About Us


The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultural and historic preservation, operating in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. We seek to educate the community, foster an awareness of our nation’s history and instill pride in Pakistani citizens about their heritage.

CAP has focused its attention on the tradition of oral storytelling in Pakistan, emphasizing the importance of such narratives in a dialogue on national identity. Our organization has three main goals: to preserve and provide access to the archive, to build and support educational programs, and to develop educational products based on the testimonies collected.

We are passionate about sharing Pakistan’s stories with the educational outreach programs and the thousands of visitors who attend our festivals, and exhibitions. Our archives, exhibits and galleries change and grow as our understanding grows, and we strive to share our knowledge in original and exciting ways.

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Karachi City of Lights Festival

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP) and I AM KARACHI present Karachi City of Lights Festival, a celebration of the performing and visual arts that hopes to evoke memories of the city’s yesteryears.

The festival will showcase interactive exhibits that will combine photography, music, games and oral histories to immerse visitors in the captivating history and heritage of Karachi.

CAP has also organised its signature ‘Tribute to Qissa Khwani (Storytelling) Bazaar’ sessions.

Each evening of the festival will feature performances such as special storytelling sessions for children, poetry recitals and improvised theatre that revolve around Karachi’s compelling history, culture and art.

Karachi City of Lights Festival

Cultural Institute