English literature seminar

Saturday, September 4
The Sri Lanka Federation of University Women (SLFUW) has organised a one-day seminar on teaching O/Level English Literature. This seminar is especially organised for English teachers who are interested in teaching Literature.
To register call Gayan on 011 2682961 or 0714490178.
Venue: SLFUW Training and Resource Centre, Kitulwatte, Colombo 8
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Robin Hood

Now showing
Robin Hood 2010 is an adventure film based on the Robin Hood legend, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe. It was released in the United Kingdom on May 12, 2010, after premiering at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
The film began development in 2007 when Universal Pictures acquired a script entitled Nottingham, depicting a heroic Sheriff of Nottingham to be played by Crowe. Scott’s dissatisfaction with the script led him to delay filming, and during 2008 it was rewritten into a story about Robin Hood becoming an outlaw, with the position of Sheriff as part of the story.
Venue: Savoy, Wellawatta
Time: 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m.7 p.m.


New German short film

Crossing Boundaries

Thursday, September 2
Film: The outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 and the year 1989 stand for the crossing or breaking down of actual and mental boundaries.
1939 is not only synonymous with the violent breach of a border, but also with a breach of civilisation which had been unimaginable before.
The year 1989 started the peaceful revision of the boundaries and rifts created by the Cold War and quickly became a symbol of seemingly limitless freedom.
Venue: Goethe Hall, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 5:30 p.m.


Leadership workshop

Thursday, September 9
Workplace Emotional Intelligence involves thinking intelligently about your own emotions and others’ emotions and how we can respond strategically to maximize outcome for all.
The global business trend is towards a focus on leadership, building and enhancing organisational culture and teams, succession planning and peoples’ skills development.

Emotional intelligence training and development have been one of the key foundations in this arena. Much published research has demonstrated that emotional intelligence is a distinguishing feature of high performing organisations in relation to revenue or sales, productivity, quality, customer and staff satisfaction and retention.
The workshop is presented by Pieter Walker the Managing Director of People and Process Consulting Specialists, Australia. The beneficiaries of this include CEOs and company directors, senior executives, human resource directors, middle managers, staff with an interest in emotional intelligence.

The programme is organised by Phantomz Global Pvt. Ltd.
Venue: Galadari Hotel, Colombo
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Thursday, September 2
Sokari is a traditional Sri Lankan folk drama, formed according to the rural traditions of shanthikarmas performed to goddess Paththini seeking fertility and prosperity. It was originally performed over seven nights.
This latest work is directed by the state award winning director Jaliya Rajapakshe. It runs for one and half hours.
Venue: Elphinstone Theatre, Colombo 10
Time: 3:30 and 6:45 p.m.


BC annual pre-departure event

British Council’s pre-departure events are held annually to help students prepare themselves for their study life in the UK. The annual pre-departure event was held for the 15th successful time recently,
at the British Council auditorium.
Many students, parents and relatives attended and gathered much needed advice and information through the event.
The highlights of the event were the presentations and comic skits done by students who are currently studying in the UK and are visiting home for vacation. The presentation covered many useful tips such as methods of travelling, mobile telecommunication packages, as well as on-campus and off-campus living. Working in the UK was another useful topic discussed at the event, as most students plan to work part-time during their study period and full-time during university holidays.


Majella Clancy residency exhibition

Until September 1
The exhibition showcases works made during Clancy’s one-month residency at the Theertha Red Dot Gallery and a joint project between Clancy and Theertha Women’s Artist Colloquium (WAC).
Participating artists are Manori Jayasinghe, Therica Miyanadeniya, Janani Cooray, Lakisha Fernando and Inoka De Silva.
Venue: Red Dot Gallery, 36 A, Baddagana Road South, Pitakotte
Time: Monday to Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on all public and mercantile holidays.


Theertha International Artists Workshop 2010

The International Artists Workshop 2010 is schedule to be held from September, 13 to 25, 2010 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Nineteen Sri Lankan and international artists participating in the workshop this year.
The main activity and exhibition venue will be at ‘Warehouse Project’, Block 26,Tripoli Road (opposite the Elphinstone Theater), Maradana. On the 25th, the last day of the workshop, there will be an exhibition opened, free for the public. Also a theatrical performance by Jahuta is scheduled to be held in the evening. See www.theertha.org for further information and updates.

