Kandinsky in Kandy
October 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.


Children’s party
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 family.

The event was organised in collaboration with Hope for Children, an organisation working on behalf of handicapped, orphaned, poor and exploited children.
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 childhood.”


Hilton to help deaf and blind
It 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.

The 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 impairments.

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 members

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
Galadari 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
A children’s handwork exhibition was held on October 1 commemorating World Children’s Day at the Little Angels Pre School, Palliyawatta, Hendala.


Conference on Varieties and Standards of English
18 October
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 head.
Please call Pradeepa on 077 2942956 or Susil on 077 45 45 520 for more information.


Get together of Mahanama old boys
October 24
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 on 077-3777129.


Open Day at Goethe Institute
October 24
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).

Public lecture

October 18
Unconditioning The Brain Cells, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka, at the Public Library, Colombo 7, at 10:30 a.m.

October 25
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.


October 24
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 Journalists (APFEJ),
Commonwealth Environmental Journalists Association (CEJA) and
Sri Lanka Environmental Journalists Forum (SLEJF).


October 25
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.


October 21
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).