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  • Tribal women flay Islamabad police for violence

    PESHAWAR: Scores of women belonging to different political parties and civil society organisations have criticised the Islamabad police for resorting to violence against women during a rally in the federal capital on Oct 9 for merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and demanded action against the officials concerned...

    Speaking at a press conference at Peshawar Press Club on Wednesday, Naheed Afridi,...

  • Arts Council’s youth festival begins on May 23

    KARACHI: This year’s second youth festival organised by the Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi in collaboration with the I Am Karachi initiative will be held from May 23 to May 30...

    In that regard, he said, the Arts Council had an important role to play...

  • Karachi City of Lights festival brings a glow to arts

    A joint effort of the Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP) and ‘I AM Karachi’, the Karachi City of Lights Festival brought a glowing radiance to performing and visual arts at the Fomma Trust-Art Centre at Zamzama Park on Friday...

    CAP’s executive director Swaleha Alam Shahzada shared that the aim of the festival was to give room to tolerant activities through arts...

  • Evolution, social impact of performing arts discussed

    KARACHI: “Art should be accessible to everyone for it to be meaningful,” said Sheema Kermani, underscoring how performing arts in Pakistan are neglected and those who believe in their power for bringing about a positive change in society are struggling for their (arts’) sustenance...

    At a talk held on Wednesday at the Oxford bookshop on the book Gender, Politics, and Performance in South Asia, editors of the book — Kermani, Asif...

  • INTERVIEW: KEEPER OF THE ARTS

    Robert Charles Russell, popularly known as Jack Russell, represented England in 54 Tests and 40 ODIs...

    He remained a stalwart player and member of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club throughout his cricketing career
  • Spirit of the arts lobby

    A NEWS photograph of the Karachi University arts lobby showing defiant participants of a seminar on the missing Baloch earlier this week triggered a flood of memories with the mind zooming in and out of events spanning 35 years...

    It was befitting then that the organisers quickly chose to go ahead with their seminar in the arts lobby that, over the years, has been a proud venue for many acts of defiance and sacrifice for the cause of...

  • ‘Technology has always impacted arts and music’

    ISLAMABAD: An Islamabad Literature Festival (ILF) session titled ‘Will Technology Influence Music?’ alternated between a history lesson on how technology has influenced music as a commodity and musicians’ lamenting the use of auto-tune in popular music...

    Starting off the session, Laal spokesperson Mr Rahman said technology has always impacted the arts and music...

  • Afghan martial arts bout reveals a nation divided

    KABUL: A martial arts bout in Afghanistan was billed as a bare-knuckle duel for supremacy, but it has become a lightning rod for long-simmering ethnic rivalries that threaten to tear the country apart...

    Instead, the mixed martial arts challenge devolved into a maelstrom, with fans from both sides spewing ethnic vitriol on social media, prompting it to be cancelled after pleas from top officials...

  • Arts from Islamic world at Sotheby’s

    Sotheby’s Middle East and 19th Century European Painting Department has organised its Orientalist and Middle Eastern Week (April 25 to 26) in London comprising the Oriental Sale, Arts from the Islamic World and 20th Century Art/Middle East...

  • Performers show their mettle at GIKI arts festival

    SWABI: The young artists belonging to different universities and Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) enthralled audience with their performing during the three-day arts festival at Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology...

    The plays that received appreciation from the audience included Nang of Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Blood and Other Drug and Aik Alif of Comsats Lahore, It’s not About...

  • Arts council polls held amid high hopes on both sides

    KARACHI: Actors, musicians, politicians and theatre artistes thronged the Arts Council premises on Sunday to cast their votes for the two competing panels of Ahmed Shah-Ejaz Farooqi and Sheher-i-Quaid...

    Since 1954 the voting for the new governing body members of the Arts Council, of around 6,000 members, is held every year in December...

  • A platform that promotes arts, culture

    Established in 1973 in a small building with Faiz Ahmed Faiz as its founding chairperson, the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) soon emerged as the focal organisation for the promotion of arts and culture...

    PNCA director and the in-charge of the National Art Gallery, Musarat Naheed Imam, said the council aims to formulate a state cultural policy for the promotion of the arts and clearly identified avenues of action...

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