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|Standard Chartered Colomboscope 2014|
Supporting the rich and expanding field of contemporary arts in Sri Lanka the Colomboscope 2014, celebrates contemporary literature, music , dance and theatre for the second consecutive year by bringing together writers, academics, cultural commentators, and performance artists from Sri Lanka, Europe and the region. Organised by the Goethe Institut, the British Council, and Alliance Francaise, in partnership with Standard Chartered Bank, the title sponsor, Standard Chartered Colomboscope will be a landmark event in the cultural map of Colombo.
Adopting an interdisciplinary approach to the Arts, Standard Chartered Colomboscope 2014 shares the theme of ’Making History’ with the Colombo Art Biennale allowing visitors to both events to enjoy topics related to history and remembrance from different angles, reflected by various art forms.
The 3 days of the Standard Chartered Colomboscope festival will take place in 3 different and unique locations in Colombo: Modera, the old center (Pettah / Fort / Slave Island), and Cinnamon Gardens. Each unexplored historical site handpicked as a venue for the festival’s programme will provide a distinct and expressive experience for audience.
A full programme of performances, author readings, guided walks, talks and panel discussions. The confirmed artistes include Gob Squad (UK and German artists making performances and videos which search for beauty in the everyday), Iraqi/German writer Abbas Khider, sociologist, Fatima Bhutto, a selected few of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists for 2013, writer Shyam Selvadurai, Mind Adventures Theatre Company performing ‘Paraya’, a specially choreographed performance for the festival by dancer Venuri Perera, and acclaimed musicians Musicmatters, form a selection of the featured artists.
The talks, discussions and panels featuring some of the sharpest, intellects of local and international writers, historians, sociologists, artists, architects and cultural commentators promises to be thought provoking and provocative with sessions covering topics such as lost, official and unofficial histories, social media and real time history making, lost female narratives and language and history.
The Standard Chartered Bank Colomboscope 2014 programme consists of ticketed and free events with concessions and discounts planned for students.