Entertainment / Arts

Fiddler Harald Yendis all set to wow Country Roads 2018 audience

Views - 6 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Get ready to experience Country Swing at its finest when the incomparable fiddler Harald Yendis takes the stage at this year’s 30th anniversary Country Roads concert for children, to be held on 20 October, from 6:30 p.m. onwards.   Sure to wow th


Astrid Brook and The Mavericks at Mt. Lavinia Hotel

Views - 11 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

With her iconic Tanglewood guitar and vibrant acoustic music, Astrid Brook is undoubtedly an eminent note in the country and folk music scene. Based in London, Astrid developed her own folk style in her late 20’s and since then, she has been invite


Dialog and Stelacom unveil all new ‘Smart Entertainment Box’ in Sri Lanka

Views - 29 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, in partnership with Stelacom, launched the latest and most innovative device offering to the market, a ‘Smart Entertainment Box’, at an exclusive preview event hosted for Dialog Club


‘Regeneration’ exhibition by Shaanea Mendis D’Silva at Barefoot Gallery

Views - 31 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

The Barefoot Gallery is exhibiting Shaanea Mendis D’Silva’s new series of work ‘Regeneration’ from today, 12 October, to 4 November. The oldest contemporary art gallery in Colombo, The Barefoot Gallery has been serving as a platform for artis


‘Venom’ at Colombo City Center – Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema

Views - 206 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

‘Venom’ at Colombo City Center – Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema ‘Venom’ is showing from 5 October at Colombo City Center – Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema, with Dolby atmos sound at Scope Cinema. ‘Venom’ is a 2018 American superher


Hindustani vocal recital by Govt. of India scholarship holder Wageesha Ruwangee

Views - 5 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

The Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo will be organising an evening of Hindustani vocal music recital by Sri Lankan artiste A.M. Wageesha Ruwangee at 6 p.m. on 17 October at its auditorium located at 16/2, Gregory


Longlist announced for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018

Views - 42 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

The much anticipated longlist for the $ 25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018 was announced on 10 October by eminent historian and academic Rudrangshu Mukherjee, who is the chair of the jury panel for the distinguished prize. The longlist


BOC ‘Little Picasso’ Art Exhibition on 12-13 October at BMICH

Views - 85 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Bringing forth the talent of budding artists, the Bank of Ceylon organised the ‘Little Picasso’ art competition for the second successful year in line with BOC’s 79th anniversary. This year too, the competition was organised jointly with the Mi


150 years of celebrating the Mahatma

Views - 6 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

As a part of ongoing 150 years of celebrating the Mahatma, Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre will screen Oscar winning film ‘Gandhi’ (English) at 3 p.m. today, 12 October, at its auditorium at 16/2 Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7. The film, a British


‘Demons in Paradise’ paused

Views - 18 Friday, 5 October 2018 00:00

The screening of the film ‘Demons in Paradise’ scheduled for the Jaffna International film festival has been cancelled by the organisers without due explanation. The director of the film, Jude Ratnam, accuses the organisers for allegedly owning


Annasi and Kadalagotu: Savour local literature on 21 October

Views - 15 Friday, 5 October 2018 00:00

Continuing to expand the borders of literature, the A&K (Annasi and Kadalagotu) Literary Festival will be back on 21 October at the Mount Lavinia Hotel for the fourth consecutive year. Entrance for the full day festival is priced at only Rs. 100 in k


Korean Film Festival 2018 in Colombo

Views - 57 Friday, 5 October 2018 00:00

Following on the success of last year’s event, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Sri Lanka and the Korea Foundation will co-host the Korean Film Festival 2018 from 12 to 15 October at the National Film Corporation (NFC) Theatre, Colombo 7, in


Galle Face Hotel hosts Pimm’s and Art

Views - 12 Friday, 5 October 2018 00:00

South Asia’s Grande Dame, the Galle Face Hotel, recently hosted Pimm’s & Art, a unique immersive experience to unleash our creativity. Guests enjoyed sipping on their freshly made Pimms cocktails while they tried their hand at painting and browse


Sitar recital by Indian artiste Chakraborty on 9 Oct.

