Walking Heritage nto Future Cities
Mar
19
to Mar 29

Walking Heritage nto Future Cities

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Heritage Walk Karachi will be participating in the workshop “Walking Heritage into Future Cities” organized by University of Exeter and Heritage Walk Calcutta in Exeter, UK.

Walking Heritage into Future Cities (henceforth Walking Heritage) is a new project addressing some of the challenges that threaten the unique and complex built and social heritage such as economic development, rapid urbanization and communal tensions in four South Asian cities. The project is a collaboration between the University of Exeter’s Archaeology department and Business School and Heritage Walk Calcutta (HWC), an innovative social enterprise combining academic research excellence with ethical community development through heritage tourism, especially walking tours.

The aim of Walking Heritage is not to preserve through policy and legislation, but to protect and nurture through awareness, knowledge-sharing, income-generation, and community engagement following the model developed by HWC and HWK. A workshop at Exeter will provide the opportunity for knowledge exchange and to compare and contrast these two models of operation to come up with a set of best practices for ethical, research-based, community-oriented urban heritage tourism projects in South Asia. The model thus developed will then be tested through an incubation program at Kolkata. Jaffna, Sri Lanka and Hyderabad, India have been selected to test this incubation program for their rich histories, post-colonial conflicts about heritage and identity, and current exponential growth of urbanization.

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is an UK Government fund to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. The Walking Heritage into Future Cities project is a GCRF-funded interdisciplinary collaboration between University of Exeter’s Department of Archaeology and Business School and Heritage Walk Calcutta (HWC), an academic-led, community-focused heritage tourism company in Kolkata, India.

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Transforming Narratives
Mar
17
to Mar 23

Transforming Narratives

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Pakistan Chowk Community Centre will be participating in the Transforming Narratives Project by Culture Central in Birmingham, UK.

Transforming Narratives is a three year project which aims to establish Birmingham as a leading international centre for contemporary South Asian arts practice, presenting multi-art forms through an artistic exchange programme, for the mutual benefit of Birmingham and cities in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Transforming Narratives (Birmingham, Pakistan, Bangladesh) 

This initiative is working to deliver a step-change in the cultural relationships between Birmingham, Pakistan and Bangladesh and to focus on the reciprocal exchange of contemporary cultural practices between these countries and the UK. 

These are:

  • Artistic programme

  • Cultural leadership development 

  • Audience development and engagement with a strong focus on diversity 

  • Archiving culturally diverse work produced by minority ethnic artists

  • Critical exchange and dialogue /Reflections on practice and intercultural relations

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Developing Little Heritage Activists-Family Carnival 2019
Jan
27
11:00 AM11:00

Developing Little Heritage Activists-Family Carnival 2019

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP) , brings you The CAP Family Carnival 2019 to be held Sunday 27th January 2019 at Beach Luxury Hotel Karachi.
Pakistan Chowk Community Center (Old Town Karachi), is delighted to be part of the Family Carnival 2019 bringing Heritage Awareness Session for Children.

Here are the following events / activities:

1) HERITAGE AWARENESS PROGRAM (Session):
“Heritage Awareness Program”, an interactive session by Pakistan Chowk Community Centre for Little Heritage Activists, encouraging them to observe, understand and enjoy the built heritage of Karachi.

2) HERITAGE: MAKE IT TO OWN IT (Activity):
Design and embellish your Heritage Monumental Bags with “Heritage: Make it to Own it” by Pakistan Chowk Community Centre for a sustainable future of Karachi’s Heritage.

3) KARACHI KA CHAKKAR (Game)
Pakistan Chowk Community Centre presents “Karachi Ka Chakkar”, featuring a manifold of prominent buildings and areas of the Old Town. Come and drive with us through the outstanding Merewether Tower to the famous Wall Street (I.I.Chundrigar) of Pakistan, we guarantee a thrilling, learning experience to explore the distinguished architectural elements and a true essence of heritage. So let’s come together to learn about our long-forgotten heritage and work for its preservation.

