I Am Karachi presented, the first ever I AM KARACHI Awards to honor the contribution of the city’s dedicated and unrecognized heroes at Frere Hall on the occasion of the second official I AM Karachi Day on March 26th 2016.
The inaugural I AM KARACHI AWARDS are given to recognize visionary individuals who have shown inspirational resilience, hope, pride and determination for the city.
The ceremony was hosted by two prominent personalities of Karachi; Deepak Perwani and Atiya Khan who discussed the necessity of a diverse culture in a mega-city like Karachi.
The award function was headlined by a spell binding rock-symphonic version of the national anthem by Sounds of Kolachi with the talented youth of Karachi. Award winning pop stars Sara Haider, Zoe Viccaji and traditional singers were also showcased at the event.
President of IAMKARACHI Jameel Yusuf described IAM KARACHI DAY as a “celebration of the success of the city’s resilient spirit” and announced that the awards will be given out throughout the course of the year.
This was followed by Vice President of Society for I AM KARACHI, Mr. Amin Hashwani who announced the official launch ofa city wide I AM KARACHI Sports Festival that will begin next month.
Founding member Ms. Rumana Hussain also announced the launch of a new wave of I AM KARACHI ‘Walls of Peace’ – where young artists cover hateful graffiti with their artistic creations to reclaim public space.
Commissioner Karachi Asif Hyder Shah praised spirit of citizenship and said only if the citizens of Karachi will stand united, only then there is there hope for a prosperous Sindh and eventually a flourishing Pakistan.
Awards were distributed by notable figures including: Ronak Lakhani, Zubaida Mustafa, Talat Hussain, Ishrat Hussain and Fuzon.
In an unprecedented display of support academics, business leaders and celebrities attended the function to show their love to the city and those honored.
The celebration follows a ‘Karachi Matters Week’ drive to boost citizen participation conducted across the city. Partners of IAK and volunteer groups had conducted over thirty workshops, art projects, and social innovation activities to encourage thoughtful dialogue for a unified social outlook in various neighborhoods.
IAMKARACHIDAY is a celebration of the city and part of a larger city-wide movement that aims to inculcate hope, pride and ownership in the citizens of Karachi by reclaiming public spaces through sports, arts, culture and dialogues.
The event was managed and executed by Polaris with PR & Social Media by Mindmap Communications.