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What’s on in Karachi 1st March – 7th March 2019

Time to get your spring wardrobe all set! There’s a sprinkling of exhibitions this week. Zuri by Zainab Fawad is a must-visit for breezy, chic spring clothes. Sara Raza and Jewelicious’ combined exhibitions are bound to have some head-turners for your wardrobe. The Karachi Literature Festival is also this weekend, at the Beach Luxury Hotel. With book launches, panel discussions, film screenings and even a puppet travelogue, there is loads to see and do. UAE’s Urdu community theatre group Goonj Productions will perform its critically-acclaimed play ‘Mian Biwi Aur Wagah’ while Rani’s screening at the Literature Festival is also worth a watch as it highlights the transgender stigma in our society. Shah Sharabeel’s acclaimed play Twins Apart continues at the Arts Council.  T2F is also on a roll this week, starting off March on a very artistic note with Mandala Art – wonderful as therapy, Funny Fortnites with LOLWaalay – laughter is a great way to digest first world problems. Self defense classes don’t mean walking out of class with a bloody face or a broken nose. Take up Taichi lessons at T2F to learn a new skill that you may have to put to use in a city like our’s. Elan Bazar will also be a beneficial visit to pick up unique, mostly hand-crafted numbers. A lot of artistic ventures to embark this week…

Zuri Spring Exhibition

Say Hello to Spring with Zuri by Zainab Fawad!
Date: 2nd March
Time: 12 – 5PM
Venue: 79/2, 9th street of Sehar, Phase 6, Near to Shahbaz Commercial.
For queries call on: 03431257668

Spring Exhibit by Sarah Raza And Jewelicious

Save the date for the spring exhibit by Sarah Raza and Jewelicious.

Date: 1st March 2019

Time: 3 PM

Venue: Runway Eleven, Lane 12, Bukhari Commercial Area, Phase 6, DHA

Karachi Literature Festival

The 10th Karachi Literature Festival is on this weekend at the Beach Luxury Hotel. The first of it’s kind in Pakistan, KLF is open to all and free and aims to promote cultural and literary exchanges. The festival brings together authors writing in diverse languages and genres, filmakers, artists of all kinds, culture vultures and book lovers. It features debates, discussions, lectures, mushaira, a book fair, book launches, readings, signings, comedy, satire, theatre, film screenings, music, and dance. Watch out for Fahad Mustafa, Mehwish Hayat and other stars talking about Pakistani cinema on day 1.

Date: 1st March – 3rd March 2019

Venue: Beach Luxury Hotel


Twins Apart – an Urdu Musical

STAGE NOMAD PRODUCTIONS proudly presents TWINS APART – An Urdu Musical by Shah Sharahbeel. His productions are always fun and this one has been getting rave reviews! This Urdu adaption of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers  will be Sharabeel’s sixth musical:
“This will be my first Urdu production and I’d say it’s not exactly adapted from Blood Brothers but rather inspired. I have changed the play to suit local sensibilities,” says Sharabeel.
Get your tickets from

 Date: Ongoing till 17th March

Time: 08:00PM – 11:00 PM

Venue: Karachi Arts Council

Art Mandala with Mahin Hassan

In this workshop we will be simply starting with circles and will be filling them with different patterns, colours and symbols using different surfaces like canvas, ceramic plates, boards, paper etc. The process of drawing and filling in a Mandala is very calming. The structure of the circles serves both to provide a sense of containment and to decrease anxiety. We will be creating Mandalas as an art therapy which can be a wonderful activity, for both adults and kids, for centering, meditation, emotional expression, and self soothing.

Session 1: Friday, 1st March 2019
Session 2: Friday, 8th march 2019
Session 3: Friday, 15th March 2019
Session 4: Friday 22nd March 2019

Timings: 4 – 5:30 PM

Venue: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Registration Fee: Rs. 5500/- (whole month) Rs. 1500/- (per session)

First Fridays Open Mic: March Edition

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!

Date: 1st March 2019

Venue: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Time: 6 – 8:30 PM
Entry: Free, donations much appreciated!

