Celebrate Father’s Day at the Hilton Colombo

Father’s day is a day dedicated to all dads around the world and of course for those who have acted as father figure in your life. Treat him to an unforgettable day at the Hilton Colombo with the entire family.

The hotel will have a special “Daddy’s Brunch” at Spices where dads will get a complimentary glass of beer or wine for all dads. Another option is an extravagant 4 course set menu at Spoons in a very “stylishly casual” atmosphere. All dads will receive a glass of wine on the house!

Fine things will also have personalised cakes, hand-made chocolates and even personalised mugs available from 13th to 15th June. Orders for personalised mugs should be made before the 13th of June. So here is an opportunity to give your dad a time of his life this Father’s Day at the Hilton Colombo. For reservations, please call the Food & Beverage office on 2492012.


Standard Chartered brings Vesak to the Cancer Hospital

In an ongoing commitment spanning well over a decade Standard Chartered celebrated Vesak with the patients of the Maharagama Cancer Hospital on the May 21st.
The 21st of May marked the culmination of Standard Chartered’s annual Vesak program at the Maharagama Cancer Hospital. Staff and patients gathered to witness the handing over of prizes to the winners of the lantern competition organised by the Bank. The presentation was followed by a visit to the paediatric wards by the CEO and staff of Standard Chartered, during which time each child was presented with a gift. The parents and adults present were also treated to a traditional Bakthi gee performance.

Standard Chartered Bank staff members distributing gifts to the patients of the pediatric ward


Fête de la Musique 2008 International Music day

Once again ‘Fête de La Musique’ organised by the Alliance Française de Colombo will come alive on 21th June (Saturday) from 1200 noon to 7 p.m. at the Alliance Française Auditorium at 11 Barnes Place, Colombo 7. This unique musical event ‘Fete de La Musique ‘ began in France in 1982 and now this music festival is celebrated all over the world. Every year Professional and Amateur musicians in France take to the streets and parks on this day to celebrate the arrival of summer after a dismal spring. It is free of charge and thousands and thousands of people flock to these parks and streets, and performers embrace all kinds of music. The festival goes on the whole day.

Here in Sri Lanka this musical event has grown in popularity amongst the young and old and every year many people take part and people of all ages come to see it.

So here is your chance to display your hidden talents. It is for everyone, amateurs, professionals (no age limit), limit), individuals , bands, dance schools / groups, ballet schools etc…etc.

If you can sing (in any language) , play any musical instrument, dance etc.. this is the day for you. Pop, Jazz, Classical, Rock, Baila or anything goes.The organisers also will give a chance to the up-and coming comperes to show their talents as well.

Its free, and the organisers will provide the hall, sound system and background music by the popular Band Annesley & the Super Chimes, or you could have your own music group.

Please call over at the Alliance Française de Colombo at 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 07 – or telephone 2694162 / 2693467 to obtain application forms.

All are welcome to come and enjoy a great day of music and free of charge. So be there on 21st June.


UNESCO ambassadors get a glimpse of Lankan culture

A high level 18 member delegation comprising ambassadors and delegates from the Permanent Delegation to UNESCO in Paris visited Sri Lanka from 2 – 8 June 2008. This tour was organised by the Embassy of Sri Lanka and Permanent Delegation to UNESCO in Paris in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and UNESCO National Commission in Sri Lanka.

Susil Premajaynatha, the Minister of Education in Sri Lanka extended a special invitation to the President of the General Conference of UNESCO, Georges Anastassopoulos, the Chairman of the Executive Board, Olabiyi Babaloa Joseph Yai and Secretary to the UNESCO General Conference and the Executive Board, Armoogam Parsuramen. Others in the delegation comprised ambassadors and delegates from Lithuania, Iraq, Senegal, Jordan, Morocco, Argentina, Ukraine and Oman.. The Ambassador for Sri Lanka Mrs. Chitranganee Wagiswara accompanied the delegation.


DFCC Vardhana Bank re-launches Vardhana Junior

DFCC Vardhana Bank (DVB), the everyday banking unit of DFCC Bank, re-launched its endeavour to better serve the needs of consumers – their innovative new product for children – Vardhana Junior, last week. The re-launch of Vardhana Junior took place in Peradeniya at the new DVB Service Point.


Donation of intraocular lenses by Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre

Colombo Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre donated intraocular lenses to patients needing cataract eye surgery at the Colombo National Eye Hospital. A function in this regard was held at the Sai Shrine Kotahena recently.


