Entertainment / Arts

Get Up, Stand Up! UNESCO declares reggae a global cultural treasure

Views - 19 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

PARIS, REUTERS: UNESCO has declared reggae, the Jamaican music that spread across the world with its calls for social justice, peace and love, to be a global treasure that must be safe-guarded. Born in the poor neighbourhoods of Kingston in the 1960

British film location managers scout for scenic spots in SL

Views - 46 Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:08

Reputed British film location experts including the location manager for the famous television series Game of Thrones were in Sri Lanka recently, scouting for the most scenic places for their next ventures.

2.0, 3D Sci-Fi Blockbuster set to break box-office records of 2018

Views - 28 Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:07

Lyca Production, Subaskaran presents, 2 point 0, the 3D Sci-Fi Blockbuster which is forecast to be the box office smash hit of 2018 and releasing in 3D and 2D in Sri Lanka on 29 November through EAP Films and Theatres Ltd. EAP is the only cinema chai

‘According to Matthew’ starring Jacqueline and Alston enthralls Lankan audience

Views - 2007 Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:07

Jacqueline Fernandez stars in her first English movie and cinematic appearance in a Sri Lankan made movie, ‘According to Matthew’ by renowned director/producer Chandran Rutnam. The movie which premiered at Regal Cinema, on 23 November, is poised

DFCC Bank partners Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2019 as Official Banking Partner

Views - 40 Friday, 16 November 2018 10:37

DFCC Bank will partner the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2019 as the Official Banking Partner for the second consecutive year. Officials from DFCC Bank and the festival committee gathered at a press conference on 25 October,

Shortlist announced for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018

Views - 20 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

The much-anticipated shortlist for the $25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018 has been unveiled at a special event, which took place at the London School of Economics & Political Science. Now in its eighth year, the DSC Prize for South Asi

Carrie, Chris and Keith steal the show at the Country Music Awards

Views - 25 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

Reuters: Chris Stapleton was the big winner but Carrie Underwood and her unborn baby stole the limelight at the Country Music Association (CMA) awards on Wednesday. A heavily pregnant Underwood, one of country music’s biggest celebrities, chose the

Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’ concert film finally debuts

Views - 16 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

NEW YORK (Reuters): Three months after her death and 46 years after she first recorded it, Aretha Franklin’s live gospel concert is coming to the big screen. “Amazing Grace,” filmed in January 1972 when the Queen of Soul was just 29 years old,

Creative writing skills workshop to promote values

Views - 36 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

The Interact Club of Colombo School of Arts and Sciences together with the publication division of the Marga Institute is conducting a creative writing workshop to promote good citizenship and values among school children. The program, initiated by

Fairway English Creative Writing Workshop 2018: Just the kind of inspiration new writers need

Views - 37 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

The Fairway English Creative Writing Workshop for 2018 drew a large crowd of amateur writers and enthusiasts for a two-day workshop, conducted by an eminent resource panel focusing on novel writing, short story writing, poetry, script-writing, editin

‘Luxuriante Jungle’: French translation of John Still’s ‘Jungle Tide’ by Mahendra Pathirathne

Views - 34 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

Reviewed by Alfred Fernando ‘Jungle Tide’ is a book written by John Still, an Englishman who served in the colonial Ceylon as a planter then as an archaeological surveyor under H.C.P. Bell for nearly half a decade. He undertook the massive task

Natya Kala Mandhir artists perform ‘Sri Rama Kavya’ dance drama at Int’l Ramayana Festival, India

Views - 20 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

Artists of Natya Kala Mandhir presented a dance drama at the fourth International Ramayana festival which was organised by Indian Council for Cultural Relations of India. Natya Kala Mandhir senior artists performed at ‘Kamani Auditorium’, New Del

Owl and the Pussycat reaches out to aspiring young poets again

Views - 16 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

One of the highlights in the Galle Literary Festival is what has come to be the much awaited Edward Lear Poetry Competition. Open to all Sri Lankan citizens between 18-30 years of age, this is the third consecutive year it is being held – with amaz

American war action horror film ‘Overload’ in 14 Lankan cinemas from today

Views - 27 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

The American war action horror film ‘Overload’ will be screened from today in 14 Lankan cinemas. They are Liberty by Scope Cinemas; Empire - Colombo; MC Cinemas – Colombo; Milano – Kegalle; Scope Cinemas (CCC) – Colombo 3; Regal – Gampah

Singer Sri Lanka launches all-new Singer Epic AI TV range with Google Android

Views - 82 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Singer (Sri Lanka) PLC, the country’s premier consumer durables retailer, has expanded its range of TVs with the introduction of its future TVs at a ceremonial event held at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo recently. During the colourful event, Singer

Chokolaate crowns new musical talent at Centrestage 2018

Views - 18 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

The most sought-after teen magazine in Sri Lanka, Chokolaate, for the third consecutive year created a platform for young musical talent to emerge through Centrestage 2018. After gruelling semi-finals in four categories, namely Solo Singing, Group Si

