I AM KARACHI Music Festival

I AM KARACHI collaborated with consortium member Nida Butt’s Music Art Dance School (MAD School), Fuzon and Mekaal Hasan for the first I AM KARACHI Music Festival.  The aim of this music festival was to revive and reclaim the music culture of Karachi. The festival brought forth three major components to its audience: Music Mentorship program, Music Dialogues and a two-day Music Festival. The Mentorship program provided opportunity for young and aspiring musicians to develop and build upon theoretical and technical skills in categories ranging from guitar to eastern vocals, taught by established music practitioners. The Music Dialogues comprised of interactive panel discussions spread across two days and a series of workshops featuring discussions on topics ranging from music appreciation to intellectual property issues and solutions, creating dialogue between a diverse range of speakers and practitioners who shared their experiences and expertise with the audience. These were followed by a Music Festival held at Port Grand from 8th to 9th August 2015. The music festival featured live musical performances on two stages simultaneously; a modern stage and a traditional stage. Performances ranged from folk to contemporary, ‘qawalli’ to fusion. The I AM KARACHI music festival served to benefit musicians, aspiring performers and those who are interested in music by providing them with a platform to gauge their potential. The attendance for the two two-day music festival was over 40,000 strong.

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