Dialogue

Kuch Khaas aims to preserve Pakistan’s local cultures and introduce young people in particular to the rich, diverse heritage of their country. Cultural events at Kuch Khaas showcase the arts and traditions of the various cultural groups of Pakistan. In May 2004, Kuch Khaas collaborated with the Institute for the Preservation of Art and Culture to organize a special event celebrating the World Day for Cultural Diversity. With a packed audience consisting of people of all ages, the event featured live folk music from the various regions of Pakistan (performed by well-known folk musicians), a recital of traditional poetry, and the screening of a documentary on Pakistan’s cultural diversity by renowned anthropologist Samar Minallah.

Key to promoting cultural diversity and building harmony is the bridging of socially constructed gaps between different cultural and ethnic groups. Kuch Khaas’s programs including workshops, open forums and campaigns bring together people from various backgrounds and ages to engage in constructive dialogue and activities, helping erode alienating perceptions while building respect for differences. An ideology that we believe will make a stronger and more tolerant world.

PechaKucha is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each. The format, which originated in Tokyo, keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, powers multiple-speaker events called PechaKucha Nights. Kuch Khaas is the official City Organizer for PechaKucha events in Islamabad, and so far we have had some super exciting events that have been knowledgeable and fun but more importantly, an absolute miracle for networking in the featured field of the evening.

Open Forum

Open Forum

We truly believe that the way to progress in a society is the ability to converse with each other and as a result generating respect for each other’s opinions, situations and life experiences. The Open Forum creates an opportunity for public discourse, but also communal training for the crucial activity of listening to each other

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PechaKucha

PechaKucha is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each. The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, powers multiple-speaker events called PechaKucha Nights.

podcast

PODCAST

The Kuch Khaas Podcasts feature discussions and conversations pertinent to what’s going on around us. Ranging from Humorous to Super-serious depending on the conversation in demand, the KK Podcasts are a great way to be part of, and stay updated to what’s going on

Workshops, Forums and Lectures

PechaKucha Nights Vol 5- Dance:Poetry in Motion

On International Dance Day 2018, Kuch Khaas celebrated this powerful art and medium of expression with not only PechaKucha presentations but also performances by some of the most prominent performers in the country. Featuring amazing performances by Gillian Rhodes, Iftikhar Masih, Imran Nafees, Wahab Shah, Asfandar Anis Khattak, Faizaan Ahab and Suhaee Abro, as well…

Mein Bhi Pakistan Hoon

A Book Talk To mark 23rd March, Pakistan Day, Kuch Khaas celebrated the diversity that is definitive of Pakistan, that is as indigenous as our mangoes, that is Made in Pakistan, that is featured on our national symbol: The White in the Flag Two authors were featured in Mein Bhi Pakistan Hoon ; Lynette Viccaji…

Earth Day Festival 2016

Kuch Khaas Earth Day 2016! A big thank you to all the schools and children that participated and to our partners CDA and Heinrich Boell Stiftung Pakistan!    

Workshop on Sufi and Contemporary Dance

The U.S. Embassy Islamabad and Kuch khaas jointly organised a two-day workshop on sufi and contemporary dance styles lead by the legendary dance teacher and choreographer Nighat Chaudhry, facilitated by Imran Nafees Siddiqui. This workshop was part of the 14th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Day Islamabad 2015    

Storytelling Saturdays

If you’re a fan of listening to stories (who isn’t?) drop by on Saturdays for a round of wonderful stories. Storytelling Saturdays are open to the public parents are very welcome to join the storytelling sessions. We collect donations of Rs.350/ person that go right back into the programme, enabling us to host children from…

National Minority Day

Our country and even our flag is incomplete without the mention of our minorities. We talked about minorities and their contributions to our nation with Romana Bashir, Mazhar Arif, Kashif Farooqi and Naeem Ahmed Mirza in a session moderated by Marvi Sarmad.

International Women’s Day : Make it happen

We celebrated the International Women’s Day this year by celebrating the young talented girls of our city. Filmakers Sarah Khan and Mahnoor Omer, 16 and 14 years of age respectively, screened their social documentaries on women’s issues that have received international attention and acclaim. Their message was simple, use any medium available to you, connect…

Inner Peace Meditation Session by Peace Revolution!

