International Women’s Day 2017

The SAARC Cultural Centre will be celebrating International Women’s Day with an evening of cultural performance by Thuuryaa, a young all female drumming ensemble from the University of Visual and Performing Arts and honouring several iconic Sri Lankan female Artistes on 08th March 2017 at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 07 at 7.00p.m.

Sri Lanka’s first and only female Executive President, Madam Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and iconic and beloved Sri Lankan artists Iranganie Serasinghe, Vajira Chitrasena, Sumithra Peiris, Nanda Malini and Mary Anne David will be honoured at this celebration. These distinguished pioneers, have paved the way for future generations of women with their persistence, versatility, hard work, courage, integrity and continue to share their knowledge with grace.  They have widened the landscape of possibilities and given young girls the hope and power to dream without boundaries. It is our privilege to honour them.

The art of percussion has traditionally belonged to the domain of men. Thuuryaa brings a feminine touch and a definitive beat without boundaries, changing the face of drumming.  Embracing rhythm, creating & mixing art, their quest began within the walls of the University of the Visual and Performance Arts in Colombo, with nine talented under-graduate souls, created by Sithara, the first female percussion graduate of the University.  Embracing the essences of Kandyan, Low country & Sabaragamuwa – the tri-tradition of the Sri Lankan percussion art, they mix international percussion music to their presentation. The inspirational and innovative efforts of Thuuryaa, creates an entertaining and unique cultural performance.

This is an evening of honour, entertainment and celebration not to be missed.

Admission by Invitation Only.
Please contact Mahinda (0771053008), Yenuka (0112584451 ext 114) or Shanthini (0112584451) at the SAARC Cultural Centre for an invitation.
The programme will end at 9pm.

 

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SAARC Cultural Capital – Bangladesh – 2017

The SAARC Cultural Capital for 2016, will be a city in Bangladesh, namely Mahasthangargh, in Bogra. On the 21st of January 2017, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh will formally inaugurate, the SAARC Cultural Capital for the year 2017.

The SAARC Cultural Centre launched a programme for designating a city amongst the SAARC Member countries as the SAARC Cultural Capital for a year during which a series of year-long cultural events with a national but with an overall South Asian dimension will be organized. Last year the SAARC Cultural Capital was Bamyan, in Afghanistan. Preparing for being a SAARC CULTURAL CAPTIAL can provide an opportunity for the city to generate considerable cultural, social and economic benefits and it can help in fostering urban regeneration, boosting the city’s image and raising its visibility and profile on a regional and international scale.

SAARC Children’s Art Competition – to commemorate Non Violence Day

The SAARC Children’s Art Competition was held in Sri Lanka, reaching out to all schools in the island. The themes given were :

Junior Category :  “You must be the change you want to see in the world” Mahatma Gandhi ( Junior Category)

Senior  Category: “My religion is based on truth and non violence. Truth is my God, Non Violence is the means of realizing him” Mahatma Gandhi  (Senior Category)

Over 990 paintings were received and three winners were picked per category. The winners are:

Senior Category

1st Place
Waththe Vidanalage Nimesh Milinda Premasiri Daluwaththa
MO/ Medagama National School
Monaragala

2nd Place
Tharushi Kaveesha Manawage
R/Gankanda Centar College
Rathnapura

3rd Place
Hewagamage Dinushanka Chandimal Wijesinghe
MO/ Medagama National School
Monaragala

Honorable Mentions
Mohammed Raza
Readway INTL Collage

Gane Arachchilage Hashini Prabodha
R/Gankanda Central Collage

Varathalingam Kajeepan
J/Manipay Hindu Collage

Husain Fathima Kasiya
Strisammanthurai Muslim M.M

Balasuriyalage Himashi Amanda Kulawansha
R/ Gankanda Central Collage

W.M.S.K.G Mayuri Rasangi
AM/ Dehiattakandiya M.M.V

 

Junior Category

1st Place
Ramika Pooja Sooriyaarchchi
R/Sivali Central College
Rathnapura

2nd Place
Samarasinghe Thanasha Dinithi Manawage
Ferguson High School
Rathnapura

3rd Place
Jayasundara Namal Wishwa Bandara
President’s College
Kotte

 

Honorable Mentions
Rahma Ameer
Muslim Ladies Collage

Fathima Suha Mohamod Ziard
Muslim Ladies Collage

E.S.W Yoshan
Sussex Collage

Amarasinghage Hansana Ravisara
K/ Kalawana National School

Fathima Ruzna Ismath
Muslim Ladies Collage

Lioyd Frank
Readway International

Bentotage Oshitha Sehan
ST. Michael’s Collage

Sanuji Chamathkara Dasanayake
Royal Institute International School

Sanuji Chamathkara Dasanayake
Royal International School

Fathima Zahara Sadath
Readway International

The award ceremony will take place at the SAARC Charter Day Celebrations, which will take place on the 8th of December 2016.

