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“Homing birds” by Rukhsana Ahmed

Homing Birds posterA new play by well known Pakistani British Author, Rukhsana Ahmed, and directed by Kali Theatre Company’s Helena Bell. The London run is programmed to open at Tara Theatre on 26th Nov in Earlsfield, a venue which many would know as the training ground for many British Asian Thespians.

Further information and tickets available: https://www.tara-arts.com/whats-on/homing-birds

New North and South

A new network of eleven arts organisations from across the North of England and South Asia announced a three year programme of co-commissions, exhibitions and intellectual exchange to celebrate shared heritage across continents and develop artistic talent.

This network consists of Manchester Art Gallery, the Whitworth, Manchester Museum, Liverpool Biennial, The Tetley in Leeds and Colombo Biennale (Sri Lanka), Dhaka Art Summit (Bangladesh), Karachi and Lahore Biennales (Pakistan), Kochi-Muziris Biennale (India) and the British Council.

The New North and South aims to connect with diverse audiences on both continents through a programme of exhibitions and events that showcase the best of contemporary art from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the UK and also explore unequal and contested histories of empire and the industrial revolution.


Pakistan Flag on K2

Pakistan Flag on K2

Vanessa O’Brien, is a British-American mountain climber, explorer, public speaker and former business executive. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Member of The Explorers Club.

She has become the first British woman to conquer K2.

K2 is the second highest mountain in the world, after Mount Everest, at 8,611 metres (28,251 ft) above sea level. It is located on the China-Pakistan border between Baltistan, in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of northern Pakistan, and the Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang, China. K2 is the highest point of the Karakoram range and the highest point in both Pakistan and Xinjiang (Wikipedia.org).

K2 is known as the Savage Mountain due to the extreme difficulty of ascent.

Syed Faizan Hussain

Syed Faizan Hussain with the Queen

Syed Faisan Hussain is seated in the front row to the right of HM The Queen

Syed Faizan Hussain, a promising young Pakistani, is a recipient of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award (QYLA).  Together with other winners, Faizan received his award from HM Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace on 30 June 2017.

Faizan is a social entrepreneur who uses technology to create solutions to health problems in his community. He has developed a number of start-ups, including Edu-Aid, which translates sign language into spoken language, and OneHealth, a disease surveillance and tracking system which notifies health institutions about epidemic outbreaks.

Faizan also works as a voluntary teacher and has mentored more than 200 students from underprivileged households and equipped them with computer programming skills. Faizan is now planning to develop Venture Dart, a tech consultant and outsourcing company for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

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