Video production workshop

June 6 - 13
The workshop Video Production for Theatre Set will start with a theoretical introduction into video-art as well as its usage for theatre sets.
This part will be open to a general audience. Karina Smigla-Bobinski, media artiste from Munich, will lead the workshop. She is already somehow known to the Colombo art scene, having created Helena Waldmann’s video set for Return to Sender.
Karina will introduce the participants to video art, to video as a self-contained “product”, to the history of theatre sets. By active skill-promoting exercises in drawings, water colour sketches and mini models of theatre sets the participants will learn the traditional approach to theatre set design.
It will be followed by the basis of a video-production, exposé, storyboard, script and lead to colour compositions, the role of light in the theatre, compositions in 2D and 3D and focus eventually on the synergy of set, stage, light, actor, costume, mask, music and spectator.
The workshop will end with an active production of theatre set proposals with video-shooting and editing, postproduction and the counter probe against the (earlier developed) model stages. It is also proposed to conduct a practical session at the lighting desk at a theatre in Colombo.
As there are a maximum of 16 seats available, please apply soon. The institute will inform you of the final decision about your application latest two weeks before commencement of the workshop

Venue: Goethe Hall, 39 Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 3 to 6 p.m.


International Music Day

Saturday, June 19
Once again Fête de La Musique 2010 - International Music Day organised by the Alliance Française de Colombo began in France in 1982 and now it 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 of people flock to these parks and streets and performers embrace all kinds of music.

Here in Sri Lanka, this is your chance to expose your hidden musical talents. It is for everyone- amateurs, professionals (no age limit – children as well as adults) and you could sing in any language.
Individuals, school bands, schools music clubs, interact clubs, music groups, ballet schools/groups, dancing shools, music associations etc. can take part.

If you can sing, in any language, play any musical instrument, dance etc. this is the day for you. Pop, Jazz, Rap, Country and Western, Disco, Rock, Baila or anything in Music goes.
It’s free and the organisers provide the hall and the sound systems.
Hurry! Please contact the Alliance Française de Colombo on 2694162/2693467/2671073 to obtain the application forms.
Also many popular professional musicians will perform as guest artistes during the whole day and the organisers invite all you music lovers to come, relax and enjoy a lovely day’s music.
Venue: Alliance Française de Colombo Auditorium, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Tribute to weavers

June 4 - 6

A textile exhibition of Woven Colour V: A tribute to the hand weavers of Sri Lanka by Chandramani Thenuwara organised by the Theertha Red Dot Gallery. Curated by Nethra Samarawickrema and Jagath Weerasinghe, photography by Sharni Jayawardena
Venue: Lionel Wendt Art Centre, Colombo 7
Time: 9.30 a.m.-7 p.m.


Lakshan needs your help

Six-year-old H.A. Lakshan, at 134/1, Delgoda, Akurumulla has been taking treatments for his disabilities from birth. Now he is improving and capable of speaking few words. The doctors treating him in the children’s hospital say that he needs regular indoor treatments and physiotherapy in hospital.
Therefore, the parents seek public help. Donations can be made to Peoples Bank, Delgoda, Account No 118-2-0016-0005214. For more information call 0112403940



June 7 to13
Traditional Russian song and dance performed by the Folk Academic Choir of Slavic Tunes from Moscow.
Venue: The Lounge, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Time 7 p.m. onwards


Konio meets PM

The Japanese government has expressed its satisfaction on Sri Lanka’s development process. The Japanese ambassador to Sri Lanka, Konio Takahashi expressed these views at an official meeting with Prime Minister D. M Jayaratne held at the Prime Ministers Office, late May.


Shrek Forever After

Now Showing
The final season in the Shrek animated fantasy-family film series Shrek Forever After Starring: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Jon Hamm, Kathy Griffin, Kristen Schaal in Shrek 4
Director: Mike Mitchell
Produced: DreamWorks Animation
Venue: Liberty Cinema, Kollupitiya
Time: 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m.



