathlessness, passion, oneness and survival. It is especially dedicated to all those who lost their lives due to oppressive systems. Made with original music, the piece includes a poetic monologue written by Nora Amin in English and Arabic.
The piece was created and developed over the course of ten years, it reached its current performative form in 2016/2017.
“Resurrection” was triggered by the collective death of fifty theatre artists in the south of Egypt, on 5 September 2005. The Egyptian state is still to be held responsible for this collective death by means of negligence and disrespect to the theatre community in specific, and disrespect to human dignity in general. The fire took place in a small state theatre venue, and among the deceased was Saleh Saad, from whom part of the performance is inspired. Saleh was Nora Amin’s partner, and he had a vision of his own death which he told to her some days before the fire. This vision adds another dimension to the trauma. And it fuels the performance with the potential of personal and collective healing. In 2007, the story of Saleh and the fire grew to another perspective, and the artistic potential of expanding the biographical performance into a universal testimony occurred when Nora met with female survivors of the civil war in Sudan and conducted a workshop on storytelling and healing/transformation. From that workshop she carried the feeling of a witness to political oppression, war and torture, and how it influences the lives of women, and how women as natural storytellers and carriers of family archives are able to preserve the memory and revive the love and the spiritual connection. With that foundation, “Resurrection” aspires to be a political statement supporting human dignity and the value of human life, as well as a ritual that resurrects the human bonding related to the universal heritage of pain, survival, forgiveness and healing.

Choreographed, written, performed and directed by Nora Amin
Music by Nader Sami and Ramz Sabry
Language: English and Arabic
Previously performed in Milan, Ragusa, Tangiers, Copenhagen, Alexandria and Cairo.

Tickets Available at the venue.

Date: 19th March

Time: 8PM to 10PM

Venue: NAPA, Old Hindu Gymkhana

Soirée Francophone & Film Screening at AFK

March is the month for celebrating the French language, French speakers and Francophonie around the world—and we have a lot planned for you!

The Consulate General of Switzerland in Karachi & Alliance Française de Karachi are pleased to invite you to a Franco-Swiss Francophone evening on 21 March 2018 at #AFKarachi. Free entry, all welcome.

We will be screening the charming and thought-provoking Swiss-French film (with English subtitles) Ma Vie de Courgette (My Life as a Zucchini) in which a police officer and some new friends help an orphan adjust to life at a foster home.

Date: 21st March

Time: 6:30PM  to 8:15 PM

Venue: Alliance Francais, Karachi

The World’s Greatest French Dinner! at AFK

Alliance française de Karachi and Côte Rôtie bring you The World’s Greatest French Dinner!

Join us for a French dinner at Côte Rôtie on 21 March 2018 to celebrate Goût de France / Good France, an international event to celebrate French cuisine around the world.

Date: Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Time: 7 to 10 PM slot or 10 to 11:45 PM slot (2 time slots available)
Place: Côte Rôtie at Alliance Française de Karachi
Entry: Rs. 5000 per head. Limited seats. Book your seat in one of the 2 time slots now by calling Côte Rôtie at (021) 35296345 or 0316-2882880

Menu to be announced soon.

‘Thinking Films: Loving Vincent’ Screening

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. 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
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, donations appreciated

DOtone-Composition in realtime – Dance, Music, Audience.

For the NAPA International Theatre & Music Festival 2018, Goethe-Institut Pakistan brings German Pakistani Music performance!

Composition in realtime – with: Katrin Schafitel, professional contemporary Dancer/ Choreographer
(DE), Sunil Shankar, professional Actor/ Director (PK), Gergely Lukács, Sascha Lüer, Simon Otto,
three professional Musicians (DE) and the Audience at the International Musik Festival of the
Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) in Karachi, Pakistan.

Composition in realtime – an Art form that reacts spontaneously to the current circumstances and
works with them. DANCE + MUSIC + AUDIENCE.
The focus is on the artistic discourse, a combination of interaction and communication with the artists and the public. An intuitively, firing interaction, which creates new, unexpected things and thoughts in Dance and in Music and for the public. Improvisation is one of the most honest Art forms, as intuitive action must be taken immediately and this action has a decisive and unforeseen effect on the Performance. What emerges and what remains? Who moves whom or what?
It is a game: It means freedom in the highest concentration, what counts is the perception, attention
and awareness of the moment and always focused on: spontaneous, present, in the moment.
The performance promises a meeting of different people who have to overcome many different
boundaries, demarcations, barriers. Together we will develop a performance that focuses on the
central theme of encounter. We will create Moments of real life contact with another person. Our aim is to transcend borders and to create open situations. We live in times of increasing nationalism, in spaces, where constantly new walls are built. DOtone is a transition point and entrance leading to a place where real encounters can happen in the HERE and NOW.

Date: 21st March 2018
Time: 8pm sharp
Tickets: Available at the gate.
Venue: National Academy of Performing Arts.




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