Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi

آرٹس کونسل آف پاکستان کراچی‎

About Arts Council

Arts Council goes digital under Covid19:

With the onset of COVID19, Arts Council has taken the initiative since March 2020 to make premium artistic content available digitally to its loyal members, supporters and art enthusiasts. Efforts on every artistic front is underway to make music, poetry, storytelling, theater and dance performances available to the youth and public so that this challenging time under quarantine and lockdown can be eased for everyone. Apart from making performances, poetry, lectures and talks available online, Arts Council is working to begin a digital Music talent hunt competition and plan its execution digitally in order to revive original Pakistani musical compositions.

There is a dire need to support the artists, youth and elderly all over the globe post this devastating pandemic. Thus the Council is striving to keep the performing arts alive with its digital resources and limited staff members who are all committed to the organization’s goals fostering artistic camaraderie and dedicated to serve digital content to keep music, dance, theater and fine arts alive in Pakistan as well as across our borders.

The hope is that millions of starved art, music, theater, dance and poetry lovers will join our digital community to make this hope a reality as we move forward with Arts Council’s myriad digital and artistic campaigns.

The Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi is the most happening institution in the field of arts and arts education in the country and we have utilized this interim lull period to make several new developments in infrastructure and educational curriculum. We have designed the way forward and that way is definitely digital.

Since Karachi has rapidly adapted to the changing work environment post the global pandemic of COVD19. Whilst in-person gatherings have ceased due to intensive social distancing, our organization has continued to grow digital initiatives and we are proud to announce four major new programs under our Digital Production House. These initiatives include, but are not limited to:

  1. ACP Poetry: Celebrating Poets of  Yore

This initiative will be seen reviving an archive of over 400 works of poetry through a digital video library which will include poets of both current and even have orators recite works of legendary poets posthumously. Few poets who have come forward to recite their own work include: Mr. Ahmed Naved, Anwar Shaoor, Rehana Roohi, and Ajmal Siraj. Posthumous poetry archive will include but not be limited to legends such as Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Alama Iqbal, Asad Ullah Khan Ghalib, and Mir Taki Mir.

  1. ACP Readings:

Celebrating Legendary Writers

This digital initiative will digitally record, archive, produce and publish an audio-visual version of the country’s finest Urdu writers through dramatic recitation and re-enactment by our organizations finest Theater artists and professors. The works include but are not limited to these legendary writers: Sadat Hassan Manto, Ismat Chugtai, MushtaqYusufi, Pitras Bukhari, and Ibn e Insha.

  1. ACP Music:

Creating Original Pakistani Musics a proud initiative of the Council to utilize hidden musical talent and record, mix, produce and digitally release original music recordings, records of Eastern and Western instruments, and new compositions which will encapsulate local talent.

  1. ACP Dramas

This video, digital and stage initiative will come together to produce original theater plays,     teleplays and radio plays which will be made accessible to everyone nationally and internationally via a digital platform. Artists will come together to script, act, direct, design and produce content which will be par excellence and will breathe a fresh air into the world of content consumption at a global level. This initiative will also revive the country’s golden era of television and theater by reproducing and adapting Pakistan’s most loved scripts such as Ankahi by Hasina Moin, Aangan Tehra by Anwar Maqsood and many more.

  1. ACP Talks:

Educational, informational knowledge and lots of infotainment will now be available for all on the official YouTube channel of Arts Council. Talks, lectures, discussions and panels will be filmed on youth related topics, arts and entertainment will be filmed and uploaded for public viewing on a regular basis. Another component of ACP talks will be interviews with prominent personalities and key public figures.


The Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi is the arguably the finest non-profit organization in the country today for Fine Arts and Performing Arts. With state of the art facilities made available to all segments of society, Arts Council aims to promote peace and artistic professionalism through its various in-house fine arts, theater, dance and music academies, literary conferences, artistic endeavors, and progressive events and competitive talent showcases. 

As Pakistan’s first established organization dedicated to supporting the Arts since 1954, Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi has brought together the finest social justice and human rights activists, artists of extraordinary caliber, and the most diverse performers that have put Pakistan on the global map of fame over the past six decades. 

Not only does our organization host more than 500 events a year, it also enthusiastically supports movements like women empowerment and artistic freedom, addresses social justice issues and has successfully established several socio-cultural educational initiatives for the country’s youth. Moreover, art lovers receive full exposure here to a series of formal and informal concerts at our open-air theater, amphitheaters, proscenium halls, sound recording and film studios, equipped with the finest infrastructure, conferences, galleries, libraries and literary publications.

