KLF drew a huge crowd of literature lovers on last day

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Karachi(Cliff News)The 3rd and the last day of the 11th Karachi Literature Festival drew a huge crowd of literature lovers who didn’t want to miss out any of the exciting sessions lined-up for the day.The enthusiastic engagement of the festival visitors with the written word, authors, artists, and the literati is indicative of the inspiring ideas and debates the 11th Karachi Literature Festival generated.Several stimulating discussions were held on the 3rd day including one titled ‘Urdu Adab ki Rang-a-Rang Jehtain’ with Azra Abbas, Arfa Sayeda Zehra, Attiya Dawood, Masud Mufti, and Asghar Nadeem Syed.Another popular session was ‘Student Politics in Pakistan: Back to the Future’ with Arooj Aurangzeb, Faisal Subzwari, Azhar Abbas, Khalid Amin, and Naghma Iqtidar as panellists and Nadeem Farooq Paracha as the moderator.Another exciting session titled ‘Pakistani Cinema in the Twenty- First Century’ featured Faseeh Bari Khan, Saqib Malik, Faysal Qureshi, Sheheryar Munawar Siddiqui, Bee Gul, and Sangeeta as speakers.A discussion on ‘Karachi’s Literary Heritage: A Celebration’ took place featuring Ghazi Salahuddin, Iftikhar Ali Shallwani, Peerzada Salman, Rumana Husain, and Maniza Naqvi as speakers. ‘Maps of Belonging’ was the title of a conversation between Muneeza Shamsie and the award-winning writer Ahdaf Soueif. A stimulating discussion was carried  out in the panel discussion on ‘Financial Inclusion and Women Empowerment’ between Reza Baqir, Ayesha Aziz, Ishrat Husain, and Muhammad Aurangzeb. The session ‘Kashmir: The Paradise Lost’ attracted a lot of attention. The panelists included Victoria Schofield, Athar Abbas, Mushaal Hussein Mullick, and Sardar Masood Khan.A fun-filled session titled ‘Punching Up: Young Comedians Redefining Satire’ featured Shehzad Ghias, Ali Gul Pir, Natalia Gul, and Gul Zaib Shakeel. It was moderated by Hamna Zubair.There were readings on ‘Asad Mohammad Khan: The Living Legend’ by Zia Mohyeddin.The topic of Media Crisis: Who is Responsible? was discussed by Azhar Abbas, Mubashir Zaidi, Owais Tohid and Sabrina Toppa. The 3rd and final day of the Karachi Literature Festival concluded with a talk by the inimitable media person Javed Jabbar. It was titled ‘Mapping Pakistan’s Cultural Evolution over the Past 72 Years’ and highlighted the very imaginative, inspiring and uplifting journey of culture and art through Pakistan’s seven decades long existence.The Chief Guest of the Closing Ceremony, Sardar Masood Khan, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, while speaking on the occasion, said “Every year, Karachi Literature Festival creates a tremendous space for exchange of ideas and promotion of literature in Pakistan. It’s great to see that the festival organisers have created and sustained a literary space which was dying because of other available mediums.”He added further, “I am glad to see that the attendees look satisfied and at peace, free enough to attend a literature festival. Unfortunately, people in occupied Kashmir do not have that luxury. I would also urge everyone to be politically correct and speak up for the Kashmiris because we are not just passive recipients of the news today, in fact we are all influencers.”Speeches were also made by the Guest of Honour Mr Mike Nithavrianakis, British Deputy High Commissioner. Keynote speeches were made by Dr Ahdaf Soueif and Mr Harris Khalique, while a Vote of Thanks was delivered by the Festival Organizer, Mr Arshad Saeed Husain, Managing Director, Oxford University Press Pakistan.He said, “I think you will all agree that at least, here, at KLF, there have been numerous sessions where the burning issues of the day were deliberated on by the panellists. The 11th KLF has examined the emergence of fascist nationalism in many countries, one of the deadliest examples of which is our neighbour on the east. KLF participants have reviewed the recent dangerous twist to the Kashmir dispute and the miserable plight of the Kashmiri people. World peace is threatened by turmoil and deepening tensions in the Middle East. We have analysed the issues of student activism, urban decay, climate change and Karachi’s water woes, and Pakistan’s deeply regrettable Literacy and Education Crisis. Yes, clearly, the most consequential issues of our time have indeed been focused upon in the past two and a half days.” In his concluding remarks, he thanked the speakers, panellists, and performers for being part of KLF’s 11th edition; KLF Advisory Board members for their time, effort, and thought; to the media for their interest and enthusiasm; and last but not the least, to the audience who mark the success of KLF every year.

About Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press (OUP) is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP Pakistan is committed to promoting the reading culture and to improving the intellectual content of life in Pakistan. It has an extensive school and college textbook publishing programme which addresses the need for books that are both of high quality and specific to the environment. It has gained a reputation for publishing well-researched academic and general books which are considered to be authoritative and definitive works on Pakistan.

About Karachi Literature Festival

Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) seeks to create an intellectual space in which the diversity and pluralism in Pakistan’s society and that expressed by authors from literary and cultural traditions beyond Pakistan’s borders can be freely accessible to people in an open and participatory manner.

 

KLF Day 2 is full of invigorating discourses and vibrant performances

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Karachi(Cliff News)The second day of the 11th Karachi Literature Festival, which is being organized by Oxford University Press (OUP), was again an affair full of invigorating discourses and vibrant performances.The day started off with an informative workshop held on ‘Media Literacy and Misinformation’ conducted by Sabrina Toppa, an award winning US Journalist based in Pakistan.The renowned historian William Dalrymple made a presentation on the book Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company that has been edited by him. The journalist George Fulton introduced Dalrymple. Following this session, there was a conversation on Aurton kay Takhleeqi Shaoor say Inkaar Kiyun?’ between Zehra Nigah and Arfa Sayeda Zehra. This was followed by readings from Hijabistan by Sanam Saeed, along with a discussion between Sabyn Javeri, Sanam Saeed, and Saima Saleem. A session which attracted a great deal of interest was ‘The Deepening Crisis of the Middle East’ featuring Ahdaf Soueif, Massimo Ramaioli, Shahid Amin and Zafar Hilaly as panellists.Ten book launches took place on the second day of KLF including that of The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company by William Dalrymple; On Their Own Terms: Early Twenty First Century Women’s Movements in Pakistan by Fouzia Saeed; Transgressions: Poems Inspired by Faiz Ahmed Faiz by Anjum Altaf; Tooti hui Tanab Udhar by Asghar Nadeem Syed; Subjective Atlas of Pakistan by Taqi Shaheen and Annelys de Vet; Interpretations of Jihad: An Intellectual History by Tariq Rahman; and Zair e Aasman by Shahid Siddiqui.A discussion on Love, Relationships and Muslim Women’s Writing took place between Claire Chambers, Muneeza Shamsie, David Waterman and Sabyn Javeri, and it was moderated by Ilona Yusuf.Dastangoi by NAPA featured pieces from Marhoom ki Yaad Mein by Patras Bukhari, Zikr e Khooban al Maroof Aurat ki Takhleeq by Mir Baqir Ali and Fasana e Azaad by Pandit Ratan Nath Sarshar. Tehrik-e-Niswan presented an enactment of Ismat Chugtai’s short story ‘Kaafir’ promoting interfaith harmony with an introduction by Sheema Kermani.A discussion on the book Prison Interlude: The Last Eyewitness Account of the Rawalpindi Conspiracy Case by Zafarullah Poshni was also held on the second day of KLF. The speakers were Zafar Ullah Poshni, Mazhar Abbas, Kamal Azfar and Wusatullah Khan. The moderator was Owais Tohid.Kishwar Naheed and Noorul Huda Shah were in conversation on Khawateen ka Mazahimati Adab in later half of the day. Highlighting the water problem in Karachi, ‘Drop by Drop: Karachi’s Water Crisis’ was another important session held with Farrukh Rasheed, Babar Siddiqui, Wusatullah Khan, and Khalid Shaikh as speakers. A panel discussion on the poetry of Noon Meem Rashid titled ‘Nazm e Azad, Shayar e Azad’ included Pirzada Qasim, Asghar Nadeem Syed,  Nasim Syed, and Khalid Ahmad as speakers and Mujahid Barelvi as the moderator.A discussion by Sharif Awan and Athar Masood was held on the topic ‘Traditional Music on Modern Media: Is there a Symphony in this Noise?’. In line with the theme of this year’s festival, an enlightening discussion took place titled ‘Shumali aur Lateeni Amreeki Adab Pakistan Mein’. It featured Nasim Syed, Nasir Abbas Nayyar, and Syed Kashif Raza as panellists.Other stimulating sessions that took place include ‘Indus Flows: Poetry, Mysticism, and Romance’ and The Political Character of Pakistani Middle Class’. A session on Performance Poetry called ‘The Spoken Word’ was presented by young poetsAnnum Salman, Vaneeza Sohail, Shehrbano Naqvi, Shameneh Majid, Zoha Jabbar, Hamza Iftikar, Zain Baweja, and Batool Hasan.Screening of award-winning films of the 2019 EACPE video competition was presented by Getz Pharma. The film submissions were on the theme ‘Is Pakistan a Brave Nation?’ Screening of the feature film Baaji directed by Saqib Malik attracted a huge number of film lovers. A musical performance by ACMA band, presented by Arts Council of Pakistan, marked the end of the second day of KLF. 

About Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press (OUP) is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP Pakistan is committed to promoting the reading culture and to improving the intellectual content of life in Pakistan. It has an extensive school and college textbook publishing programme which addresses the need for books that are both of high quality and specific to the environment. It has gained a reputation for publishing well-researched academic and general books which are considered to be authoritative and definitive works on Pakistan

About Karachi Literature Festival

Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) seeks to create an intellectual space in which the diversity and pluralism in Pakistan’s society and that expressed by authors from literary and cultural traditions beyond Pakistan’s borders can be freely accessible to people in an open and participatory manner.

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11th Karachi Literature Festival promotes habit of reading and healthy discourse:Shafqat Mehmood

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Karachi (Cliff News)Federal Minister for education and Professional training Mr Shafqat Mehmood stated about 11th Karachi Literature Festival is a very exhilarating experience for me. I have never seen so many literary icons in one place and it is a real honour to be able to meet them and discuss issues of common interest. The very richness of this occasion fascinates me and creates in me the wish that instead of being a former bureaucrat and now a minister, I should also have followed the profession of art and literature and expressed my thoughts and feelings in a free-flowing manner.”“As you would be aware, the subject of education is a major priority for the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan and he has given me special instructions to make education viable and progressive if Pakistan is to move ahead on the path of national development. It is events like the Karachi Literature Festival that greatly enable our government to further the cause of education because these events promote the habit of reading and healthy discourse between individuals of all ages.”The Karachi Literature Festival is a three-day event being held on 28, 29 February and March 1. After the inauguration, on 28 February, the following two days of the Festival will comprise full days of discussions, talks, readings, author signings, art exhibition, performances, talks and discussions, etc. A food court and book fair have also been set up at the Festival.The theme of the Festival this year is ‘Across Continents: How the Word Travels.’ As every year for the past ten years, the purpose of KLF is to bring together international and Pakistani writers to promote reading and showcase writing at its best.Earlier, in his welcome address, Mr. Arshad Saeed Hussain, Managing Director, Oxford University Press Pakistan, said, “The institution I head is, by its nature, deeply involved in the process of educating Pakistan. I would suggest to you that an event like the eleventh KLF we are inaugurating today, is part and parcel of that process. By bringing together scholars, intellectuals, artists, writers, and policy makers to engage in discussion over many issues, we are creating living examples of Critical Thinking to place before you. By testing and sharpening new and maybe challenging ideas, we are encouraging innovative thinking and promoting Thought Leadership. In this festive spirit, we continue to encourage the habit of reading among young and old alike.” He further added, “KLF brings us together to express ourselves creatively and to engage with the fast changing political situations that surround us, through literature, music, poetry, songs, visual performing arts and other genres. KLF is a platform for people to speak in an open and free forum in celebration of the human spirit in all its forms.”The Guest of Honour, H. E. Dr Christian Turner CMG, British High Commissioner to Pakistan, spoke on the occasion of his very interesting experience of being in Pakistan and his deep fascination with the country’s cultural identity. Remarks were also made on the occasion by Jason