Emirates’ future artists programme

Emirates invites artists to submit designs for 2011 Skywards’ membership cards

Emirates has launched a competition to find the world’s most exciting budding artists, whose winning artwork will replace the designs of renowned contemporary artists, such as Damien Hirst, on the membership cards of its frequent flyer programme, Skywards.

The winners will receive a commission of US$ 5,000, enjoy global exposure and recognition for their work and will be flown to Dubai, where their winning design artwork (and other art in their portfolios) will be displayed at the Art Dubai fair in March 2011.

Art Dubai is the leading contemporary art fair in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, attended by art critics, collectors and gallery owners from around the world.
This new competition will be annual and open to budding artists around the globe, except for the United States and Italy. All styles of art, including sculpture, photography and paintings will be welcome. The deadline for submitting artwork is August 31, 2010. Winners will be announced on September 25, 2010.
There will be three winning entries, which will be used on the Skywards membership cards, as well as all supporting online and offline communications and promotional material. Each artist’s name will be displayed beside their winning artwork. The website for submitting entries is www.ourfutureartists.com. Rules of entry are on the website.

Judging will be conducted by a panel of highly regarded industry professionals and experts and the Skywards members. The panel of judges will create a shortlist of entries which will then be judged by the Skywards members through a voting process on the website. Among the judging criteria are creative merit, technical excellence and suitability for end use.


Thavath Udesanak

Thursday, August 19
Thavath Udesanak, a play written by Henry Jayasena in the late sixties sets in a rural village. The story revolves around a small boy and his pet calf−Ratta. The play can also be graded as a musical, with situations most hilarious, cleverly portrayed by Jayalath Manorathna, Wijeratne Warakagoda, Ruwini Manamperi and Nimal Jayasinghe.
The role of the small boy is played by Gayath Jayasinghe and Hansaja Jayasena.
Venue: Elphinston Theatre, Colombo 10
Time: 3:30 and 6:45 p.m.



Wednesday, August 18
An exhibition of paintings and drawings by S.H. Sarath
Preview on August 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.


The Expendables

Now showing
A hard-hitting action thriller featuring the greatest action legends like Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is an action packed storyline involving a team of men on a mission to overthrow a ruthless dictator in the South American region. Follow as circumstances take an unexpected turn adding suspense and drama to one of the year’s hottest releases.
Venue: Majestic Cinema, Bambalapitiya
Time: 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m.


Honouring service

Sri Lanka Freedom Party Colombo District Organiser, Fawzan Anver receiving a memento from High Commissioner for South Africa in Sri Lanka B.M. Pbeto for his 20 year service for All Ceylon YMMA Conference at Grand Oriental Hotel Colombo recently in the presence of Secretary of the YMMA, K.N. Deen and Treasurer, M.S.M. Saleem


News workshop

August 17 and 18
A workshop on news photography and international news reporting organised by Union of Catholic Asian News (UCA News) will be held in Colombo. Michael Coogne and Rev Fr William J Green, two international award winners in the respective fields, will conduct the workshop.
The organisers hope to invite a limited number of people from all the provinces in the country except the Western Province.
Venue: Centre for Society and Religion, 281, Deans Road, Maradana
Time: 9 a.m.


Book presentation

Attorney- At- Law (Centre) Luxman Wijesinghe presenting a copy of his latest book Buddhist Temporalities Law in Sri Lanka to Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne in the presence of R. Dharmaratne, at the Prime Minister’s Office, recently


Concert of Lieder

Friday, August 20
The programme will be in commemoration of the birth anniversaries of Robert Schumann (1810-1856) and Hugo Wolf (1860-1903), both of whom are revered as masters of the German Lied.
Schumann’s Dichterliebe: The Poet’s Love (1840) is his best known song cycle. Using a series of poems by Heinrich Heine as his texts Schumann portrays the excitement, immense yearning, and eventual loss of love.
Featured artistes:
Asitha Tennekoon (Tenor)
Asitha is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance at the Jacobs School of Music in the studio of Dr Brian Horne. He is a Licentiate of the Trinity College of Music London in Voice and Piano and a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music London in Piano.
Eshantha Peiris (Piano)
Eshantha Peiris earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Performance and Composition at New York University’s Steinhardt School from 2003- 2008.
Eshantha is currently a conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka, co-director of the Old Joe Choir, and director of Contempo Choir, in addition to being the keyboardist of the fusion band Thriloka.
Venue: Goethe Hall, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.


