This May, PeaceNiche is taking ‘Dil Phaink’, a multimedia love letter to the Pakistani spirit, to the Alchemy Festival at London’s Southbank Centre.
The Alchemy Festival is an annual showcase of the best of dance, music, theatre, design, fashion, comedy and literature from South Asia and this is the second consecutive year that Pakistani artists will be welcomed to the festival.
Dil Phaink is a celebration of an inimitable spirit of abandon and exuberance, bordering on melodrama. We believe these troubled times and our muddled identities aren’t the problem, they’re the platform: the perfect stage for a nature that tilts towards the flamboyant, the need to wear your heart on your sleeve, take chances, romance the days, write poetry, and be joyous – to be ‘dil phaink’.
Artists, graphic designers, typographers, musicians, writers, videographers and architects will come together for this show to create an audiovisual showcase of Pakistani street culture, cult cinema, visual memory and matters of the heart.
The show addresses how we as Pakistanis are responding to what is happening around us and how our humour becomes a refuge for the times when we feel powerless — a silent admission of the absurd logic that sometimes defines how we live and love in Pakistan.
You have all read about the blackouts, bombs, burqas and really bad guys – but now we want to take them to the nooks and corners of any street, in any city, in any part of Pakistan, so they can hear the many voices that talk (and whisper and shout) after the newspapers have had the last word.
PeaceNiche, a non-profit organisation, is committed to becoming a vibrant centre of Pakistan’s developing civil society. The Second Floor (T2F) in Karachi is the first project of PeaceNiche. A community space for open dialogue, T2F provides citizens with a platform for social change through rich cultural activities, public discourse, and advocacy using progressive ideas and the new media.
Alchemy, Southbank Centre’s festival of South Asian culture, returns for the sixth year in 2015 (15 – 25 May 2015), celebrating and exploring the arts, culture and politics of the countries of the Indian subcontinent and their relationship with the UK. The festival will present collaborations, new works, premieres and legendary artists across dance, music, theatre, design, fashion, comedy and literature, plus talks and debates providing unique insights into the region.