Green, Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate, and Ms. Anna Ruffino, Consul General of Italy in Karachi, while Keynote Speeches were delivered by Mr. William Dalrymple, author and historian, and Ms. Zaheda Hina, Urdu short story writer and playwright.Several book awards instituted by KLF were also announced on the occasion. These comprised:KLF-Infaq Foundation Urdu Literature Prize. The books shortlisted for this prize were Chaar Darwesh aur Aik Kachwa by Syed Kashif Raza, Ae Falak-e-Na Insaf by Hasan Manzar and Sindhi Adab: Aik Mukhtasir Tareekh by Attiya Dawood. The winner was Ae Falak-e-Na Insaf by Hasan Manzar. The jury comprised Mr Asghar Nadeem Syed, Dr Nasir Abbas Nayyar, and Mr Hameed Shahid.KLF-Getz Pharma Fiction Prize. The shortlisted books were Call Me Al by Sheheryar Sheikh, The Miraculous True History of Nomi Ali by Uzma Aslam Khan, Red Birds by Mohammed Hanif and The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack by H M Naqvi. Red Birds by Mohammed Hanif won the Prize. The jury of the prize comprised Mr Ghazi Salahuddin, Ms Hoori Noorani and Dr Nadya Chishty-Mujahid.KLF-HabibMetro Non-Fiction Prize. The books short-listed comprised Interpretation of Jihad in South Asia by Tariq Rahman, The Parliament of Pakistan by Mehboob Hussain, and From Kargil to the Coup by Nasim Zehra. Interpretation of Jihad in South Asia by Tariq Rahman was declared the winning entry. The jury of the Prize comprised Dr Syed Jaffar Ahmed, Mr Zafar Hilaly and Mr Muhammad Ali Siddiqi.The Awards function was followed by a Kathak performance by Zahshanné Malik titled ‘A Tribute to Perveen Shakir’.The first day of the KLF featured a session ‘The Story of Qawwali’ based on a talk by Ally Adnan which was interspersed with performances by Ghayoor-Moiz-Mustafa Qawwal, Farid Ayaz and Abu Mohammad. A discussion was held on ‘Education in Pakistan: A Roller Coaster Ride’ and featured Shafqat Mahmood, Asad Ali Shah, Amjad Waheed and Shahid Siddiqui as speakers. Baela Raza Jamil moderated the discussion.A discussion titled ‘Challenges to International Diplomacy Today’ was also held on the opening day of KLF. The panellists included Christian Turner, Shahid Amin and Tariq Waseem Ghazi and Shaheen Salahuddin was the Moderator. A session titled ‘Women of Substance’ was also organized centering around the lives of Fatima Jinnah, Benazir Bhutto and Asma Jehangir. Participants in the discussion were Victoria Schofield, Sheema Kirmani and Karamat Ali.  The moderator was Fouzia Saeed.The Atlantic Muse by the Arabian Sea: Poetry in English’ featured poetry recitations by emerging as well as established poets like Adrian Husain, Arfa Ezazi, Farida Faizullah, Fatima Ijaz, Harris Khalique, Ilona Yusuf, Maya Nadeem, Peerzada Salman, Sadaf Halai and Tehmina Ahmed. 

About Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press (OUP) is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP Pakistan is committed to promoting the reading culture and to improving the intellectual content of life in Pakistan. It has an extensive school and college textbook publishing programme which addresses the need for books that are both of high quality and specific to the environment. It has gained a reputation for publishing well-researched academic and general books which are considered to be authoritative and definitive works on Pakistan.

About Karachi Literature Festival

Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) seeks to create an intellectual space in which the diversity and pluralism in Pakistan’s society and that expressed by authors from literary and cultural traditions beyond Pakistan’s borders can be freely accessible to people in an open and participatory manner.

 

 

Chinese Food Festival brings mouth watering cuisine to Karachi

Mr. Chen Xiaodong, Acting Consul General of the People's Republic of China was the Chief Guest and iaugurated the festival along with the organizers
Mr. Chen Xiaodong,Acting Consul General of the People’s Republic of China was the Chief Guest at Chinese Cultural and Food Festival at Beach Luxury Hotel. Photo Shows Mr. Azeem Qureshi, Corporate Avari Group of Hotels, Barrister Abdul R. Sattar, Syeda Shezah Rizvi, CEO of  Event Crafters, Shahnaz Ramzi CEO of Star Links with other guests. 
 