4) CHILDREN’S GUIDE TO HERITAGE: (Product)
There is so much to explore and learn about Karachi’s Built Heritage – you just have to know where to look. This book, full of entertaining puzzles, illustrations and interesting facts, playfully educates children about the Heritage of Karachi.

We’ll be looking forward to seeing you all,

Sunday 27th January 2019,

Beach Luxury Hotel,

11:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Do bring your little ones! We’re super excited!

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Documentary Film Screenings
Jan
5
5:00 PM17:00

Documentary Film Screenings

Dear Friends,
We are organizing the Documentary film screenings on this Saturday, 5th January 2019.
Filmmakers Syed Haider Rizvi and Zaigham Sajid will introduce the films, and each screening will be followed by an open discussion about the work and its craft.

This week present: ’A Story of Amanullah From Hijrat Colony ’ (2018)
Director: Syed Haider Rizvi
(Held First Position in SMIU UNIVERSITY)

Phool Patti (2018)
Director: Zaigham Sajid
(Selected in Dawn Films Competition)

Date: Saturday, 5th January 2019
Time: 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Place: Pakistan Chowk Community Centre
Entry: Free

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Shab-e-Izhaar- An evening of expression
Dec
23
4:00 PM16:00

Shab-e-Izhaar- An evening of expression

Shab-e-Izhaar- An evening of expression!

Join us for another exciting evening of stories, poems, songs, music, and dance.

You don’t need to register for this event. If you are interested in performing, just arrive with your performance piece(s) at the centre and sign up on site, latest by 3:45pm.

Each performer will be given not more than 10 minutes. This time may also vary according to the number of performers that sign up. Please plan accordingly.

We look forward to having an exciting evening full of beautiful performances!

Sunday, 23rd December 2018
4:00pm onwards

This event is FREE and OPEN to all.

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An Evening of Women Empowerment
Dec
9
4:00 PM16:00

An Evening of Women Empowerment

AN EVENING OF WOMAN EMPOWERMENT

BREAKING BARRIERS: 

Breaking barriers is a 10 min documentary which was officially nominated in Delhi Film Festival this year. It is based on two sports women of Pakistan, Joyce and Joyann. Joyce was denied the right to play for Pakistan in General Zia’s era but she never gave up. She managed to train her daughter, Joyan who now plays for Pakistan and is a source of pride for her. 

PEERZADA M RIZWAN:

Mr. Peerzada M Rizwan is a documentary film maker who started his career from Ghazanfar Ali’s Combine Media. Since then he has been associated with different TV Channels. His short film “Thank You Madam”, titled “Chor” in Urdu, was based on an American writer’s tale. I t was nominated in 3rd Jaipur International Film Festival.

ATIF BADAR:

Atif Badar has been a part of the Theatre, Drama, Acting and Entertainment media for the past two decades. From theatres, voice-overs, mini screens to a film such as Ramchand Pakistani, he has an extensive portfolio of work. He started his career in 1993 with Tehrik-e-Niswan as a theatre actor and now serves a theatre teacher himself.

Date: 09-12-18
Timing: 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
Location: Pakistan Chowk Community Centre

Schedule:

4:00 p.m. – Talk on women improvement by Sana Rubab
4:15 p.m. – Poetry reading on women empowerment by Atif Badar
4:30 p.m. - Film Screening of “Breaking Barriers” by Peerzada M Rizwan

Graciously Sponsored by FM91, NEWS ONE, WASEB TV AND TV1!

This event is FREE FOR ALL!

Looking forward to meet you!


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Film Screening of "Zahida" by Seemab Gul
Dec
2
4:00 PM16:00

Film Screening of "Zahida" by Seemab Gul

Film Screening of " Zahida " by Seemab Gul

Zahida Kazmi:

Zahida Kazmi is the first female taxi driver in Pakistan and a local legend. Twice a widower and 56 year old, she is fighting to make a living on the dusty roads of Rawalpindi. Also a mother to 7 year old Zara, she is juggling the home life from behind the wheel. Reciting beautiful poetry in quite nostalgic moments, Zahida reflects on her fate. Zahida is a fascinating insight into the trials faced by a determined woman carving her own path within a patriarchal society.

