It’s a super busy week in Karachi with something for everyone. Highlights include various stand-up comedy nights, a mystery game night at the British Council Library, a Salt Arts Soiree and a play at NAPA. Mums wanting to entertain their kids this weekend can choose from a nature camp and an interactive urdu story telling session. Budding photographers can take part in a photowalk to Empress Market. Several events are today so do scroll down for a last minute fun evening. Hope you enjoy this weekly round up of What’s On in Karachi and do send us your pics on instagram for a feature on @karachista1

Update: there’s a couple more exhibitions happening which I’m adding just here

Ayesha Ellahi Fall Exhibition

Ayesha Ellahi – Autumn 2018

Ayesha Ellahi brings you her latest collection including trendy silks, Screen-printed rawsilk kurtas, floral lace shirts and much more!  Check out the stunning swaroski pcs to complete your look. Price range: Rs 4500-Rs 15000

Date: 22nd Oct, Monday

Time: 11:00-4:00pm

Venue: 117/2/1,  9th street khe- bukahri phase 6.

The Boulevard West – branded clothes for your little ones

This two-day pop-up features branded  clothes from the likes of Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger for your little ones.

Date: Friday 19th and Saturday 20th October

Time: 11 am – 7 pm

Venue: C31 E-Street, Clifton

Anna Aziz at Ensemble

Ensemble launches Anna Aziz luxury and bridal wear, just in time for the wedding season. Check it out this Saturday at Ensemble Karachi

Date: Saturday 20th October

Time: 11 am – 9 pm

Venue: Ensemble Karachi, C32 E-Street, Clifton

You can also view the latest Miaasa shoes collection and the Shehrnaz festive wear collection along with outfits but some of Pakistan’s best designers.

Shehrnaz Festive collection at Ensemble

Concert – Wolfgang Haffner

Wolfgang Haffner in Karachi

This concert is one of ten performances by Wolfgang Haffner & Band’s South Asian tour. Wolfgang Haffner is one of Europe’s most prolific jazz drummers and composers. He has played with some of the best known German and international jazz musicians across generations and has garnered enormous international success. It is his second time after many years to perform in Karachi.

Tickets are FREE, but registration is Must.
You may register yourself here:

Date: 18th October 2018

Time:  20:00-23:00

Venue: Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi – Academics, M.R Kayani Road, Karachi, Pakistan-74200

Unplugged Improv with LOLWaalay

After 6 years and many hundreds of shows later, the LOLWaalay will depart from their signature short-form style and bring you some never before seen improvised, experimental long-form! Also, in addition to their act, they 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.

Come watch LOLWaalay unplugged and friends this Thursday at The Second Floor! Tickets Rs. 300 available at the venue. Gates open at 7 45 PM. Show starts at 8 PM.

About the Performers:

Akbar Chaudry
The Voice of the Troupe (and the Hair)

The long-time Artistic Director of the troupe, Akbar led the way when LOL Waalay established itself as the premier of comedy at a time when quality live shows across the country were unheard of. Since then, he also single-handedly put the underground stand-up comedy scene on the map by not only performing his own sold out shows, and with notable comedians like Saad Haroon, but also providing a platform to the emerging talent. His crazy curls and fluctuating voice are as much an inspiration as his signature performing style.

Ali Gul Pir
The Sayeen

The improv extraordinaire and mentor is the latest addition to the troupe. A film graduate, Ali initially started off as an improviser in a comedy ensemble put together by Azfar Ali, later moving on to another troupe with Saad Haroon. Soon after that, he broke major ground in the music industry with the very original and hilarious, Wadaira Ka Beta, which went on to become a cultural phenomenon for Pakistanis worldwide. Having become a successful recording artist ever since, the Sayeen is now revisiting his roots in improv with old friends, LOL Waalay. Did we say friends? We meant family. *wipes away tear*

Sannan Wastani
The Bad Boy/Corporate Suave

Long hailed as one of the funniest LOL Waala, Sannan truly personifies what it means to be the bad boy of comedy, if that is a thing. Famed for his priceless comic timing, off the cuff one-liners and true-to-life sense of humour, he started off with theater, starring in plays like, the Office, and its sequel. It was not long before he too was mesmerized by the ways of the LOL Waalay, and became a part of the cause. However, his true mastery lies in doubling as a suave corporate type during the day and comic beast at night. See the point about him being a bad boy? We don’t either.

