Arts & Lifestyle


April 27th – April 29th 2018

With April drawing to an end and our spring-like weekends certainly numbered! Check out 1947’s guide to things to do in Lahore, Karachi, & Islamabad to keep you in-the-know with the best listings of events and activities around!

Friday – April 27th, 2018

LUMS Annual Play 2018 by LUMS Dramaline

LUMS drama society is back with their annual play. This weekend, they are presenting a unique script titled: “Haasil-E-Kun.” The play is centred on the constant struggle of good and evil and follows the theme of a period drama. We are hoping it will be a treat for theatre lovers!

  • When: Friday, 27th April – Saturday, 28th April (5:30 pm – 7:30 pm)
  • Where: Alhamra Arts Council (Mall Road, Lahore)

Dance Day Manao – 2018, Lahore by Institute of Performing Arts

International Dance Day is celebrated every year on the 29th of April since 1982.  This year, Lahore is celebrating the day by organising a dance festival “Dance Day Manao”.  The festival has been specifically designed to feature programming for and by children. It will kick off from April 25, 2018 and continue till April 30, 2018. The event will showcase Performances of classical, folk, modern, street dance of Pakistan designed especially to enthral children. Find different forms of dance under one roof!

  • When: Wednesday, 25th April – Monday, 30th April (6:30 pm – 9 pm)
  • Where: Alhamra Arts Council (Mall Road, Lahore)

History by Night by Book Karo

The Walled City of Lahore has launched “History by Night” tours, recently. The captivating corners of imperial history including Badshahi Mosque, Hazoori Bagh, and the famous inner city gates of Lahore Fort, Sheesh Mahal and Summer Palace will be shown by trained tourist guides. Experience a one-of-a-kind night filled with stories of past galore and classical music performances!

Friday Night Karaoke at the Grid

You will never get tired of the Friday Night Karaoke at the Grid.  Every Friday night is different with different kinds of bathroom singers singing their hearts out in a super-relaxed, fun way! The next time you find yourself out with friends on a Friday night and in the mood to belt a ballad or two, join them!

  • When: Friday, 27th April (7 pm- 10 pm)
  • Where: The Grid (31-C, 7th Lane, Bukhari Commercial Area, Phase 6, DHA, Karachi)

Jhaanjar Di Paanwaan Chhankaar – Karachi by Olomopolo Media

After hitting all the right notes in Lahore, the much-awaited Jhaanjar Di Paanwaan Chhankaar premieres this weekend in Karachi! Directed by Sarmad Khoosat and written by Saeed Rahman, the play theatre production is funny and equally engaging! Sit back and be blown away!

  • When: Friday, 27th April – Saturday, 29th April (8 pm- 9:30 pm)
  • Where: Arts Council of Pakistan (M. R Kayani Road, Karachi)

Drum Circle at the Second Floor (T2F)

Is Karachi’s frenzy affecting you? Try out an evening with the Drum Circle at T2F for a little catharsis and a super cool vibe. Community, drums, music, movement; need we say more?

  • When: Friday, 27th April (6:30 pm- 8 pm)
  • Where: T2F (10-C, Sunset Lane, Karachi)

Bhangra Night by Model Next Agency

Model Next Agency in collaboration with Capital Development Authority – CDA is organising a bhangra night this Friday. A dose of Punjabi entertainment is exactly what the doctor ordered, a night full of music, dance performances is the perfect way to start the weekend.

  • When: Friday, 27th April (5 pm – 11 pm)
  • Where: Open Air Theatre (Shakarparian, Islamabad)

Youth Cultural Mela by Lok Virsa

Lok Virsa is holding a three-day “Youth Cultural Mela” to promote traditional skills, inculcate awareness among younger generation about the indigenous folk heritage of Pakistan. The mela will feature folk musicians, young artisans, and traditional cuisines of provinces.

  • When: Friday, 27th April – Sunday, 29th April (11 am – 8 pm)
  • Where: Lok Virsa, Islamabad

Saturday – April 28th, 2018

C+G at Awesamosas: Game Night

Join the uber cool team from Charcoal + Gravel this weekend at Awesamosas for some good old fashioned chilling. Ludo, Jenga, card games, samosas, KhoobsooraTEA and a weird, borderline uncomfortable story told by Urooj! Let’s call it a pre-Ramadan teaser?

  • When: Friday, 27th April – Saturday, 28th  April  (4 pm- 7 pm)
  • Where: Awesamosas, Lahore

Noor Thalassemia Charity Musical Concert by Lahore Today
Noor Thalassemia is organizing a charity event for the Thalassemia patients. The event will feature musical performances by Aima Baig, Sahir Ali Bagga, Humaira Arshad and Shair Mian Daad .

  • When: Saturday, 28th April (6 pm – 11 pm)
  • Where: Alhamra Open Air (Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore)

Organic Bazaar at Packages Mall by the Organic Shop
This weekend, the well awaited Organic Bazaar will be taking place at Packages Mall, Lahore. If you’re down with all things ‘natural’ this is the spot to be to pick up lots of healthy treats for you and the family.