Kuch Khaas and Peace Revolution conducted an inner peace meditation session, an opportunity to forget all the negativity and stressful situation happening around.  

Invest2Innovate (i2i) !

Invest2Innovate (i2i) is an intermediary organization that supports seed-stage social enterprises and strengthens access to capital in new and untapped markets. i2i identifies and vets high-potential enterprises, provides capacity development support to grow these businesses, and connects them to key resources and capital via i2i Angels, its angel investor community. i2i has supported 5 social…

Hum Hen Kuch Khaas

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Storytelling Saturdays

Storytelling Saturdays Special The Easter Egg Hunt activity along with the storytelling!! Over generations, grandparents have passed down stories to our parents and they have passed them down to us. And in doing so, they have kept the tradition of storytelling alive. Let Kuch Khaas give you a platform to keep this tradition alive with…

My Personal Journey to Feminism – Women’s Talk

Kuch Khaas invites you to an evening of women’s talk to mark International Women’s Day. Join these beautiful and inspiring women in Pakistan as they share their own personal journeys and experiences to feminism. In conversation with: SAMAR MINALLAH Samar Minallah is a documentary filmmaker, and human rights activist from Pakistan. She has produced a…

Who Needs Feminism?

The rising question is whether “We NEED FEMINISM OR NOT”? And how do we deal with anyone labeled as a Feminist or perhaps we need to recollect the ideal data that truly denotes to the concept of feminism in reality. Feminism has been utterly misunderstood and denigrated regularly in this era of modernization, this is…

A glance at Sufi Music – Lecture by Dr. Pierre-Alain Baud (France)

“There are many ways leading to God within, I chose the music and the dance path” (Jalal-el-Dîn Rumi) About the presenter: Dr. Pierre-Alain Baud will sustain his views from his blended life experiences, first as a volunteer and a staff person with several community development NGO’s, then as a journalist and a human sciences researcher,…

Importance of Volunteerism

Volunteering – the sense of carrying out tasks or providing services for individuals or community organisations without financial recompense, is generally considered an altruistic activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life. Kuch Khaas in collaboration with HILA is holding a session on the importance of Volunteerism and how volunteering changed their…

Speak Out – ‘TOLERANCE’

Photography After weeks of selecting the finalists from different schools and universities……. Kuch Khaas finally brings you the first public speaking competition – ‘SPEAK OUT’ on the 30th of November at Kuch Khaas. This is meant to give young people an opportunity to speak in public. Young people are powerful contributors to social change but…

Photography & History

A TRIBUTE TO THE PIONEERS A Unique & Rare Exhibition/ Discussion- A Must For History/ Sport Lovers! Mr. Yahya Ghaznavi, a seasoned photographer with a unique perspective for sports photography has archived a rare collection of photographs covering the period between 1870 -1960 featuring nearly all popular sport disciplines of the Sub-Continent. This collection of…

One Billion Rising – The Rights of a Wo(man)!

Do you, as a Pakistani, refuse to watch as more than one billion women experience violence on the planet?? 7 BILLION people on the planet. 1 in 3 women on the planet is beaten or raped in her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION WOMEN. We refuse to stand by as more than one billion women experience…

TEDxCity2.0 in Islamabad!

On Oct 13, 2012, the TEDx community around the world celebrated a day of urban inspiration, a day when TEDx communities around the world hosted an event to share the powerful narratives of urban innovators and organizers, stewards and artists, builders and taste makers. Our speakers addressed the most important elements of our local community:…

Can we be Muslim and still remain open to Pluralism? What do the Sufis have to say

  Kuch Khaas brings you another lecture as part of our series of talks on Islam. In recent times we have witnessed an upsurge in intolerant behavior amongst people in general. Even though it would be tempting to identify certain individuals and groups with intolerance, it is important to study this phenomenon objectively without any…

Storytelling Saturdays

Over generations, grandparents have passed down stories to our parents and they have passed them down to us. And in doing so, they have kept the tradition of storytelling alive. Let Kuch Khaas give you a platform to keep this tradition alive with your children. Every saturday, we call upon parents to bring out their…