Apart from a dedicated mission to partake, host, fund and organize holistic cultural activities, Arts Council Karachi has taken on the responsibility to educate individuals in Fine Arts, Music, Dance and Theatre under the banner of three different academies namely Arts Council Institute of Arts and Crafts (ACIAC), Arts Council Music Academy (ACMA), and Arts Council Theater & Dance Academy (ACTDA).


The Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi today is a distinguished organization committed to providing the highest quality Arts education, entertainment, engagement and infotainment for the denizens of Karachi and Pakistan enabling them to develop their intellects and talents and thereby leading them to participate effectively and holistically in society as individuals.

The seed for the formation of this organization was sowed in 1948, when a few devoted art  lovers got together and planted the idea for the formation of  a ‘Fine Arts Society of Karachi’  which eventually was named ‘The Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi’ in 1954. These were noted personalities who became the founding members of the Council and registered it with the Registrar Cooperative Societies under Societies Act 1860 on the 10th of May, 1955. 

The founding body members included renowned names comprising that of 1. Dr .(Mrs.) Esmat Rahim  2. Mr. S. Amjad Ali  3. Mr. Edward Sudran  4. Mr. G. Ahmed  5. Mr. Agha A. Hamid  6. Mr. A.R. Faridi and 7. Mr. Jalaluddin Ahmed 

The journey of Arts Council dates back to more than 66 years ago in the mind and conscience of an artistically astute and culturally rich society.
The first nominated Vice President of the Arts Council was Princess Abida Sultana, with Mr. Agha Abdul Hameed as the Secretary.

The First Executive Director of the Council was Mr. Irfan Hussain and the current Executive Director of the Council is Mr. Nadim Zafar Siddiqui.
Mr. Altaf Gohar and his colleagues toiled endlessly to get a piece of land measuring 11,270 sq. yards for the Council’s establishment, and were eventually successful in doing so during the tenure of then Chief Secretary of Sindh, Mr. A. T. Naqvi.

The ground on which the Council was eventually built and developed was originally the property of late Ms. Atiya Faizy, and with her due consent, the Karachi Municipal Corporation allotted it to the Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi.

In the year 1955, Mr. Rosch was brought on-board to prepare the layout and construction plan for the Council which was later on completed by Ms. Rizki Architect.

After the completion of the architectural plan, the First Lady Mrs. Viqarun Nisa Noon, wife of then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Feroz Khan Noon, formally laid the foundation stone for the Council in 1958.
Donations from philanthropists and leading personalities interested in promotion of fine arts enabled the Arts Council to have its own building in 1960. A large space of 48,900 square feet was later on reserved for facilities to be developed in the future and continues to harbor new state of the art newly constructed expansions of the organization.

Aims & Objective

The Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi is a non-commercial and non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of arts and crafts. “The Memorandum and the Articles of Association” explains fully the aims and objectives of the Council.

  • To foster and encourage the development of fine Arts and Crafts, Theater, Dance, Music, Literature, Architecture, Floral Art, Performing Arts, Film T.V., Radio Broadcast, Mass Communications, Literary Functions, Interior Designing and Sculpture.
  • To promote the study and appreciation thereof through the endeavors of various forms of Art and Culture through Exhibitions, Lectures, Workshops, Film Shows, Seminars, Stage Shows, Concerts, National and International Festivals and Performances, and Publications for the benefit of Society through Artists and the Art-lovers.
  • To organize and establish an Art Center with an art gallery, a Theater Hall, and a Library in Karachi.
  • 4. To publish an art Journal, books and pamphlets for the advancement of the aims of the Council.
  • To provide whenever possible, technical help and advice to Artists working in myriad fields whilst utilizing different mediums.
  • To establish and maintain a library of books on Arts and Crafts, the Theater and the ballet and on Music.
  • To organize an annual Art Exhibition and Musical Concerts and to produce Theater plays.
  • To co-operate with organizations having similar aims or with individuals interested in Art elsewhere for furthering the aims of the Council.
  • To purchase or acquire on lease, or in exchange, on hire or otherwise any real or personal property and any other rights or privileges necessary or convenient for the purpose of the Council.
  • To erect, construct, alter and maintain any building necessary or convenient for Council purposes.
  • To sell, improve, manage and develop all or any part of the property of the Council.
  • To enter into negotiations of contracts with individuals or organizations for the purposes of the Council.
  • To do all such lawful things that may be incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objectives.