Views - 4 Friday, 5 October 2018 00:00

Swami Vivekananda Culture Centre, High Commission of India will be organizing a Sitar recital by Dhrubajyoti Chakroborty, eminent ethnomusicologist from Indian on 9 October at 6.00 pm at Indian Cultural Centre auditorium located at 16/2 Gregory


CMSC awarded special cultural grant by Chinese Embassy in SL

Views - 83 Friday, 5 October 2018 00:00

The Chamber Music Society of Colombo (CMSC) has been awarded a special cultural grant from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Sri Lanka in support of the society’s educational and concert programs for 2019. Founder/Artistic Directo


Kaneko’s concert with traditional Japanese musical instruments

Views - 8 Friday, 5 October 2018 00:00

The Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka held a concert performed by Sumie Kaneko, Player of Koto and Shamisen (traditional Japanese musical instruments) on 28 September at the auditorium of the Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Colombo. The


Handagama’s new movie ’Asandhimitta’ to hold world premiere at 23rd Busan International Film Festiva

Views - 286 Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

Asoka Handagama’s latest film ‘Asandhimitta’ is scheduled to have its world premiere at the 23rd Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), the largest international film festival in Asia. BIFF, one of the most prestigious film festivals in the


Keith Potger live in concert on 5 Oct. at Barefoot Garden Cafe

Views - 16 Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

Founding member of the world famous group ‘The Seekers’ Keith Potger live in concert will take place on 5 October at 7 p.m. onwards at the Barefoot Garden Cafe. Keith’s solo acoustic performances appeal to audiences for whom his music is a bre


Nature’s Magnificent Eye photo exhibition in California, USA

Views - 14 Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Consulate General in Los Angeles in collaboration with the Sri Lanka-America photographic Art Society and Sarathchandra Buddhist Centre in Oxnard, California, presented a two-day Sri Lankan nature and wildlife photographic exhibition at


Moratuwa YMCA conducts 6th United Christian Singing Concert

Views - 10 Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

The annual Christian Singing Concert was organised and conducted by the YMCA of Moratuwa for the sixth time at its main hall on 15 September. The objective of this religious concert was to foster amity among the Christian youth of different denominat


Flute N’ Feet by eminent Indian artistes Vivek Krishna and Aranya Narain

Views - 13 Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

“Flute N’ Feet”, a blending of two popular classical arts forms of India, Bharatha Natyam and Carnatic music, by eminent artistes Vivek Krishna on flute and Aranya Narain performing Bharatha Natyam, accompanied by Mayavaram T. Vishwanathan on m


Harnessing power of music to save lives

Views - 9 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

Listed as the country with the fourth-highest suicide rate in the world, Sri Lanka is currently grappling with the most devastating national health crisis that it has ever faced. In an effort to spread awareness and create impactful conversations aro


Korean Film Festival 2018 in Colombo

Views - 151 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

Following on the success of last year’s event, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Sri Lanka and the Korea Foundation will co-host the Korean Film Festival 2018 from 12 to 15 October at the National Film Corporation (NFC) Theatre, Colombo 7, in


“Chak de India” screening at SVCC today

Views - 6 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo will be screening “Chak de India” a Shah Rukh Khan starrer sports action Hindi film (with English subtitles) at 6 p.m. on Friday 21 September at SVCC auditorium 16/2, Gregory’


The Kingsbury, official hospitality partner for Global Sound Festival hosts Alan Walker in Sri Lank

Views - 26 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

British-Norwegian artist, DJ and Producer Alan Walker arrived at the Kingsbury Hotel, the official hospitality partner for the Global Sound Festival, hours before his first concert in Sri Lanka. The enigmatic young DJ is widely known for his masked p


‘Mrs. Maisel,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ win on night of Emmy upsets

Views - 7 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): “Game of Thrones” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won the top prizes at the Emmy awards on Monday on a night of upsets for the highest honours in television and a triumph for streaming services. Dystopian female show


‘I Will Follow, I Will Lead’ presented by Choir of S. Thomas’ Preparatory School!

Views - 7 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

Choral activity in Sri Lanka has risen to an unprecedented level during the past number of years, following a growing interest in the field with the student community in Sri Lanka being largely responsible for the recognition that choirs and choral e


Renowned Sri Lankan actor philosopher Jayapalan to star in Prasanna’s ‘Gaadi’

Views - 29 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

“To us all towns are our own, everyone our kin, life’s good comes not from others’ gifts, nor ill” – V. I. S Jayapalan quotes Kaniyan Poongundran when asked about his thoughts on accepting the invitation to be cast as ‘Ausada’, the Rod


Break free with iflix

Views - 18 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

iflix, the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets today, announced the launch of iflix 3.0, an all-new look and feel to Sri Lanka’s favourite entertainment platform, with new features and content available to users across the


Country Roads 2018: Celebration of music and life

Views - 33 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

Following last year’s unprecedented audience turnout, leading to Rs. 1.27 million being raised for children’s causes, the iconic Country Roads concert will once again smash through another huge milestone in 2018 when it holds its 30th anniversary


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