What’s On in Karachi: 29th March to 5th April

This week features many exciting events catering to varying interests. For the fashionistas in Karachi there are many exhibitions to attend. For film and theatre enthusiasts, there are many interesting screening owing to the NAPA International Theatre Festival and the Pakistan International Film Festival. For music lovers, there are concerts happening within the week.

Fatima Shehzad’s Spring Collection 2018


Join us on 29th March as Fatima Shehzad exhibits her vibrant and trendy Spring/Summer exhibition.

Contact: 03219223307

Date: 29th March

Time: 11AM to 6PM

Venue: 68, 33rd Street off Khayabane Sehr, Phase 5, DHA Karachi

Nargis Hafeez Studio Sample Sale

For the first time ever, Nargis Hafeez Studio has set up a sample sale of up to 60% off on formals, bridals and pret!

Date: 2nd April

Time: 11AM to 6PM

Venue: Khayaban-e-Badar (for further details call 03008254529)

NAPA International Theatre and Music Festival 2018

The festival that makes Karachi an international performing arts destination. This is the only Theatre and Music festival of its kind in Pakistan featuring diverse international artists as well as a number of local acts and collaborations.The 17 day festival features plays and music from 10 countries including Germany, Palestine, Iran, England, Egypt, Czech Republic, Switzerland, America, United Arab Emirates and Pakistan.

29th March Play Hun Thay Jinn ke Saharay
30th March Play Old House (Larkana)
31st March Music La Koi Naghma Koi Saut

Venue: NAPA, opposite Old Hindu Gymkhana

Pakistan International Film Festival

The biggest film festival of Pakistan is happening on 29th March till 1st April, 2018.
Register now at piffestival.com/register.php and witness a range of marvelous films scheduled to be screened in the festival, experience the VR screening exhibits in Pakistan for the first time along with the phenomenal star-studded talks with talented storytellers, creators, and filmmaker and sessions that celebrates films and cinemas in Pakistan.

Date: 29th March to 1st April

Time: 3PM onwards

Venue: Ziauddin University, Goethe Institute, Alliance Francaise, Iqra University

Mian Biwi aur Wagah – Urdu theatre play

Mian, Biwi aur Wagah’ (Husband, Wife and the Wagah Border) is a play that beckons a memorable homecoming experience for the lovers of Urdu theater and the lost tradition of letter-writing.

This is the UAE’s and the Middle East’s first original, Urdu theatre play and the first Urdu production from the Middle East to go international. So far 8 successful shows of the play have been performed in Dubai and New Delhi. Now for the first time this unique, original, Urdu theatre production comes to Karachi, Pakistan.

The play’s premise is weaved among three central characters – a wife-husband duo, both journalists, from Karachi (Pakistan) and Bihar (India), who are seen and heard writing letters to their kith and kin from all walks of life, set in different cities, and through a range of varied emotions. Transcending borders, socio-economic conditions, and rural-urban divide, the play is presented in a refreshing light-hearted, jocular, at times poignant and thought-provoking manner.

At the parallel, lies Wagah, the border that separates the two countries, but in essence is the true metaphor for what brings the two people together. Wagah as a character is played in symbolism to the unity as well as the disparity of both the countries, and is also represented as a storyteller who weaves intimate memories, incidents, inner explorations and observations of handwritten words.

The journeys, together with the ordinary exchanges, create a series of vivid images and conversations, inviting the audience to a heartwarming rendezvous with letter-writing. Riding on experimental theater dynamics and inventive sound and light ingredients, the production hopes to send a message of a revival of the art of soul-stirring communication by putting pen to paper and writing intensely to our loved ones.

All letters staged are originally written and based on true stories and experiences that remain rooted in partition-seeped narratives. Beyond the obvious, the letters document stereotypes and idiosyncrasies of our times.

Get your tickets online on Bookitnow.pk or purchase them at any outlet of Liberty Books in Karachi.

Price: Pak Rs. 1500
Venue: The Arts Council, Karachi

Show Date and Timings:

Saturday, March 31, 2018 (1 show) – 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 01, 2018 (2 shows) – 4:00 pm & 8:00 pm

Lulusar Anniversary Exhibit, Karachi

You are cordially invited to celebrate Lulusar’s One Year Anniversary with another Exhibition!

Come celebrate with us & enjoy some
new designs, snacks & drinks.

