DICE
Creative Hubs

Are you a creative with an idea that can inspire, educate and solve the challenges of the creative communities in Pakistan? Then this is where you belong!
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What is a DICE Creative Hub?

Creative hubs is a creative community empowerment initiative of British Council under the Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies (DICE) programme where ideas are nourished, connections are nurtured and solutions are developed. 

Artists, musicians, dancers, painters, architects, potters, sculptors, craftsmen, designers, developers, literaries, filmmakers and many more shape our culture and society as well as  support and contribute to the growth of the creative economy. DEMO together with these small organizations and artists collectives will be co-designing creative hub activities in a form of meet-ups, workshops, dialogues, online marketplaces, performances, showcasing, screening events and more to strengthen the sustainability of their creative practices in the ecosystem. A grant of PKR 1,070,000 each will be given to each organisation in the mentioned categories.

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1.

Muneeb
Mayer

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Digital Expert

2.

Saad
Hamid

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UNDP

3.

Linka
Lin

Pitching Expert

4.

Meenah
Tariq

Winners

Fine Arts
and handicrafts

Association of Business, Professional and Agricultural Women

Software
Development

Devenings

Music and
Performing Arts

SUBHASH Educational Complex

Literature

Dastaan

TPSG

Film
making

Nowgam Socio-economic & Development Organization

Arch, Interior and Industrial design

Kawonki Innovations

Graphic
design

Chaap by World of Creatives

Categories Organisation
Performing Arts & Music
SUBHASH Educational Complex
Literature
Dastaan
Graphic Design
Chaap by World of Creatives
Film Making
Nowgam Socio-economic & Development Organization
Arch. Interior & Industrial Design
Kawonki Innovations
Fine Arts & Handicrafts
Association of Business, Professional and Agricultural Women
Association of Business, Professional and Agricultural Women
Devenings
Literature
T.P.S.G

Panelists

Ayesha Noorani

Fine Arts & Handicrafts

An architect by profession and the founder of the Daachi Foundation, Ayesha Noorani did her National Diploma in Architecture from National College of Arts, Lahore and established her own private practice in Lahore in 1985 as Noorani Associates. She won the U.N.E.S.C.O. competition for Tomorrow’s Habitat in Pakistan and read a paper at the Education Workshop in 1984. Ayesha has been a visiting Lecturer for Architecture Design at the National College of Arts since 1996.
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Bee Gul

Literature

Bee Gul is an award-winning Pakistani screenwriter and director. She created visible ripples in the world of Pakistani television writing. An extraordinary sense of the screenplay going beyond mere dialogue writing became the characteristic of her style, which touched tabooed topics in a bold but commendable way.

Faheem Azam

Performing Arts & Music

Faheem Azam is a multipotentialite and he recently concluded his work as an Acting Coach and Actor for the upcoming mega-production, Parey Hut Love, a feature film by Asim Raza. He’s also an established screenwriter, a director and one of the few established stand-up comedians in Pakistan. He also educates people through entertainment media and academia and has been coaching amateur actors for theatre and TV.
Kanwal Khoosat

Kanwal Khoosat

Filmmaking

In an ever expanding entertainment industry, few artists have been able to set a standard for themselves and then come up to expectation every time. Kanwal Khoosat belongs to the third generation of the family of artists and has proved herself as a versatile director due to the diversity of her projects. Be it a number of serious social issues or sitcoms, she is a force to be reckoned with in the drama industry.
Saboohi Sarshar

Saboohi Sarshar

Architecture, Interior & Industrial Design

Saboohi Sarshar did her Bachelor’s in Architecture from the National College of Arts in 2007, where she was given the Director’s Award, Sir Percy Brown Prize, Bhai Ram Singh Award and was also a part of the Principal’s Honor List. She got her Master’s in Architecture from the Middle East Technical University where she was awarded the Graduate Course Performance Award. She has also been awarded the Mehdi Ali Mirza Award from the Institute of Architects Pakistan. She is an assistant professor in School of Art, Design and Architecture (SADA) at NUST in Islamabad while also working as the principal architect for SNAP.

Bisma Kayani

Fashion & Textile

Run by the namesake herself and her team of workers, Bisma Kayani is a fine blend of different artistic elements coming together in an intrinsically unique piece of Art. Synonymous with elegance and sophistication, the brand has captured a niche market locally and internationally with ethereal silhouettes and use of opulent fabrics. She is based in Islamabad and Rawalpindi but has a huge international clientele in Europe and the United States.

Hafsa Munawwar

Software Development

A digital marketer by passion, Hafsa Munawwar is a Marketing Manager at “Code Informatics”. Also, an Ambassador for Women Techmakers and Creative Lead at GDG Islamabad, a local community-run chapter by Google Developer Groups for developers interested in resources and technology from Google.