SAARC Literary Festival in collaboration with the Galle Literary Festival 2017

Background
Known as home to many of the world’s best epics, stories and poems, South Asia is a region with a unique literary tradition. The region shares a common literary tradition that has developed over the years – scattered times and spaces. Ranging from oral histories to epic poems, the South Asian poetry tradition offers a rich and pulsating experience of  unique South Asianess.
The delight and influence of South Asian Literature as a catalyst that brings together diverse cultures within the region reflects a cultural confluence unsurpassed by any other region of the world. This rich and vibrant mingling needs to be appreciated and celebrated by giving due recognition to indigenous cultures and styles represented by the region so as to celebrate unity in diversity and to preserve splendid South Asian expressions that are a fundamental part of the region’s cultural ethos.

Within the period of the last two decades, we have experienced that some of the South Asian writers who write in English have won many prestigious literary awards especially from Western Countries. The SAARC Cultural Centre has organized Literary Festivals over the last five years, but it would now like to broaden its horizons and take it forward, so that not only do we celebrate writers and literature in the region, but showcase the immense talent and wealth of knowledge we have in the field of Literature to the rest of the world. The SAARC Cultural Centre proposes to collaborate and work with the  Galle Literary Festival for the benefit of poets, fiction writers and other writers of the region, which will in turn promote South Asian Literature as well as enable writers/ authors to review new trends and emerging new areas in the regional and international arena of literature.

The SAARC Cultural Centre would like to invite authors and poets from the SAARC Region to be a part of a SAARC Forum and to participate at the Galle Literary Festival which is now a well renowned and established Literary Festival in Sri Lanka. The Festival will be an open forum for writers and poets and poetry critics to discuss, debate, and analyze poetry in South Asia and to indulge in exploring its unique cultural tapestry.

The Festival
Introduction
The SAARC Cultural Centre calls upon at least 3 writers/ or poets from all SAARC Member States to be a part of the SAARC Literary Forum at the Galle Literary Festival which will take place from the 11th – 15th of January 2017.  At the forum, the SAARC Writers will be able to recite their poetry or explain/discuss their book to the audience. The nominees will also participate at the many other activities planned for the Galle Literature Festival. This Festival will provide a platform to the poets, writers, literary critics, publishers and literary enthusiasts in the region to share their thoughts, insights, voice their concerns and learn from the experts of South Asian Literature. It will also hold poetry reading sessions.

Dates And Venue
The Galle Literary Festival will be held in Galle, Sri Lanka from the 11th – 15th of January 2017. The SAARC Component of the Festival will take place from the 13th -15th of January 2016

Participation At The Festival

Official Nominees From The Member States:
The SAARC Cultural Centre invites all the Member States to send a minimum of THREE Poets or Authors

Official nominations have to be sent via the Ministry of concerned, through the Foreign/ External Affairs Ministry to SAARC Secretariat. An advance copy of the nomination may be forwarded to the SAARC Cultural Centre.

Last Date
The last date for sending in the nominations is 10 December 2016

Language
The language for the Festival would be English.

Logistic Support
The SAARC Cultural Centre would provide local hospitality (hotel accommodation on full-board basis) and local transport to all nominees of the SAARC Member States.
The airfare of the nominees of the SAARC Member States is to be borne by the respective Member State.

Development of Cultural Industries – Handicrafts

17th – 20th November 2016
Colombo – Sri Lanka
Organized by the SAARC Cultural Centre in collaboration with the National Craft Council

  • SAARC Handicraft Village
  • Design Workshop

In 2012, the SAARC Cultural Centre, focused on Traditional Handloom with an Exhibition and Design Workshop titled, “The Wheel of Life” Delhi 2012. At the Handloom Exhibition, the Centre promoted Traditional Handloom Industries of the region, by giving weavers an opportunity to exhibit their products as well as meet with potential buyers and exporters. A workshop on current trends was also organized.  With similar objectives in mind, and with an aim to promote local handicrafts, also in terms of social regeneration and social cohesion through the Handicraft Industry, the SAARC Cultural Centre, also conducted a similar programme in Bangladesh, and Nepal with the focus being on Handicrafts.  Given the success of these programmes, the centre will once again promote Handicrafts in the region, and with the aim of  developing new designs and products attractive to the demands of the new world market.  Lying at crossroads between the arts, business and technology, the creative industries sector comprises a large variety of creative fields, from those heavily industrialized such as advertising and marketing, broadcasting, film industries etc, to less industrialized – like cultural industries. This sector is increasingly important for the benefit of the people of the region, from an economic point of view, and the SAARC Member States are yet to realize its full potential. The Handicraft Exhibition and Workshops will take place in November in collaboration with the National Craft Council.

SAARC Non- Violence Day 2016

To commemorate SAARC Non Violence day 2016, the SAARC Cultural Capital will organize an Art Competition for Children on the Theme of Non Violence, all school going children will be given an opportunity to paint, thereby instilling values of non violence through the medium of art.

