Arts & Lifestyle


April 20th – April 22nd 2018

After working hard all week, it’s time to do-you. We’ve discovered some amazing must-see theatre performances, concerts, open mic nights and much more! With so many fun things to do in Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad this weekend, how will you choose? fear not, we got this.

Friday – April 20th, 2018

Jhaanjar Di Paanwaan Chhankaar – Lahore by Olomopolo Media

The much-awaited Jhaanjar Di Paanwaan Chhankaar (The Sound of my Anklet’s Bells) premieres this weekend at Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore. Directed by Sarmad Khoosat and written by Saeed Rahman, the play features a stellar cast of complex and enthralling characters which means this one’s not to be missed.

  • When: Friday, 20th April – Sunday, 22nd April (7:30 pm – 9:30 pm)
  • Where: Alhamra Arts Council (Mall Road, Lahore)

Packages Mall Birthday Celebrations – #funtobe1

Packages Mall is celebrating their birthday with Lahore, this weekend. They are promising to make it more exciting for you with their birthday parade, valuable discounts, musical and dance performances, a UV dance show, and a live concert by Aima Baig and Asim Azhar. Be part of the celebrations.

  • When: Friday, 20th April – Sunday, 22nd April (4:30 pm – 11 pm)
  • Where: Packages Mall (Walton Road, Lahore)

Nishist Nastaliq: Classical & Modern with Ustad Sajid Naqvi

Interested in calligraphy but don’t quite know where to start? Hast-o-Neest is hosting a sitting with a calligraphy master- Ustad Sajid Naqvi, this Friday.  Get familiar with the art and the reinvented style of classic calligraphy!

  • When: Friday, 20th April (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
  • Where: Hast-o-Neest (Gulberg II, Lahore, Pakistan)

Maansal Nights | A Stand Up Comedy Show Ep.2 by Maansals

Kickstart your weekend with a round of tickling stories being told at Thotspot, this Friday. Maansals are hosting a special show featuring some of the most talented comics in town. Don’t miss!

  • When: Friday, 20th April (8 pm- 10 pm)
  • Where: Thotspot (1C, Street 7A, Badar Commercial Area, DHA, Phase V, ext, Karachi)

9th Tehzeeb Festival & Awards by Tehzeeb Foundation of Pakistan

Tehzeeb Foundation in collaboration with Karachi Arts Council is holding its annual Tehzeeb Festival & Awards featuring classical, ghazal and folk music by musicians from Pakistan and India.  Join them to honour the best of Pakistan’s musical talent.

  • When: Friday, 20th April – Saturday, 21st April (7 pm- 11:30 pm)
  • Where: Arts Council of Pakistan (M. R Kayani Road, Karachi)

Karachi Haat by Sindh Indigenous & Traditional Crafts Company

Karachi Haat is a one-of-its-kind event, and you can be part of it this weekend.  The magical world of Sindhi art & heritage will be presented through a fascinating panorama of crafts, cuisine & cultural activities. Visit with your friends and family to shop for traditional ajraks, block-print suits, ralli work and much more!

International Peace Festival by National Peace Council for Inter-faith Harmony

International Peace Festival will be held at Jinnah Convention Centre, this Friday. The festival aims to promote the idea of coexistence, tolerance, and humanity. Let’s all join hands for the noble cause of peace where all the provinces of Pakistan would be seen under one flag!

Ammar Farooki Live at Wild Wings

Ammar Farooki is the talk of the town these days! And guess what? He is going to be performing live for your listening pleasure only at Wild Wings. Enjoy the musical act while munching on the free meal that comes along with ticket!

  • When: Friday, 20th April (6 pm – 8 pm)
  • Where: Wild Wings (13K, F-7 Markaz, Islamabad)

Performances of Ajoka by Ajoka Theatre Pakistan
Ajoka Theatre is known for its satirical plays that are not only entertaining but also raise pressing issues faced by the society. The Theatre comes to Islamabad, this weekend and will feature “Chaak Chakkar”, and “Charing Cross”. An exciting theatrical experience, you wouldn’t want to miss out!

Saturday – April 21st, 2018

Zard Paton Ka Ban – Lahore by Theatre Wallay

“Zard Paton ka Ban,” an original play devised by Islamabad-based Theatre Wallay comes to Lahore following successful shows in Karachi and Islamabad. “Zard Paton Ka Ban” is a theatrical performance based on our experiences and perceptions of public space, and how public spaces are becoming increasingly inaccessible due to various reasons.

  • When: Saturday, 21st April – Sunday, 22nd  April  (7:30 pm- 9:30 pm)
  • Where: HRCP Auditorium (107 Tipu Block, Garden Town, Lahore)

Private Screening of ‘Qalandar Code’ in Lahore by Qalandar Code

A private screening of ‘Qalandar Code’, Atiya Khan’s 55 minute documentary on the Rise of the Divine Feminine will be held, this Saturday. With 16 years in the making, the documentary contains incredible footage of Atiya visiting the Shrine at Sehwan Sharif.

TLW Kids’ Story Time by the Last Word

Kick-start a lovely weekend with your children at The Last Word’s weekly Story session! This Saturday, Saneeya will be reading cat-themed books to your little ones. We are hoping it will be fun!

