Entertainment / Arts

Big Bad Wolf is back!

Views - 1 Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:13

Q: The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale has become a much anticipated and massive international phenomenon. Could you tell us the story behind the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale and the significance of its name? Jacqueline Ng: The very first Big Bad Wolf Book Sale wa


Ten books to check out during the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale!

Views - 1 Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:05

Reading calls for exciting times, especially when you know that the World’s Biggest Book Sale is back to Colombo, Sri Lanka for the third consecutive year and it’s just around the corner. Change is inevitable and this means that new things are fo


Action thriller  ‘Gemini Man’ now showing

Views - 14 Friday, 11 October 2019 00:10

Action thriller ‘Gemini Man’ is showing in cinemas from 11 October. It has been released in the following cinemas: Liberty by Scope Cinemas, Colombo City Center, Majestic Cinemas, Empire Cinema, Regal


Construction of Cine City Waterfront Film and Arts Centre launched

Views - 17 Friday, 11 October 2019 00:10

In a bid to uplift the cinema industry of the country, construction work on Cine City Waterfront Film and Arts Centre was launched last week with a view of reviving Pettah as a culture hub in Sri Lanka.


‘SLIIT’s Got Talent 2019’ showcases students’ immense artistic flair

Views - 11 Friday, 11 October 2019 00:08

The much-awaited annual ‘SLIIT’s Got Talent 2019’ gala pageant, organised by the student community of the Faculty of Engineering of the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, concluded at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre recently. Held on a sc


Chamber Music Society of Colombo conducted by Gregory Rose to perform Fauré’s Requiem

Views - 258 Friday, 11 October 2019 00:05

Six months after the tragic events of Easter Sunday 2019, the Chamber Music Society of Colombo (CMSC) and conductor Gregory Rose will seek to bring peace and solace to the survivors and those affected through the message of music. Choosing Gabriel Fa


‘Wounded Landscapes’ by Pakkiyarajah Pushpakanthan at Saskia Fernando Gallery

Views - 121 Friday, 11 October 2019 00:04

An exhibition titled ‘Wounded Landscapes’ by Pakkiyarajah Pushpakanthan is being held at the Saskia Fernando Gallery from today, 11 October, to 31 October. The exhibition preview was held last evening. Pakkiyarajah Pushpakanthan was born in Batti


Big Bad Wolf Book Sale back in Colombo for third time with 11-day book galore

Views - 29 Friday, 4 October 2019 00:00

The highly-anticipated Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is ready to set paws in Colombo for the third consecutive year as the team officially announced its return, to Colombo, Sri Lanka at an exclusive media event held at Elevate, Access Towers, recently. Wit


Longlist announced for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2019

Views - 50 Friday, 4 October 2019 00:00

The $ 25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, which is now in its ninth year, has announced its keenly awaited longlist. The longlist of 15 novels, which represent the best in South Asian fiction writing, was unveiled by the chair of the jury pa


Books launched to mark World Children’s Day

Views - 11 Friday, 4 October 2019 00:00

Two students from Zahira College Colombo English Section, Areeb Faris and Shihaf Ifthikar, launched books titled ‘Dawn of Thoughts’ and ‘Kid in Me’ to mark World Children’s Day on 1 October at the College Abdul Gaffoor Hall. It was held und


Dialog Priority and YES FM relive the best of the 2000s at YES FM Noughties Party

Views - 17 Wednesday, 2 October 2019 00:00

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider and YES FM held the YES FM Noughties Party, the hottest and most exclusive dance party celebrating the biggest songs from the 2K era at JAIC Hilton Colombo on 30 August. Lucky Priority me


Work starts today on Rs. 200 m water front and art centre ‘Sinama Uyana’ by Cinecity

Views - 79 Wednesday, 2 October 2019 00:00

To create a new cinema and cultural hub, construction work on ‘Sinama Uyana’ in the city of Colombo will be started on 4 October at 10 a.m. Leading film producer, exhibitor and film enthusiast Dr. Buddhi Keerthisena of Cinecity, Film Lanka Ltd.,


Life portrayed by a ‘Dialogue in a Sherry’

Views - 43 Wednesday, 2 October 2019 00:00

By Divya Thotawatte A poet possessing a unique viewpoint inspired by life experiences and memories, Prageeth Perera recently launched his first book ‘Dialogue in a Sherry’ sharing with the public his incomparable poetry which he keeps open to lim


‘Dialog Ridma Reyak 2019’ in support of Sri Lankan artistes takes centre-stage in October

Views - 28 Friday, 27 September 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, Dialog Axiata PLC, will power the much-anticipated ‘Ridma Reyak’ on 11 October, 7 p.m. onwards, at the BMICH. Ridma Reyak is a highly celebrated musical show on the Sri Lankan musical calendar headline


Third Brazilian Film Fest kicks off at BMICH

Views - 34 Friday, 27 September 2019 00:00

By Divya Thotawatte The third Brazilian Film Festival 2019 hosted by Embassy of Brazil Charge d’affaires Winston Alexander Silva began yesterday (26 September) at BMICH bringing a satisfactory dose of the country’s colourful culture to steal the