Excited Spice Girls say reunion tour will feel strange without “Posh”

Views - 18 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): British pop band the Spice Girls joked on Wednesday about their plans for a new album after announcing they would reunite for a UK tour next year but said it would feel strange performing without “Posh Spice” Victoria Beckham. F

Netflix plans to make 17 more original productions in Asia

Views - 15 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Netflix Inc plans to make 17 more original productions in Asia as it seeks to boost international subscriber numbers, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said on Thursday. The plan, announced at Netflix’s content showcase event

Michael Douglas joins dad Kirk with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Views - 16 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Michael Douglas celebrated his 50th year in showbusiness on Tuesday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame near that of his screen legend father, Kirk Douglas, now 101. Douglas, 74, best known for his Oscar-winning turn as G

Britain’s Idris Elba named People mag’s ‘sexiest man alive’

Views - 22 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Actor Idris Elba, who James Bond fans are campaigning to be the next person to play 007, was named the sexiest man alive this week by People magazine. The London-born actor, 46, said he didn’t believe it when the magazine tol

Fairway Galle Literary Festival to take place from 16 - 20 January 2019

Views - 168 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

The Fairway Galle Literary Festival will take place from 16 to 20 January 2019. This marks the 10th anniversary of The Festival, which has established itself as a much anticipated and highly acclaimed fixture on the South-East Asian cultural calendar

Encouraging creative writing among the young and talented: Fairway Creative Writing Workshop 2018

Views - 33 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

One of the main creative writing workshops that take place annually, the Fairway Creative Writing Workshop successfully concluded another two-day workshop on 27 and 28 October at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute.

The comedy ‘To Be or Knot To Be’ on 3 November

Views - 88 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

Sri Theatre Company is back with an all new play for theatre lovers in Colombo! This year they have packaged a rib-tickling comedy about a young girl forced into marriage with a boy she barely knows. Rukaiya is ambitious and smart. However, she fea

People’s Bank Arts Circle cultivates habit of reading

Views - 15 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

A book exhibition and fair to celebrate October, the month of reading was recently held at the third floor of People’s Bank Head Office. The keynote speech was delivered by veteran film director Somarathne Dissanayake at the opening ceremony of

The fighting spirit of wounded soldiers

Views - 34 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

There is always a lot of excitement when Royalty visit Australia. The present visit of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Duke and Duchess of Sussex) is no different. People gather in numbers wherever they go. The couple is extremely friendly whenever t

Tribute to the ‘Master’

Views - 31 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

Ten years ago the much-loved, highly talented, innovative musician Premasiri Khemadasa passed away, leaving a big void in Sri Lanka’s music scene. ‘Master’ – as everybody preferred to call him – was so clever and introduced the Sri Lankan

Inclusivity and diversity of Sri Lankan creative expression prominent at AK Lit Fest 2018

Views - 31 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

If there was a place where creative expression in a variety of forms found inclusivity, it was indeed at the A&K Lit Fest held recently at the Mount Lavinia Hotel. Hosted for the fourth consecutive year, this year’s festival created a platform for

Showcasing Chinese painting and calligraphy

Views - 11 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

An exhibition titled ‘Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Exhibition’ was held from 19 to 21 October at the China Cultural Centre (CCC). The CCC organised the initiative with the courtesy of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Colombo

‘Chinese Style’ modern water-ink paintings exhibition now on

Views - 17 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

The ‘Chinese Style’ international tour of modern Chinese water-ink paintings exhibition is being held from 25 October to 3 November (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the China Cultural Center in Sri Lanka, No. 5, Independence Avenue, Colombo 07. The exhibit

Independent horror film ‘The Summoning’ by High School Junkies to premiere today

Views - 38 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:01

The upcoming independent horror film by High School Junkies, ‘The Summoning’ will make its premiere in Sri Lanka at the National Film Corporation, Colombo today at 6.30 p.m. Conceived late last year as a quick skit for Halloween 2017, the film h

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Lasantha, journalists and diplomats

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

We find scarce little to celebrate in a sullied land, marking our days remembering the tragedies that tell our blood-soaked history. In the troubled decades preceding, many, from the highest in the land to average citizens, have met with violent ends

Automation and machine learning: Helping organisations extract deeper value from data

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The world is in the midst of a data explosion. Humans are generating an estimated 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every single day1, according to Forbes, and more data was created in the past two years than in all of human history. No wonder data now r

SL tourism: From TOM to experience the brand in 2019

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Last week I had just crossed the border that separates Laos from Thailand and was on route via land to Thailand. My mind was on Laos – a country branded globally as ‘Simply Beautiful’ (backed by the ADB in 2018) to attract visitors into the cou

Questionable (or absurd) official report on poverty indicators

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The latest Report issued by the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs on ‘Poverty Indicators’ is both questionable and outrageous.1This Ministry is under the responsibility of the Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe. Most of the sta

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