World Environment Day celebs at BC

The World Environment Day (WED) 2010 was celebrated in style at the British Council on June 5 with many educational events.
Conserving the environment is one of British Council’s main focus areas and to highlight this, The Young Learners Centre carried out a series of workshops for kids and adults to create interesting models/crafts using eco friendly resources.

The Young Learners Centre of the Library held a workshop on May 8 inline with the Environment Day to raise awareness of the young and old about the importance of recycling and creating crafts out of disposable items.
It focussed on three age groups between five and 35 where more than 75 participated. The children and the adults got a chance of putting their creative ideas to work on this day.

The speaker for the day was the Founder National Programme on Recycling of Solid Waste Dr Ajantha Perera who explained to the participants about the value of nature and the reasons for protecting our environment.
The British Council was also supported by Annabella Brochard, a teacher at the British Council who helped to make the event more significant.

Winners were chosen and an awards ceremony was held to honour them on June 5.
Winner’s of the craft competition in each age group:

5-10 Years
1st Place - Kithhara Sesadi Yapage
2nd Place – Wageesha Hansani Salgadu
3rd Place – Mariah Imtiaz
Frank Devon MacDonald - Highly Commended

11 – 15 Years
1st Place – Luckshi Samadhi Ranasinghe
2nd Place – Thathsaranee Perera
3rd Place – Fathima Safia Kariapper
Akash Dewanarayana – Highly Commended
Another important event was the tree planting campaign for the Young Learners which taught the kids between the ages of 5-15 how to plant a tree. They were given the chance to experience it first hand by planting their own trees.
They were guided by Dr Ajantha Perera. More than 65 children participated in this event.
The plants for the event were provided by the Environmental Authority of Sri Lanka where they brought in over 75 different plants of value and beauty.
The events were a great success where young and old learned and enjoyed.



Bridget Halpe celebrates 50 years of teaching music

June 13
This year, Bridget Halpe reaches 50 years of service as one of the country’s outstanding musicians and music teachers.
To celebrate this achievement, some of her senior students have joined her family in organising a very special concert.
The event is called Magnificat because its theme is giving praise for the dedicated service rendered by Bridget Halpe and other music teachers of this country.
Special guest performers include Ravibandu Vidyapathi, Soundari David Rodrigo and Ramya De Livera Perera.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre
Time: 7 p.m.


Videographic workshop

Tuesday, June 29

Digital Revolution in Video and Cinema, a seminar and workshop for professional videographers organised by the Metropolitan Group of Companies The speakers are from Canon and local experts.
The programme is ideal for media, film producers, directors, camera crews, advertising/production houses, events/wedding videographers etc.
For more information contact Sharmain at communications@metropolitan.lk /0776274135
Venue: Waters Edge, Battaramulla
Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


German Week in Jaffna

June 15 – June 18
In a collaborative effort involving the German Embassy, the Goethe-Institute Sri Lanka, and the Centre for Performing Art, the Goethe-Institute will take to Jaffna a production of a theatre play in Tamil language and recent art films from Germany.
Beanpole Really Really Wants To… (Lulatsch Will Aber) by German dramatist Manuel Schoebel
It is a play, arguably, not only for schools. It was chosen in view of the present discourse on different forms of educational systems.
Polska Love Serenade
A film by Monika Anna Wojtyllo (Colour, 2007, 75 minutes) in German with English subtitles
In July
A film by Fatih Akin (Colour, 2000, 95 minutes) in German with English subtitles
For more information contact German Cultural Centre, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7/
Tel: +94-11-2694562-16 Goethe Institut 2694562-16
Entrance: Free
Venue: Centre for Performing Arts, Jaffna


Modern Dance

June 19 - 20
Modern Dance is an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by W. Nayanananda Wijayakulathilaka.
Born in Madampe, Ambalangoda, 63-year-old Wijayakulathilaka, an ex-insurgent, discovered his talent in a cold Ceylonese prison cell, when he was sentenced to jail during the 1971 insurrection.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Jazz ritual

June 18
A jazz music performance by Trans Jazz Quartet and Revel Crake & Co.
Venue: Poolside, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo.
Time: 7:30 p.m. onwards


In the name of football

Share the fever during match hours amidst large screen viewing, games to participate in, quizzes, and fun in keeping with the spirit of FIFA!
Venue: Terrace, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Time: 7.00 pm


Wine Buffet

June 16
With many different varieties of wines: Red, white and rosé – served in unlimited quantities complemented with a spread of cheese, asparagus, charcuterie plate, pate, olives, roasts and canapés… just the right mix to make an early evening complete.
Venue: The Lounge, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Time: 7:30 p.m. –
9:30 p.m.