Human Rights Film Festival: 

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day. This year’s Human Rights Day will launch a year-long campaign to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights, proclaiming for the first time the inalienable rights to which everyone -- regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status -- is inherently entitled as a human being. The 70th anniversary is an opportunity to reaffirm the universal values and enduring principles enshrined in the Declaration, mobilize people around the world, and take stock of human rights today.

Seemab Gul: 

Seemab Gul is a London based filmmaker who has been a political activist involved in social and anti-war campaigns. While she makes socio-political films, her multi-media works span themes of migration, identity, culture and politics.

Date: 02-12-18
Timing: 4:00 pm-4:30 pm
Location: Pakistan Chowk Community Centre

In collaboration with European Union

Graciously Sponsored by FM91, NEWS ONE, WASEB TV AND TV1!

This event is FREE FOR ALL! 

Looking forward to meet you!

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Kathak Workshop with Farah Yasmeen Shaikh
Nov
24
4:00 PM16:00

Kathak Workshop with Farah Yasmeen Shaikh

Kathak Workshop with Farah Yasmeen Shaikh

Kathak is one of the eight classical forms of South Asian dance - comprised of powerful movement and technique using percussive footwork and rhythms rooted in the classical music system, and is juxtaposed with subtlety and grace. Also inherent in kathak is storytelling through mime and expression, drawing on the richness of the culture and ancient stories.

Participants will experience an introduction to the various aspects of Kathak including the movement, the music, etiquette and history that surrounds the dance form even in the modern day. 

About the Artist: 
Farah Yasmeen Shaikh is an international kathak artist, trained for over two decades by the late Pandit Chitresh Das. A renowned performer, choreographer, instructor and Founder/Director of Noorani Dance, Farah is known for her evocative storytelling, technical precision, delicacy and grace. Her unique artistic voice focuses on topics of historical, social and political relevance, whilst maintaining the classical elements of kathak. Farah performs her own traditional and innovative works, most notably, The Forgotten Empress, focused on the life of Mughal Empress Noor Jahan and her newest work, The Partition Project - based on the 1947 India-Pakistan Partition in collaboration with EnActe Arts. Farah has received recognition for her work from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, New England Foundation for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, San Francisco Foundation, SVCreates and Dancers’ Group. Farah trains the next generation of kathak artists in the U.S., and performs and teaches extensively in Pakistan.

Date: 24-11-18
Timing: 4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Location: Pakistan Chowk Community Centre

No experience necessary. 

Girls 11 years old & above

Please do register first. There is limited space!

Graciously Sponsored by FM91 AND TV1!

This event is FREE FOR ALL! 

Looking forward to meet you!

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Shab e Izhaar- An Evening of Expression
Nov
17
4:00 PM16:00

Shab e Izhaar- An Evening of Expression

TALKING CIRCLE | بے خبر ہوٹل
is back with its Shab-e-Izhaar- An evening of expression!

Join us for another exciting evening of stories, poems, songs, music, and dance.

You don’t need to register for this event. If you are interested in performing, just arrive with your performance piece(s) at the centre and sign up on site.

Each performer will be given not more than 10 minutes. This time may also vary according to the number of performers that sign up. Please plan accordingly.

Date: 17-11-18
Timing: 4pm-6pm
Registration Timing: 3:45 onwards
Location: Pakistan Chowk Community Centre

We look forward to having an exciting evening full of beautiful performances!

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Story-Telling Session by Rumana Husain
Nov
16
5:00 PM17:00

Story-Telling Session by Rumana Husain

PCCC's Literary Corner

'Soch Siyahee | سوچ سیاحی '

Presents

Story-Telling Session by Rumana Husain 

Story-telling is a thought-provoking and interactive activity that has lost importance over the years. This session will try to revive that culture and will tell participants 5 - 6 different Urdu stories for children mainly. These stories are light, and humorous which allows for an interesting story-telling session. 

