Kandinsky in Kandy
23 to November 2
For the first time in Sri Lanka, the Alliance
Française De Kandy is presenting a visual art
programme by Janaka Samarakoon devoted to the father
of Abstract Art, Vassily Kandinsky.
This event will include an exhibition depicting the
life and the main works of this artist. The
Chief-Guest at the opening on October 23 at 6:30
p.m. will be Michel Lummaux, Ambassador of France in
Sri Lanka and Maldives.
The Guest of Honour will
be Jean-Claude Jacq, Secretary General of the
Foundation Alliance Française (Paris).
On October 24 and 25 an art workshop will welcome 25
art students from ten schools in Kandy and Kegalle.
The students’ works will be exhibited from October
28 to November 2.
|The British High Commissioner Dr Peter Hayes and
his wife, Mrs Kirsty Hayes, hosted a tea party for
children at Westminster House on October 10 to mark
International Children’s Day.
About 150 orphaned and disabled children
participated at the event and played games in the
Westminster House gardens with the High Commissioner
The event was organised in collaboration with
Hope for Children, an organisation working on behalf
of handicapped, orphaned, poor and exploited
Commenting on the day Dr Peter Hayes said, “Whole my
family had a marvellous day opening up our home to
such a happy and active group of children. I pay
tribute to the fantastic job Hope for Children do in
helping disadvantaged children to enjoy a normal
|Hilton to help deaf and blind
is another initiative from the Hilton Colombo to raise funds
towards the Ceylon School for the Deaf and Blind by a very
colourful campaign. The famous Giant Pyramid will be filled
with breath-taking photographs of Sri Lanka’s unique symbol
of the Kandy Esala Perahara. These photographs were captured
at the recently concluded Kandy Esala Perahara by Broadway
Media (Pvt) Ltd and Canon Singapore. When you purchase a DVD
of the ancient, colourful, Kandy Perahara a complimentary
photograph of the Perahara will be presnted to the guest.
Guests could pledge a minimum of US$ 15 (approx. Rs. 1500)
for a worthy cause.
The custom made photos and DVDs were provided by Broadway
Media (Pvt) Ltd (Photo People) together with the sponsors
Heritage TV, Metropolitan, Canon and Atom. Apart from the
Giant Pyramid located at the lobby which showcases 183
photos, guests can also enjoy the separate photo gallery set
up in the lobby which displays the 60 best photos of the
collection for the auction. There will be DVDs which will be
available at the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy as well.
Ceylon School for the Deaf and Blind now called The
Institute for the Hearing & Sight Impaired, is both a school
and a home to six hundred students who are either hearing or
sight impaired. The Institute looks after these special
people providing them with accommodation, food and
education. Apart from being taught the National Curriculum
up to the G.C.E. O/L standard, they are also taught a
vocation that will help them find employment when they leave
the shelter of the Institute. The Institute runs three
residential schools, two at Ratmalana (about 15 km from
Colombo) and a third at Jaffna in the northern tip of the
island. Each school provides accommodation for about 200
students. The two schools at Ratmalana are the School for
the Sight Impaired and the School for the Hearing Impaired.
The Nuffield School in Jaffna caters to both types of
The transformation that the School is able to bring about
in these children is truly amazing. At the end of their stay
in the school, far from being a burden on society, they are
able to take their place in society as useful contributing
The hotel adopted the school as their CSR partner in 2007
in-conjunction with the hotels’ 21st anniversary. With the
funds the hotel has raised, custom made cupboards for
storing brail typewriters and blackboards have been
purchased for the school. Also completing of the kitchen
unit and one hostel and other needs such as hearing aids,
brail story books etc. Commenting on this project, General
Manager Hilton Colombo, Jerome Auvity said “It is our
pleasure to work with 4 prestige companies and we hope that
this campaign will raise once again a considerable amount so
that we can continue to help The Institute for the Hearing &
Sight Impaired in Ratmalana and we take this opportunity to
thank the Honorable Diyawadana Nilame for allowing access to
the temple and to have these photos taken.”
This giant structure containing 183 slots is an ideal
place to display creative items to raise funds for a worthy
cause. The hotel has planned many more innovative projects,
and something definitely to look forward will be the
upcoming festive season!
|Galadari welcomes Hammam
Hotel warmly welcomed Mohamed Bin Hammam, the President of
Asia Football Confederation who arrived in Sri Lanka to
attend the opening of the second phase of the Kalutara
Vernon U Fernando stadium.
|Children’s handwork exhibition
children’s handwork exhibition was held on October 1
commemorating World Children’s Day at the Little Angels Pre
School, Palliyawatta, Hendala.
