KARACHI: Alliance Française de Karachi (AFK) was the venue where karachiites converged to celebrate Pakistan’s first Night of Ideas (La Nuit des Idées) titled Facing the Present.
Every year, on the last Thursday in January, cities around the world celebrate the Night of Ideas bringing together prominent French and international thinkers to debate the major challenges of our time. The event celebrates freedom of ideas, thinking, expression and knowledge by conferences, seminars, forums, and roundtables, screenings and artistic performances inspired by a common theme.
The Citizens Archive of Pakistan and their Oral History Project team brought a unique story sharing experience connecting AFK to Peeru’s Café and NCA students in Lahore through an immersive audiovisual technology “portal”. Conversation was open to all, about the Night of Ideas between Karachi and Lahore followed by a live performance by Peeru’s Cafe artists. This friendly public debate (the main event of the night!) on the theme Facing the Present wondered: Who is better equipped to deal with the challenges of our time – intellectuals or artists?
Bold and inspiring speakers from each “side” faced-off on this question in pithy 7-minute TED-style talks: How are our intellectuals and artists using their work to address the various challenges of our present and future? Each made the case for why their medium was so well-suited to facing our time. In the end, the audience voted on who has won the debate, and how both sides could join forces to work together in finding solutions that benefit everyone.
Shorts compiled by the Oral History Project team at the Citizens Archive of Pakistan featured the stories of Pakistanis. Visitors earnestly watched 3D/anamorphic chalk artist and muralist Obaid ur Rehman make live graffiti interpreting the theme of the night.
The Patio reverberated by a fusion of eastern and western music by Tarz (the band made up of Yousuf Kerai, Islamuddin Mir, Ashiq Ali Mir, and Shehroze Hussain on the tabla, violin, dholak & sitar.
Promoting arts: KP govt to setup art gallery in Peshawar
ISLAMABAD: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to set up an art gallery in Peshawar at a cost of Rs 200 million.
A spokesman of provincial government said the government has completed the master plan of the gallery that will be equipped with state of the art facilities.
Cultural centers will also be established at all divisional headquarters of the province to promote the regional cultures and facilitate artists, the spokesman added.
Salima Begum nominated for UK Alumni Award 2019
ASTORE: Renowned educationist, Salima Begum of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) has been nominated for prestigious UK Alumni Award 2019.
The nomination has been made due to her accomplishments and efforts for improvement of education system, implementation of environmental friendly projects in educational institutions, promotion of education among children, empowerment of women by giving them opportunities and identity.
It is worth mentioning that Salima Begum was also nominated for Global Teacher prize for her meritorious services. She belongs to Oshagandas village of Gilgit and has done MSc Education from Institute of Education London.
Urdu Cultural Day celebrated in Paris
PARIS: The second edition of Urdu Cultural Day was celebrated by the French National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO) here.
Visitors highly appreciated the exotic display of Pakistani culture, music, and poetry. A photographic exhibition of Pakistan’s rich cultural and architectural heritage was also part of the event.
A large number of students, teachers of INALCO, members of French civil society and media persons attended the cultural day. Ambassador of Pakistan to France H. E. Moin-ul-Haque was the chief guest at the event.