Karachi(Cliff News)Chinese cultural and food festival jointly presented by Beach Luxury Hotel & Event Crafters hosted a two-day event at Beach Luxury Hotel, offering Chinese dining on one
platform, hosting 30+ food stalls, live music, fun-filled activities and much more.With an amazing vibe and a lot of finger-licking Chinese food varieties, the event was attended by well-known celebrities, socialites and public.
The festival delivered diverse tastes and featured well-known Chinese eateries as well as those that offer a variety of food, including Chinese cuisine. Some of the participating stalls were:Tiffin n Co, Mr Veg, Lal Qila, Chop Soye, Kowloon, Dip n dough, Cafe Bogie, Maraheb.The evening concluded each day with an entertainment session. The first day session was hosted by Ahmed Godil and the second day session was hosted by Rafia Rafiq and Bilal Khan. Mr. Chen Xiaodong,Acting Consul General of the People’s Republic of China was the Chief Guest and inaugurated the festival. Mesmerizing live musical performances were given by Reath Band, Nimra and Ali Raza on day 1,while day 2 performances featured Ali Asad, Sherry Raza and Ali Raza.The visitors were also treated to traditional dances and fireworks. Free boat rides, and kite flying at the sea front was available for all.Attended by hundreds of food lovers over the two days, the festival was as much appreciated for its food variety and taste as for the nonstop fun it offered both days.The event was organized by Event Crafters and sponsored by 7up and Badar Expo Solutions. Media Partners were 8XM, bestsongs.pk, Apna channel and Jalwa. Yayvo tickets was the tickets partner while PR was done by Starlinks PR & Events.

Fashion Pakistan Week Winter Festive highlighted the bold flamboyant designs on day 2

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Karachi(Cliff News)The glitz and glam of Fashion Pakistan Week 2019 Winter/Festive continued on Thursday, 24th October at the grandly appointed Beach Luxury Hotel in Karachi. With 15 designers remaining to showcase their latest semi-formal, formal and bridal collections, seven of them displayed their stellar designs on Day 2 leaving fashion enthusiasts wanting more on the third and last day of the showing.The evening opened with Stella Jean, a Haitian-Italian designer who works in Rome and is considered to be Giorgio Armani’s protégé. Highlighted by the New York Times as the most convincing of all the New Gen designers in Milan, there was much to look forward to as she unveiled her collection ‘Laboratorio Delle Nazioni’ meaning an Italian-Pakistan bridge which was a multicultural collaboration with the local artisans of Chitral, Gilgit and Hunza. Following that was an energetic fashion display by Humayun Alamgir with his collection, ‘Style Mara Tou Darna Kya’ that highlighted the bold, flamboyant designs needed in fashion. The Pink Tree Company showcased, ‘Color in Technicolor’ which was an homage to old movies and the nostalgia that comes with it. Zuria Dor continued the bold take on fashion with ‘Centre of Gravity’, which was a mix of craftsmanship and the artistry of couture on rich, pure fabrics.Fifth designer of the night, Zellbury brought to the ramp their collection ‘Shahi Rendezvous’ which was a 21st century take on the bright flora and fauna of Mughal Art, with an emphasis on inclusivity and independent women. Splash showcased a global ‘Streetwear’ trend with their vibrant, funky, young designs perfect for the trend-following fashionistas. Fashion maestro, Maheen Khan closed the evening with a breathtaking collection titled ‘Something old something new something borrowed something not so blue’ showcasing the intricacy of designs and bold colors perfect for the Winter season. The make-up maestro Nabila from N-Pro and N-Gents, styled the models and showstoppers with her signature finesse and style.