Atlas celebrates 60 years with futuristic experiences for kids at Colombo International Book Fair

Views - 21 Friday, 27 September 2019 00:00

Atlas Axillia, Sri Lanka’s largest producer of high-quality stationery and back-to-school products, will have a flagship activity stall at the Colombo International Book Fair, currently being held at the BMICH from 20-29 September. This year the C


Entries open for NSB ‘Páta Páta Hapankam’ art competition 2019

Views - 37 Friday, 27 September 2019 00:00

As the premiere savings bank of Sri Lanka, the National Savings Bank has always been a responsible corporate citizen in the field of banking. In the mission to transform Sri Lankans to become a force equipped with thrift and savings, the bank is orga


Dialog rings joy of reading with Colombo International Book Fair

Views - 19 Friday, 27 September 2019 00:00

In an initiative to promote reading across age groups and communities and to foster an environment of knowledge and innovation built on the foundations of books and reading, Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, sponsored th


British historical drama Downton Abbey in Lankan cinemas

Views - 28 Friday, 20 September 2019 00:00

British historical period drama film Downton Abbey will be screened in Lankan cinemas from Friday 20 September. The theatres are Liberty by Scope Cinemas, Colombo City Centre, MC Cinemas and Empire Cinema. Downton Abbey acts as a continuation of the


‘Anoma’ the monograph launched in Colombo

Views - 39 Friday, 20 September 2019 00:00

Encapsulating 50 years of the work of Anoma Wijewardene, the monograph ‘Anoma’ which was launched at the iconic award-winning Central Saint Martins, University of Arts London on International Women’s Day, made its Colombo debut in September thi


S. Vishvanathan earns ‘Kalaimaamani’ title

Views - 15 Friday, 20 September 2019 00:00

The State Awards Ceremony for Tamil Artists 2019, which recognises contributions to traditional and modern arts by Tamil Sri Lankans, was held at the Nelum Pokuna auditorium recently. The event was organised by the Ministry of National Integration, O


Tribute to poet Subramanya Bharathi today

Views - 13 Friday, 20 September 2019 00:00

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC), High Commission of India, Colombo, is organising an evening of Bharathiyar songs by Darshani Arulanandam at 6 p.m. today, 20 September, at SVCC auditorium located at 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7. Arula


‘The Adelaide Choral Fest – Broadway Musicals’ by choirs of Gateway Colleges

Views - 18 Friday, 20 September 2019 00:00

The Gateway Colleges, in their endeavour to create opportunities for students to showcase their creative talents, will be organising their Choral Festival for the fourth consecutive year and for the second year with the University of Adelaide. This


Midori performs Brahms, Debussy and Faure

Views - 73 Friday, 20 September 2019 00:00

On 26 September at 7 p.m. at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, the Chamber Music Society of Colombo (CMSC) will present arguably the most important classical music concert of the year – the extraordinary violinist, Midori, with Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano.


Get ready to be ‘Politically ඉන්correct’

Views - 27 Thursday, 19 September 2019 00:04

The road to stand-up comedy was one that Gehan Blok and Dino Corera have wanted to explore since they were fresh out of school. Since their debut to the theatre scene, the two, along with Dominic Keller and Pasan Ranawera have expanded their repertoi


‘Nodutu Aes’ (Unseen Eyes) on 21 September

Views - 72 Thursday, 19 September 2019 00:02

‘Nodutu Aes’ (Unseen Eyes), an experimental multi-media play directed by Kanchuka Dharmasiri, will be staged on 21 September at 3:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. at Namel-Malini Punchi Theatre. ‘Nodutu Aes’ is based on Kumari Kumaragamage’s poems in


‘Golden Voice of North’: A musical contest

Views - 48 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:00

At the request of the youths of the Northern Province who wish to achieve in the field of music, the age limit of the applicant applying for the ‘Golden Voice of North’ has been increased to 30. Under the direction of Governor of Northern Provinc


‘Balloth Ekka Baa 2’ on 14 September

Views - 22 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:00

Peradeniya University Alumni Association of Colombo Chapter will present ‘Balloth Ekka Baa 2’ on 14 September at 6:30 p.m. at New Town Hall Green Path Colombo 7. Popular artists Gihan Fernando, Kumara Thirimaduwa, Chamila Pieris, Sarath Karunara


Governor visits Jaffna Book Fair

Views - 22 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:00

Governor of Northern Province Dr. Suren Raghavan visited Jaffna Book Fair 2019 which was held on a grand scale at Jaffna Veerasingam Hall. As Sunday (1) was the final day, he presented gifts to the winners of the various competitions held to mark thi


SLT VisionCom recognises outstanding performers at PEO TV Awards 2018

Views - 20 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:00

SLT VisionCom Ltd. held its annual Awards Night recently at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, where the senior management created a notable experience among staff by recognising the best performers of the company in 2018. Employees who excelled in all disci


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Facing the chill wind: Decline in agricultural exports in Sri Lanka

Thursday, 17 October 2019

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The ‘Strategic Blueprint’ of your firm: Articulating your competitive strategy

Thursday, 17 October 2019

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Thursday, 17 October 2019

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Palaly comes to life again

Thursday, 17 October 2019

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