Kidney patient seeks assistance

A father of two children, 53-year-old Lalith Gunasekera is suffering from a severe kidney failure and doctors at Kidney Disease Unit at Rajagiriya have recommended him a kidney transplant.
He kindly requests a donation of a kidney (B Positive) for his transplant.
Please contact him on 0112779179/ 311/3, Talapathpitiya Road, Madiwela, Kotte.


US Envoy, AmCham funds Sathva Mithra

US Ambassador Patricia A. Butenis presented a donation of Rs. 100,000 to Sathva Mithra, an organisation that advocates for the humane treatment of animals in Sri Lanka. The gift was from proceeds from the American Chamber of Commerce’s (AmCham) annual “Ambassador’s Ball” held in March 2010.
Sathva Mithra is one of the most active animal rights organisations in Sri Lanka. Through the efforts of volunteers, Sathva Mithra campaigns for the modernisation of animal welfare laws and seeks to build public awareness of the needs of animals. Four years ago, members of the organisation were successful in encouraging the Government of Sri Lanka to adopt a “no kill” directive, whereby the community dog population is controlled through anti-rabies vaccines and sterilisation rather than by euthanasia. The Prevention of Cruelty of Animals Ordinance is also a direct result of Sathva Mithra’s efforts.



Battle of Palassey

June 15
The film, Palassey Ki Jung (Battle of Palassey) shows the Mughal Era nearly 300 years ago, the undivided India.
The Mughal Empire was tottering. The Nawabs in different provinces were almost independent. Foreign merchants, specially the Dutch, Armenians, French and British were making a bid to capture the Indian market, their paradise.
The main hunting ground was Bengal. British traders were bent upon capturing the Bengal Market by hook or by crook.
Murshidkuli Khan, The Nawab of Bengal, had set up his capital at Murshidabad. The next Nawab was Sirajuu Daula who ruled from 1725 to 1739.
The great Battle of Palassey took place in the regime of Siraju Daula.
Duration: 1 hour
Venue: Indian Cultural Centre, 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.


Tuesday, June 15
One of the most enjoyable sports movies ever made, this small-town drama, Hoosiers tells the story of the Hickory Huskers, an underdog basketball team from a tiny Indiana high school that makes it all the way to the state championship tournament.
It’s a familiar story, but sensitive direction and a splendid screenplay helped make this one of the best films of 1986, highlighted by the superb performances of Gene Hackman as the Huskers’ coach, and Oscar nominee Dennis Hopper as the alcoholic father of one of the team’s key players.
Running time: 114 minutes
Venue: American Centre, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 6 p.m.


Lecture on Diaspora

Thursday, June 17
A lecture/discussion by on Classes, States and the Politics of Diasporas: The Lankan Experience, organised by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies
The speaker, Ahilan Kadirgamar (PhD Candidate, Graduate Centre, City University of New York) holds an MA in Economics from the New School for Social Research.
He is also a spokesperson of the Sri Lanka Democracy Forum (SLDF) and a contributing editor of Himal Southasian Magazine.
His research interests include the political economy of state and society relations, and the history of decolonisation and the formation of the post-colonial state.
He writes regularly on these issues and current developments in Sri Lanka in Himal Southasian Magazine, the Economic and Political Weekly, and Kafila.
Venue: ICES Auditorium, 2, Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8
Time: 5:30 p.m.



June 16 and June 20
Classical Ever Green, a journey through opera, an opera performance by Norwegian Opera team.
Venue: Russian Cultural Centre, Colombo and Engineering Faculty Theatre, Kandy
Time: 7:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


June 20
Fete De La Musique, a gala concert organised by the Alliance Francaise de Kotte, Sri Lanka’s newest French Language and Cultural Centre.
Venue: Galle Face Hotel
Time: 3 p.m.


June 10 - 13
An exhibition of paintings by H.K. Wimalarathna
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 5 p.m.

June 11 - 13
Panorama photographic exhibition by Indranath Thenuwara
Venue: National Art Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

June 10 - July 14
Gourmandises, an exhibition of black and white photographs and digital colour prints by Senaka Abeyratna
Venue: Newly established Alliance De Francaise Kotte
Time: 10 a.m.-6 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 20, 2010
Deegeta Awith and Kandoskiriyawa by Namel Weeramuni
Venue: Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella
Time: 6:45 p.m.

June 19 - 20
Makaraakshaya by Dharmasiri Bandaranayake
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 6:45 p.m.