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 Urdu Poet
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
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
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)
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
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.
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.
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