Syed Muhammad Kumail
That Uncle/That Crazy Uncle

Like we said; here, at LOL Waalay, we are a family. And every family has that one uncle who hangs out with the kids once in a while, cracking jokes, telling old tales (a thousand times), and listening to classical raag at deafening levels. That’s our Kumail, or as we lovingly call him, Mamoo. Mamoo is an engineer by education, teacher by profession and comedian out of compulsion. Sometimes he mixes the three up. He is also a prolific stage actor (Nida Butt’s East is East, The Office 1 & 2) and outstanding stand-up comedian, in addition to being the present Artistic Director (read, protective parent) of the troupe.

Zubair Tariq
Mr. No-Opinion

Some argue that procrastination and laziness are signs of unbounded creativity. We argue in favour of those people, because Zubair has established himself on all three fronts. An introverted writer in real life, and a maniac on stage, he hails from a theater background (Nida Butt’s Grease, East is East, and The Office 1 & 2) and recently finished co-writing a screenplay. Also having a number of TV appearances to his name, Zubair sometimes likes to quietly stare at corners. Nobody is allowed to disturb him then. Oh and did we mention he plays swell guitar?

Date: Thursday, 18th October 2018
Time: 08:00PM – 09:30PM
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Rs.300/- (Available at Venue)

Crowdsourced Comedy Night!

Akbar Chaudry and Shehzad Ghias bring you the Crowdsourced Comedy Night! No, we are not outsourcing our jobs to countries with cheap labor. Instead, we’re bringing you a one of a kind stand-up comedy show where our material will be largely based around the audience that shows up on the day!

Crowd work, audience interaction and a generally good time – Tickets Rs. 500 available at the venue!

Date: Saturday the 20th of October.

Time: Gates open at 8 15 P.M, show starts at 8 30!

Venue: The MAD School, Zamzama Commercial Area Phase 5 Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh

Ishq Aatish – a play at NAPA

Urdu play in Karachi
ISHQ is a feeling felt by heart but alters the whole being of the victim. And once it enters the heart – the AATISH burns for eternity. Ishq Aatish is a story of lovers who choose to burn in spite of societal resistances but THE MORE IT’S RESISTED – THE MORE IT BURNS!! Written and Directed by Damyanti Gosai


Date Friday 19th October

Time: 18:00

Venue: NAPA – National Academy of Performing Arts

Qavvaali Mahfil featuring Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers

Featuring Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers

T2F is proud to present another night of Qavvaali Mahfil with Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers!
Keeping the flame of the Delhi Gharana alive, Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers perform traditional qavvaali. As the sons of Ustad Bahauddin, one of our greatest qavvaals, from whom they have learnt, Najmuddin, Saifuddin & Brothers have perfected over 20 years of live performances around the world. The troupe has toured throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, and across South Asia, and have received multiple accolades for their renditions.
In addition to performances, Najmuddin Saifuddin and Brothers are committed to sharing their art and knowledge by presenting lectures and workshops about the tradition and history of qavvaali.

Date: Saturday, 20th October 2018
Time: 07:30 PM– 09:30 PM
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Rs. 500/-

Ek Dafa Ka Zikr Hai

Enso in collaboration with The Chocolate Mousse Mommybrings to you ” Ek Dafa Ka Zikr Hai ………….”

