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
Standard Chartered brings Vesak to the Cancer
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
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
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
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
Donation of intraocular lenses by Sri Sathya Sai
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
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
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
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
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