Arts & Lifestyle


Monday 21st May - Sunday 27th May, 2018

The weekend ended with the Royal Wedding delivering us some much-needed entertainment gems. If you think you have nothing to do this week, then you are in for a surprise. The last week of May is going to be a wild one with several outdoor activities to do in Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad. Here’s our editor’s picks for the absolutely-not-to-be-missed events happening this week.

Lahore 21st May – 27th May 2018

Camp by the Little Art, ArtBeat, Tamasha, CutPutli & Lahore International Children’s Film Festival

The Little Art is providing children with an opportunity to explore their creativity. They are organising a month-long workshop for young people in photography, filmmaking, painting, and puppet & theatre. In this workshop young people will learn the basics of photography, will make short films, and create their puppets. They will learn the art of exploring their creativity in reference to the environment they live in. Open avenues of creative thinking for them by registering them for the workshop.

  • When: Monday, May 21 – Friday, June 15 (11:30 pm – 1 am)
  • Where: Little Art (Model Town, Lahore)4
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Safar-e-Shauq by Ejaz Art Gallery

Israr Hussain Chishti will be exhibiting his latest work titled “Safar-e-Shauq” at Ejaz Art Gallery this week. The exhibition will showcase the landscape of Pakistan, portraying a country worn out by conflict, yet still determined to grow.

  • When: Monday, May 21 – Wednesday, May 23 (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
  • Where: Ejaz Art Gallery (79-B/1, M.M Alam Road, Gulberg III, Lahore)

Ramzan Gala 2018 by Fortress Square

Would you like to do economic shopping pre-eid? Fortress Square is organising a Ramadan Gala starting this week. The gala will feature desi eateries, discounted clothing, lucky draws kid’s activities, and much more!

  • When: Tuesday, May 22 – Thursday, June 14 (12 pm – 12 am)
  • Where: Fortress Square (Mian Mir Bridge, Fortress Stadium, Lahore)

The Cheese Nation Free Menu Tasting

Lahore, are you ready to show your love for cheese?  The Cheese Nation brings to you its soft launch for all menu items in Gulberg Galleria Mall this Friday. Save the date!

  • When: Friday, May 25 (6 pm – 8:30 pm)
  • Where: Gulberg Galleria (18-Main Boulevard, Gulberg, Lahore)

Silent Beats Rewind by Maverick Solutions

Maverick Solutions are back with Silent beats. Get ready for a super entertaining night out with a long list of activities including live bbq, sehri, entertainment, music gala, and much more – all under one roof!

Nazli Akbar Eid Exhibition in Lahore by Nazli Akbar

Don’t we all love trendy clothes with cool colour palette and loose cuts? Nazli Akbar will be exhibiting in Lahore for the first time with selected pieces. Shop from her new collection and allow yourself for a refreshing feel this summer!

  • When: Saturday, May 26 (12 pm – 9:30 pm)
  • Where: Cosa Nostra (23-A, H Block, Gulberg II, Lahore)

Book Club: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi by British Council Pakistan

This week join British Council Pakistan for a book discussion. This month’s pick is the highly acclaimed graphic novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. The story has been adapted into an Academy Award nominated feature film. This autobiographical account of growing up in Iran during the end of the Shah years and the Islamic Revolution is funny, poignant and heart-warming. We’re sure you’ll have a lot to say about Marji’s experiences.

Melt and Pour: A Soap-Making Workshop with HNU and British Council Pakistan

Practise zen this Ramzan with a soap-making workshop. This workshop will teach participants how to make basic soaps, how to incorporate scents and herbs into the base, modify colour, and mould the soap base. Learn to create your very own, all natural soap and get to learn how you can help your family transition to a chemical free lifestyle!

Karachi 21st May – 27th May 2018

Summer Photography classes for Kids by Naurattan

AFK in collaboration with Naurattan will be hosting summer photography classes for kids. The workshop will equip young minds with the basics of photography, ISO aperture, shutter speed, colour theory, and composition. The workshop will also organise field trips. Register, if your kid is passionate about photography.

Babey Lok: Sufi poetry of Punjab with Arieb Azhar by the Second Floor (T2F)

Join T2F for a night of Sufi poetry of Punjab, ‘Babey Lok’ with Arieb Azhar accompanied by Waqas Hussain on Sitar, this Thursday. Between reading, translating and interpreting a collection of verses, Arieb Azhar will also perform a selection of Sufi Kalaam on the guitar accompanied by young virtuoso sitar player from the illustrious Senia Gharana of music. Learn about the Punjabi Sufi poetry of Pakistan.

  • When: Thursday, May 24 (9:30 pm – 11:30 pm)
  • Where: T2F (10-C, Sunset Lane, Karachi)

Iyana Jewellery Exhibition by the Patio

Rooted initially in Dubai & now spreading its wings in Karachi, Iyana Jewelry Studio presents exquisite fashion jewellery for you to sparkle away!

