The new year is always a time to get excited in Karachi – not because it represents a new start but because KARACHI EAT! Need we say more? Three days of scrumptious food from vendors all over the city, in one place – banging way to have fun with friends and eat soul food. NAPA’s Karachi Laughter Fest is back with three new comedy plays distributed throughout the month. Tour De’Karachi is a series of PhotoWalks which invites local camera (photography/ videography) enthusiasts to bunch together, shoot and help in challenging the stereotypical image of Karachi by reflecting upon it’s reality – one vicinity at a time – this week, you’ll get to explore Lyari. Mohammad Ali Addarsh’s photography exhibition, ‘Other Side of the Curtain’, portrays the lives of transgenders, commonly known as khawaja sara’s, where they are not performing on streets, or at a wedding or at any other festive ceremony. January has a lot we can look forward to!
Karachi Eat Food Festival 2020
The KARACHI EAT is food festival built around the idea of creating a common platform for people who love food. It will be held from January 10 to January 12th in 2020 in Karachi.
Dates: 10th – 12th January 2020
Time: 4 PM – 10 PM
Venue: Beach View Park, Clifton
Karachi Laughter Fest 2020
Karachi Laughter Fest is back with three new comedy plays!
TICKETS NOW ON SALE!
– Rs. 800 (regular): https://bit.ly/2PQhqyV
– Rs. 400 (students): Sold only at NAPA
Good Luck Darling – 10th to 12th January 2020
By Athar Shah Khan
Directed by Farhan Alam
Seth Razzak’s daughter has divorced her husband. Seth Razzak’s fortune is stuck in his daughter and son-in-law’s joint back account – which they can’t access now that they’re divorced. Chased by debtors, Razzak badly needs this money. Will his daughter and estranged son-in-law remarry and get him his money back? Good Luck Darling is a rollicking comedy by famed writer, poet and comedian Athar Shah Khan.
Wapsi – 17th to 19th January 2020
By Noel Coward
Translated & directed by Zarqa Naz
An adaptation of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit. Writer Mansoor and his wife Areeba invite local spirit medium Khanum Batool to hold a seance at their house. Khanum Batool unwittingly brings back the ghost of Mansoor’ first wife, Naureen, to haunt him. Appearing only to Mansoor, Naureen causes all kinds of mischievous trouble between the married couple. Intensely funny and character-driven, Wapsi combines farce, emotion, and wit to great effect.
Beech Bahar ki Raat ka Sapna – 24th to 26th January 2020
Adapted by Khalid Ahmad
Directed by Syed Meesam Naqvi
An adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare’s most popular comedy. A feuding Fairy King and Queen cross paths with four young lovers and a theatre troupe rehearsing a play in an enchanted forest. Mischief, magical transformations, mistaken identities, and love triangles abound in this fantastical, dream-like world.
Dates: 9th – 26th January 2020
Time: 8 PM – 9:30 PM
Tour De’ Karachi PhotoWalk | S1E3: ‘Resilient’
Tour De’ Karachi [as part of Tour De’ Pakistan]is a series of PhotoWalks which invites local camera (photography/ videography) enthusiasts to bunch together, shoot and help in challenging the stereotypical image of Karachi by reflecting upon it’s reality – one vicinity at a time.
Tour De’ Karachi PhotoWalk – S01E03 is going to feature one of the oldest human settlements of present-day Karachi city which over-the-period has undergone such extra-ordinary situations that one can only dream of having recovered from. However, ‘Lyari’, a locality – more of a community is living this dream today alongside awaiting our acknowledgement, therefore the theme for the PhotoWalk: ‘Resilient’
7:00 am – 7:30 am – Gathering and Networking
7:30 am – 9:30 am – PhotoWalk – Round 1
9:30 am – 10:30 am – Nashta Break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm – PhotoWalk – Round 2
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm – Round up and Feedback
Meet up point and the detailed itinerary for the PhotoWalk will be shared with the confirmed participants before the event day.
1. Registration is a must for attending the PhotoWalk as walk-ins are strictly not allowed. Please do not assume that ‘interested’ or ‘going’ response would guarantee you registration. Hit that blue button that says: “Reserve a Space” or “Reserve a Spot”. Applications will be entertained on first-reserve, first-serve basis.
2. There is no registration fee for the PhotoWalk whatsoever. Damage for Nashta will be equally shared.
3. Equipment does not matter, your passion, talent and skills do, therefore, Phone photographers and videographers are more than welcome to the PhotoWalk.
4. Your application (Reserving a Space/ Slot) will undergo a quick review by our hosts to ensure that your genre of work is in sync with the theme for this PhotoWalk.
1. Not all the co-hosts/ guests for the event are confirmed attendees for this PhotoWalk. List of confirmed hosts shall be separately shared on the event page.
2. Event admins reserve the right to modify or alter any or all of the event details.
Time: 7 AM – 1 PM
Venue: to be disclosed upon registration
Other Side of the Curtain
A photography exhibition by Mohammad Ali Addarsh
‘Other Side of the Curtain’, portrays the lives of transgenders, commonly known as khawaja sara’s, where they are not performing on streets, or at a wedding or at any other festive ceremony. Mohammad has tried to get up close and personal with his series, where he has been in touch with some of the seniors members of the community who are often referred as Gurus; they have been extremely welcoming in assisting Mohammad for his research. His work depicts the bond this community has as a family, the family that they have now, after some being outcasted from their birth family.
Join us on Wednesday, January 15 for the opening reception of the ‘Other Side of the Curtain’, a photography exhibition by Mohammad Ali Addarsh from 5pm to 8pm at Faraar Gallery, T2F.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, 15th January 2020
Timings: 05:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Location: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Exhibition remains open until Saturday, 25th January 2020 between 12noon to 10 pm everyday
Comedy Roast of SGS
Comedy Underground and the Karachi Comedy Club are bringing the No Holds Barred Comedy Roast format to Pakistan starting with the roast of the stand up comedian, Shehzad Ghias Shaikh.
The entire stand up community of Karachi comes together for a night to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Shehzad’s stand up comedy career.
Hosted by Akbar Chaudry and featuring Natalia Gul Jilani Baghdadi Muhammad Moiz Usman Mazhar Umer Farooqi Umar Shaikh Aliasgher Kapasi and many other special guest appearances.
Comedy Undergrounds returns with another basement show at the venue formerly known as De Cellars. Now called ‘Club 432’.
Date: 10th January 2020
Time: 8PM – 10PM
Gates open at 8pm, show starts at 8:30pm
Venue: 23, 5th Commercial Lane, ZamZama, Phase V, DHA
Tickets? 600 Early Bird(till Thursday) , 750 at the gate
To make Early Bird ticket reservations call 0342 2320854 (12pm to 9pm)