The Story-Books that will be read out in the Session:

1. Something Black and White
2. Sheema Kirmani
3. Anmol-Rang
4. Chuha Phira Ari Bari
5. Laddu Paida Hoa
6. Laila Aur Munni Ghuriya

There are no registrations or signups for this event! They are welcome to walk-in!

Brief Introduction about the Artist
Rumana Husain has written and illustrated over 60 children’s books for several publishers including Oxford University Press, Danesh Publications, ERDC, Kathalya Publications (Nepal), Nami Children’s Books (South Korea), Butterfly Works (The Netherlands), Pratham Books (India) and the Bookgroup, which she co-founded in Karachi in 1988. She is also Trained as a graphic designer, she has had an evolving career: from teaching art to making fabric-toys and quilted artwork, as an innovative school head, teacher-trainer, book illustrator and writer. She is the author of a coffee-table book: ‘Karachiwala - a subcontinent within a city’ (2010) and ‘Street Smart – professionals on the street’ (2015), both published by JAAL. She co-founded NuktaArt - a bi-annual art magazine, published for ten years, of which she was Senior Editor. She worked as Head, Activism & Outreach at the Children’s Museum for Peace and Human Rights from 2001 to 2008, and was teaching at and also heading the CAS School from1986 to1996. Rumana Husain is an Honorary Director on the Board of the Children’s Literature Festival (CLF), Honorary General Secretary of the Karachi Conference Foundation, and a Founding Member and Member Executive Committee of the Society for I Am Karachi (IAK). She has been a project champion for one of IAK’s core projects - Wall Paintings - around Karachi city. 

Date: 16th-November-2018
Timing: 5 pm-6:30 pm
Location: Pakistan Chowk Community Centre

For children below 17!

This event is FREE FOR ALL!

Looking forward to meet you!

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Book Discussion of 'Typically Tanya' by Taha Kehar
Nov
11
5:00 PM17:00

Book Discussion of 'Typically Tanya' by Taha Kehar

PCCC's Literary Corner

Soch Siyahee | سوچ سیاحی

Presents:Book Discussion of 'Typically Tanya' by Taha Kehar

'HarperCollins is proud to announce the publication of Typically Tanya by Taha Kehar. In the vein of Moni Mohsin and Saba Imtiaz, a story from modern day Pakistan about a headstrong woman with equal parts sass and smarts. There’s a little bit of Tanya in all of us, and it’s mostly the part we supress.'

Taha Kehar is a Karachi-based journalist. He’s written for both Indian and Pakistani magazines, newspapers and publications. He’s the author of a collection of poems titled Writing Words With Fire. He is also the author of an earlier novel titled 'Of rift and rivalry'. 'Typically Tanya' is his second work of fiction.

For more information about 'Typically Tanya' please do read the link below: https://harperbroadcast.com/2018/09/12/a-young-feisty-modern-romance-by-taha-kehar/

Date: 11-11-18
Timing: 5pm - 6pm
Location: Pakistan Chowk

For 15 years old and above! 

This event is FREE FOR ALL! 

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Book Reciting - 'Karachi: Aaj Or Kal Tasaweer Ke Aine Mein'
Nov
10
4:00 PM16:00

Book Reciting - 'Karachi: Aaj Or Kal Tasaweer Ke Aine Mein'

PCCC's Literary Corner

Soch Siyahee | سوچ سیاحی

Presents:
Book Reciting of 'Karachi: Aaj Or Kal Tasaweer Ke Aine Mein'- Saeed Khawar

'Karachi: Aaj Or Kal Tasaweer Ke Aine Mein' is a picture-orientated book that documents certain areas of Karachi in its early stages and now. It is a modern way to tell a story of the past and present. This book highlights the history and culture of Karachi that has significantly lost importance. 

Saeed Khawar will recite certain texts from the book, explain the imagery and will discuss the history and culture of Karachi at this pre-release of the book! 

Saeed Khawar has been working as a professional journalist since 1990. He is currently working as an editor at Daily 92 News. He was also a resident editor at Daily Nawa-i-Waqt. He has published many articles and is also an an author to two or three books. He is better known for his book 'Pyas Aur Aflas Ka Sehra' that has already had three editions published. 