A Cycling Expedition from Paris to Dakar

  Kuch Khaas presents Shamoon Qureshi, a Pakistani cyclist athlete who led a group of cyclists to cycle over 5,500 km across two continents from Paris to Dakar for a good cause! Each member of the team comes from a different background with different interests. Six countries in 80 days.The cycling expedition was to raise…

The Art Scene of Brazil Today

On the occasion of the Brazilian National Day, the Embassy of Brazil in Islamabad is proud to bring Roberto Padilla to Pakistan to share with Pakistani artists, art promoters and all those interested in art his broad knowledge of Brazilian art and artists and unique experience of the vibrant Brazilian art scene. The interaction with…

Public Broadcasting in the time of Great Games – A case study of FATA

      Kuch Khaas: Public Broadcasting in the time of Great Games – A case study of FATA by KuchKhaasCentre Kuch Khaas brings you another episode of our series of talks on Islam. Interactive dialogue with our guest speakers Murtaza Solangi, DG Radio Pakistan, Dr. Abdul Jabbar, Chairman PEMRA, and Safdar Dawar, chief political…

Madaris of Pakistan: Reality & Myths

  Kuch Khaas brings you another lecture as part of our series of talks on Islam. Join us for this interactive dialogue with our guest speaker. (Maulvi) Jahangir Mahmud is a Teacher, Teacher-Trainer, Motivational Speaker, Islamic Research Scholar and Educationist in Pakistan. His speeches, ideas and activism have helped change perspectives in Pakistan’s tri-stream education.…

PechaKucha Nights

PechaKucha Nights Vol 5- Dance:Poetry in Motion

On International Dance Day 2018, Kuch Khaas celebrated this powerful art and medium of expression with not only PechaKucha presentations but also performances by some of the most prominent performers in the country. Featuring amazing performances by Gillian Rhodes, Iftikhar Masih, Imran Nafees, Wahab Shah, Asfandar Anis Khattak, Faizaan Ahab and Suhaee Abro, as well…

Pecha Kucha – The Force That Drives You

Gearheads at their best! Gearheads at their best!#CafeGarage #WhereItsAt Posted by Cafe Garage on Friday, 6 April 2018   The Force That Drives You PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their…

PechaKucha Nights Islamabad – Concrete Designs

PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, (just about anything, really) in the PechaKucha 20×20 format. ——————————————————————————————- Architecture and design form an integral part of our lives. Our…

PechaKucha Islamabad – Travel Diaries

Thank you all for making our Pecha Kucha Islamabad Travel Diaries Event a huge success! A special thanks to all the wonderful presenters ! Before we upload the videos from the event,here is a video version of our first presenter Sabeen Farooq Khan Saddozais photo talk. Enjoy! Posted by Kuch Khaas – The Centre for…

PechaKucha Night 20×20 – Islamabad – Making art in the capital

PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. And PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, (just about anything, really) in the PechaKucha 20×20 format. ____________________________________________________________ This Pecha Kucha event was geared towards throwing the spotlight…

Pecha Kucha -Green is the New Black

“Going green” means to pursue knowledge and practices that can lead to more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible decisions and lifestyles, which can help protect the environment and sustain its natural resources for current and future generations. From growing your own food to recycling every bit counts. With every organization and individual claiming to be…

Pecha Kucha – Objects of Desire

Pecha Kucha Highlights – Objects of Desire Topic: Objects of Desire.An object by definition is a material thing that can be seen and touched. In our world of mass production and consumption we rarely tend to notice everyday objects like the coke bottle or the ballpoint because they work so well. On the other hand…

Pecha Kucha – Text & Drawing

Pecha Kucha Highlights – Drawing & Text The Pecha Kucha style of presentation has been devised in Tokyo and has been used across the international cities of the world by designers and creatives to showcase projects and share ideas. The Pecha Kucha style is a system of building a presentation of 20 slides for 20…

Pecha Kucha – Art of Small Talk “Public Engagement”

The young artists of today will be the torch bearers of cultural and creative activities of Pakistan tomorrow. Their beliefs, practices and manifestos will shape the spirit of our time and future of our upcoming generation. It is important to create visibility and give voice to the creative individuals and promote their practices emotionally and…

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