Elan Bazaar 2019

‘Elan Bazaar 2019’ brings the creative talents of Pakistan to the fore-front. Shop for unique and original products:
* buy exclusive handcrafted items
* decorate your home with fabulous products made of fabric, clay, glass and leatherette.
* get imported cosmetics
* enhance your wardrobe by buying stylish designer clothes
* accessorize your outfit with bags, shoes, jewelry and hair accessories
* relax and savour tasty treats at our food court

Some Highlights:
* Discounts
* Free Entry
* More than 100 Stalls
* Valet Service
* Delicious Home Made Food
* Fun for the entire family

Date: 2nd March 2019

Time: 2 – 9 PM

Venue: Global Marquees, next to FTC

Roshni Paint Night

There is an artist inside everyone! Join the Roshni Rides team to discover your inner artist! A professional artist will guide you through the work and help you create a beautiful masterpiece that you can take home! Grab your friends and join us at the National Incubation Center for a night of creativity!

All the painting supplies included: a 16”x20” canvas, acrylic paint, brushes, light refreshments

There is limited seating so please reserve your seat by purchasing your ticket online via Happenings PK

Date: 2nd March 2019

Time: 2:30 – 5:30 PM

Venue: National Incubation Centre, University Road

Write-in Sessions with DWL at the Library!

The DWL write-ins will give you a quiet and supportive environment to write in the company of others.
Participation fee: PKR 200 for non-members; FREE for members
Register at this link, latest by Friday,01 March 2019:

1. Please note that this is not a writing workshop. There will be no instruction involved.
2. You must bring your own laptop or notebook, whichever medium you are comfortable with.
3. Novelists, poets, bloggers and scriptwriters are all welcome.
4. We cannot guarantee that you will get feedback on your writing, and we cannot publish your work. This is simply an opportunity to share knowledge and passion for stories and writing, and to find inspiration with fellow writers.

The sessions are for ages 18 and above.

Date: 2nd March 2019

Time: 3 – 5 PM

Venue: British Council Library, Shahrah-e-Iran, Clifton

Girls in the Ghar

Join us at TDF Ghar in recognizing and celebrating our women in an evening full of music, poetry, rhythm, and a lot of inspiration! If you are a female who wishes to be heard, “Girls in the Ghar” is the place for you. Bring us your story in the form of a song, a poem, a joke, or even rap! Guitar, tabla, piano, spoken word, whatever it is, Girls in the Ghar has a spot for you!

Date: 2nd March 2019

Time: 7 – 9 PM

Venue: TDF Ghar, M. A. Jinnah Road
Entry Fee: Rs. 50/-

Baloch Cultural Day

Meer Deal & Port Grand presents A beautiful festival of Baloch lifestyle, food, dance, handicrafts and much more to celebrate cultural diversity of Pakistan!

Date: 2nd March 2019

Time: 5 PM – 12 AM

Venue: Port Grand

Rani – Pakistan Premiere

Rani is a unique story about a transgender Pakistani woman who sets out to take care of an abandoned baby.
The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion between Hammad Rizvi (Director), Akbar Allana (Producer), Kami Sid (Lead Actress/Transgender Activist), Bilquis Edhi and Zarrar Khuhro.

Date: 3rd March 2019

Time: 4:45 – 5:45 PM

Venue: Beach Luxury Hotel

Basant & Spring Festival 2019

Basant & Spring Festival 2019 is a family event where there’ll be:
Tons of Kite-Flying
Scrumptious Food Stalls with Finger-licking Street Food
Trendy Shopping & Latest Fashion
Live Entertainment and Music
Contents & Competitions with Fabulous Prizes
– Kitchen Queen Competition
– Kids & Adult Competitions
– Lucky Draw with Bumper Prizes
Entertainment for Kids, Kids Area with Rides

Date: 3rd March 2019

Time: 11 AM – 11 PM

Venue: DHA Golf Club, Phase 8

Dance Mandala with Alizeh

A one-day, walk-in 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.

Date: 4th March 2019

Time: 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: Free; It’s Your Donations that keep us going!