Varieties and Standards of English
Sri Lanka English Language Teachers Association (SLELTA) has
organised a conference on ‘Varieties and Standards of
English’ with special emphasis on Sri Lankan English, from 9
a.m. to 3 p.m. at the auditorium of the National Institute
of Education (NIE), Maharagama.
This conference will address issues and challenges of Sri
Lankan English that are particularly relevant to teachers of
English. There will be presentations and interactive
sessions on Sri Lankan English and the pedagogical
implications of its standards and variation.
This conference will be followed by the SLELTA AGM.
Conference fee (inclusive of lunch and tea) Rs. 600/= per
Please call Pradeepa on 077 2942956 or Susil on 077 45 45
520 for more information.
|Get together of
Mahanama old boys
The inaugural get-together of the ’92 Group of old boys of
Mahanama College, Colombo, will be held at 6:30 p.m. to 12
midnight, at Mount Breeze Hotel, Mt. Lavinia.
The event organised by the ’92 Group of the Old Boys’
Association of Mahanama College, is themed “Golden 17th Year
after School” and is expected to provide a unique
opportunity to meet old friends of ’92 Group. The
entertainments including five music bands and fun games
would add extra glamour to this event. The highlight of the
evening will be a raffle draw with surprise gifts.
The ’92 Group invites all its members to join the event.
Please confirm your participation before October 22, 2009 by
contacting Dias Kumara on 071-4458552 or Rumesh Weerasekara
|Open Day at Goethe Institute
Goethe-Institute invites all people interested in German
language and German culture to an Open Day at the
Goethe-Institute. The three departments: Programme
Department, Language Department and the Library and
Information Department jointly organise a diversified
programme from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the German Cultural
Centre, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7.
You will have an opportunity to join free trial German
classes, get extensive information about the language
courses, mingle with students and pupils of PASCH-schools,
meet the representatives of The German Academic Exchange
Service (DAAD) who informs on studying in Germany, speak to
members of the German Alumni Association of Sri Lanka (GAASL)
about their experiences in Germany, participate in different
entertainment programmes and draws, take part in a guided
tour of the library, taste German food or watch one of the
films screened throughout the day.
The students and teachers will also help to introduce you to
a more personal approach to German language teaching at this
institute, the only place in the country you can study
German at all levels and sit for internationally recognised
examinations in German as a foreign language.
Until October 30
Untitled Book, an installation exhibition by Kingsley Gunatillake, at
the Alliance Française Auditorium, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7.
Until November 1
I, You and We, an exhibition of sculpture by Manoranjana Herath, at the
Barefoot Gallery, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
(weekdays) and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekends).
Unconditioning The Brain Cells, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre,
Sri Lanka, at the Public Library, Colombo 7, at 10:30 a.m.
There Must Be Freedom To Observe, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre,
Sri Lanka, at the Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6,
at 9:45 p.m.
The Age of Stupid resented by Spanner Films and Climate Action Network
South Asia (CANSA) at the Barefoot Gallery, at 7:30 p.m. 704, Galle
Road, Colombo 3.
October 20 and 21
Virgil by Mabrouk El Mechri (2004, 93 minutes) at 3 p.m./6:30 p.m., at
the Alliance Française De Colombo, No.11 Barnes Place, Colombo 7.
Every week, Virgil takes his father Ernest to a dream world by telling
him about his achievements as a boxer. One day Ernest wants to see his
son boxing but Virgil has not been boxing for the last three years…
October 19 to 21
Sri Lanka Environmental Journalists Forum is hosting the 18th
Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists (APFEJ) World Congress
on Climate Change and its Implications on the Asia Pacific, at Cinnamon
Grand Hotel, Colombo 3.
The theme of this congress is ‘Educate to end Climate Poverty’. The
forum is organised by the Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental
Commonwealth Environmental Journalists Association (CEJA) and
Sri Lanka Environmental Journalists Forum (SLEJF).
A free clinic conducted by Dr Cyril Antony on Diagnosing Diseases
Through Pulse Reading and Acupressure will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at the Cyril Antony Sports and Wellness Centre, Devala Road, Hendala.
A lecture on ‘A Healthy Lifestyle for a Longer and Happier Life’ will be
held by Prof. Anura Weerasinghe, Faculty of Medicine, Ragama at All
Ceylon Women’s Buddhist Congress (ACWBC) Hall 400, Bauddhaloka Mawatha,
Colombo 7, at 5 p.m.
On Friday November 11, at 5 p.m. a discussion will be held on ‘Nutrition
and Health’ by Prof. Ira Thabrew, Institute of Bio-chemistry, Molecular
Biology and Bio-technology, University of Colombo at the same venue.
These lectures are conducted by Sri Lanka Association for the
Advancement of Science–Medical Section and organised by (ACWBC).