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4 Jan

TGIF: Things to do on the first weekend of 2019 in Karachi and Lahore

TGIF

The beginning of a new year means looking forward to improving your outlook towards life and making the most of the time you have on your hands. As this would be the first weekend of 2019, we wanted to make sure you kickstart the year with good vibes and positivity so, here’s a list of exciting and unique events for you to attend.

 

Friday, 4th January 2019

 

Karachi

 

1) First Fridays open mic night: January Edition 

 

TGIF

 

Whether you are an aspiring poet, singer or writer, this platform is your opportunity to make your talent known to the world. Express what you feel and how you want to see the world at the first open mic night of the year. Get your performance face on and be there. No registration required.

Entry is free.

Location: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Timings: 6pm-8:30pm

For further details, click here.

 

2) All that glitters by Manizhe – Silver Jewellery 

 

TGIF

 

If real stones like pearl, emeralds and amethyst attract you in ornaments and jewellery, this exhibition is for you. From Pink Jade earrings to Aqiq stone cufflinks, you will find all original stone crafts at this one day exhibit by Manizhe – Silver Jewellery.

Entry is free.

Location: Full Circle Gallery, Clifton.

Timings: 5pm-7pm

For details, click here.

 

3) Kathak: The dance of storytellers 

 

TGIF

 

Learn about the history and significance of Kathak dance by Ally Adnan this weekend. The storytelling dance form which is widely acclaimed in the sub-continent will be followed by a stellar dance performance by Ally himself. Make sure that you don’t miss it!

Tickets: PKR 300

Location: Base Rock Cafe

Timings: 7:30pm-9:30pm

For queries, click here.

 

Lahore

 

1) Organic Market at Mall of Lahore 

 

TGIF

 

With the growing availability of artificial foods and flavour, the need for natural staples is growing with each day. In order to educate people about the need for natural products, local farmers and producers will bring organic milk, butter, natural oils, poultry, herbs, spices and so much more.

Entry is free.

Location: Greenvalley, Mall of Lahore

Timings: 10am-10pm

Get details here.

 

2) Chinese cuisine buffet night 

 

TGIF

 

Enjoy live music along with authentic pan-Asian cuisine with a wide variety of dishes to tantalize your taste buds and fulfil your appetite. Get together with family and friends and enjoy tasty food.

Tickets: PKR 1250+ tax/per person.

Location: Defence Raya Golf & Country Club

Timings: 7pm onwards.

More information can be found here.

 

Saturday, 5th January 2019

 

Karachi

 

1) Stargazing at Sapat beach 

 

TGIF

 

Welcoming new year with clear starry skies at Balochistan’s newly found tourist spot Sapat beach, Karachi Astronomy Society is back with their highly popular stargazing getaways. Enjoy desert safari, bbq, camping and much more with friends, family or your significant other. The perfect weekend getaway to detox from your mundane routine.

Tickets: PKR 6500 (advance booking required).

Location: Departure from Karachi (pickup point will be disclosed upon registration).

Timings: 10am-2pm

Additional information is available here.

 

2) We are HipHop Jam 

 

TGIF

 

Witness the magic of Karachi’s best hip-hop artists together under one roof as T2F is bringing a day filled with hip-hop dance performances, beatboxing, open Cyphers and much more to set the vibe straight for everyone who enjoys the genre.

Tickets: PKR 300

Location: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Timings: 7:30pm-10pm

Got questions? Get answers here.

 

Lahore

 

1) Pakistan Tea Festival 

 

TGIF

 

If you are a tea lover, lo and behold! The first ever festival for tea lovers is here that aims to celebrate chai which, let’s be honest, most Pakistani cannot function without. From cafes and home-based businesses bringing a wide variety of tea choices, music performances and other activities to keep you entertained. Ali Sethi will be performing so be sure to grab a cup of chai and groove to his melodious voice.

Tickets available of pre-booking.

Location: Packages Mall

Timings: 3pm-1am

For ticket details, click here.

 

2) Live Violin Night 

 

TGIF

 

Slowly pacing into the new year, The National Music Academy is bringing a night of comforting music for your ears that will leave you awestruck. The academy’s talented students will be taking the stage and spreading their magic through their violin performance.

Pre-registration is required as limited seats are available.

Location: National Music Academy Pakistan, Avenue 3, CCA 77 DHA Phase 6

Timings: 7pm-10pm

Get all the details here.

 

3) Open Mic Night 

 

TGIF

 

What makes this open mic night different from all the others in the city? This one only has one rule, there are no rules. The night will provide artists with the creative liberty to say what they want and perform how they want. Discover your inner strength at this one of a kind event.

Entry is free but registration and synopsis of your performance is required.

Location: Coffee Planet, Gulberg

Timings: 6:30pm-1opm

For any queries, click here.

 

Sunday, 6th January 2019

 

Karachi

 

1) French Bazaar 

 

TGIF

 

Get a chance to know French culture better as you indulge in their delicacies, different kinds of cheese and their finest desserts. You will also get a chance to get your hands on their exquisite jewellery, ensembles and crafts. Get transported to France and get mesmerized by the experience.

Tickets: PKR 300

Location: Alliance Francaise, Clifton

Timings: 3pm-8pm

For more information, click here.

 

2) Abdullah Qureshi & ROXEN live in concert 

 

TGIF

 

Bringing the best Pakistani singers to entertain you, this will be a night of fun, energetic and power-packed performances by Abdullah Qureshi and the Pakistani rock-band Roxen. Be sure to attend a fine mix of soothing melodies by Abdullah and an exhilarating performance by ROXEN.

Tickets: PKR 1000 for outsiders or PKR 2500 for VIP passes

Location: IBA, Main Campus

Timings: 7pm-11pm

Get ticket details and more here.

 

Lahore

 

1) Pakwheels Classic Motors 

 

TGIF

 

Do you have a vintage car that you have always wanted to show or perhaps, you have worked really hard into revamping an old car and claim it is your most prized possession? Either way, this event is for everyone who wants to showcase their classic cars or any car-enthusiast who just enjoys being mesmerized by the intensive labour that goes into maintaining these beauties. Get ready to see some of the finest automobiles of the city at this exhibit. Other exotic categories will include sports bikes as well.

Entry is free.

Location: Big Moe’s Diner, DHA Phase 5

Timings: 2pm-6pm

Get all the information here.

 

2) Pakistan four provinces buffet 

 

TGIF

 

Whether you have been craving the delicious Peshawari chapli kebab or Karachi’s biryani, this buffet is surely going to provide to that and much more. Get the best popular foods from Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan and KPK, all under one roof every Sunday.

Tickets: PKR 1250+tax

Location: The Place Restaurant, Raya Golf and Country Club

Timings: 7pm onwards.

Want to know more? Click here.

Ayesha Ghaffar

The author is a Sub-Editor at Something Haute and a fresh Journalism graduate from SZABIST. She is paving the way for her future in the field of media and reporting. When she is not working, she is busy watching Penguin videos and staying away from cats.