  • When: Friday, May 25 (8:30 pm – 12 am)
  • Where: The Patio (F-50/1, Block IV, Clifton, Karachi)

Ustaad Naseeruddin Saami and Sons by Salt Arts

Salt Arts will be celebrating its 50th production in style. They will be narrating the tale of Khusro’s beloved-Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s journey of poetry and song for the divine. This special edition of the Southasia series will be narrated and presented by Ustaad Naseeruddin Saami and the Saami Brothers. Dwell into the mystery of poetics!

The Hunger Games: Sehri Edition by Wingitt and CareForHealth

The Hunger Games: Sehri Edition is a game night, organised with the collaboration of CareForHealth and Wingitt, to raise funds for the treatment of psychiatric clients. Help the reintegrate people with mental illness back into society.

  • When: Saturday, May 26 – Sunday, May 27 (12 am – 4 am)
  • Where: Wingitt (Khayaban-e-Seher, Karachi)

Grand Serai Bazaar by SERAI and Alliance française de Karachi

Transform your home & wardrobe for the holidays! Serai is organising a two-day shopping event with the most coveted Home & Lifestyle brands in town. Just in time for the holiday season.

Note: A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will go to Dar Ul Uloom Girls Orphanage.

Islamic Storytelling Sessions

This Ramzan, visit Liberty Books with your children to attend Islamic Storytelling sessions every Saturday starting from 18th May. The series of Good Words will conduct the sessions.

  • When: Saturday, May 26 (2 pm – 3 pm)
  • Where: Liberty Books (Khayaban-e-Shahbaz, Karachi)

Karachi AcroYoga Jam @the Forge by Karachi AcroYoga

Karachi Acro-yoga jams are back! Test out your acro knowledge by joining like-minded individuals.  Develop your strength and balance via acro-yoga practice!

  • When: Saturday, May 26 (9 pm – 10 pm)
  • Where: The Forge (19-C, Shahbaz Lane 2, Phase VI, DHA, Karachi)

Hamza Akram Qawwal @IL Posto caffe‛ & ristorante

Hamza Akram Qawwal has bagged the Lux Style Award in the best emerging talent category. He can engage the crowd and genuinely mesmerise the audience with his musical notes. He will be performing live this Saturday at IL Posto. We’re sure you will enjoy this unique qawwali night!

  • When: Saturday, May 26 (9 pm – 11:30 pm)
  • Where: IL Posto Caffe & ristorante (10-C, Main Khayaban-e-Shahbaz, Phase VI, DHA, Karachi)

Music Sunday Bazar by Stars Club

Do you have an Old Guitar at Home that you have outgrown and want to sell but don’t know where to go? Star Club has introduced “Music Sunday Bazar” where you will find authentic buyers, old musical instruments, and trendy accessories and music gear. For music lovers, this place is not-to-be-missed.

  • When: Sunday, May 27 (12 pm – 5 pm)
  • Where: Stars Club (Metropole opposite Gerry’s, Karachi)

Islamabad 21st May – 27th May 2018

Instagram worthy make-up workshop by the Hive at Islamabad

Are you wondering how to flaunt perfect skins on Insta? Well, your worries can take a back seat! Sadia’s Bridal Studio by Nikhar is all set to give you expert training on hair and make-up. Through this intensive workshop, you will learn the skill of makeup application, the art of flawlessly dewy skin and perfect contouring among many other tips and tricks!

  • When: Monday, May 21 – Thursday, May 24 (1 pm – 3 pm)
  • Where: The Hive (1st Floor, Plot 14E, Manzoor Plaza, Block D, Blue Area, Islamabad)

Board Game Marathon by Hangout and School of Leadership

A shout-out to all the gamers in Islamabad! Hangout is hosting a board game marathon where you get to play board games with a timer on! The rule says you have to move to the next game when the timer goes off! So, are you game enough?

  • When: Thursday, May 24 (3 pm- 5 pm)
  • Where: Hangout (NISTE, Faiz Ahmed Faiz Road, H-8/1, Islamabad)

Filmmakers Meetup Part 2 by ANM Productions

ANM Productions is organising a meetup for gathering passionate and creative individuals. The meetup will serve as a platform to develop young talent. See you there!

  • When: Thursday, May 24 (3 pm – 4 pm)
  • Where: Second Cup (Safa Gold Mall, F-7 Markaz, Islamabad)

CreativeMornings/ISB-May (Ramzan Special) by creativemornings_isb

CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for the creative community in Islamabad. This month, they are hosting a sehri instead of a breakfast. The theme for May is “Commitment”. Master Ayub, who is an educator and a philanthropist, will be the speaker. He runs a free of cost school for underprivileged children. Hear his story and get inspired!

  • When: Friday, May 25 (10:30 pm – 1 am)
  • Where: Chattha’s (Street 14, Tariq Market, F-10/2, Islamabad)

The Urban Reader – Book Club Meet May by Hangout and School of Leadership

This event is for bookworms and nerds. The hangout’s book club aims to contemplate the possible consequences of living in a society where books are banned! This month’s club will be held on Friday, and will discuss “Fahrenheit 451”. Drop everything, read this month’s pick and let your imagination run wild.

  • When: Friday, May 25 (3 pm – 4 pm)
  • Where: Hangout (NISTE, Faiz Ahmed Faiz Road, H-8/1, Islamabad)

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