The Citizens Archive of Pakistan and I AM KARACHI presented three days of the Karachi City of Lights Festival at the DHA Art Centre at Zamzama Park. The festival was 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 brought a space where visitors of all ages can engage with the dynamic history of their city.
All three days of the Karachi City of Lights Festival was well attended and featured guests from all walks of life; they featured an entertaining story telling session by Kahani Walay from the NAPA, followed by a tabla and sitaar performance and a hilarious comedy-drama performance titled Two Views of a Bridge by The Platoon Improvised Theatre to name a few attractions. In addition to the engaging sessions, many visitors thronged to view art installations by artists Marvi Mazhar, Aziza Ahmad, Maliha Hasan Gazan and Khaula Jamil and photography exhibits by Tapu Javeri and CAP Co-President Amean J.
CAP also organised its signature ‘Tribute to Qissa Khwani (storytelling) Bazaar’ sessions whose topics have been chosen for their relevance to Karachiites today. Each evening of the festival featured performances such as special storytelling sessions for children, poetry recitals and improvised theatre that revolve around Karachi’s compelling history, culture and art.