SAARC Cultural Capital – Bogra, Bangladesh – Inauguration

The SAARC Cultural Capital Inauguration to declare the city of Bogra as the SAARC Cultural Capital for the year 2016/ 2017, will take place on 21st of January, 2017, in Bogra, Bangaldesh. The event will be jointly organized by the SAARC Cultural Centre and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs in Bangladesh. Several cultural programmes, both locally as well as those with participation from the SAARC countries will take place during this period.

SAARC Cultural Capital – Bamyan Closing Ceremony

The SAARC Cultural Capital for the year 2015/2016 was in Bamyan, Afghanistan, and during this period several local and other programmes involving all 8 SAARC Member States were successfully carried out. The SAARC Artist Camp was one such successful program.  Programmes were conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of Afghanistan.  The closing ceremony of the SAARC Cultural Capital will take place on the 3rd of August 2016.  At this ceremony all official cultural activities in Bamyan will come to and end, and the Cultural Capital will be handed over to Bangladesh, where the city Bogra will be named the SAARC Cultural Capital for the year 2016/2017

Master Class – SAARC Film Festival 2016

Master Class on 3rd June at 10:30AM – 12:30PM at Russian cultural Centre in Colombo 07.

Topic : Contemporary Russian cinema and how to take part in International Film Festivals in Asia.
තේමාව: සමකාලීන රුසියානු සිනමාව හා ආසියාවේ ඇති ප්‍රධාන පෙලේ සිනමා උළෙලවල් පිලිබඳ වැඩසටහන.
தலைப்பு : சமகால ரஷிய சினிமா பற்றிய கலந்துரையாடல் மற்றும் ஆசியாவின்  சர்வதேசத்திரைப்பட விழாக்களில்  பங்குபற்ற வழிகாட்டல்

Conducted by
Andrei Vasilenko from Russia
Fabienne Aduago from France
Jinna Lee from South Korea

Limited seating
First come first serve basis.

Screening Schedule – SAARC Film Festival 2016

Date Film
1st June 2016 6.30 pm – Inaugural film – Feature Film
Masaan (Adults only)
(India/109min)
Directed by Neeraj Ghaywan
2nd June 2016 3.30 pm – Short film – Open Category
City of Dust
(Afghanistan/13min)
Directed by Mohammad Jamil Jalla
4.00 pm – Feature film – Open Category
Jalal’s Story
(Bangladesh/2014/109min)
Directed by Abu Shahod Emon
6.30 pm – Feature film
Travellers and Magicians
(Bhutan/2014/85min)
Directed by Dzongzar Norbu
3rd June 2016 10.30 am
Master Class with the Film Experts
at Russian Cultural Centre Colombo
(for further details 0714539488 – Dhanushka Gunathilake)
3.30 pm – Short film
Goonga Pehelwan
(India/45min)
Directed by Mit Jani, Prateek,
Gupta, Vivek Chaudhury
4.30 pm – Feature film
Mikoe Bappa Baey Baey
(Maldives/2014/93min)
Directed by Ravee Farooq
6.30 pm – Feature film
Ho Gaana Pokuna
(Sri Lanka/2014/120min)
Directed by Indika Fernando
4th June 2016 10.00 am – Short film
Apple
(Sri Lanka/15min)
Directed by Chamila Priyanka
10.30 am – Feature film – Open Category
An Apple from Paradise
(Afghanistan/85min)
Directed by Homayun Morowat
1.15 pm – Feature Film
Nekabbarer Mahaproyan
(Bangladesh/116min)
Directed by Masud Pathik
3.30 pm – Short film
Living Without Life
(Sri Lanka/28min)
Directed by Eranda Mahagamage,
Sajani Dulanjalee
4.30 pm – Short Film – Open Category
K2 and the Invisible Footman
(Pakistan/ 59min)
Directed by Lara Lee/Jawad Sharif
6.00 pm – Short film
Effas
(Maldives/25min)
Directed by Ravee Farooq
6.30 pm – Feature Film
Cinemawala
(India/105min)
Directed by Kaushik Ganguly
5th June 2016 10.00 am – Short Film – Open Category
O Apara Kala (A dream of Apara)
(India/ 24min)
Directed by Abha Naktode
10.30 am – Feature film
Asham
(Maldives/ 2 hrs 16min)
Directed by Ali Seezan
3.00 pm – Short film
Benegal’s New Cinema
(India/58min)
Directed by Iram Ghufran
4.30 pm – Feature film
The Cup
(Bhutan/1hr 31min)
Directed by Dzongsar Norbu
6.30 pm – Feature film
Boradiya Pokuna (Adults only)
(Sri Lanka /101min)
Directed by Sathyajith Maitipe
6th June 2016 6.30pm
Award-Ceremony
8.00 pm
Screening the Winning Film
  • Some of the Films Screened may contain Adult Content, Parental Guidance Advised
  • ENTRANCE FREE