November Issue 2009

By | Arts & Culture | Published 15 years ago

The idea of a festival dedicated to better understanding ourselves resonated with thousands of Pakistanis when it was launched in 2007. That year over 4,000 people attended the Shanaakht Festival. This month, Shanaakht returns to the country’s most diverse and dynamic city to resume its exploration of the Pakistani identity.

Everyday during the lead-up to Shanaakht 2009, Newsline will be bringing you information, news and interviews on the festival. So keep checking in for your daily dose of festival happenings and come with us as we take a peek behind the scenes with the people who are making it happen.

A sample of what to expect at Shanaakht 2009

Besides the sure-to-be-popular daily story-telling sessions by Pakistan’s partition generation in “Meri Kahani, Meri Zabani,” there are many other must-see events at this year’s festival.

Chalti Ka Naam Gaari
An Exhibition of Vintage Cars

Curated by The Citizens Archive of Pakistan and The Vintage and Classic Car Club of Pakistan
When: 9 November. 9 a.m. — 7:30 p.m.

Hashim Raza: Life of an Extraordinary Pakistani
A Tribute to one of the first civil servants of Pakistan

When: Daily. Permanent exhibition.

Children’s Imagination Stations
Featuring cartoons, 3-D photographs, interactive art activities and more.

When: Daily. Permanent exhibition.

New Nation. New Freedom. New Responsibilities.
Images of women from the early decades of Pakistan: Revolutionaries who played an instrumental role in the building of the new nation.

When: Daily. Permanent exhibition.

Chand Sitaray Tallay
Exploring Pakistan’s Literary Landscape. Hosted by Feryal Gauhar.

Six renowned writers, including Fahmida Riaz and Mohammad Hanif, read their favourites from Pakistani literature in Urdu and English. The evening concludes with a musical performance by Laal.
When: 10 November. 8:30 p.m. (Limited seating. Passes available. No children under 12).

Chai, Cricket aur Hum:
The inextricable link between our culture, cricket and tea as seen through a series of advertisements.

When: Daily. Permanent exhibition.

From Raag to Roll
Music Concert Under the Stars

Musical Performance: An evening of musical fusion with Pakistani musicians, including Taal Karisma and Aunty Disco Project.
When: 11 November. 8:30 p.m. (Limited seating. Passes available).
Keep coming back to Newsline‘s Shanaakht page where you’ll find more info on the festival, including stories and interviews with participants and organisers. Newsline: an official media partner for Shanaakht Festival 2009.

For more information visit CAP’s official website where you can find a full programme for this year’s festival. Go to and click on Shanaakht.
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