Winter has finally arrived and the brief season itself calls for a celebration. If the weather forecast is something you believe, the temperature in Karachi is predicted to drop to 10-degree Celsius (Woah!) which is a little too low for most Karachiites. For the people of Lahore too, the temperature is likely to drop as low as 5-4 degree Celsius. So you’re really left with two options; sit at home and waste these winter evenings or you step outside, let the cold breeze strike your face as you enjoy a weekend filled with laughter, excitement and pure entertainment.
Friday, 14th December 2018
1) Coke Food and Music Festival
If there’s anything that can set your weekend mood right, it is the perfect combination of food and music. A wide variety of food and live musical performances on a winter night out in Karachi? We don’t think there’s a better way to welcome winter. The festival, which starts today, will end on Sunday, 16th December.
Tickets: PKR 450 (available for advance booking and at the venue)
Location: Beach Park (adjacent Bin Qasim Park), Clifton
For queries, click here.
2) Wardha Saleem: Year-end clearance sale
The perfect way to end a year is by availing all the possible sales you can, especially on luxury items which you are otherwise skeptical about buying. The end of the year sales are back and this time they are better than ever. Wardha Saleem is giving a wonderful farewell gift to everyone by exhibiting her pret, luxury and formal ranges on sale up to 60 per cent off. So, buy your favourite ensemble from her collections at a nominal price.
Entry is free.
Location: Wardha Saleem Design Studio, F-180-1, Clifton Block 5
For further details, click here or contact 03002246911
3) Tehzeeb Festival
Celebrating the rich classical, semi-classical and folk music of Pakistan, this festival will feature some of the biggest classical singers including Ustad Hamid Ali Khan. The festival will also include performances from folk music artists of India and Afghanistan. A special imaginary conversation between Jaun Elia (1931-2002) and Anwar Maqsood, Halaat-e-Ghair Haazira will be part of the three-day event.
Entry is free (CNIC required).
Location: Arts Council Auditorium, Karachi
Get details here.
1) History by night tour
Learn more about the ancient city of Lahore and the significance of all the historical and heritage sites in the walled city by going on this evening tour making for an ideal night out if you want to relax and avoid attending the busy events of the city. Grab your pashminas and discover the city like never before.
Tickets: PKR 1000 (advance booking required).
Location: Walled City Lahore Authority, Lawrence Road, Imdad Bilqees Building
For information, click here.
Saturday, 15th December 2018
1) Ghazal Night
Poetry and ghazal set the mood for everyone. A ghazal night is an experience where you can immerse yourself in the words of the narrator, find relatable verses and appreciate the art completely. Lead vocalist Ahmer Amir, helming from Baray Amanat Ali Khan’s gharana, will be the performer for the night bringing you the best from the world of poetry and prose.
Tickets: PKR 300
Location: TDF Ghar, M.A Jinnah Road
Timings: 9pm onwards.
Further details can be found here.
2) Block prints by Ormara
Bringing you cotton block prints for winter, this collection from Ormara by Musfira A. Salam will include ensembles ranging from pastels to deep colours, ensuring that there is something for everyone’s liking. You will also find intricate and gorgeous block printed dupattas in chiffon in a diverse range of colours at affordable prices. They won’t be taking orders so, make sure you get there first before everyone else.
Entry is free but the price range is PKR 3000-3500 for block prints.
Location: N’ecos, Bukhari Commercial Area
More details are available here.
1) Comic Conference 20
Get ready to laugh till your stomach hurts with friends and family (or even alone) as the best stand-up comedians take centre stage at the 20th edition of Drama ED’s conference. Lahore’s famous improv comedy troupe Pakistan Tehreek-e-Comedy (PTC) will be performing live for an audience to ensure that you have, what is called the best Saturday night ever.
Price: PKR 500. Tickets available at the venue.
Location: Alhamra Arts Council, Mall Road
Have questions? Get answers here.
2) The Last Word Open Mic
As 2018 draws to an end, what were the highlights for you this year? Was it an overall rewarding yet challenging year or did you sail smoothly through the tides or did you swim against them? Whatever might be the case, this open mic night is providing you with a chance to reflect on the year has gone by and look forward to the year ahead. What makes you hopeful for 2019? If you want to share your experience and thoughts, pen them down and bring with them with you. Otherwise, just attend the event and take inspiration from what you hear.
Entry is free.
Location: Faiz Ghar, 126-F, Model Town
All the information is available here.
Sunday, 16th December 2018
1) An evening of true stories by The Crows
It seems like the event has been receiving massive appreciation for its unique idea which is why it is back for another evening where you get to share true stories and experiences and listen to interesting tales from strangers.
Tickets are available at Koel Cafe
Location: Koel Cafe, F-42/2, Block 4, Clifton
Timings: 7pm onwards.
For more, click here.
2) Mast Qalandar Sindh Tour
If you want to do go on an excursion trip and enjoy the chilly morning Karachi on a Sunday, gather your friends and visit the famous interior Sindh sites. Makli, popularly known as the ‘Rome of Pakistan’, is a site with rich historical significance. Learn and enjoy along the way as you make new friends and explore cities like never before with the Super Savari Express.
Tickets: PKR 650o
Location: Super Savari Express, Room 119, Central Hotel Annexe, Abdullah Haroon Road
Find details here.
1) Explore Lahore
There might be a lot of sites that you never had the chance to visit while living in Lahore or better yet, you might be visiting the historically significant city this weekend. Avail this opportunity and visit the Badshahi mosque, Delhi Gate, Lahore Fort and much more in this thrilling trip as you sip on a hot cup of tea. Advance booking is required so, make sure you book your seats.
Tickets: PKR 3000-6000 (Charges vary with or without transportation and if you are a foreigner)
Location: The Mad Hatters, Bank Square Market, Model Town
Find all the relevant information here or contact 0320 8700800
2) Kia Kehna Hai?
To ensure that all talented individuals get a chance to perform, digital publication house Nukta Cheeni is providing a platform to stand-up comedians, poets, musicians, content writers and storytellers to share their craft with the world. Their third event will be hosted at the Laung Laachi de Café.
Registration for the ticket is required.
Location: Laung Laachi de Café, Johar Town
For further details, click here.
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