Date: 10-11-18
Timing: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Pakistan Chowk Community Centre

This event is FREE FOR ALL! 

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An Urban Sketching Art Class by Rakhshaan Qazi
Oct
28
4:00 PM16:00

An Urban Sketching Art Class by Rakhshaan Qazi

 Urban Sketching is drawing on location, indoors or out, and capturing what we see from direct observation. Individuals will learn how to sketch the buildings around them at the Pakistan Chowk ! This is a fun activity to be a part of as you learn through drawing surroundings and interacting with the environment!

Rakhshaan Qazi received her Bachelors in Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and went on to do her Masters in History and Critical Thinking in Architecture from the Architectural Association in London. She currently teaches at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and runs a design practice by the name of Naqsh. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.Our drawings are a record of time and place.

Date: 28th-October-2018

Timing: 4 pm - 6 pm

Location: Pakistan Chowk

10 year olds and above!

All materials will be provided by PCCC! 

This event is FREE FOR ALL!


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Film Screening & Discussion - 'American Revolutionary:The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs'
Oct
21
4:15 PM16:15

Film Screening & Discussion - 'American Revolutionary:The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs'

Film Screening & Discussion - 'American Revolutionary:The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs' -

An Event in Collaboration with Eqbal Ahmad Fan Page and Documentary Association of Pakistan (DAP)

The Eqbal Ahmed Fan Page is devoted to the memory of the activist, revolutionary and public intellectual Eqbal Ahmad.

Eqbal Ahmad in his work highlighted there is an Imperial West and there is an anti-Imperialist West and to “Work with the one and the fight the other”. We took that as a starting point to examine struggle figures. We began with the Detroit movement figure, Grace Lee Boggs and an informal collaboration with American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs film project.

The film raises awareness of critical thinking, movement building, organising and civil rights; common and inter-sectional themes in Eqbal’s work and legacy.

A special thank you to the film director Grace Lee for supporting and making this collaboration possible 

Film Main Project Site - www.americanrevolutionaryfilm.com

About the Film : 

The film tells the story of the Chinese American activist in Detroit whose vision of social change has inspired generations. A writer, activist, and philosopher rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she devoted her life to developing an understanding of “revolution” that brings together the contradictions of America’s past and its potentially radical and hopeful future. This film plunges us into Boggs’s lifetime of vital thinking and action, traversing the major U.S. social movements of the last century–from labor to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, Asian American, environmental justice movements, and beyond.

Film Trailer - https://vimeo.com/224852454

Film Schedule:


Date: 21st-October-2018

Screening Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Discussion: 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm 

Location: Pakistan Chowk Community Centre

For 14 years old and above! 

This event is FREE FOR ALL!

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The Modern Art Exploration Class by Rakhshaan Qazi
Oct
14
2:00 PM14:00

The Modern Art Exploration Class by Rakhshaan Qazi

The Modern Art Exploration Class will help introduce individuals to History of Modern Design and Art and why Art is important in today's life. This will be followed by a 'Make your own Modern Art Piece Workshop'!

Rakhshaan Qazi received her Bachelors in Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and went on to do her Masters in History and Critical Thinking in Architecture from the Architectural Association in London. She currently teaches at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and runs a design practice by the name of Naqsh. 

Schdeule of Art Class: 

Date: 14th-October-2018

Timing - 2:00 pm- 2:10 pm : Introduction on IPAF(International Public Art Festival) by IAMKARACHI
2:10 pm -2:40 pm : Talk about Modern Design and Art 
2:40 pm-4:00 pm : Make your own Modern Art Piece Workshop

Location: Pakistan Chowk Community Centre

For children below 18! 

This event if FREE FOR ALL!

