[Karachi, 29th May 2015]: The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP) and I AM KARACHI present Karachi City of Lights Festival which will take place on the 5th, 6th and 7th of June at the Fomma Trust-DHA Art Centre (FDAC) at Zamzama Park. This month also marks the 8th Anniversary of the Citizens Archive of Pakistan.
Karachi City of Lights Festival is a celebration of the performing and visual arts that hopes to evoke memories of the city’s yesteryears. With the mission of reviving Karachi’s spirit of vitality and acceptance, the festival will bring to Karachi a space where visitors of all ages can engage with the dynamic history of their city.
The festival will showcase feature interactive exhibits that will combine photography, music, games and oral histories to immerse visitors in the captivating history and heritage of Karachi. In accordance with the theme, Khaula Jamil of ‘Humans of Karachi’ will also display some of her portraits and stories on the people of Karachi.
CAP has also organised its signature ‘Tribute to Qissa Khwani (Storytelling) Bazaar’ sessions. The topics have been chosen for their relevance to Karachiites today.
The first day will kick off with a session titled ‘Cultural Narratives in Conflict and Post-Conflict’ moderated by Amean J. The session scheduled for 7th June is titled ‘Popular Culture, Identity and Pride’ and will be moderated by actor Adnan Malik.
Each evening of the festival will feature performances such as special storytelling sessions for children, poetry recitals and improvised theatre that revolve around Karachi’s compelling history, culture and art.
The festival will be open to visitors from 4:00 - 9:00 pm.
The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultural and historic preservation operating in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad. We seek to educate the community, foster an awareness of our nation's history, and instil pride in Pakistani citizens about their heritage. CAP has focused its attention on the tradition of oral storytelling in Pakistan, emphasising the importance of such narratives in a dialogue on national identity. Our organization has three main goals: to preserve and provide access to the archive, to build and support educational programmes, and to develop educational products based on the testimonies collected. We are passionate about sharing Pakistan’s stories through educational outreach programmes and various exhibitions and festivals that are attended by thousands of visitors. Our vision is to develop CAP as the foremost museum and heritage centre of Pakistani history, photography, culture, literature, and historical documentation demonstrating the strength and spirit of Pakistan from the perspective of a citizen.
About I AM KARACHI:
Reclaim public spaces
Promoting social/cultural activities, reviving existing public spaces and cultural institutions for greater inclusion and engagement and creating fresh, safe public spaces promoting open interaction and positive exchange of ideas.
Bring civil society together
Create a common platform to enhance synergy and collaboration, share and strengthen existing resources, expertise and networks to maximize outreach and impact and Increase interaction and engagement between government and civil society.
Enhance public awareness and advocacy
Create awareness about the socio-cultural causes of violence and advocate for potential solutions, promote dialogues and conversations between people and communities within Karachi, lobby relevant stakeholders including government and media to advocate for peace and enhance awareness about the importance of public sphere/spaces for a vibrant and tolerant city.