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Celebrity showstoppers ramped up the style quotient, starting off with Karishma Ali for Stella Jean followed by the dapper boys; Shehzad Sheikh, Agha Ali, Fahad Mirza, Ali Safina and Asad Siddiqui for Humayun Alamgir, Navin Waqar for Pink Tree Company, Hina Altaf for Zellbury and Areeba Habib for Maheen Khan’s sumptuous closing.Prior to the show, the purple carpet was abuzz with celebrities, media, stars and fashionistas clicking up a storm, many of whom were seen at the Physiogel booth striking a pose, showing how Physiogel Confident they are. The stylish and light-hearted actor, Ali Safina engaged the audience in conversations revolving around fashion, their personal style, beautiful skin, and the who’s who of fashion. Many also experienced the chocolatey indulgence at the glamorously decked up Chocolatto booth, ultimately walking away with picture perfect moments and decadent desserts.Many prominent personalities attended day two, including Momal Sheikh, Khalid Malik, Zara Noor Abbas, Sarwat Gilani and many Embassy Consulates including The US CG Robert Silberstein, German Consul General Eugen Wollfarth, Italian Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvoste with his wife Lidia Pontecorvoste, Mike Nithavarnkis from the UK Embassy, key TDAP members and Zahir Rahimtoola amongst others.“Fashion Pakistan Council is proud to present a three-day fashion extravaganza and there is definitely much to look forward to at this year’s Fashion Pakistan Week Winter/Festive. We have a perfect mix of many known, upcoming designers from across Pakistan and an international designer, Stella Jean showcasing their creativity in breath-taking ensembles while setting the perfect trends for the season,” said Deepak Perwani, Chairperson of Fashion Pakistan Council.The night would not have been as seamless, without the help of Fashion Pakistan Week’s numerous partners. Fashion Pakistan as the producer of the three-day event, Nubain Ali as the show director, Production 021 as the official event management partner, Nabila and N-Gents as the official stylist, TV-One as the official media partner and Radio FM91 as the radio partner in order to get a nation-wide coverage of greater magnitude. The renowned skincare brand, Physiogel as the official red carpet sponsor. Faisal Farooqui as the official photographer, J. by Junaid Jamshed as the official fragrance partner, and Samsonite as the official luggage partner. foodpanda as the official backstage food partner, Pakola, as the official beverage partner, Bisconni Chocolatto as the snack partner with Red Bull as official energy drink partner and Talking Point as the official PR and Digital partner.

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Alkaram Studio hosted an exclusive sundowner at first day of FPWF 19

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Karachi(Cliff News)The pioneering Fashion Pakistan Council (FPC) commenced the first day of Fashion Pakistan Week 2019, Winter/Festive with pomp and grandeur on Wednesday, October 23rd at Beach Luxury Hotel in Karachi. The three-day fashion affair featured some of Pakistan’s most cutting edge designers who showcased their formal, semi-formal and bridal collections, highlighting the latest trends of the season.Prior to the show, Alkaram Studio hosted an exclusive sundowner in collaboration with the Fashion Pakistan Council. The sundowner held at Coté Rotié on the 22nd was a first look at the collection ‘La Vie En Rose’ with hints of pinks, blushes and corals in the chic and luxurious décor. Invitees were designers showcasing at #FPWF19, as well as FPC members, socialites and big names in the fashion industry. The event was also in collaboration with Pink Ribbon Pakistan for Pinktober.This season, Fashion Pakistan Week hosted a line-up of 20 exuberant designers and their ensembles created with impeccable craftsmanship and finesse. Five sent diverse collections down the runway on day one. The show was opened by Alkaram Studio who displayed inclusivity and diversity of cultures in an extravagant hour-long showcase of their Luxury Pret collection titled ‘La Vie En Rose’ followed by ‘Gul-e-Nar’ by Boheme, ‘Lost in my French Garden’ by Gogi Hasan Riaz, ‘Tirana’ by Yasmin Zaman and a grand closing with ‘Mahnoor’ by Ayesha Farook.