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Hum Kalami ۱۱ - Recitations of Urdu Literary Texts
Oct
13
5:00 PM17:00

Hum Kalami ۱۱ - Recitations of Urdu Literary Texts

PCCC's Literary Corner

Soch Siyahee | سوچ سیاحی

Presents:
Hum Kalami ۱۱ - Recitations of Urdu Literary Texts

Students from Habib University's Araaish-e-Khayal Club will be presenting a reading circle to celebrate Urdu literature once again. The club will perform recitations of Manto, Ismat Chughtai, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Parveen Shakir, Zehra Negah, Iqbal and other poets. The floor will then be opened to the public to share their opinions, discussions, and readings.

Date: 13-October-2018

Timing: 5 pm-7 pm

Location: Pakistan Chowk Community Centre

This event is FREE FOR ALL! 

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Learn Origami with Ajlaan Raza
Oct
7
12:00 PM12:00

Learn Origami with Ajlaan Raza

'Learn Origami at PCCC' with Ajlaan Raza!

The aim of this activity is to teach children below the age of 18 the basics of Origami. Origami is a fun, easy, inexpensive and great for sharing with one another. It is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture!

Details of Event:

Timing: 12pm-1pm

Sunday, 7th of October-2018

All materials will be provided by PCCC

This activity is FREE for all!

About the Artist

Ajlaan Raza is a marketeer turned yoga instructor by profession. Origami is a childhood hobby that has stuck around with him up till now. He finds folding paper extremely therapeutic to calm any wandering thoughts and help improve focus. Over the years, he has conducted multiple origami sessions with kids in the city and we are excited to once again partner with Ajlaan!


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A Tribute to Mehdi Hasan Khan
Sep
9
3:00 PM15:00

A Tribute to Mehdi Hasan Khan

Pakistan Chowk is pleased to collaborate with the STRUGGLE FOR SOCIETY ORGANIZATION/MUSICAL CORNER.PK for this tribute to the legend Mehdi Hasan. 
STRUGGLE FOR SOCIETY ORGANIZATION is a Karachi based non-profit organization established in 2014 in the Lyari Area. Their goal is a country without violence, conflict and peaceful social engagement of youth and community. PCCC is glad to be supporting their mission to empower Lyari's youth and community.

About the Artist:
Ustad Ghulam Muhammad Khan was born in Karachi and grew up in a family that has always been musically inclined. He started singing in the year 1974 and later took Music training under Pandit Prakash Poonawala and Muahammad Umar Baloch Gulimarwala. 

Tribute to Mehdi Hasan
Mehdi Hasan Khan was a Pakistani ghazal singer and playback singer for Lollywood. One of the greatest and most influential figures in the history of ghazal singing. He is famously known as the "King of Ghazal" or the "Shahanshah-e-Ghazal". Known for his "haunting" baritone voice, Mehdi Hassan is credited with bringing ghazal singing to a worldwide audience. Born to a musical family, he influenced generations of singers from diverse genres. He earned numerous awards and accolades in his career and remained a leading singer of Pakistani film industry.

A tribute will be held at PCCC, on Sunday, 9th September, 2018 from 3pm to 7 pm. We hope to see you all there

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Shab e Izhaar- An Evening of Expression
Sep
8
6:00 PM18:00

Shab e Izhaar- An Evening of Expression

TALKING CIRCLE | بے خبر ہوٹل
is back with its Shab-e-Izhaar- An evening of expression!

Join us for another exciting evening of stories, poems, songs, music, and dance.

You don’t need to register for this event. If you are interested in performing, just arrive with your performance piece(s) at the centre and sign up on site, latest by 5:45pm.

Each performer will be given not more than 10 minutes. This time may also vary according to the number of performers that sign up. Please plan accordingly.

We look forward to having an exciting evening full of beautiful performances!

Saturday, 8th September, 2018
6:00pm onwards

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Pakistan Chowk Community Centre - 1st Anniversary
Aug
16
1:00 PM13:00

Pakistan Chowk Community Centre - 1st Anniversary

The PCCC Story:

In December 2016, with a vision for the forgotten public courtyards of the old city and a shoestring budget we rehabilitated an ignored, neglected, dilapidated Pakistan Chowk. This was the rejuvenation of a Public Urban Square in the heart of Karachi's Old Towns Publication Quarter, on Kutchery Road, for the use of the people that lived around it and for a larger integration with other urban dynamism of a pluralist culture like Karachi.

