The British Council Library is on a roll this week – entertaining kids with Blown Away by Rob Biddulph to their reading group aimed at teenagers (brilliant way to keep their rebellious minds at bay) to their writing club to learning how to make origami Eid cards – they’ll definitely keep your entire family busy this week. PACC is hosting a comedy show to digest the iftar we bog ourselves down with. Learn how to showcase, market or fund your ideas with the women empowerment session courtesy of Aurat Raaj. All this and more…
Tiny Tales: Blown Away by Rob Biddulph
REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/2w0PGhR
Come and embark on an exciting adventure with a fearless little penguin from the Antarctic as we read Rob Biddulph’s award-winning children’s book, Blown Away.
Penguin Blue is testing his brand new kite when a gust of wind blows him into the air, soaring him up, up and away from home. As his brave little friends try to help, they too get swept along and find themselves careening in the sky! Join us as we travel with the troop and land in a tropical paradise with lush green foliage and friendly creatures. However, the friends soon come to realise that it’s rather hot and way too far from home. Find out what happens next at our Tiny Tales session.
The storytelling session will be followed by a kite-making activity where your child will get to put together a colourful kite and take it home to have tons of fun with family and friends. All materials will be provided at the library.
This event is FREE and recommended for ages 5 to 8.
Prior registration is mandatory; walk-ins will not be allowed.
Date: 24th May 2019
Time: 3 PM – 4:30 PM
Venue: The British Council Library
Laughter After Iftar
A city that never sleeps needs to laugh! Laughter After Iftar is an annual celebration of comedy in Karachi featuring the top comedians of the city who come together to deliver an unmatchable night of laughter and entertainment!
Join us on Saturday the 25th of May at the PACC. We have two slots with different line-ups. 90 minutes each.
Gates open 9 30 pm. Show starts at 10. Ends at 11 30.
Gates open 12 a.m show starts at 12 30. Ends at 2.
Get your tickets delivered to you at http://happening.pk/comedy/laughter-after-iftar
For details please message: 0323-2398509
Date: 25th May 2019
Time: Mentioned above
Bookish: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/2WMGjxM
Julie Murphy’s powerful novel about self-acceptance and upending stereotypes has inspired a Netflix adaptation, and will be the inspiration you didn’t know you needed!
Willowdean Dickson (Dumplin’ to her mother) has always been comfortable in her own skin. She knows she’s overweight and she’s okay with it. Things change however, when she starts to work at a local fast food joint. Her best friend begins to act distant and an unbelievably attractive guy seems to suddenly be very interested in her.
As her self-esteem takes several hits, she decides to push back by entering her town’s local teen beauty pageant. Her rebellion inspires several more misfits to follow suit. Together they embark on a mission to shock their small town and prove to the world that they deserve to feel beautiful just as much as anyone else.
Whether you’ve read the book or seen the film, join us and other like-minded teens as we discuss this heart-warming book, with snacks of course.
This event is FREE and open to the public and is appropriate for ages 13 to 19.
Date: 25th May 2019
Time: 2 PM – 3 PM
Venue: The British Council Library
Write-in Sessions with DWL at the Library!
REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/2W8C82a
Write-ins are gatherings in which people come together to work on their writing projects. The Desi Writers’ Lounge write-ins at the British Council Karachi Library allow you to write in the company of others in a quiet and supportive environment. Novelists, poets, bloggers and scriptwriters are all welcome.
Registrations for the upcoming session will close on Friday, 24 May 2019.
Participation fee: PKR 200 for non-members; FREE for members
The sessions are for ages 18 and above.
All participants are required to bring their Original CNIC, Passport or Library Membership Card to the event.
If you face any difficulty in registering for this event, please write to us at: [email protected]
About Desi Writers’ Lounge:
Desi Writers’ Lounge (DWL) is an online collective for South Asian writers and a platform for writing on South Asia that is powered entirely by volunteers. With thirteen 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.
Learn how you can build, scale and market your ideas for impact
Have a great social campaign or impact project you’d like to build into a venture? Don’t know how to showcase, market or fund your ideas?
Then learn about different kinds of global opportunities available to women like fellowships, residencies, awards, prizes and grants that can speed up your journey to making impact.
The session will be led by Saba Khalid, founder of Aurat Raaj and Raaji series. Khalid is an award-winning social entrepreneur, journalist, filmmaker and blogger. She successfully built a global revolution around her app Raaji. Her platform Aurat Raaj has empowered women across urban and rural Pakistan.
In June 2019, Khalid will be part of the prestigious US-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program. In August, she represents Pakistan at the Alpbach in Motion in Austria.
Learn how you can find the right opportunities to display your work to the world, build a strong portfolio, and become a global social impact leader.
