Galle Through a Lens

January 27 to February 1

Young photographer from Galle, Nayanahari Abeynayake, invites you to enjoy the beauty of Galle through a series of her photos of Galle and the Fort. Her exhibitions previously have been held in Galle, Colombo and Kandy. Some of her fantastic photos are in athis programme – visit the exhibition for more!
Venue: The Fort Printers, Galle Fort

Art of Saman Liyanage

Until February 3

Art of Saman Liyanage, presented by the Theertha International Artists Collective, the fourth of the six exhibitions of the Theertha Pradarshana Wasanthaya – 2009 under the Freshly Baked Series
Venue: Theertha Red Dot Gallery, 36 A, Baddegana Road South, Pitakotte
Gallery hours: Daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except January 26, 27 and 29)
Curators for this season: Pradeep Chandrasiri and Prasanna Ranabahu
Coordinators for the exhibitions: Thisath Thoradeniya and Lalith Manage
Theertha Pradharshana Wasanthaya 2009 showcases art of Bandu Manamperi,
Koralegedara Pushpakumara, Sarath Kuamarasiri. Under Freshly Baked, three exhibitions will be held by Saman Liyanage, Aruna Widanaarachchi and Shamila Kumari and Inoka de Silva.

Art at the Edge

An exhibition of contemporary Sri Lankan art
January 28 to February 1

Annouska Hempel, Founder and Director of the Colombo Art Biennale, will be curating an art exhibition of mixed media works including painting, photography and sculpture. The exhibition will showcase a selection of works by a selected group of Sri Lankan contemporary artists including participating artists from Imagining Peace Colombo Art Biennale 2009.
Annouska, born in London, came to live in Sri Lanka almost seven years ago with her family. She set up and managed the first Art gallery in Galle showcasing Sri Lankan artists.
Venue: The Fort Gallery, Lighthouse Street, Galle Fort

Sculpts of a sculptor

January 28 to February 28

Prageeth Manohansa, Sri Lanka’s most sought-after contemporary sculptor, will exhibit a series of sculptures made out of scrap metal and welds figurative and abstract outdoor sculpture. The works will be on display throughout the hotel and all pieces can be purchased at the hotel.
Venue: Amangalla, Galle Fort


January 28 to February 2

In his latest book, Dharmadeepa the renowned photographer Stephen Champion celebrates the simple art of living and ancient ways of being that have bound Sri Lanka’s people together in relative harmony for thousands of years.
A selection of framed black and white limited edition hand prints from this series will be on display throughout the festival.
Venue: The Sun House, No. 18, Upper Dickson Road, Galle
Book signing
January 29
Stephen Champion will sign books and answer your questions about his experiences on the Dharmadeepa.
Venue: The Sun House, No. 18, Upper Dickson Road, Galle
Time: 4 p.m.


Tiger Moon

Friday, January 29

The Goethe-Institut Sri Lanka, German Cultural Centre, extends a cordial invitation to children and parents fond of tales to meet Antonia Michaelis from Germany.
She will present her fairy-tale book Tiger Moon, at the Galle Literary Festival After the event she will be available for signing her books.
Venue: The Closenberg Hotel, No. 11, Closenberg Road, Magalla, Galle
Time: 4 to 5:30 p.m.


Serendipity with Ferrey

Friday, January 29

Ashok Ferrey’s two books of short stories - Colpetty People and The Good Little Ceylonese Girl - remain to date the biggest selling books of English fiction by any author writing in Sri Lanka today. Both were shortlisted for the Gratiaen Prize – Sri Lanka’s premier literary award set up by Michael Ondaatje. Ferrey’s new book Serendipity - his debut novel - has just been released.
Ashok Ferrey will read from his latest book, Serendipity, at the Galle Literary Festival.
Venue: The Closenberg Hotel, No. 11 Closenberg Road, Magalla, Galle
Time: 8 p.m. onwards, limited seating


The Literature of Post-War Sri Lanka
Saturday, January 30

Novelist David Blacker, short-story-writer Pradeep Jeganathan, poet and translator Malinda Seneviratne, and Professor in English Literature Neluka Silva discuss the possibilities for Sri Lankan writing in the post-war period, and consider opportunities for setting the agenda. Panel moderated by writer and critic ASH Smyth.
Venue: The Rampart Hotel, Galle Fort
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Stories at Sunset

Saturday, January 30
On the terraces of Closenberg Hotel, Galle, surrounded on three sides by crashing waves, emerging writers read from their work. These are the unsung future heroes of Sri Lankan literature. Be inspired by them, the sunset, and the cocktails!
Venue: The Closenberg Hotel, No. 11 Closenberg Road, Magalla, Galle
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Do We Really Want To Live Like This?

Sunday, January 31
With the civil war coming to a close, an entire generation of young people now has the chance to experience relative peace. But what does this mean to young people who have grown up only knowing war?
Do We Really Want To Live Like This? is a 40 minute documentary of young Sri Lankan voices speaking on their experiences of conflict and their ideas for moving forward.
The screening will be followed by a Q & A session with Kannan Arunasalam and Prashan Thalayasingam.
Venue: Maritime Museum, Galle Fort
Time: 5 to 6 p.m.