Theertha International Artists Workshop is a project, which facilitates artist internationally and locally to come together to exchange their knowledge and cultural experiences in a situation of sharing the working and living space for fourteen days. One of the main objectives of this project is to provide a forum for interface between different art forms and to work responding to local situation/ environment. This year, the theme of workshop will be ‘Urban Landscapes and Human Geographies’ which will allow the artists to explore the city of Colombo and its socio-cultural characteristics as an art exercise.


Sri Lanka mercy mission in Pakistan
As directed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a 16-member Sri Lankan medical team arrived in Pakistan, with a cargo of medicines and surgical equipment, on a relief mission for the flood affected victims of Pakistan.
The medical team has been treating the flood affected patients in the Charsadda District Hospital in North West Pakistan, close to the Afghan border.
On August 24, the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, Air Chief Marshal Jayalath Weerakkody visited the District Hospital in Charsadda and encouraged the Sri Lankan medical team. The High Commissioner also appreciated the medical team’s efforts to treat patients under difficult conditions in the Charsadda district of Pakistan.


Ramazan programme

Vettri TV is telecasting Special Ramazan Programme from 6:15 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. on the holy month of Ramazan and also broadcasting late Niyas Moulavi’s “Ifthar” (breakfast) Bayan programme on Vettri FM from 6:15 pm to 6:30 p.m. and Special Shahar programme from 4 a.m. to 5 a.m.


All Ceylon Women’s Buddhist Congress

Executive Committee 2010/2011

President: Anoja Wijesundera
Vice Presidents: Ranee Chandraratne, Indrani Devendra, Lakshmi Perera, Malini Perara, Savitri Peiris
Secretary: Chitra Thilakasiri
Asst. Secretaries: Jeevani Sugunadasa, Chandrani Gunawardena,
Treasurer: Clodagh Fernando
Asst. Treasurer: Thusitha Senaratne
Press and Publicity: Dr (Mrs) Hema Goonatilaka
Committee Members: Shantha Abeysekera, Anoma Akmeemana, Chandra Atukorala, Ajantha Dissanayake, Leela Dharmasiriwardena, Hazel de Livera, Indra de Silva, Doreen de Silva, Dr (Mrs) Karuna de Silva, D.B. Ekanayeka, Monica Fernando, Nelumini Fernando, Hema Gunasekera, Ranee Bandara Jayaweera, Piyaseeli Mahatantila, Manel A. Perera, Anoma Punchihewa, Indrani Senanayake, Rani Weerasekera, Padmini Witharana


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


Mine-clearing drive in focus

A Technical Working Group (TWG) on Mine Risk Education (MRE), Victim Assistance and Advocacy, was held recently in Ampara with the participation of the Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Services, Sri Lanka Army Humanitarian De-Mining Unit (HDU), Social Departments of North and East Provincial Councils, partner NGOs and with the facilitation from the UNICEF.
At this two-day workshop, participants came up with ways and means of new strategies to educate people in mine safe behaviour, how best to ensure support for victims of landmines and other indiscriminate explosive devices, and how to strengthen advocacy for mine action.



Until Tuesday, September 7
An exhibition of arts by S.H. Sarath
Venue: Artist Gallery, Nugegoda
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, August 28
to Monday, August 30
Commentaries on Living Colour, the third exhibition of the renowned Sri Lankan photographer Angelo De Mel’s
Venue: Art Gallery, Colombo 7

Until Tuesday, August 31
An exhibition of paintings organised by the Women Artists’ Colloquium of Theertha and the Theertha Red Dot Gallery
Venue: Harold Peiris Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Until September 1
An exhibition by Majella Clancy
Venue: Red Dot Gallery 36 A, Baddagana Road South, Pitakotte
Time: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Until September 15
Dharma Gaveshana, Vasantha Namaskarage’s 74th exhibition of paintings
Venue: Public Library Auditorium, Race Course Road, Badulla

Until August 31
Visual Responses during the War: Selected works of artists, an exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculptures, installation and photography
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery and Harold Peiris Gallery
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Public talk

Sunday, August 29
Is it Possible to keep total Sensitivity, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre
Venue: Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6
Time: 9:45 a.m.