‘Ik Dafa Ka Zikar Hai’ is an initiative to bring the rich and authentic urdu literature to kids through interactive story telling, role plays, and sing along. Their focus is on enriching the urdu vocabulary and introducing proverbs (Muhaavray) through fun role play. Charges: 1000/- pkr  Registration can be done at Enso contact # 0300-9267032
You can fill the form for registration

Age: 4-8 years,
Date: Friday, October 19th, 2018.
Timing: 3:30-4:30 PM,
Venue: ENSO shop #3, lane 2, Zamzama commercial area, Karachi

Inclusive Nature Camp

The Wildlife Experience Center brings yet another fun filled one day “Nature Based Camp”. Their camp is unique as it incorporates special needs and typically developing children in an inclusive play environment. This allows all children to grow together and learn from each other.

Date: 21st-October-2018
Time: 9am to 2pm
Venue: The Wildlife Experience Center (Nazimabad Block 1)

Camp Details:
This unique nature based camp is based on crazy hands on experiences. At this camp your little one will make some furry friends. The interaction with real animals encourages social and cognitive development in kids, making them overcome their fears, develop self confidence and instills empathy in them. This camp will bring out the naturalist in your little one.

Activities Includes:
Interactive Session with Animals.
Petting, Feeding and Bathing.
Fish Bbq
Sand Art
Shadow painting
Painting with Nature Brushes
Gola Ganda Making
Making Sugarcane Juice OR Watermelon Slush OR Lasii.
Aaand much more…

They promise to provide a Unique and Unforgettable time for your Children.

Age Group: 3 to 12
(Kids Under 3 can join in with their mothers)
Charges: 1500/- for one Child.
(One Parent must accompany and is for Free)
30% discount on 3rd sibling.

Register Now as Limited Slots are Available.

Game Night: The Murder Mystery Challenge

They’re laying down the law at the library for a special murder mystery themed Game Night, where they’re challenging you to a tournament of the classic whodunit games, Cluedo and Mafia!

A dead body has been discovered and everyone’s a suspect! Whip out your magnifying glasses and see if you can solve the case. Navigate secret corridors and accuse your fellow players, because if there’s anything that we’re sure of in a game of Cluedo, it’s the fact that the murderer is still among us.
Think you have what it takes to survive the cut-throat world of mobsters and murders? Then come take part in our version of Mafia where friend turns against friend and lynchings, stake outs, and assassinations abound!

This event is open to the public and is appropriate for ages 11 and above. Participating children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and both child and guardian must be registered prior to the event.

The event fee (per person) is PKR 200 for members and PKR 300 for non-members.

Prior registration is mandatory; walk-ins will not be allowed.

To register, please email [email protected] with your name, the names and ages of participating children, and your CNIC, Passport or Library Membership number.

Tomorrow from 17:00-19:00

British Council Karachi

Near ParkTowers CLIFTON, Karachi, Pakistan-75600

At the time of visit, adults MUST carry their original CNIC, Passport or Library Membership card along with a photo ID for their child, or their Library Membership card.

Registrations will close on Thursday, 18 October 2018.

Book Launch | Typically Tanya

Head to Liberty Books for the Karachi launch of

Typically Tanya
Taha Kehar

Date & Time
Saturday, 20th October 2018, 4.30 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.

Liberty Books
Clifton (Next to Bar BQ Tonight), Karachi.

Photowalk, Street Photography at Empress Market

Mohammad Talha Ghouri is known as the Pioneer of Photo Walks in Pakistan. With numerous photowalks in his past portfolio including the renowned KARACHI PHOTO WALK(s) and LAHORE TASWEER NIGAARI, the team often plans short photowalks for smaller groups with maximum 60 participants.

PhotoWalk to EMPRESS MARKET, in Saddar, Karachi, being the most popular one, is held every two months. The day starts with sun-rise, a yummy breakfast at Dhaabas and then lots’n’lots of photography fun at the venue.

Date : 21st October 2018

Venue : Empress Market, Saddar, Karachi.

Timings : 6:30am – 9:00am

Fees : Rs.1,000/- only***

Click Here to Register:

Call: 0300-2416014

What do you get?
– Fun Filled Photowalk through Empress Market with TALHA GHOURI and Team.
– School Merchandise, Tshirts, Hoodies, Hats.
– Attendance Certificate
– Breakfast on the house 🙂


Dungeons & Dragons at T2F

The Assault in Fangwood Keep continues this Thursday. Those who wish to join the campaign if you haven’t already
Campaign Registration: Rs 1050.