Daham Pasal Day

The Jayawadanagama Maithree Daham Pasal and Jayawadanagama Ahadiyyah School jointly held its Daham Pasal Day and felicitation of media personnel who have been in the service in the Ahadiyyah Movement at Jayawadanagama Praja Shalawa recently. (From right): S.H.M. Riza (SLBC), Ruzaik Farook (freelance journalist – ANCL), Ahamed Munawwar (SLBC) with Hashim Omar, Director ITN and M.R.M. Zarook, Principal, Ahadiyyah School


Free IT centre for children

A new IT centre for children of Colombo South was declared open recently at Rathanarama Temple, Polhengoda. The project is funded by Bosath Children’s Education Foundation and managed by the Children’s Upliftment Programme. The project will provide opportunity for the children of the area to acquire knowledge in Information Technology free of charge.



An exhibition of paintings by Thilak Perera titled ‘Vision’ will be held from June 7 to 13 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Alliance Française de Kandy, 642, Peradeniya Road, Kandy


William Alexander visits St. John’s Ambulance Association

National Emergency Response Services Coordinator, William (Bill) Alexander, recently arrived in Sri Lanka to visit the St. John’s Ambulance Association to assess the work done by the Association. After the discussions, he was hosted to dinner at Trans Asia Hotel. Director, Dr. S. M. Samarage, presented a memento to Bill Alexander, in the presence of Chairman, Rajah Sinnathuray, JP.


 Teaching to chant Pirith

A training and educational centre to train Bhikkus to chant pirith, was established at Valukaramaya, Kollupitiya recently, on the advice of chief incumbent of the temple, and the patronage of Dr. Jayantha de Silva founder of “Pragna Pradeepa”, both members of WPC. Dr. Jayantha de Silva handed over a “Maha Pirith Pooja” to Ven. Nanda Thera on this occasion.


Goethe-Institute presents best of the Duisburg Documentary Film Festival

Documentary films for children and/or young adults as shown in a specialised Film Festival in Duisburg, Germany
Venue: Goethe Hall, German Cultural Centre
Date: July 16 and 17 at 5:30 p.m.
The Goethe-Institute Sri Lanka will present Best of the Duisburg Documentary Film Festival, the European DVD-Edition Young Heroes. This consists of 26 contemporary and innovative European children’s and youth documentary films which were put together by the Goethe-Institut Munich and “doxs!” – a special section for documentaries for children and adolescents at the 2002 Duisburg Documentary Film Festival.

The films are from 10 European countries: Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Spain and Portugal. They deal with real life situations of the young protagonists. In these everyday situations very often a kind of heroism is demanded from them too.

There are topics such as family and friendship, borders and neighbourhood, migration and being a foreigner, hobbies and dreams, gender and growing up, religion, philosophy and politics, as well as other stories from Europe. The films address an audience of children and young adults from 12 years onwards. The films are with English subtitles.

Safari - Hungary 2001, 10 min.

OiL Boglarka and Robert Pulcz
In Safari, we immerse ourselves in the past. There is no need to explain anything here, as the images speak for themselves: living in the countryside is fun! You can ride oxen, go swimming and spend a hot day with lots of friends. The film looks as if it’s really old. After all, everything looks the same as it did in the past – but can you really believe your eyes?

The Villa - Germany 2005, 83 min.

Dir. Calle Overweg
The villa is a children’s home in Berlin. Lydia, Dave, Maria, Dennis, Cindy, Dominik, Jule, Axel, Steven and Nico live here together. They all have different reasons for not living with their parents. In animated cartoon scenes, the film looks back at the events that brought them here. The children not only take their new lives into their own hands, but also film each other; Lydia and her house mates give an amusing account of living in the home and the people who look after them.


Netherlands 2003, 15 min.
Dir. Aliona van der Horst
Kristopher was 11 when he realised he was gay. At first he didn’t dare tell anyone, neither his friends nor his family. Even though he is very scared, at some point Kristopher takes the plunge and just says it. The film shows how his friends and family react to the news.

Willi Wants to Know

Germany 2004, 25 min.
Wili is on the road again to find answers to his questions. This time he looks at “war and peace.” Actually, it should be simple: if there is no war, there must be peace, and vice versa. But Willi soon realises that it’s far more complicated than that. So a few more questions need to be asked – but that’s what we’ve got Willi for; he can find the answers to all sorts of tricky questions.

Wow! Adrian Can Dance

Germany 2003, 15 min.
Dir. Manuel Fenn
Adrian goes to ballet school and trains hard. That gets on his nerves sometimes, but practicing is important if you want to become a good dancer. After all, the stage fright before a performance and the relief when it’s over are fun too! Even Adrian’s father, who is not interested in ballet at all, is proud of him.

Ayla, the Tsunami Girl

Netherlands 2005, 15 min.
Dir. Wilma Ligthart
Sometimes Ayla still has nightmares. In December 2004 she and her family spent their holidays in Sri Lanka. From their hotel, they could see how the sea suddenly came higher and higher. An enormous wave, a tsunami, flooded the land. Ayla was lucky and was rescued from the floods. Now that she is back home, she feels alright and paints a lot. She still needs to come to terms with this experience, and it is going to take quite some time before she can play unconcernedly along the North Sea beach.