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Masala Family Festival 2018

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The bi-annual Masala Family Festival, the biggest and much-awaited family festival of the year was held the Expo Centre, Lahore on 10th and 11th November 2018. MFF is a fuse of culinary arts, music, shopping and games, celebrating the best of our culture while providing a safe and fun day-out for families. Over the years the festival has provided a fun atmosphere for the entire family offering unique experiences for all ages and has attracted a huge number of visitors from every corner of the city.

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The 3rd EBM-Peek Freans Pakistan Open Tennis Championship in Lahore Comes To Successful End

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Pakistan’s leading biscuit manufacturer, EBM, makers of Peek Freans- sponsored the third iteration of the EBM-Peek Freans Pakistan Open Tennis Championship this year. Organized by the Punjab Lawn Tennis Association (PLTA), the championship was run from the 21st – 27th October, 2018.

This first-of-its kind open tennis championship, included matches for all ages. The winner of Under-10 and Under-12 tournament was Hamza Roman. Boys U14 trophy was given to Sami Zeb for singles and doubles to Sami Zeb and Hamid Israr.

While M. Shoaib received the trophy in the Under 18 category. Muhammad Abid won the trophy for Men’s Singles ; whereas the winners for Men’s doubles were Aqeel Khan and Shahzad Khan. Ushna Sohail bagged the trophy for Women’s Singles and the trophy for Senior’s doubles 40 plus was presented to Maj Adnan and Talha Waheed. Senior Men Doubles 45 Plus winners were Rashid Malik and Fayyaz Khan.

Seniors 60 Plus trophies were presented to Zahid Zafar and Dr Naveed.

Speaking at championship, Shahzain Munir, Director EBM said, “EBM – As the makers of Peek Freans we are happy to be a part of an event of such importance, and are proud to be consistent supporters of sports since the dawn of this company. We hope this tournament gives tennis players a chance to showcase their skills, and also take their game to the next level. We are optimistic about this event and its contribution to the development of world class athletes to represent our country in future tennis tournaments worldwide.”

EBM pioneered the concept of sports sponsorships in Pakistan by being the first corporate entity to sponsor live satellite telecasts of international sporting events such as Mohammed Ali’s now iconic boxing matches with George Foreman and Joe Frazier in 1974. EBM was also a partner in The World Football Cup that took place in Munich in 1973, and the 1973 Wimbledon Finals. EBM’s continued patronage of sports demonstrates its unrelenting enthusiasm for the promotion of sports and sportsmanship in Pakistan.

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Renowned Indian Screenwriting teacher Ashwini Malik conducts Screenwriting Workshop in Karachi

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Pakistan International Film Festival under the banner of Karachi Film Society organized a hands-on intensive screen writing workshops here in the metropolitan city for aspiring writers. The four-day workshop which started from November 4, 2018 is being conducted by the renowned Indian screenwriting teacher, screenwriter, script consultant and an independent filmmaker Ashwini Malik.

Film is a highly collaborative medium and undoubtedly the most vital part of a film is the screenplay, which is the key to any film’s box office success. Globally, screenwriter’s role in film making is considered as important as that of the director. Keeping in mind the dire need to develop and train local screenwriting resources, KFS has developed this intensive screenwriting workshops. The workshop for fresh writers is developed in two stages. The first stage is to impart the essential principles of the art and craft of screenwriting to the participants, and later they will be tasked to develop a screenplay under mentorship during the workshop.

The workshops also discussed the uniqueness of storytelling in the subcontinent and how Indian and Pakistani films are different in their approach from the Western models.

 

ABOUT ASHWINI MALIK:

Ashwini Malik is a screenwriting teacher, screenwriter, script consultant and an independent filmmaker. After graduating from Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune in 1994, he began his career by writing and directing TV shows. He has been teaching screenwriting since 2004, at FTII, Pune and Whistling Woods International, Mumbai. He regularly conducts workshops in India and abroad, and has been a mentor at several script labs including New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters (Asia Society), Mumbai Mantra CineRise Screenwriting Programme, the MAISHA film labs in East Africa, NFDC’s script development workshop and the Indo-German Screenwriting programme. His screenwriting credits include I Am, Road, Movie and Sorry Bhai.

About KFS

Karachi Film Society is a nonprofit organization and parent body of Pakistan International Film Festival (PIFF) founded by Ms. Sultana Siddiqui, founder and president of HUM Network Ltd and recipient of President’s Pride of Performance Award. The founding members of KFS include Dr Ishrat Husain (former Governor State Bank of Pakistan), Ms Ameena Saiyid (CEO OUP), Senator (r) Javed Jabbar (writer/producer, former Information Minister), Mr Sirajuddin Aziz (CEO Habib Metropolitan Bank), Mr Jamil Baig (CEO Nueplex Cinemas), Ms Ronak Lakhani (Chairperson SOP), Ms Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (Oscar winning director/producer) and Ms. Sayeeda Leghari (Managing Director/Chairperson, Pepsi Sukkur Beverages (Pvt Ltd.). The primary goal of Karachi Film Society is to improve access of the people in innovation and excellence in different categories and genres of cinema and films to highlight the unique scope of this mass medium.