  • When: Saturday, 21st April (12 pm – 1 pm)
  • Where: The Last Word (30-z Basement, Block Z, DHA, Lahore)

Keto Food Festival by Alliance française de Karachi and Team Eventure

Alliance Francaise in collaboration with TeamEventure is celebrating the ketogenic lifestyle for the first time in Pakistan. Imagine spending the Saturday with hundreds of other ketofreaks! Enjoy the food, share knowledge, and get inspired. Be a part of this great food festival to sample ketogenic menus and learn about the science behind ketosis from nutritional experts.

Rhymistan 2.0 by Prognostic Records

Prognostic Events brings you a one of a kind HipHop event featuring insanely talented Rappers, b-boys and Beatboxers and EDM artists. Start this summer with the idlest rhymes of this season along with eargasmic electronic music by Eridu and Cannabass.

  • When: Saturday, 21st April (6 pm- 12 am)
  • Where: the Grid (31-C, 7th Lane, Bukhari Commercial Area, Phase 6, DHA, Karachi)

Sur Ka Safar: Usman Anees by the Second Floor (T2F)

T2F is back with another episode of Sur Ka Safar series; this time featuring Usman Anees- a maestro in the field of music composition, accompanied by Yousuf Kerai on the tabla. Usman has composed extensively for various mediums, ranging from solo piano music to symphonies and an opera. In this performance, he will present a solo piano recital followed by some fusion work with his tabla companion.

  • When: Saturday, 21st April (7:30 pm- 9 pm)
  • Where: T2F (10-C, Sunset Lane, Karachi)

Sufism Season 2 by High Club
Mark this Saturday for a Sufi/Qawaali night! The night will take your soul to another world, and will let you find peace and serenity. The artist will surely make the night memorable by revitalizing the Concept of old Sufis like Baba bulley Shah, Ghulam Farid and others!

Pearls of Wisdom from the private notebook of Allama M. Iqbal by the Hive at Islamabad

On the Death Anniversary of Allama Iqbal, the hive is hosting an engaging session with Khurrum Ellahi who will transport you back in time into the life of Iqbal through his private notebook! Dive into the personal thoughts of Iqbal on diversified ideas from arts, intellect, religion, poetry, math and much more!

  • When: Saturday, 21st April (3 pm- 5 pm)
  • Where: The Hive at Islamabad (1st Floor, Plot 14E, Manzoor Plaza, Block D, Blue Area, Islamabad)

Mandwa Screens: “Akhiri Geet (The Last Song)”

Mandwa Film Club is calling all Pakistani cinema enthusiasts to join them for the screening of “Akhri Geet”.  Directed by Uxi Mufti, the documentary is an ode to the folk tales of our lands, peoples and their traditions which are relayed through folk songs.

  • When: Saturday, 21st April (4 pm –6 pm)
  • Where: Lok Virsa (Garden Avenue, Shakarparian Road, Islamabad)

Sunday – April 22nd, 2018

Khalis Food Market by Khalis Food Market

Khalis Food Market turns five years old, this Sunday. They are treating you healthy, fresh, organic, and home-grown produce. Join them to support your local producers!

  • When: Sunday, 22nd April (4:30 pm – 9:30 pm)
  • Where: Gulberg Galleria (18-Main Boulevard, Gulberg, Lahore)

The Last Word Open Mic: Alien in Your City

The Last Word Open Mic will be a great platform to discuss how much of an alien do you feel in the city you live in? The dialogue will cover all sorts of topic including socioeconomic situations, age, caste and the issue of reclaiming public space by girls and women! Come and speak your mind!

  • When: Sunday, 22nd April (3:30 pm – 5 pm)
  • Where: The Last Word (30-z Basement, Block Z, DHA, Lahore)

Book Club: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro by British Council Pakistan

The British Council Book club will be reading ‘Never Let Me Go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro, this Sunday. A speculative fiction book about childhood friendships and the complexities of adulthood, it follows the lives of three friends facing the realities of life.  Join them with your thoughts on the book and enjoy an interesting conversation.

  • When: Sunday, 22nd April (2 pm- 3 pm)
  • Where: British Council Library (65 Mozang, Queens Road, Lahore)
  • To register, please email with your name, CNIC

The Kahani Baaz III – Open Mic Storytelling by OUAT Cafe and Basement

After Success of the first edition in Karachi and second in Hyderabad Communita is now back with its third edition of KAHANI BAAZ!  This year’s theme is all about second chances. This is a chance to tell your story to a live audience and if lucky, get featured on Facebook and Youtube.

  • When: Sunday, 22nd April (2 pm – 4 pm)
  • Where: OUAT Café & Basement (163N, Main Khayaban-e-Muslim, DHA, Phase 6, Karachi)
  • You can send your submissions at Also, attach the description of your story in 6-7 lines!

Islamabad Spring Fair by Lok Virsa

Visit Lok Virsa with your family and friends to enjoy a colourful array of shopping stalls, yummy food, kid’s activities, a live concert by Punjabi pop sensation and much more!

  • When: Sunday, 22nd April (10 am – 10 pm)
  • Where: Lok Virsa (Garden Avenue, Shakarparian Road, Islamabad)

Ifwa & Cosala Charity Bazaar 2018 by IFWA & Cosala Bazaar

Islamabad Foreign Women’s Association (IFWA) & Corps of Service Attachés Ladies Association (COSALA) are hosting the Charity Bazaar, this Sunday at Serena Hotel, Islamabad to raise funds for a noble cause. The Bazaar featured various food and handicraft stalls and some invigorating musical performances by local musicians!

  • When: Sunday, 22nd April (11 am – 4 pm)
  • Where: Serena Hotels, Islamabad



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