Tuesday, June 8

Running Time: 157 minutes
Description: Ali is a 2001 American biographical film directed by Michael Mann.
The film tells the story of boxing icon Muhammad Ali (Will Smith) from 1964 to 1974 featuring his capture of the heavyweight title from Sonny Liston (Michael Bentt), his conversion to Islam, criticism of the Vietnam War, banishment from boxing, his return to fight Joe Frazier in 1971, and, lastly, his reclaiming the title from George Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle fight of 1974.

Venue: American Centre, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 6 p.m.


Orphans and students of Colombo receive stipends

One hundred students and orphans from Colombo were taken into the scholarship programme organised by the Muslim Foundation for Culture and Development (MFCD).
The Inaugural session was held on May 16, at the Ghafoor Hall, Zahira College, Colombo.

Under the project, the beneficiaries will be provided with monthly stipends in order to meet the expenses for their daily needs and educational expenses.
CEO of MFCD, Siraj Mashoor in his address to the recipients, their parents and guardians, elaborated the efforts taken by MFCD with regard to the orphan and child care.

He also insisted the parents and guardians to be mindful on the proper utilisation of the fund received by the donors, namely Sharjah Charity from U.A.E.
Recipients were selected mostly from underprivileged families and many of them have lost their fathers, the bread-winners.


Walk to Jaffna

Tharunyata Hetak organised a peace walk from Tangalle to Jaffna recently. Donald Keerthi Ranaweera handing over a pair of shoes to the organiser of the walk, Ruwan Nishantha Silva with the presence of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Islamic Affairs Coordinator, Niyas Moulavi, ITN Director, Hashim Omar and M.N.M. Azeem


Appointed all-Island JP

Ven. W. Rathana Thera of Ananda Buddhist Meditation Centre, Indigolla, Gampaha took oath as a Justice of the Peace (All-Island) before A. M. Indika S. Attanayake, Addl., Magistrate, Gampaha recently.

Ven. Rathana Thera arrived in Sri Lanka the other day after a successful Dhammadutha service in Indian soil for nearly two years under Mahabodhi Society of India, Head Quarters, Kolkata and Colombo. Formally as a Dhamma School Teacher for 15 years Ven. Rathana Thera was serving in Kolonnawa, Dematagoda and Asgiriya and as an invigilator to Dhamma School examinations conducted by YMBA Borella.
While in government service, he was the secretary and organiser of Buddhist and Cultural activities of Trade and Shipping, Import Control, Marketing and Registrar General.

He is a life member and a former Assistant Secretary of Govt. Services Buddhist Association in Colombo. He contributes to The Nation, Island, Sinhala Bauddgaya, Budusarana and several magazines. He had edited ‘Methe Budu Asiriya’ and ‘Learning to speak English during the past years. Thera hails from Wellampitiya.


Spiritual festival

Sunday, June 13
A Spiritual Festival, which will be conducted under the umbrella of the ministry of ‘Peace for All’. Inspirational music, an anointed message from the Word of God and prayer for the individual needs of the audience will be the highlights of this special event at which the Speaker and Minister will be Dr Vijaya Corea. Entrance is free.
Venue: Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7.
Time: 10:30 a.m.



June 3-7
Hidden Japan, a photographic exhibition by Kijuro Yahagi organised by the Embassy of Japan and Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts
Venue: National Art Gallery
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

June 3 - 6
An exhibition of paintings by Chamari Thapaswarage
Venue: Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Public Talk

Sunday, June 13
The Relationship of Freedom to Self Interest organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6
Time: 9:45 a.m.


Sunday, June 6
Colombo Colombo by Indika Fernando
The play has been invited to be performed at Kathmandu International Theatre Festival held in Nepal in November.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 2010
Deegeta Awith and Kandoskiriyawa by Namel Weeramuni
Venue: Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella
Time: 6:45 p.m.


Sunday, June 27
All for L.O.V.E In memory of Michael Jackson
Venue: North Lawn, Hotel Taj Samudra
Time: 7 to 10 p.m.

Choir performance

Saturday, June 12
Calvary and Beyond, a choral presentation by the Bethel Chapel Choir on the Passion of Christ
Venue: Bethel Chapel, 7, Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka
Time: 6:30 p.m.