A festival for South Asia & the Muslim World

Tanya Daud
Posted October 13, 2019 from Pakistan
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An image from one of our productions at Qissa' Go
Qissa' Go launch
Qissa' Go launch: From our first theatrical showcase (1/4)

Hello! My name is Tanya Daud and I am the Founder of Qissa’ Go, a theatre collective which is focused on literature and languages from South Asia, as well as Aleph Collective, its parent body that focuses on creating awareness amongst communities, groups & individuals, as well as conflict resolution using a variety of mediums.

We are based in the UAE but our focus of work on both counts is centred on South Asia and the diaspora, or as in the latter's case, also extended to the Muslim world at large. 

This year we are bringing all our programming under Aleph Collective and working to put together a festival in May 2020.

You can view our work under Qissa' Go here - Instagram.com/qissagoofficial AND Facebook.com/qissagoofficial

With Qissa' Go our attempt is to create a pan-South Asian outlook, develop a sense of pride and ownership in this identity, work on issues of importance and those that challenge us in the region, as well as cultivate new storytellers so that we can put out our own narratives in the world. It has been three years since we started and work has given rise to a community of artists who now find an audience, are able to learn and collaborate, as well as find an audience.

Of the several programs we have done, this is one: 

In 2018, we started working on the Climate Crisis in South Asia and its diaspora, and as a first step put up an original theatrical production, which was showcased at SIMA Performing Arts in Al Serkal Avenue as well as at the Jameel Arts Centre. On Sep 20th, during the Global Climate Strike Week, we launched the Community Outreach phase of this campaign. This will entail working with our partners across South Asia, as well as with those in the UAE. 

We have performed at several venues within the UAE such as at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, for the guests of the Pakistan Embassy in Abu Dhabi, within Al Serkal Avenue, Jameel Arts Centre, and several others).

As for Aleph Collective, we have big plans and are reviving it with a festival in the coming year but two things that we have done under it are https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I56_WkpbcUU&t=5s and https://www.thenational.ae/uae/campaign-aims-to-break-down-barriers-betw...

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The reason that I have written all of the above is that we are looking to build a team for the festival, as well as, try and reach out for sponsorships and grants, so that our South Asia & Muslim world at large-focused, travelling festival, can see the light of day and we can do critical work within our communities here in the region. Art and culture are known for fostering healthier, more equitable communities and I hope posting it in the World Pulse community will be of help.

I look forward to reading your comments!

Warm Regards,

Tanya

This story was submitted in response to Art for Change.

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Hannah B
Oct 13
Oct 13

Hello Tanya,
It sounds like you are doing exciting work! I wish you all of the best with the festival, and I hope that you will post more about it here on World Pulse. I hope that you are able to connect with other members who want to be involved.
Kind regards,
Hannah

Tanya Daud
Oct 14
Oct 14

Dear Hannah

Thank you for your welcome and response. I hope so too! :)

maeann
Oct 13
Oct 13

Hi Tanya,

Welcome to World Pulse.

Thank you for posting about the Festival and I hope that you will be able to find a team helping you with this event.

Tanya Daud
Oct 14
Oct 14

Dear Hannah

Thank you for your welcome and response. I hope so too! :)

Anita Shrestha
Oct 13
Oct 13

Dear Tanya
Thank you very much

Tanya Daud
Oct 14
Oct 14

Dear Anita,

Thank you for touching base. I would love to connect with you. For our Campaign on Climate Crisis in South Asia, we are partnering with individuals, creatives, and entities across the region who are working in on Climate issues or are interested in doing so.

Hope we can chat soon :).

Tanya Daud
Oct 13
Oct 13

Dear Hannah, Maenn, and Anita,

Thank you for your response. I hope so too!

Anita, I would love to connect with you. For our Campaign on Climate Crisis in South Asia, we are partnering with individuals, creatives, and entities across the region who are working in on Climate issues or are interested in doing so.

Hope we can chat soon :).

Jill Langhus
Oct 13
Oct 13

Hi Tanya,

Congrats on sharing your first post and sharing more about your two organizations as well as your exciting, upcoming festival. I'm looking forward to hearing more about it, as well as more about your work. I'm following your organization now on FB. Thanks for sharing the links.

You may also want to share your festival "need" on the World Pulse "Resources" page so that you can find more potential volunteers. This is the link to that page: https://www.worldpulse.com/my-pulse/resources

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Lisbeth
Oct 13
Oct 13

Dear Tanya,
You are very welcome to World Pulse. I like your picture of tea pot and cup :-). It's that your org design? It's beautiful!

Congrats on your first post. Hope you have a great day.
Liz

Tanya Daud
Oct 14
Oct 14

Hi Lisbeth,

Thank you for your welcome :). Yes, the design is from our first showcase put together by two team members.

Lisbeth
Oct 15
Oct 15

I loved it :-)

Hello, Tanya,

Welcome to World Pulse! It’s a joy to know another voice from Pakitan is connecting with our growing sisterhood.

What a great project! There are so many sisters here that are coming from South Asia!

You can connect with them by searching per region. Hope you’ll fund great partners from our sisters!

Looking forward to reading more from your stories and updates! Please keep posting.

Tanya Daud
Oct 20
Oct 20

Hi Karen,

Thanks so much for the great suggestion! I'll definitely apply it and hopefully, it will manifest into good connections!

You're welcome, dear Tanya. :) I hope so, too.:)