Saturday 31st March
11:00 AM till 7:00 PM

Showcasing at The Deli Karachi
C-29/1, Block-4, KDA Scheme 5
Clifton Karachi. +92 213 583 8945

Yeh Pyara Parcham

Politics continue to influence artists working across all genres, remaining a major concern for many artists in Pakistan. Yeh Pyara Parcham deals with conflicts, potential and ensuing, that have gripped the region and much of the globe. Translated, Yeh Pyara Parcham means ‘this beloved flag’; what we see is how the artist deftly revisions national emblems in light of current political turmoil and socio-economics of the country, while retaining elements that make each beloved banner so recognizable.

Yeh Pyara Parcham was originally intended to be shown at Art Dubai 2018, however, due to circumstances beyond control, Muhammad Zeeshan’s solo presentation at Art Dubai 2018 had to be changed at the last moment and Yeh Pyara Parcham is now being exhibited in Karachi.

Yeh Pyara Parcham is one tough body of work! – Very charged, very powerful, and energetic. It is a comment on the socio-political scenario of today’s global diplomatic interaction.

Date: 31st March

Time: 5PM to 8PM

Venue: Sanat Initiative, Clifton

Coffee Wagera Opening/Launch Party!

What’s different about this coffee shop?
1. It’s not a restaurant; perhaps the first coffee shop in Karachi!
2. Serves great coffee, fresh healthy juices and a few homemade snacks.
3. High-speed and reliable wifi. Free coffee if wifi doesn’t work!
4. Drinking water is free – just check in on FB.
5. Has a work bench with individual power/USB sockets.
6. Excellent selection of music, which will change regularly
7. Loyalty Card helps earn free drinks from day one.
8. Ridiculously low prices, and 20% off during 1-15 April!

Date: 1st April

Time: 5PM to 7PM

Venue: Coffee Wagera, Street 5, Badar Commercial Area, Phase V, Karachi

Amalgamation of Thoughts by “Muhammad Shahid”

Artscene Gallery warmly Invites you to an exhibition of Miniature paintings by Muhammad Shahid “Amalgamation of Thoughts”.  The exhibition will continue until 4th April.

Date: 29th March

Time: 5:30PM to 8:30PM

Venue: ArtScene Gallery, Clifton.

Jokes on Jumeraat at The Grid

The comedy scene in Karachi is ballooning quicker than your waist after three days of Karachi Eat. Get a hold of yourself Amjad! What is wrong with you?

The Grid Club is proud to host the newest addition to the comedy circuit, a bi-monthly comedy open mic night with a brand new host each time, every alternate Thursday at your favorite community centre!

So come out this Thursday for a good laugh with your friends. Or alone. Or whatever, to watch a good mix of new and old, aspiring and amateur comedians present their Jokes on Jumeraat!

Date: 29th March

Time: Gates open at 8. Show starts at 8:30 and ends around 10 P.M. During this time, only those who wish to attend the comedy show may enter.

Venue: The Grid

“7” Opening Amin Gulgee Gallery

Sameera Raja and I would like to cordially invite you to the Opening of “7” March 30th Friday 5-8pm at the Amin Gulgee Gallery. “7” will later travel to GAM Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Rome.

Curated by Paolo De Grandis and Claudio Crescentini
Co-curated by Carlotta Scarpa

Date: 30th March

Time: 5PM to 8PM

Venue: Amin Gulgee Art Gallery

Look But With Love – A VR Series Celebrating Pakistani Change-Makers

Watch ‘Look but with Love’, a series of short films produced by Academy award-winning journalist and filmmaker, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (SOC Films) at Wired Inn. This five-part VR series promotes the rich cultural history of Pakistan. Grounded in the immersive VR experience, the films will have an immediate sensory effect on audiences, challenging them to observe and, most importantly, question the world around them.

Look but with Love is not merely an attempt to stir social and cultural awareness but to introduce audiences to the limitless possibilities and potent impact of evocative storytelling. Considering the interactive nature of this project, we are thrilled to introduce it at Wired Inn. Best of all, it’s free for all (on first-come first-served basis).
Entry FREE
Date: March 30th

Time: 4PM to 9PM

Venue: Wired Inn

Designing Your Life: Build Your Way Forward

Playground, the center for transdisciplinarity, design and innovation at Habib University invites you to a public talk by John Armstrong, a visiting lecturer from Stanford University.

