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
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,
Time: 3 to 6 p.m.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Venue: American Centre, 44, Galle Road,
Time: 6 p.m.
|Orphans and students of Colombo
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
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
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
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
While in government service, he was the secretary and
organiser of Buddhist and Cultural activities of Trade
and Shipping, Import Control, Marketing and Registrar
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.
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.
Hidden Japan, a photographic exhibition by Kijuro Yahagi
organised by the Embassy of Japan and Vibhavi Academy of
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.
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,
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
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.
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.