Crossing the Bridge-The Sound of Istanbul, by Fatih
Akin (2005) 89 min. (col) – English subtitles,
moderated by Anoma Rajakaruna
A European musician and composer sets out to capture
the musical diversity of Istanbul.
Fond of experimenting with sound, Alexander Hacke
(of the German avant garde band Einstuerzende
Neubauten) roams the streets of Istanbul with his
mobile recording studio and “magic mike” to assemble
an inspired portrait of Turkish music.
His voyage leads to the discovery of a broad
spectrum ranging from modern electronic, rock and
hip-hop to classical “Arabesque”. As he wanders
through this seductive world, Alex collects
impressions and tracks by artists from
neo-psychedelic band Baba Zula to the legendary
divas M|zeyyen Senar and Sezen Aksu.
Writer and director Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in
Hamburg of Turkish parentage and began studying
Visual Communications at Hamburg’s College of Fine
Arts in 1994.
From 1995, he wrote and directed films many of
which won awards.
Venue: Goethe Hall, German Cultural Centre
Time: 5:30 p.m.
|Conference of the Animals
Since human beings have proved themselves apparently
incapable of living in peace, a number of animals
who have been rescued from a circus decide it is
time to take a stand. They call an animal
conference, where the children are the guests of
honour and treated with utmost care. But when the
conference’s call for peace falls on deaf ears, the
animals decide to act. Overnight, all the children
in the world disappear – hidden by the animals until
the governments come to their senses. Erich Kaestner
wrote his fable in 1949 after his experience in
World War II. Curt Linda’s film adaptation was West
Germany’s first feature-length animated film in
Venue: Goethe Hall, Goethe-Institut, 39,
Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 3:30 p.m.
|Education UK Exhibition 2010
The British Council exhibitions in Colombo and Kandy
will once again offer students and parents an
opportunity to speak to representatives from
institutions in the UK. The Exhibition is expected
to attract 51 UK institutions in Colombo and 18 in
February 20 and 21: Colombo Hilton: 11 a.m. to 6
February 23: Kandy, Queens Hotel: 12:30 p.m. to 5:30
|Celebrating the Year of the
February 14 – 16
The Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most
important of all traditional Chinese holidays. The
year 2010 is the Year of the Tiger. Enjoy a special
dinner buffet, including dishes such as ginger
flavoured mixed seafood with mango, tomato bean curd
soup, Kim Chi, Singapore style chili crab, wok fried
chicken in dry chilli sauce, Yong chow friend rice,
sweet and sour fish and a tempting dessert buffet.
Venue: Lon Feng, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Time: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Wasantha Namaskara’s 64th exhibition of paintings
Venue: Namaskara Art Gallery, 175, Dikpitygoda Road,
Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
|Divas Are Back
Wednesday, February 17
A fashion event presented by Lou Ching Wong Studio
featuring celebrity models, Geraldine, Sylvana,
Shirlene, Yolande, Caryll, Roshanara, Angela,
Anitra, Joyce, Delani, Naomi, Nushara
Venue: Oak Room, Cinnamon Grand Hotel
Time: 7:30 p.m.
|Quiet Flows The Don
February 17 and 24
DVD release: I quarter 2005
Genre: Historical Drama
Running time: 104+110+116
Description: A screen adaptation of the novel of the
same name by Soviet writer Mikhail Sholokhov, a
Nobel Prize winner. One of the outstanding works of
Russian cinema, recreating with a powerful artistic
impact and authenticity the dramatic events
connected with the establishment of Soviet power in
the Don region and the destruction of the age-old
lifestyle of the Russian Cossacks. The film’s main
historic, psychological and emotional line is the
life story of Don Cossack Grigory Melekhov and his
family.On the screen is the harsh truth of life,
full of cruelty, deadly hostility, broken lives,
irreparable mistakes, irrevocable losses
Awards: IFF in Karlovi Vary – Grand Award “Crystal
Globe”, 1958, All-Union Film Festival in Moscow
–First Prize and Best Director Award, 1958, Diploma
of tInternational festivals in Brussels and Mexiko,
1958, Best Film of 1958 as voted by Soviet viewers
Venue: Russian Centre, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.