  • When: Friday, 27th April – Sunday, 29th April (11 am – 11 pm)
  • Where: Packages Mall (Walton Road, Lahore)

Acroyoga Basics by Alliance française de Karachi and Karachi AcroYoga 

AFKarachi is offering you an opportunity to participate in a unique class featuring AcroYoga basics. and experience acrobatics with yoga like never before. It sounds quite intriguing, and totally in the wheelhouse of our adventure-loving inquisitive readers!

OPEN MIC – Mehfil e Mushaira by Dastan and Pakistan Chowk Community Centre

DASTAN in Collaboration with PCCC presents Open Mic “Mehfil e Mushaira”.  The evening will provide a platform for young poets to share their views through written pieces on Pakistan or Partition or any topic in their regional/mother language or Urdu. Join them with your friends and family!

Screening: B Movie-Lust & Sound in West-Berlin by Goethe-Institut Pakistan

Goethe-Institut will be screening B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin 1979-1989 this Saturday. B-MOVIE is a fast-paced collage of mostly unreleased film and TV footage from a frenzied but creative decade, starting with punk and ending with the Love Parade.

Mission to Mars: A Space Science Workshop for Children by British Council Pakistan

This weekend, get ready to awaken the astronaut in you! Join British council library for an interactive workshop in which they will take you on a space adventure to Mars. Yes, this is for real. Build and launch your rocket, design a Mars Rover and walk on the Red Planet in Virtual Reality. AMAZING!

  • When: Saturday, 28th April (4 pm- 6:30 pm)
  • Where: British Council Library (Clifton, 2 Talwar, Karachi)
  • To register, please email with your name, the name and age of your children who will be attending, and your CNIC

Comedy Show: Where’s my Samosa Islamabad? Omer Wahla Special by the Hive at Islamabad

Omer Wahla aka Where’ sMySamosa is a guy with a sense of humour. Born in Pakistan and raised in America, he spent years travelling back and forth. This Saturday, get ready to burst into fits of laughter and don’t miss out!

  • When: Saturday, 28th April (7 pm- 9 pm)
  • Where: The Hive at Islamabad  (1st Floor, Plot 14E, Manzoor Plaza, Block D, Blue Area, Islamabad)

Rang Dhamal by Eleven Media Production

Gear up Islamabad! Eleven Media is bringing you a colourful cultural event to welcome summer season! The event will feature live dhol, exciting performance by Gumaan the band, and your local favourite cuisines!

  • When: Saturday, 28th April (1 pm – 7 pm)
  • Where: Art and Craft Village (Shakarparian Complex, CDA, Islamabad)

Junoonistaan by PAPP Initiative

PAPP Initiative is hosting a concert this Saturday. This event aims at promoting peace through music and feature performances by Falak Shabir and local bands!

  • When: Saturday, 28th April (6:30 pm – 9 pm)
  • Where: Open Air Theatre (Shakarparian, Islamabad)

Sunday – April 29th, 2018

Learn, Earn, Grow by Being Matters

Are you interested in becoming a professional freelancer? Being Matter’s workshop will train you to find freelance work opportunities on Fiverr. This is an opportunity to learn how to get the assignments and build a strong portfolio. Don’t miss!

  • When: Sunday, 29th April (6 pm – 7 pm)
  • Where: Nairang Galleries (101-Habitat Flats, Jail Road, Lahore)
  • For registration, click here.

Book Fair 2018 by Fortress Square

Leading local booksellers and publishers will set displays of their latest collections on the discounted price. For book lovers, enjoy the best of authors – local and international under one roof.

  • When: Friday, 27th April – Sunday, 29th April (4 pm – 11 pm)
  • Where: Fortress Square (Fortress Stadium, Lahore)

After Effects Beginner Course – Workshop by Hamzaa’s Habitat

Ever wanted to do crazy things with motion graphics and live a life of a video animator? Learn squalling techniques of animation using and learning Adobe after Effects & Premiere Pro right from scratch at this workshop held every weekend at the Launchbox!

  • When: Saturday, 28th April – Sunday, 29th April (4 pm- 6 pm)
  • Where: Launchbox (Phase 4, DD Block, DHA, Lahore)

Joy of Urdu Reading Group at the British Council Library

This Sunday, Joy of Urdu Reading Group will read and discuss the work of legendary Urdu writer, Intizar Hussain. Participate in the engrossing discussion over a hot cup of tea and explore the wealth of our language and heritage.

An evening with Ustad Ghulam Murtaza Niazi by the All Pakistan Music Conference Karachi

Spend an evening with Ustad Ghulam Murtaza Niazi at PACC this Sunday. Enjoy his semi-classical collection of ghazals, Sindhi kaafi, and Siraiki kaafi.  He will be accompanied by Gul Muhammad on Sarangi, Anil Ghawri on tabla and Daniel Wilayat on Harmonium in his performance.

PechaKucha Nights Islamabad – Dance: Poetry in Motion by PechaKucha Islamabad and Kuch Khaas

On International Dance Day this year, Kuch Khaas will be celebrating this powerful art and medium of expression with PechaKucha presentations. There will also be performances by some of the most prominent performers in the city.


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