Please register for the event here:
****Please note that this is not a free event****
Price for attendance: Rs. 1500
You can make a bank transfer to Aurat Raaj Bank Account
Bank Name: Faysal Bank
Account number : 0330007000050935
IBAN : PK17FAYS0330007000050935
Branch Code: 0330
Please send all transfer receipt to [email protected]
Date: 25th May 2019
Time: 2 PM – 4 PM
Venue: Regus Executive Tower
Ramzan Qavvaali Series: Subhan Ahmed Nizami
T2F is proud to present Ramzan Qavvaali Series with Subhan Ahmed Nizami!
Subhan Ahmed Nizami is a descendant of the prestigious “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana”, which is the original family/household of Qavvali music, founded in Delhi by the students of the Sufi saint Hazrat Amir Khusro in the 14th century. Some years after the family migrated to Pakistan, the Manzoor Nizami qavvaali group was formed, featuring cousins Munshi Raziuddin, Ustad Bahauddin Khan, Ustad Manzoor Niazi and Subhan’s grandfather, Ustad Iftikhar Ahmed Nizami.
As the families grew and reached almost 50 members, each Ustad formed his own qavvaali troupe, adding to the wealth of the gharana’s heritage. Ustad Iftikhar Ahmed Nizami, the eldest cousin and the great-great grandson of Ustad Tanrus Khan, was extremely versatile and was blessed with a beautiful voice. His Radio Pakistan performances were highly sought after concerts that people would go out of their way to attend. His son, Ustad Afaq Ahmed Nizami was the family librarian, a specialist of Farsi kalaam, and an exemplary practitioner of classical music.
After his father, Ustad Afaq Ahmed Nizami’s passing in 1999, Subhan Ahmed Nizami, barely 18, formed his own qavvaali group to continue the legacy of his forefathers. In addition to performing in Pakistan, Subhan Ahmed Nizami’s qavvali troupe has taught the art of qavvaali to French students of ethnomusicologist, Martina Catella and performed to sold-out audiences at international festivals.
Date: Saturday, 25th May 2019
Entry: Rs. 500/- First come, first served at the door
Make It at the Library: DIY Origami Eid Cards
REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/2LIrFGK
Let’s get crafty with paper and glue!
This festive season, wish your near and dear ones Eid Mubarak with a handmade Eid card! Let your child’s creativity shine through as we help them design heartfelt cards that your family and friends will cherish for years.
Join us for a hands-on experience as we fold, twist and pop flat sheets of paper to create beautiful origami Eid cards. Bring some sparkle and shine to your paper crafts with our art supplies and add plenty of glitter and glue to decorate your special card. Get to bond with your child and prepare for a lot of fun this month at the library!
This event is for ages 7 to 11 and is open to the public.
Mehfil e Sama with Faisal Iqbal Khan
Naara e Mastaana
Join us this Ramzan for a Mehfil e Sama with Faisal Iqbal Khan, nephew of the great BaDe Ghulam Ali Khan for an evening of classic Sufi Kalaams
Vocals & harmonium: Faisal Iqbal Khan
Harmonium: Nadeem Abbas
Tabla: Waris Khan
Dholak: Kashif Ali
Menda ishq vi tu
Mai naara e mastaana
Yaar ko hum ne jaa baja dekha
Kithe Meher Ali kithe teri sana
Man aTkeya bey parva de naal
Tere ishq nachaaya
Maen mi mai kinnu akhaan
Kun Faya kun
Khwaja mere khwaja
Date: Thursday, 30th May 2019
Time: 08:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Venue: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Book Club Meetup – A Life in Parts
Join us to discover the thrilling and multi-faceted life of life of Bryan Cranston as we will sit together on 30th May from 4 pm to 5 pm at Lincoln Corner, Karachi.
Register Here: https://forms.gle/xn5ZaxdjNfoE2UxXA
Date: 30th May 2019
Time: 4 PM – 5 PM
Venue: Liaquat Memorial Library
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:
Developing Inner & Outer Power
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.
About the Instructor:
Shifu Muhammad Munawwar Shamroz is the senior most practitioner of Taichi and Chi Gong in Pakistan. He started training Kung Fu from the age of 10 from Chinese Master Zen Bo in Karachi. Net he studied Taichi and Chi Gong under Master Chen Shun Hua of the renowned Chen school of Taichi Chuan. His third and present teacher is Master Peter Chan, who is a relative of Jackie Chan. Shifu Muhammad Munawwar Shamroz has been teaching his art for the last 30 years and is one of the most respected Kung Fu practitioners of Pakistan as the senior most master of Rainbow Taichi and Chi Gong style of Kung Fu in the country.
Date: Starting from Wednesday, 6th March 2019 till Saturday, 30th March 2019
Timings: 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM
Venue: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Registration: Rs.5000/- (per month) (3 month course)
***The workshop is open to 25 students maximum. We have a first come, first served policy, please come in and sign up at T2F (between Monday – Friday | 1pm-6pm) or send us an email at [email protected]***