Those who wish to adventure for a single night
Single Session: Rs 500.

See you there.

**We have limited capacity for 15 participants. Contact on this number 0333-2288224 (Khurram Khan) to register your spot**

Date: Thursday, 18th October 2018
Time: 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Venue: T2F
Single Session Registration: Rs. 500
Campaign registration: Rs. 1,050

**We will be charging a registration fee. Time, effort and resources used, require your support.**

Magical Masti Tour (A musical comedy show)

The Magical Masti Tour is a show unlike any other bringing the dual magic of music and comedy, to present to you a musical comedy experience. With classic songs like Larka johar ka, feminism mardon ke liye, CPEC anther and new songs that will be featured for the first time ever, along with songs made up on the spot, song made about you – the audience. So come be a part of the magical masti tour.


Qaumi Coup
Hassaan Bin Shaheen
Bassam Shazli
Mohammad Babar Jafree

E Sharp
Ahmed Zawar
Qumber Kazmi

Date: Saturday, 20 October 2018

Time: 19:45-21:30


Personality Dimensions® Training Session with Ali Asghar Dossa

Join us at T2F on 21st October 2018 for a one-day ‘Personality Dimensions® Training Session with Ali Asghar Dossa’ from 4pm – 8pm.

Since its publication in 2003, over 500,000 people world-wide have experienced a Personality Dimensions® workshop. Personality Dimensions® is an exceptional tool to use with intact teams, new teams, teams undergoing change, trainers, coaches, facilitators and teachers and other diverse groups. It is an excellent model for topics such as effective communication, conflict resolution, leadership development, change management, sales and marketing, customer service and career planning. It is a valuable asset for any trainer to add to his or her toolkit. Personality Dimensions® is a “B” level psychological instrument. To maintain its integrity and professionalism, a specific level of training is required to administer the tool.
In addition to developing a better knowledge of self, Personality Dimensions® will lead to a great ability to recognize the strengths and appreciate the differences in others thus leading the better team cohesion, fostering collaboration and building confidence and team moral.

Date: Sunday, 21st October 2018

Time: 16:00 – 20:00

Venue: T2F

Level 1: Starting a Regular Mindfulness Practice by Noorulain

Do you want your mind to be here now?
Do you want it to stop shuttling constantly between the past and future? Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present to whats happening around us and what we are doing in the moment. Having a regular mindfulness meditation practice helps cultivate presence, contain our reactions and be less stressed.
Globally, mindfulness has really caught on. Athletes are practicing mindfulness to foster peak performance. Artists are using it to boost creativity. Students are using it to perform better on tests, and managers are using it to exercise better leadership. By training our brains in mindfulness, we build new neural pathways and networks in the brain, boosting concentration, flexibility, and awareness.
Have you tried meditation before and stopped, finding it too distant from your day to day experience? Was it inaccessible? Did you keep thinking “Is this working” while doing it? Was your mind constantly chattering? Or you have little to no prior knowledge or experience, but are curious about what it is about? Is yes, sign up! In this beginners course, we will create a kind, accepting, and interactive environment where we really get into it, no question is a “stupid” one, and we cheer each other on as we slowly learn to settle our minds. All we ask for is an open heart and mind, and a desire to learn.

Session 1: Monday, 22nd October 2018
Session 2: Saturday, 27th October 2018
Session 3: Monday, 29th October 2018
Session 4: Saturday, 3rd November 2018

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Timings: 06:00 PM – 07:30 PM
Registration Fee: Rs. 2000/-

**We only have capacity for 15 participants, so kindly come in and sign up at T2F (1pm-6pm) or send us an email at [email protected] for online registrations. First come, first served.**

Salima Feerasta

Salima Feerasta is chief editor of and one of Pakistan's top fashion and lifestyle journalists.

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