Danish Hasan

Graphic Design

Founder of DM Inc., a passionate photographer, commercial designer and a design director by profession, currently holding a position of Head of Design at IAL Saatchi & Saatchi. Worked for eminent clients like Pepsi, Unilever Pakistan, Engro Corporation, Omore, Tarang, Coca-Cola, RB Dettol, Toyota, Hinopak Motors, Ulker Peki, Shell Pakistan etc.

Who can apply?

Small organisations or artist collectively working in the creative industry contributing to the cultural and creative sector of Pakistan for instance, art gallery, design studios, makerspaces, co-working spaces, fab labs or artists–run spaces with activities for product and professional development, production studios, communication design, product design, visual art, sculpture art, assembled art, applied arts, music, film, architecture, interior, exterior, fashion, performing art, theatre group, software development houses etc.
      1. The applicant has been contributing to the creative sector of Pakistan.
      2. The principal applicant of the DICE Creative Hubs is based in Pakistan. Pakistani citizen or resident for the past 10 years.
      3. The applicant has a designated leadership team that is able to communicate, coordinate, manage and be responsible for the activities of the respective entity.
      4. The applicant is currently operational in Pakistan. 
      5. The applicant has been operating for at least 1 year.
      6. The annual financial turnover of the organisation is less than PKR 5 Million  
      7. The applicant is operating as a publicly recognised brand in its respective creative category or industry 
      8. The applicant has linkages in the local market and has supported creative individuals and entities in the past.
      9. The applicant commits to co-creating and co-designing an activity to enable a gathering of members and organisations within their own creative industry. The applicant will be given a grant for this particular activity for which the selected grant recipient will have to sign an agreement with DEMO. The agreement will be shared with the selected grant recipient only. 
      10. The grant recipient commits to executing the hub activity supported by the DICE Creative Hubs grant before 31st March 2021.

Who can not apply?

    1. An individual
    2. A group of individuals not operating under a publicly known brand/identity 
    3. An entity operating outside of Pakistan
    4. An entity that discriminates against groups based on gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, colour, ethnicity, religion etc
    5. A government institutions and or / inter-governmental organisation
    6. An insolvent entity 
    7. An entity that encourages activities which may lead to civil unrest.
    8. Project that involve direct cash disbursements to any party who is not directly a part of the creative hub activities

Schedule

Interviews

Feb 22

and 23

2021

Result Announcement

Feb 23rd

2021- 9 PM

Execution of Hub Activities
Feb 24 - March 31, 2021

FAQs

Small organisations or artist collective working in the creative industry contributing to the cultural and creative sector of Pakistan for instance, art gallery, design studios, makerspaces, co-working spaces, fab labs or artists–run spaces with activities for product and professional development, production studios, communication design, product design, visual art, sculpture art, assembled art, applied arts, music, film, architecture, interior, exterior, fashion, performing art, theatre group, software development houses etc.
There is no specific education requirement to apply for this grant.
There is no fee whatsoever to apply for the DICE Creative Hubs grant.
There is no specific duration requirement. The activity can be designed in a form of an hour or two event or the activity can be stretched over a couple of days. There will be no activity taking place after March 31, 2021.
This entirely depends on the grant recipients. It can be either virtual or physical or a mix of both.

Please write to the following email: mansoor@demo.org.pk and manahil@demo.org.pk

Individual freelancers are not eligible to apply for this grant but a group of freelancers working under one umbrella / brand can apply.
All DICE Creative Hubs Activities will be posted on DEMO Facebook Page and you can individually sign up for the activities with the respective category activity you’re interested in attending.

Activities designed under the Creative hub could be of any nature including but not limited to exhibitions, panel discussions, digital platforms, hackathons, studio sessions etc. 



Activities designed under the Creative hub could be of any nature including but not limited to exhibitions, panel discussions, digital platforms, hackathons, studio sessions etc. 



The expectations for grant recipients is to deliver impactful activities designed under this program within the specified time ensuring collaboration within the creative sector.
This program application and interview round will be done virtually. The activities of Creative hub can be physical, digital or a mix of both.
Payment can only be made to host/organise the DICE Creative Hub activity. Any direct payment or disbursement outside of the scope of this project cannot be settled with the grant.
Yes, if you fulfill the eligibility criteria, you may apply in more than one category.
You will get a free hand to design the activities for the Creative Hub, DEMO will be there to support and guide you.
The selection process will take approximately two weeks. This timeline includes shortlisting, interviews and final announcement.
After the screening of initial applications, there will be one round of interviews for the shortlisted applicants before finalizing one grant recipient in each category.

You can apply for this grant through www.demo.org.pk/creativehubs and fill out the application form.

It is an initiative of the British Council, under the Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies (DICE) Programme to encourage and empower the creative community of Pakistan. Any creative organisation contributing in the creative sector will fall into at least of the categories mentioned. 

Yes, the activity can be digital, physical or a mix of both.

For direct questions and queries, please contact our team:
Mansoor Zohair | Project Coordinator
mansoor@demo.org.pk

Manahil Shabbir | Project Coordinator
manahil@demo.org.pk      

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