Call Me If You Feel Too Happy

Saturday, January 30

Call Me If You Feel Too Happy, a one-woman show performed by a writer and actress living in London and diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Sophie Pelham invites you to experience a mind that sees the world differently - in rapid shifts between euphoria and depression.
This is the darkly comic story of Laura’s diagnosis with Bi-polar disorder. Based on a true story involving the Tsunami, a visit to the Priory, and an ill advised trip to America, Sophie Pelham gives a frank, unpretentious performance.
Venue: The Sun House, No. 18, Upper Dickson Road, Galle
Time: 7 p.m.



Aayirathil Oruvan

(One in a 1,000) (Tamil)
Now showing
Cinema: Cine City – Maradana, Concord – Dehiwala, Seegiri – Katugastota, Manohara – Jaffna
Director: Selvaraghavan
Music Director: G. V. Prakash Kumar
Lead Role: Karthi Sivakumar
Cast: Reema Sen, Andrea Jeremiah, R. Parthiban
Show time: Cine City 10:30 | 2:30 | 6:30 | 9:30, Concord 10:30 | 1:30 | 4:30 | 7:30
Manohara 10:30 | 2:30 | 6, Seegiri 11 | 2:30 | 6:30

Naanayam (Coin) (Tamil)

Now showing
Cinema: Samantha - Dematagoda, Nathan – Jaffna, Eros – Pamankada
Cast: Prasanna, Sibiraj, Yasmin and Ramya in lead roles
Director: Shakti S. Rajan
Music: James Vasanthan
Show Time: Samantha10:30 | 1:30 | 4:30 | 7:30, Nathan 1:30 | 2:30 | 6:30
Eros 1.30 | 2.30 | 6.30

Crime and Punishment

January 28

Production: 1970
DVD release: III quarter 2004
Genre: Drama
Running time: 112+109 minutes
Description: A screen adaptation of the novel by the great Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky. A genius may indeed be an understatement. Decade after decade, his literary brilliance continues to capture the hearts and minds of millions. Because of his legacy and intense, storied commentaries on religion, philosophy and psychology.

Desperate young man plans the perfect crime -- the murder of a despicable pawnbroker, an old woman no one loves and no one will mourn. Is it not just, he reasons, for a man of genius to commit such a crime, to transgress moral law -- if it will ultimately benefit humanity? So begins one of the greatest novels ever written: a powerful psychological study, a terrifying murder mystery, a fascinating detective thriller infused with philosophical, religious and social commentary. Raskolnikov, an impoverished student living in a garret in the gloomy slums of St. Petersburg, carries out his grotesque scheme and plunges into a hell of persecution, madness and terror. Crime And Punishment takes on a journey into the darkest recesses of the criminal and depraved mind, and exposes the soul of a man possessed by both good and evil ... a man who cannot escape his own conscience.

Time: 6 p.m.
Venue: Russian Cultural Centre, N10, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7.



Until January 31
The Insane’s Chili Bed, an exhibition of paintings by Wsantha Namaskara
Venue: Namaskara Open Art Gallery, Bandarawela Road, Ettampitiya
Until February 4
An exhibition of art by the students of Faculty of Visual Arts of the Visual and Performing Arts University to mark the opening of J.D.A. Perera Gallery.
Venue: University of Visual and Performing Arts, 21, Albert Crescent, Colombo 7
Until January 26
Sirinagayinge Maralathoniya, Wasantha Namaskara’s 61st exhibition, a perception art exhibition
Venue: Namaskara Open Art Gallery, Bandarawela Road, Ettampitiya
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Until January 31
The Children of Asia, an exhibition of 13 selected photographs by Bridgitte Goby taken around Asia, organised by EMDH – a non-governmental organisation established in France in 1986 to protect children in danger and promote the recognition of the child as a person enjoying specific rights
EMDH has been operating in Sri Lanka since 2005 and all proceeds will contribute to the implementation of the programmes of EMDH in the Southern Province.
Venue: Gallery at Pedlar’s Inn Café, Galle Fort


Now showing

3 Idiots, Bollywood comedy hit
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Starring: Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan and Sharman Joshi
Venue: Majestic Cinema, Bambalapitiya
Times: 10:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 7 p.m.

January 23
Environmental Programme marking the 11th Anniversary of Green Forest Association of Sri Lanka
Topics: Three main environmental issues, bio diversity, environmental conservation and global temperature
Venue: John de Silva Theatre
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Public talk

January 24
We are caught in habit organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Anula Nursery School, 310, Highlevel Road Colombo 6.
Time: 9.45 a.m.


January 31
T.M. Krishna, one of India’s most leading artists in the world of Carnatic music and an icon for undiluted classical music tradition will grace the Colombo stage organised by the Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust, International Centre for Ethnic Studies and Law and Society Trust on the occasion of Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvam’s 66th birth anniversary.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.
For more details contact: International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) on 2685085/2679745

January 29
A special performance by the Ravibandu Vidyapathi Drum Ensemble
Limited seats available for those who need them, standing room open to everyone. Entrance free.
Venue: Galle Fort
Time: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

January 30
Concert at Dusk, by the Chamber Music Society of Colombo with a world premiere of a new composition completing the orchestra’s cycle of works by resident composer Stephen Allen
Venue: Dutch Reformed Church, Galle
Time: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

January 31
A performance by the Chitrasena Dance Company
Venue: Galle Fort
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.