Wednesday, February 17
Wine is an indulgence that has drawn an immense
following over centuries. At Cinnamon Lakeside
Colombo’s monthly Wine Buffet, this indulgence is
presented in the most elegant of surroundings with
wonderful accompaniments and at an amazingly
This stylish Wine Buffet brings you a selection of
the finest wines from across the globe. The fine
wines on offer include Albert Bichot Mersault Prem
Cru Charmes Blanc (French), Albert Bichot Chambolle
Musigny (French), Albert Bichot Chambertin Grand Cru
Domaine Du Clos Frantin (French), Albert Bichot
Corton Grand Cru Clos Des Marechaudes Domaine Du
Pavillon (French), Terrazas Alto Chardonnay
(Argentina), Green Point Chardonnay (Australian),
Torres Mas La Plana 2000 (Spain), Matua Valley
Shingle Peak Pinot Noir (New Zealand), Matua Valley
Shingle Peak Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand) and
Terrazas Alto Cabernet Sauvignon (Argentina).
The wines are available in unlimited quantities,
accompanied by cheese, crackers, asparagus (courtesy
of Sun Agro Farms), pâté, roasts and vegetables.
Priced at Rs.2,500 nett per person, this is not a
mid-week break to be missed, judging by the
For reservations and inquiries, please call 2491956.
Venue: The Lounge, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Until February 22
Invisible Spectrum, a digital Infrared Photographic
exhibition in Sri Lanka by Dr. Ranjith Pallegama
Venue: Alliance Francaise De Kandy
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
|Country Roads 2010
Country, western and folk music bonanza
Venue: Dutch Burgher Union (DBU ), Thunmulla Junc.
Time: 4:30 p.m. onwards
Until February 28
Paintings by Ranjan Aluwihare
Venue: barefoot Gallery, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (weekdays) 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Until February 18
The Other Object of Desire
A visual art exhibition by Aruna Widanaarachchi
Venue: Theertha Red Dot Gallery, 36 A, Baddegana Rd.
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
March 18 to 20
12th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies (ICSLS)
Organised by the Royal Asiatic Society and the Open
University under the main theme “Sri Lanka after the
War: Prevention of recurrence, reaching for
Individual papers are also invited on a broad
variety of disciplines such as anthropology,
archeology, architecture, culture and society,
defense studies, demography, development studies,
diasporic studies, distance learning; economics,
education, ethnic studies, environmental studies,
fine arts, gender studies, geography, history,
information science, languages and literature
studies, library and information studies; management
studies, media studies, philosophy, political
science, post-tsunami studies, psychology, religious
studies, risk studies, science and technology
policy; and sociology.
Submission of paper abstracts through Monday,
February 15, 2010
For more information:
Visit the Conference Homepage:
Meditation Is Constant Understanding Of The Way of
Life, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri
Venue: Public Library, Colombo 7
Time: 10:30 a.m.
|Jazz at Dusk
A smooth and eclectic repertoire of music from
styles as diverse as swing, traditional jazz, blues,
Latin, jazz func, and strict tempo, two of Colombo’s
most popular jazz bands, Trans Jazz Quartet and
Revel Crake & Co. will take you on a musical journey
Venue: Poolside, Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel
Time: 7:30 p.m. onwards
Every Wednesday Soul Jazz with Mariam and Steve
Venue: Budz, 17/6, Rosmead Place, Colombo 7
For more information: 7452040
Until March 2
The Goethe- Institut in collaboration with the
University of the Visual and Performing Arts, the
Academy of Design, the Moratuwa University and Anim8
are proud to present a major Design Exhibition
“conscious, simple - consciously simple. The
Emergence of an Alternative Product Culture” in
Colombo. This Design Exhibition from Germany is a
unique opportunity to view design options
embellishing our household.
This New German Design reveals trends and
strategies with their different emphasis on aspects
of the conscious and the simple. The newly opened
Gallery of the University of Visual and Performing
Arts will host a selection of exhibits by 35 German
designers which focuses on pieces of furniture,
lights and home accessories.
Venue: J.D.A. Perera Gallery, 46 Horton Place,
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
|Documentary filmmakers invited
to submit entries
Deadline: May 31,
Documentary filmmakers around the world are invited
to submit entries for an International Festival of
Documentary Films which will be held in Morocco in
October 2010 on or before May 31.
The festival aims to contribute to Moroccan urban
development -- culturally, economically and socially
-- and to reflect and share the concerns of the
For more information:
play, Eka Adhipathi written and directed by
February 21: Bandaranaike Madya Maha Vidyalaya
Auditorium, Gampaha, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m.
February 26: Yowun Nikethanaya, Anuradhapura, 2:30
and 6:30 p.m.
February 27: Sudasunedith, Chilaw, 2:30 and 6:30