On 16th August, 2017 we opened the doors of Pakistan Chowk Community Centre in Sultani Mahal Building-This is the engine to drive activity back into the Chowk itself and connect it to other cultural events by hosting them here. It is the centre which provides a space for local and larger community engagement, along with formal and informal meetings. The centre, like a “cultural lab” aims to facilitate arts and writing workshops, classes and be a space for literary events with discussions.

In a short period of just a year, we can say with pride that PCCC has grown into its own; a space that supports and nurtures interdisciplinary dialogue of all scales, a diverse set of events, activities and cross urban cultural interventions. Looking back at this journey, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the community and civil society of Karachi who helped us build Pakistan Chowk Community Centre.

It was through these learnings and understandings that we were able to achieve 90 events in one year and 4 major projects like: Heritage Walk Karachi, Sarak Chaap (Old Town Mapping), Ghair Sarkari Tareekh (Oral History Project), and Postervism ( PCCCs first Poster Design Conference and Competition). We would like to celebrate this milestone with you, and continue to work on our research and documentation projects.

These are small steps for a city like Karachi, a city which has clearly expressed its need, desire and appreciation of the work we have brought to the surface. It’s a start. You have all been a part of all these nuclei in the larger framework of our vision.

19 Music and Art Classes
12 Round Tables and Talks
11 Open Mic Nights
4 Video Screenings
10 Exhibitions
2 Meet and Greets
5 Music Performances
4 Book Launches
5 Literary Readings
10 Work Shops
5 Story Telling Events
7 Art Fairs & Photography Exhibitions
4 Collaborations

Needless to say, the work will continue and will scale up using this last year as a an opportunity to test ideas. We have all been a witness to the success of these programs. The logical step to expand into similar forgotten spaces in the city and start bringing the lights back on in them too is the direction of this vision.

We hope you will continue on this journey with us as this project redefines itself and grows into something bigger next.

We would like to acknowledge and thank so many people for this incredible 2 year journey from Chowk to Community Centre:

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Chowk Rehabilitation Team :

Nadir Ali- (NED University-2016), Muhammad Zubair- (NED University-2016), Shahaan Mustikhan- (National College of Arts-2016), Faris Aftab- (NED University-2016),Farishta Pirzada- (Mehran University of Engineering and Technology- 2016)

Developing & Researching Pakistan Chowk Community Centre :

Alvina Ahmed - (Karachi University - 2017), Munawar Hussain - (Karachi University - 2017), Maida Zehra - (Karachi University - 2017), Taha Bin Jamal - (Karachi University - 2017), Ammarah Salman - (Karachi University - 2017), Asad Aly- (Habib University - 2017), Umar Ayub - (IVSAA - 2017), Reeba Tehseen - (IVSAA - 2017), Alina Naqvi - (IVSAA - 2017), Sana Gondal - (Habib University - 2017), Asad Hammad - (Lyceum - 2017), Beenish Sarfaraz - (Karachi university - 2017), Ayesha Siddiqui - (Karachi University - 2017), Ahad Ali - (Sarah Lawrence College-2017), Namra Khalid - (Parsons-2017)

PCCC Advisors :

Marvi MazharZain Mustafa, Mustafa Zafar, Kiran Ahmad, Saad Khurshid, Muniba Rasheed, Shahana Rajani, Fawad Khan, Shehrazade Sheikh, Sohail Zuberi, Arif Belgaumi, Khaula Jamil, Insiya Syed, Rafique "Feica" Feica R-a, Fiza Khatri, Zahra Malkani, Akhtar Baloch, Safiah Shah, Veera Rustomji, Asif Alam Farrukhi, Haider Ali

PCCC Management & Design Team :

Vishaal Singhara, AR Touseef Ahmed Memon, Mah e Neema Rao, Mariam Hanif Mymini, Sabahat Z. Aziz, Khushbakht Memon, Saad Rabbani, Azeemah Owais, Shaheen Nauman - A big thankyou to Sabahat Z. Aziz for working very hard and putting everything in order.