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The Fundraisers are back with Bargain Basement Sale 2018!

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The Fundraisers are bringing their most exciting Bargain Basement Sale of the year on Sunday 11th of November 2018, from 12PM to 5PM at the Gulberg Galleria Mall, Lahore. This year’s annual sale is bringing you hundreds of the best Pakistani fashion and lifestyle brands all of whom have generously donated items to be sold at the event at heavily discounted prices.

Clothing items range from high-end couture, bridals, semi-formal and prêt-à-porter along with beautiful jewellery pieces, art, furniture and home accessories from over 200 brands.  The BBS Vintage Section always pulls in a big crowd and this year’s sale promises to be equally fabulous filled with brand new, or pre-loved and gently worn designer items that can be purchased for charity along with furniture pieces. Those who have a love for international designers need to check out this section where exquisite pieces by Fendi, Bulgari, Manolo Blahnik, Gianni Versace, Gucci, Valentino, Tory Burch, Victoria Beckham, Christian Dior and Coach, but to name a few.

The BBS grand raffle is additionally on form with several extraordinary prizes including flights to Dubai and weekend night stays at the best hotels in Lahore, Chitral and Hunza up for grabs. Raffle prizes also include meal vouchers at Lahore’s finest eateries, treatments at the best of salons, free cakes by the best of bakeries and a whole lot more. An annual auction will also be held, where high-end items will be available for bidding. These include stunning works of art from Pakistan’s leading contemporary artists: Nazia Ejaz, Shazly Khan, Farhan Manto and Hussain Chandio which is great news as everyone has a chance to bid and take home a beautiful piece of art.

This year all the proceeds from the sale will benefit six charities working for education and healthcare. These include 1) Pink Ribbon Pakistan for building the first breast cancer hospital in Pakistan; 2) Rising Stars Foundation (RSF) for schools in Swat and Uch Sharif for the underprivileged; 3) Lahore Hospital Welfare Society, for the Shams Shahabuddin Convalescent Home; 4) Door of Awareness, for education of street children in Lahore;5)The Giving Tree for providing cancer comfort totes to chemotherapy patients, and 6)  Sunbeams School System for the underprivileged in Punjab. The first tier sponsors of the event are Sapphire and Arif Sons. The second tier co-sponsors include Sabrosa, Interwood, Guard Filters and Gulberg Galleria with PR by Lotus and a radio media partnership with City FM 89. In addition, BBS has partnered with the following companies to provide logistical and technological support for this years sale: SimSim Pakistan, Easy Tickets, Autosoft Technology, Lumensoft Technology and Daewoo.

In 2017, the #fundraisersBBS raised a total of Rs.10.7 Million for the year and 100% of these monies were distributed amongst nine charities. This year they are looking forward to raise even more funds to support their chosen causes. Admission tickets can be bought in advance online via easytickets.pk, or they are available at the door on the day. Fundraisers Co-Founder, Nuria Rafique-Iqbal explains: “BBS is by the community for the community. This is our 13th year of operations, and we are so happy to enjoy the continued support of designers, charities and the public at large. We have thousands of items on sale at great discounted prices so please come and shop on Sunday 11 November and help us make a difference in the lives of thousands. We try very hard to make the event better each time and we listen to our customers feedback so as to ensure that everyone has a great shopping experience with us. We are truly thankful to all the generous sponsors and brands for helping make this event happen and we look forward to welcoming the public at what promises to be a great event which is fun for all. Remember 100% goes to charity – it is first come, first served, no BBS members are allowed to purchase, so all you wonderful shoppers should come early to get the best deals! See you there on Sunday 11 Nov at Gulberg Galleria from 12-5pm when #fashiongivesback to support #6supercharities”

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Daachi Arts and Crafts Exhibition to take place in November 2018

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We are pleased to announce that the second iteration of the Daachi Arts and Crafts Exhibition for 2018, spearheaded by the Daachi Foundation, will be taking place from the 3rd till the 5th of November, 2018 at the Qasr-e-Noor Community Centre in Model Town, Lahore. The much-awaited exhibition showcasing indigenous crafts of artisans from across Pakistan will be open to the public from 10am to 8pm on all three days.

The Daachi Foundation’s mission is to guard and promote Pakistan’s cultural heritage, ideology and environment by promoting indigenous craftsmen and artists while advancing a sustainable lifestyle. The yearly exhibitions serve to inculcate a sense of pride for the Pakistani identity through crafts, folk music and traditional cuisine and most importantly by assembling craftsmen from all over the country on one platform. This unique platform has enabled entrepreneurship in remote parts of Pakistan, as members of the ever-growing cottage industry find a much larger audience for their products that further allows them to create a sustainable livelihood for themselves.