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The make-up maestro Nabila from N-Pro and N-Gents, styled the models and showstoppers with her signature finesse and style.Outfits on the ramp saw the use of feminine blush tones, pink roses and an array of different techniques never been seen before. Prints in the form of rich deep bandhani dupattas, traditional Sindhi fashion with a mix of modern techniques and striking colors. The inspiring and enchanting beauty of French gardens was paid homage to where ensembles featured an array of cuts and colors perfect for the modern woman. Sharp silhouettes, vibrant colors, and classic couture to flamboyant looks in silk, organza and old French embellishment techniques were also seen on the runway. Deep colors and rich fabrics of Pakistani formal wear with loose jackets and elaborate sleeve details added a fresh twist to the pieces. Much of the clothing featured flat braid work with a strong emphasis on gold and geometric designs. Men’s clothing was dapper and crisp, and used a clean color palette of muted tones. Celebrity showstoppers added the razzmatazz on the ramp starting off with the Muneeb Butt and Ayeza Khan for Alkaram Studio, Saboor Aly for Boheme, Nimra Khan for Gogi by Hasan Riaz, Sarwat Gilani for Yasmin Zaman and Fauzia Aman for Ayesha Farook’s opulent closing.The evening was all about glamour and style as Karachi turned out to applaud the five opening night designers. The Physiogel Red Carpet was buzzing with celebrities, media, stars and fashionistas clicking up a storm, many of whom were seen at the Physiogel booth striking a pose, showing how Physiogel Confident they are before the collection showcase. The stylish and light-hearted actor, Ali Safina engaged the audience in conversations revolving around fashion, their personal style, beautiful skin, and the who’s who of fashion. Many also experienced the chocolatey indulgence at the glamorously decked up Chocolatto booth, ultimately walking away with picture perfect moments and giveaways.Many prominent personalities attended day one, including Hajra Yamin, Azekah Daniyel, Alishay Adnan, Maheen Khan, Aamna Aqeel and key media personnel amongst others.Deepak Perwani, Chairman of Fashion Pakistan Council stated, “We are thrilled for this year’s Winter Festive collection and you should be too. Fashion has progressed and so has the Council, in so many ways. There is more versatility and adversity this time around and what designers are now coming up with is what we call real fashion. With an exceptional line-up of 20 designers spread out on all three days showcasing the latest trends of the season – this fashion affair will be grander than we’ve seen before.”The night would not have been as seamless, without the help of Fashion Pakistan Week’s numerous partners. Fashion Pakistan as the producer of the three-day event, Nubain Ali as the show director, Production 021 as the official event management partner, Nabila and N-Gents as the official stylist, TV-One as the official media partner and Radio FM91 as the radio partner in order to get a nation-wide coverage of greater magnitude. The renowned skincare brand, Physiogel as the official red carpet sponsor. Faisal Farooqui as the official photographer, J. by Junaid Jamshed as the official fragrance partner, and Samsonite as the official luggage partner. foodpanda as the official backstage food partner, Pakola, as the official beverage partner, Bisconni Chocolatto as the snack partner with Red Bull as official energy drink partner and Talking Point as the official PR and Digital partner.

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Dhaba Food Festival with Basant ke Rang brings stylish food to people of Karachi

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Karachi(Cliff News)Dhaba Food Festival jointly presented by Beach Luxury Hotel & Event Crafters hosted a two-day event at Beach Luxury, recreating roadside dining on one platform, hosting 50+ food stalls, live music, fun-filled activities and much more.With an amazing vibe and a lot of finger-licking dhaba style food varieties, the event was attended by well-known celebrities, socialites and public.This festival delivered taste and entertainment featuring well known Dhaba style eateries from not only across Pakistan but international dhaba cuisines as well. Some of the delicious stalls were as listed below
DHABA FOOD FESTIVAL (FOOD BRANDS LIST)

Sofra Kebab
Coal
Bk Kitchen
Mama June
Fam’s Crazy Cuisine
Naghmana Rao
Koh-E-Noor
The Juicery
Butter & Scoop
Café Bogie
M1 Salt
Elite Vogue
Lush Crush
Bk Foods
Hanifia
A & A Foods
Chalo Chai
Khoasa point
Desi’s
The Cooks
Memon Gali
Faryas collection
Hanifia Foods
Henz Foods
Tandoori Chai
Versatile Events Catering
Global Solution Catering
Pan stall
Paratha inn
Pateeli
And many more…..

The evening featured each day an entertainment session hosted by Bilal Khan who kept visitors entertained. Mesmerizing live musical performances were presented by Nimra Rafiq, Shehryar Sherry, Basit Ali, Ali Raza, and Nudrat.The visitors were also treated to traditional dances and folk music by Khurram Taal dance group. Embracing the festivities of Basant, free boat rides and kite flying from the sea front were available for all, not to mention stalls of mehendi, bangles, dresses, etc.All in all it was a wonderful event attended by thousands of food lovers who wanted to enjoy the magic of street food and nonstop fun over the weekend.The event was organized by Event Crafters. Media Partners were Apna TV, bestsongs.pk and Jalwa; bookitnow.pk was the tickets partner and PR was done by Starlinks PR & Events.

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