Come November and everyone is already in the mood for festivities! The weather is better, the nights are longer and the food is just so much more delicious. So Karachi where do we start from this weekend? We have an exclusive exhibition of beautiful formal hand crafted wedding wear by Menahel and Mehreen. For the foodie in you, Avari Towers will be hosting a gastronomical indulgence of freshly prepared Australian BBQ, with specialist chef Jesse Hands. Leading up to this weekend, there are some thought provoking discussions at the T2F, with specialist speakers discussing the rise and fall Shikarpur, built in 1617 AD. For musicians and enthusiasts, check out Open Mic First Fridays, a great platform for budding performers. On Saturday, Miro Craemer a visiting German Fashion Artist and Social designer will talk about his project centered around translating personal tragedies, traditional handcrafts, social awareness and global market mechanisms into artwork. And don’t forget to note down in your diaries, early next week we look forward to twelve internationally acclaimed Pakistani artists showing at the Chawkandi Art Gallery.
1. Menahel and Mehreen Formalwear Exhibition
The Duo presents an exclusive exhibition of hand-crafted formal wedding-wear this weekend. Their design ethos centres around chic cuts and intricate embroidery, and is definitely a good investment that can be worn in many events.
When: Monday 7th November – Saturday 12th November
Where: F39/2, Block 4, Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan
(Off 26th Street, in a lane next to Art Scene, and opposite Koel)
Timings: 12 pm to 6pm daily
2.Australian Food Festival at Avari Towers
Enjoy the wonderful November weather, sitting by the pool side and indulging in delicious Australian cusine. Flown in all the way from Australia, specialist chef Jesse Hands will be presenting a delectable BBQ buffet. Freshly prepared and served to you, what better way to enjoy an evening with friends and family.
When: Friday 4th November to Sunday 13th November
Where: Avari Towers, Karachi
Timings: 7pm to 11:30
3. MARKINGS–Contemporary Drawing and Questions of Space
The work of twelve internationally acclaimed artists will be presented in this exhibition which pays homage to the phenomenal power of the line. It showcases both formal drawing as well as work that may assume the temperament or aspirations of drawing. And critically, it serves as a platform for conversation around this less acknowledged medium.
When: Tuesday, 8th November – 20th November
Where: Chawkandi Art Gallery, 105,Marine point , Bl-9, Clifton Karachi
Timings: 12pm onwards
4.First Fridays: Open Mic Night
Those of you that are exploring your musical side, this is the place to go. T2F opens its doors to emerging talent with an open mic session, providing a a platform for musicians, poets, and comedians to perform, improvise and experiment in an informal setting. Just show up and strutt your stuff!
When: Friday, 4th November
Timings: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
5. Shikarpur’s Heritage: Not for Sale
Explore the history of Shikarpur, one of the oldest cities in Sindh. Learn about its prestigious historical background; the pioneers of its rich establishment and boisterous commercial success to its subsequent deterioration. Moderated by Marvi Mazhar, the following will be speaking at Anila Naeem, Shahab Usto, Mehdi Shah, Anwar Figar Hakro.
When: Thursday 3rd November
Timings: 7pm to 8pm
6. Artist Talk Featuring Miro Creamer
Miro Craemer, is a German Fashion Artist and Social Designer who has been chosen for a 2 months residency at Vasl in Karachi. He will be a part of a collaborative project of the Goethe Institute, Lahore Biennale Foundation and Vasl, titled “Urbanites-art and public space in Pakistan”. In his artistic research project in Karachi, Miro Craemer takes a special interest in the Baldia factory fire in 2012, attempting to translate personal tragedies, traditional handcrafts, social awareness and global market mechanisms into an artwork.
Halfway through his stay in Pakistan, Miro Craemer will talk about his work in progress, difficulties and surprises he has encountered, the multi-layered forms of desire and the upcoming exhibition.
Researcher and artist Hira Khan, will also join the talk to share her perspective as project assistant from the Vasl team.Timings: 7pm to 8 pm
When: Saturday 5th November
Timings : 7pm-8:30pm