17 Sep SHEHER-E-FUNN, A TWO-DAYS CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL ORGANISED BY PURSUKOON KARACHI BROUGHT CHILDREN IN HORDES TO GOVERNOR HOUSE GARDENS
Children of all ages and sizes were seen thronging Governor House, Karachi all day, taking part in the many educational and fun activities designed for them by Pursukoon Karachi. The event was meant to provide an opportunity to the children of Karachi from all cross sections of society to come together and celebrate the diversity of the city in a secure and beautiful environment.
Various activities took place at the festival’s four pavilions, through the day. These included numerous theatre performances by well-known artistes at Tamasha Ghar pavilion; interactive activities based on scientific principles, latest inventions and environment at Science ke Khel; book swapping, paper making, story reading sessions, singing, and recitation of poems at Aao Suno Kahani; and
art and craft activities, building of large murals and exciting installations with communal organization at Funn-Kaar Gali.
Speaking on the occasion, one of the founders and organisers of the festival, Noor Jehan Bilgrami said “Through various creative interactions exploring Karachi’s cultural diversity, monuments, traditional crafts and arts, we hope to create an awareness of the environment, and encourage a sense of ownership of our beautiful city.
The event continued for another day, and witnessed similar activities taking place with adults and children alike participating with great fervour.
About Pursukoon Karachi
‘Pursukoon Karachi’ is a not-for-profit registered Society established in 2013; it emanated from the anger and helplessness that the creative practitioners felt at the endless and brutal killings, bombings, destruction and general chaos in the city. From a core group of seven people, ‘Pursukoon Karachi’ expanded into a large, motivated group of more than 300 participants, all driven by the same desire to see a peaceful, thriving and prosperous Karachi. Together they created the first ‘Pursukoon Karachi Festival’ spread over three days at Arts Council, NAPA and Cantt Railway Station, with free access to the venues for everyone. Some of the other events included: Restoration of Cantt Railway Station, Pursukoon Baithak – a resting place for travellers at Cantt Station, Aghaz e Safar – a fundraiser for Cantt Railway Station held at Frere Hall, an Sitar Recital by eminent Akhlaque Hussain at the Governor House