Over the years the Daachi Arts and Crafts Exhibitions have garnered a massive following with patrons flocking to every event for three days of exploring the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Pakistan. From the intricate embroideries of Punjab, to the exquisitely crafted dolls of Sindh, to the ornate wood carvings of Swat, Daachi provides an eclectic collection of the variety that Pakistan has to offer. Staying true to its mission of creating a space for entrepreneurs, Daachi’s exhibitions also display work from modern artisans, showcasing the future of Pakistani crafts.

Ayesha Noorani, the Chairperson of the Daachi Foundation says, “This project is dedicated to our beloved Prophet Muhammed, [PBUH] and the vision of the project stems from his teachings. It encompasses all aspects of our lives, in creating a humane world, with responsibilities towards all of Allah’s creation, be it animals, the environment, or people less fortunate than yourself.”

The Daachi Foundation aims to found a sustainable, permanent artisan village in Lahore that will further enhance the cause of protecting Pakistan’s cultural heritage. The groundbreaking of this Village will take place by the end of this year.

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A STERLING OPPURTUNITY FOR FRESH AND MID-CAREER WRITERS, KARACHI FILM SOCIETY TO HOLD SCREENWRITING WORKSHOPS CONDUCTED BY ASHWINI MALIK

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Pakistan International Film Festival under the banner of Karachi Film Society is all set to host hands-on intensive screen writing workshops here in the metropolitan city from November 3 to 6, 2018 and November 8 to 10, 2018 for fresh and mid-career writers. The workshops will be conducted by the renowned Indian screenwriting teacher, screenwriter, script consultant and an independent filmmaker Ashwini Malik.

Film is a highly collaborative medium and undoubtedly the most vital part of a film is the screenplay, which is the key to any film’s box office success. Globally, screenwriter’s role in film making is considered as important as that of the director. Keeping in mind the dire need to develop and train local screenwriting resources, KFS has developed this intensive screenwriting workshops. The workshop for fresh writers is developed in two stages. The first stage is to impart the essential principles of the art and craft of screenwriting to the participants, and later they will be tasked to develop a screenplay under mentorship during the workshop. Workshop for mid-career writers is devised to aid writers through in-depth revision of the basics of screenwriting and brush up the essential principles of the art and craft. Writers often tend to get so involved in the business of writing that they are left with little or no time to revisit the craft that they have learnt, and are thus employing every day to create stories and scripts. This workshop will help them refresh their minds, replenish their resources and update their skills.

The workshops will also discuss the uniqueness of storytelling in the subcontinent and how Indian and Pakistani films are different in their approach from the Western models.

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Kidswear brand Hopscotch presents debut kids led fashion show!

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Pakistan’s leading kidswear brand Hopscotch hosted its first solo fashion show, with first of its kind Kids-Led Fashion Show showcasing the brands’ Fall/Winter ’18 Collection titled “Adventures of Robin Land”.

Building on its brand philosophy of childhood wonder and joy, Hopscotch’s new Fall/Winter ’18 Collection is driven by the passion of discovering one’s origin, inspired by Robins, its brand identity, and how they signify good luck, passion, and new beginnings. The collection showcased vibrant knits and playful weaves. From florals, fruits to fantastical creatures and from prints and puffs to embroideries and appliques, the Hopscotch FW18 Collection based in cotton, wool, jersey and jacquard had it all.

The show also featured a performance by 11-year-old sitar maestro Ahmed Affendi, renowned for his brilliant rendition of the National Anthem on sitar. Affendi has emerged as a young heartthrob more recently, with his videos going viral over the internet earlier this year. The show was also complemented by four acrobat expert kids who exhibited their skills at the show.

Speaking about the show, Hopscotch co-founders Harris Syed and Romana Abdullah said, “We are delighted to host our first ever kids fashion show in Lahore. As a brand, we associate strongly with the effortless pleasures of childhood and our new Fall/Winter ’18 collection, Adventures of Robin Land, resonates the same, which will be showcased by the little stars leading show. We are a proud “Made in Pakistan” brand inspired from our struggle as parents to find good quality and trendy clothes for our kids in this market which are not outrageously priced. With Hopscotch, we’ve looked to bridge this gap. In terms of inspiration, our driving vision has been to capture the vibrancy, the fun and the joy of a child’s life in the form of a brand that we would love our kids to wear. We are as committed to a quality experience as we are to reminding every child that he or she is unique and a treasure.”

Hopscotch is the brainchild of entrepreneurial couple and duo, Romana Abdullah and Harris Syed. With clothes and accessories for boys and girls from 0-14 years, the children’s fashion brand is inspired by the color, joy and wonder of childhood. Hopscotch brings its philosophy of embracing joy and fun, to kids’ clothing and accessories. Hopscotch is currently retailed through 26 stores across 19 cities nationwide.