Colomboscope 2014!

Sri Lanka to celebrate contemporary literature, music, film and performing arts with Colomboscope 2014.

Sri Lanka’s Standard Chartered Colomboscope 2014, an arts festival plans to bring together national and international academics, authors and artists to Colombo to celebrate contemporary literature, music, film and dance.

The festival organized by Goethe-Institute, British Council and Alliance Française will held from the 30th January to 3rd of February this year with the theme of “Making History” which it shares with The Colombo Art Biennale, Colombo’s cutting edge showcase of both local and iternational contemporary visual arts.

Panel sessions will look at how histories are recorded and passed down through the ages, through the performance and visual arts, buildings and monuments, clothing, language and the written word, narratives, and media.

The Chamber Music Society of Colombo will play at Whist Bungalow and St Peter’s Church, Fort; and the Soul Acoustic Trio, and Musicmatters will perform at the Grand Oriental Hotel transporting festival goers to times gone by; musicians Serendib Sorcerers, and singer Ajith Kumarasiri will add to the picnic atmosphere at Whist Bungalow.

International writers include Iraqi/German writer Abbas Khider, sociologist Dr. Marcus Hawel, Shyam Selvadurai, Adam Foulds and Joanna Kavenna (two of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2013) will participate the festival.

The festival programme consists of ticketed and free events with concessions/discounts planned for students. Tickets are available from Goethe Institute and the British Council during opening hours and at the events venues.