Ciné Club at AFK: Boxing Libreville

Join us at the Ciné Club at the Alliance Française de Karachi every Tuesday to enjoy a French film with English subtitles!

Libreville, Gabon, 2016. Christ, a young boxer, trains relentlessly by day and earns his living as a doorman at nightclubs. At the same time, another combat is being played out, or played out again —that of the presidential election. As in other African countries recently, there is hope for a democratic transition this time: it is possible that Ali Bongo, the outgoing president and son of Omar Bongo, president from 1967 until his death, may not be re-elected for a second term.

Date: 5th March 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8 PM

Venue: Alliance Française de Karachi

Entry: Free entry, open to all

Dance, Heart and Mind: Workshop with Suhaee Abro

Let’s open our bodies, hearts, and minds and dance it all away!
Registrations are open for a two-day workshop with critically acclaimed dancer Suhaee Abro.
Abro’s ‘Dance, Heart, and Mind’ workshop involves elements of dance therapy and aims to provide relief in an age where we are often lead by negative thoughts, fears, and a lack of self awareness, self love and self respect. The workshop does not require any prior dance experience.

Here is a link to a similar workshop led by Abro in Italy:

Date: 5th & 7th March 2019

Time: 6 – 8 PM

Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
Registration Fee: Rs. 4000/-

Taichi & Chi Gong Workshop: The Cosmic Dance of Energy

Taichi or Taiji Chuan is an ancient Martial Art (Wushu), Meditation System and Healing Practice from China. In Mandarin Chinese language ‘Taiji’ refers to the Supreme Oneness of Being from which the twin forces of Yin and Yang originate. ‘Chuan’ means ‘Fist’ or ‘Boxing’.
Chi Gong (Chi Kung) is a holistic system of coordinated body movement, breath, stretching and meditation used for Preventive Medicine, Self-Healing and Self-Cultivation. ‘Chi’ refers to the ‘Life Energy’ and ‘Gung’ or ‘Kung’ means ‘Cultivation’.

In this workshop, you will learn:
Marshal Arts
Self Defense
Healing Techniques
Developing Inner & Outer Power
Weight Loss

Taichi can equally be used as an effective fighting style, though the primary purpose of Taichi and Chi Gong is self-cultivation and awareness in every aspect of one’s life. As such it is as beneficial for small children as it is for elderly people. The benefits of Taichi and Chi Gong have proved to reverse the effects of most physical and mental ailments in the human body, and its practice is encouraged around the world as a highly effective form of alternate and preventive medicine. Therefore Taichi is often used by other Kung Fu practitioners around the world to complement and enhance their skills.

Date: Starting from 6th March 2019 till 25th May 2019

Timings: 5 PM – 6 PM

Venue: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Registration: Rs.5000/- (per month) (3 month course)

Araaish e Khayal: Bayaad e Khalida Hussain

In this session, students will perform dramatic readings from Khalida Hussain’s works focussing on the qualities she was known for, such as precision of her language, subtle and innovative approaches, and powerful narratives with nuances of meaning.

The reading will be followed by 40 minutes of a panel discussion in which the students will be in discussion with Asif Farrukhi on the significance of the author and her work.

Date: 6th March 2019

Time: 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Venue: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, it’s your donations that keep us going!

Funny Fortnites with LOLWaalay

After 6 years and many hundreds of shows later, we, the LOLWaalay will depart from our signature short-form style and bring you some never before seen improvised, experimental long-form! Also, in addition to our act, we will feature some of our funny friends as well!
If you were to tie the knot with long-form improv via arranged marriage, here is how a rishta aunty would describe it:
‘Long-form improvisation is an unscripted performance of anywhere between 20-90 minutes based off a single audience suggestion. Common elements include monologues, games and series of inter-connected scenes. Long form is much closer to theatre than short form. The final product often appears to be an improvised play. According to a popular improv director, long form is to jazz as short form is to pop’.
What an insightful and eloquent rishta aunty.

Date: 7th March 2019

Time: 8:30 – 9:45 PM

Venue: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Ticket: Rs.300/-

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