PCCC Friends & Supporters :

We would like to thank Goethe Institut (Karachi), I AM Karachi, Renaissance Foundation and all the participating individuals for their unconditional support.

Farrukh Naseem, Ahmed Anver, Hafeez Goharjee, Tarik Tonki, Amin Kasmani, Khalid Saba, Amir Jamil, Hidayat Raheem, Tahmina Anwer, Amjad Minhas, Ahmed Nasim, Faisal Qayyum, Sohail Tayyab Ahmed, M. Jamal Muhsin, M. Aamir, Abbas Kamangar, M. Ashraf Chandio, M. Iqbal, Shahzad Qureshi, Muneeb Vohra, M. Rizwan Rahimo, Sundus Khan, Ozma Noor

Thank you
PCCC Team 

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Jul
14
5:00 PM17:00

Music of the Nation - Open Mic Session

PCCC presents an Open Mic Session in collaboration with Musical Corner.pk. A tribute to the legendary singers Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. This event will include karaoke sessions, musical tracks and instrumental performances from rising artists. Entry is free for all! We welcome you to be a part of this wonderful evening of music and entertainment on Saturday, July 14th, 5 pm onwards.

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Jul
14
3:00 PM15:00

Ghar Ghar by Fatima Siraj

PCCC invites you for the third session of Fatima Siraj’s Poetry Workshop, Ghar Ghar, on Saturday July 14th from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. An author from Karachi who plans on sharing her experiences through poetry. We invite you to attend this event to accompany her on this creative journey. 
Fatima Siraj is the author of a poetry collection titled Walk with Me, published in 2017. It explores the themes of growing up; hope, love, loss and ambition. Her work has appeared on several literary magazines such as The Foliate Oak, Literary Oak and The Bridge. 

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Jul
10
to Jul 23

Postervism - Travelling Exhibition

Postervism is a joint collaboration of the Pakistan Chowk Community Centre & the Renaissance Foundation for Social Innovation Pakistan. The larger aim of this is to stimulate debate about the issues through visual elements involved in a poster. The posters were designed according to three themes, Gender Impartiality, Peripheralising Extremism, Spatial Identities. 

We received a total of 50 submissions out of which 25 were shortlisted. The selected posters will now be travelling from Karachi to Islamabad at Press Clubs and Community Centers in July 2018. Through this Travelling Exhibition, we expect to have an impact on a larger audience and get people to be a part of our design movement.

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Jul
7
3:00 PM15:00

Insaan Hon Ya Machine?

Fatima Siraj is the author of a Poetry Collection titled Walk with me, published in 2017. It explores the themes of growing up; hope, love, loss and ambition. Her work has appeared in several literary magazines such as The Foliate Oak, Literary Oak and The Bridge.

 

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Jun
30
3:00 PM15:00

Kuch Kehna Hai Poetry Workshop

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PCCC is pleased to collaborate with Fatima Siraj. "Kuch Kehna Hai" has been divided into four themes: Colour, Humans or Machines? My city and Home. The themes within this four day workshop will prove to be thought provoking taking you on a creative journey so come and indulge in the art of defining your own stories! 

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Music of the Nation
May
12
3:00 PM15:00

Music of the Nation

Pakistan Chowk Community Center is pleased to collaborate with STRUGGLE FOR SOCIETY ORGANIZATION/MUSICAL CORNER.PK for their musical project called “Music Of The Nation”, an open platform for rising stars to showcase their singing skills.

STRUGGLE FOR SOCIETY ORGANIZATION is a Karachi based non-profit organization established in 2014 in the Lyari Area. Their goal is a country without violence, conflict and peaceful social engagement of youth and community. PCCC is glad to be supporting their mission to empower Lyari's youth and community.

Join us at PCCC to enjoy quality music by some fresh voices as we are heartily looking forward to welcome you at the event to support aspiring singers & musicians.

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