Universities worldwide grapple with how to help students navigate decisions about life and vocation. What are some of the beliefs that hold students and educators back? How might we make better-informed decisions, and how might students develop prototypes to help them explore and test out their interests and future paths?

Join us to hear the perspective from Stanford’s popular Designing Your Life course, and consider how you, your colleagues, or your students might use design techniques to wayfind through life’s “wicked” problems. 

Date: March 30th
Time: 6:30PM – 8PM
Venue: Multipurpose room, Habib University

Register @ bit.ly/2DVukUk

Date with Paint at Neco’s

Back by popular demand!
A Couple’s Painting Session, led by a Professional Artist Couple guiding you through, to make a lovable memory together.
You get a large canvas and all paint supplies!
Seal the evening with a wholesome meal by Neco’s and you have the perfect recipe for an unforgettable time with your significant other.
Very limited seats.

Date: 24th March

Time: 8PM to 10PM

Venue: Neco’s Natural Store and Cafe (Bukhari Commercial)

Karachi Book Bazaar

Enjoy a variety of different genres of books at discounted prices at the Karachi Book Bazaar!

Date: 30th March – 31st March

Time: 12PM to 1AM

Venue: Liberty Books Boat Basin

Modou Touré: Live in Concert

From Dakar to London via Paris and back! Join us to hear Modou Touré live in concert on 30 March at #AFKarachi and enjoy a cool mix of afrobeat, afropop, blues and folk. Seats are limited so buy your tickets from our reception soon. We will have limited tickets at the door.

Modou’s songs are sung in Wolof, Mandinko, Soninke, Portuguese creole, French and English. His music reflects his experiences and talks about love, destiny, origins, identity. It draws from his experience, from a hectic childhood to football championships, observations from family life, relationships, and the streets of Dakar.

Date: Friday, 30 March 2018
Time: 8 to 10 PM
Venue: Alliance Française de Karachi
Entry: Tickets cost Rs. 500 per person and can be bought in person at our reception. Seats are limited so we recommend that you buy your tickets soon. There will be a few tickets at the door on the day of the concert. This event is free for current students and members of the Alliance Française de Karachi.

Women’s Month Art Competition: “Time Is Now”

To celebrate International Women’s Month, the Alliance Française de Karachi is holding an art competition on the theme of “Time Is Now”. The contest is open to all artists, female or male, kids and adults, to express their feelings on women’s rights, the empowerment of women and girls, and the role of girls and women in Pakistani society!

Everyone is welcome to participate. Your entry may be in any medium of art but it must feature a phrase relating to girls and women—in French!

Women = Les femmes
Girls = Les filles
Women’s rights = les droits des femmes
Women’s empowerment = l’autonomisation des femmes
Time is now = Le temps c’est l’instant
Girls’ education = L’education des filles

There are two categories for entry:

1. Students (4-12) (12-18)
2. Public (any age)

All entries will be displayed in the AFK Gallery starting 31 March 2018. Everyone is welcome to view them.

Prizes will be awarded to the top two art works in each category. So hurry and get your paintbrushes!

Last date to submit: 31 March 2018
Prize announcement: 3 April 2018

Date: 31st March

Time: 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM

Venue: Alliance Francaise, Karachi

Salt Shaker 14: Khumariyaan

At Salt Arts we believe Karachi is the hub of live music – as well as the centre of cosmopolitan and intersectional arts audiences in Pakistan. As Karachi inspires our voice in Southasia – we explore its past and plan it’s now. Our inherited nostalgia from generations before have led to our new series of curated acts and the historical Beach Luxury Hotel as our collaborators and strategic partner.

Built in 1947 as a 100 room hotel, the BLH boasts a rich history of live music during Karachi’s golden age. Now in 2018, we revisit what that old love Karachi was and what it can be. A break from the noise, a celebration of our urban heritage featuring contemporary artists and genres.

Join us this season for a series of curated audio visual showcases. Opening with musical act Khumariyaan. Khumar means intoxication. This band of musicians hailing from Peshawar formed its artistic identity in response to the hardships faced by the youth of the country, in the face of conservatism, politics and censorship.

Saturday, 31st March 2018
Poolside, Beach Luxury Hotel
Doors Open: 8.30PM sharp
Rs. 1000/- (Pre-Bookings only)
Box Office: 0305 2672030




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