A sensitive area of Karachi has blessed with this colorful three days festival aiming to counter violence & extremism when Karachi was facing worst law and order situation.
Thespianz has organized a grand “Spring Holidays Cultural Festival (SHCCF) in Amin House, Sultanabad (Karachi) to counter violence and extremism and promoting peace. There was more than 38 activities on each day. The festival featured cultural exhibitions, awareness based plays, art shows, puppet shows, music, horse and camel (mascot) show, daastan goi (storytelling), qissa khuwani bazaar while highlighting the dances and other aspects of tribal cultures within the Hazara and Pashtoon community that helped people to take relief from Karachi’s alarming law and order situation and reclaim the peace and harmony. A concert at the end of the three days festival has been taken place at Karachi Arts council featuring a famous Pashtun singer Zeek Afridi (Bibi Shiri Singer) and other traditional and folk singers.
Famous Festival Artists
ALONG WITH THEIR REVIEWS
Amjad Islam Amjad
Famous Urdu Poet
Amjad Islam Amjad, PP, Sitara-e-Imtiaz is an Urdu poet, drama writer and lyricist from Pakistan. The author of more than 40 books in a career spanning 50 years, he has received many awards for his literary work and screenplay for TV, including Pride of Performance and Sitara-e-Imtiaz.
I feel delighted to meet these vulnerable communities residing in Sultanabad & Hijrat Colony and amazed by their passion for arts and culture.
Famous Pakistani Playwright
Haseena Moin is a Pakistani dramatist, playwright and scriptwriter. She has written several plays for stage, radio and television, some of which have even gained international repute. She is the recipient of the Pride of Performance award for her services to the performing arts in Pakistan.
The Dastaan Goi (storytelling) session in this Spring Holidays Cultural Festival by Thespianz was one of my most favorite session and it delivered the peace message very well.
Famous Urdu Poet
Anwar Masood is a Pride of Performance winner Pakistani poet known for his comic poetry. He writes in Punjabi, Urdu and Persian languages. His poetry is known for the unique use of everyday, commonplace phrases and wording that is instantly relatable for masses in the region.
It was a mesmerizing to unroll the laughs and smiles on the people's faces those are Internationally Displaced (IDP), refugees or counted as an odd but they are not.
TV Actress (Host of the Festival)
She is Pakistan Televisions PTV’s National Award Winner, working as an Actress in many famous drama serials on various well-known TV channels such as ARY Digital and Geo TV. She is a Model, Voice Over Artist and worked in British Film Kandhar Break. She also Hosts special events of Pakistan in ISPR (Inter-Services Public Relations) Events.
Hosting a festival that aims to decrease violence & extremism was itself an honor for me. I enjoyed Thespianz Spring Holidays Cultural festival and interaction with Pashtoon & Hazara communities.
Famous Pashtoon Singer
He is the singer who has sung famous pashto song “Bibisherinay” – it was a selection of folk songs in Pushto and later he released Urdu versions of the song. He has also sung an official anthem for the Peshawar Zalmi team in PSL (Pakistan Super League) named “Zalmi Tarana” or “O Da Pekhawar Zalmi.
I am happy to see how Thespianz Pakistan cares about Pashtoon community and helping them to get rid of violence & extremism. I appreciate their efforts and support them in future too.
The festival took place at the Sultanabad’s entrance Amin House, Karachi. The festival was continued for three consecutive days. The aim of this festival was to counter violence and extremism among two vulnerable communities in Karachi while encouraging and breaking barriers of mobility by bringing them at one place for increasing acceptance. The festival served to the people regardless their community/neighborhood or cast and creed to come together. A few hours each day was reserved for the women only that we have communicated on flyers too that have been distributed among the communities.
Activities that was continued throughout the day included awareness based plays, poetry sessions, dastaan goi, area for children, intellectual and IQ games, handicraft stalls etc.
President Thespianz Pakistan Faisal Malik giving briefing to the commissioner Karachi (in 2015) Mr. Shoaib Siddiqui about the festival activities.
Thespianz has formed a committee of youth and community elders from the targeted area i.e. Sultanabad and Hijrat Colony (40 members) those were the influential and talkative persons and could advise on the activities, location and further arrangements of the festival to their communities. This committee promoted the words regarding the festival by conducting a total of 10 outreach drives in both areas. These drives served as an approach to the people and students from schools/colleges, shops, popular centers and meeting points in Sultanabad and Hijrat Colony to attend this festival as Free Of Cost bases and celebrate the joys together.
The ending ceremony of Thespianz’s Spring Holidays Cultural Festival held at Karachi Arts Council with more than 1000 community members (males and females) from Hijrat Colony and Sultanabad. Thespianz provided transportation facility to the people of this areas and many buses assigned to provide pick and drop facility to the attendees.
Famous Pashtoon singer especially invited from Peshawar, KPK to entertain the Pashtoon audience and other singers in which included Abdul Basit and Nadir Ali famous Kashmiri Singers came all the way from AJK to sing special “Mahiye and Tappe” and a Rabab player’s group from Islamabad also performed in the ending ceremony. Attendees openhearted welcome these artists, paid him a lot of respect, enjoyed their songs with dancing and celebrate peace and acceptance. Thespianz furnished a short Q/A session in the end of the concert for concluding and making sure the aim of the festival and concert and distributed gifts as well among the community members.
I found this festival a great way to bring our community’s people together and involve in such productive and amusing activities in which they have never involved before. I and my entire Pashtoon communities from Sultanabad and Hijrat Colony are very much thankful to Thespianz Team for bringing in this festival and promoting peace through arts and culture in this sensitive law and order situation of Karachi.
Imam Khair Deen Khan –Mediator of Jirga from Jalalabad, Afghanistan
Project Overall Impact
Community Members Attended
As a result of this festival, Thespianz has successfully achieved it’s cross cutting themes 1. Community engagement 2. Inter-group engagement 3. Recreational/benign activities 4. Social and Cultural Activities. The festival has addressed and counter violent extremism in Karachi by creating a collective counter narrative of peace. This has been been done by engaging 2483 youth and community members from targeted areas to support and promote peace and harmony through a 3 day festival.