Until August 27
A pie promotion
Venue: Margarita Blue Pub, Galadari Hotel


Jazz Night

Friday, August 20
End the week to the smooth sounds of the Trans Jazz Quartet and Revel Crake and company who will perform live at the Poolside.
Venue: Pool Side, Cinnamon Lake Side, Colombo
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.


Sri Lanka-Pakistan friendship cricket festival

In a festive and serene environment the amateur teams of Pakistan and Sri Lanka faced each other for the colorful Pakistan-Sri Lanka Friendship Cricket Festival recently.
The event was organised by the Pakistan High Commission in collaboration with Sri Lanka-Pakistan Friendship Association which was attended by a large number of Pakistani community, eminent personalities from Sri Lanka, media persons and diplomatic community. The Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan Ms. Mariam Saeed was the chief guest at the occasion, while Omar Kamil, Special Commissioner of Colombo Municipal Council participated as the guest of honour along with many senior editors from the print media.
The festival was aimed at promoting the feeling of goodwill and friendship between the people of the two countries. During the festival three limited over matches were played between the teams of ladies, gents and children which were highly enjoyed by the audience.
On the side line of the matches a number of recreational and cultural activities were also held which was highly enjoyed by the participants. The other highlight of the festival was the delicious Pakistani and Sri Lankan cuisine. At the end of matches, the prizes were distributed to the leading players by the chief guest.


Live in concert

Sunday, August 22
Featuring the Marians and Misty
Venue: Waters Edge, Battaramulla
Time: 6:30 -10:30 p.m.


Moratuwa Parish adore the most Blessed Sacrament

After approximately four weeks of deep spiritual preparation, tens of thousands of Christians gathered together in June at the premises of St Sebastian’s Church in Moratuwa to celebrate the annual feast of the Blessed Sacrament. Themed ‘Building our parish with the blessings of the Holy Communion: the feast was preceded over by Rev. Fr. Cyril Gamini, the Episcopal Vicar for the Northern Region, by invitation of the Parish Priest and Dean of Moratuwa Rev. Fr. Bertram Ranjith. The procession which began at the parish premises continued until the Our Lady of Victory Convent, led by a float designed by Sumith Rodrigo from the parish. The followers were called upon to join the celebrations on the reflection that we at present live meaningful lives as chaste people.



Sunday, August 15
Sakisada Madala a stage drama will go on board
Venue: Elphinston Theatre, Colombo
Time: 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 15
Makarakshaya, a stage drama by Dharmasiri Bandaranayake
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.

Saturday, August 21
Eka Adhipathi, a drama by Dharmasiri Bandaranayake and organised by the Alumni Association of the University of Peradeniya, Colombo will go on board
Venue: John de Silva Theatre, Colombo
Time: 6:30 p.m.


Until Sunday, August 15
An exhibition of art by Heather De Lanerolle
Venue: Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday, August 19
to Sunday, August 22
Kids On Safari, a photographic exhibition by Ashwini Jayathileka and Dimithri Gunawardena
Venue: Harold Peiries Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Until August 22
Glimpses of the Surroundings of Beruwala an exhibition of paintings by Sameera Kalupahana
Venue: American Centre, 44, Galle Rd, Colombo 2
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Public talk

Sunday, August 15
Why Do We Live With Unresolved Problems, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre
Venue: Public Library, Colombo 7
Time: 10:30 a.m.


Tuesday, August 17
Constitutional Requirements for a United Sri Lankan Nation, in commemoration of Dr N M Perera’s 31st Death Anniversary, organised by Dr N M Perera Memorial Trust
Venue: Public Library Auditorium
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Sunday August 15
Facing The Results Of Unwholesome Kamma, the next Buddhist public panel discussion. The Panelists are, Dr Basil de Silva and Indika Perera with Rajah Kuruppu as Moderator.
Venue: YMBA, Borella
Time: 10 a.m.


Friday, August 20
The 13th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Sri Lanka-Thailand Society under the patronage of the Ambassador of Thailand Thinakorn Kanasuta. Nirmalie Gunatilleke will preside.
Venue: Sasakawa Memorial Cultural Centre, Colombo 3
Time: 5 p.m.

Public lecture

Sunday, August 15
If I Were To Live To Be 100 Will I Get Dementia, under the auspices of the Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation. Presenter: Consultant Neurologist, Dr S. Srikanth.
The intriguing subject demands a sensitive approach to prevention and distancing dementia, and a co-relationship to understanding dementia and what causes those physical disorders of the brain.
Treatment and care would be addressed as well; a question and answer period would follow. All are welcome
Venue: Lanka Hospitals (formally Apollo) Auditorium, 11th Floor, Park Road, Colombo 5
Time: 6 p.m.