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‘Matilda’ magic to come alive in Colombo with Cinnamon Life

Views - 267 Wednesday, 17 April 2019 00:00

‘Magic’ is a word that echoes in every conversation about ‘Matilda the Musical’ and that’s the magic Cinnamon Life is bringing to Sri Lanka in June. One of the West End’s best-selling productions, ‘Matilda’ is being presented in Colom

Cinnamon Life presents The Clairvoyants

Views - 13 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

Last week Cinnamon Life hosted the much-awaited magical experience, The Clairvoyants, as they performed their full-length sold-out show in Colombo for the first time ever in the whole of Asia at Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre. Sri Lanka was

Shortlist announced for Gratiaen Prize 2018, awarded by the Gratiaen Trust

Views - 55 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

The shortlist has been announced for the Gratiaen Prize 2018. The Gratiaen Prize is awarded each year to the best submitted creative work in English, written by a Sri Lankan writer resident in Sri Lanka. Both published works and unpublished manuscrip

Huawei ‘Beautiful Sri Lanka’ photography competition for smartphone photography enthusiasts

Views - 14 Thursday, 11 April 2019 00:00

Huawei, the number one smartphone brand in Sri Lanka, introduced an exciting new photography competition entitled ‘Beautiful Sri Lanka’ as a platform for Huawei users to showcase their photographic eye and their talent. The contest is open to all

Sri Lanka’s heavy metal icons Stigmata roars to 19 years in music

Views - 61 Thursday, 11 April 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s heavy metal icon, Stigmata, rocked its way into the band’s 19th year in music at the anniversary concert held on Saturday 6 March at The Atelier: House of Performing Arts. Celebrating its 19th birthday, Stigmata put on yet another sw

‘Creative Activities for Children’ by Somalatha Subasinghe Play House

Views - 9 Thursday, 11 April 2019 00:00

Lanka Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation (LCYTF) or popularly known as ‘Somalatha Subasinghe Play House’ commences its next session of the ‘Creative Activities for Children’ program on 4 May. The program is open to children from ages

SOS Children’s Villages youth Shane Manohara takes first step towards dream career in music

Views - 8 Thursday, 11 April 2019 00:00

Led by sheer will, inspired by the late ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson and backed by SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka (SOSCVSL); Shane Manohara Rajapaksa, who is an SOS youth took the first step towards his dream career in music, releasing his

Cinnamon Life presents ‘Matilda the Musical’!

Views - 56 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Cinnamon Life will present one of the best-selling shows of all time in Colombo this June – ‘Matilda the Musical’. An utterly exhilarating, nostalgic and heart-tugging story that is based on the much-loved book by the incomparable and world-ren

Catching The Drift: Live Music Thursdays at Botanik Rooftop

Views - 14 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

The Drift, a five-piece band has been taking Colombo and the Southern Coast by storm over the last five months with their covers of pop, jazz, funk, blues, and reggae songs. Their home base in Colombo is Botanik, where they started with an acoustic t

Launch of ‘88 Keys’ Art Studio showcases drawings by artist Shevan Gunesekera

Views - 11 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

The ‘88 Keys’ Art Studio paintings named ‘Revival’ by Shevan Gunesekera was launched recently to a private audience at the newly-opened Gallery at Unit 1, No. 19, 18th Lane, Colombo 3. It was one of his many exhibitions to focus exclusively o

Mesh Dance Theatre makes Bakamuna design partner for ‘Pluralism’

Views - 25 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Mesh Dance Theatre, the sister company of Mesh Academy of Dance, will be producing ‘Pluralism’ on 5 and 6 April at Park Street Stables with Bakamuna as their official design partner. Choreographed and directed by Umeshi Rajeendra with original mu

Central Saint Martins London hosts launch of ‘Anoma’ monograph on Sri Lankan artist

Views - 101 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

On International Women’s Day 2019, the work of Anoma Wijewardene was celebrated at London’s historic art college Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts. Anoma, who is one of its well-recognised alumni from the South Asian region, is consid

St. Patrick’s Day at Havelock Town a success

Views - 35 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

Although it is unfamiliar to the majority of Sri Lankans, 17 March is somewhat of a global significance. If one is to question why, then the answer would be that it is St. Patrick’s Day! Every year, 17 March is universally celebrated as the Feast o

Rapunzel unfolds at British School in Colombo

Views - 16 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

The British School in Colombo in its continuous search for excellence in music and theatre unveiled their latest production, ‘Rapunzel’ at the school auditorium recently. This timeless children’s classic fairy tale was unfolded by the Year-4 s

‘Closer to Jesus’ Gospel service

Views - 20 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

The season of Lent calls us to enter the spiritual journey that transforms us and reminds us repentance and forgiveness in our lives. ‘Closer to Jesus’ is a Gospel service of the Passion of the Christ presented by ‘Praise and Worship with Choro

HNB banking partner for ‘The Clairvoyants’ presented by Cinnamon Life

Views - 27 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

Hatton National Bank has teamed up with Cinnamon Life as the official banking partner for the magic and mentalism performance by the Austrian duo ‘The Clairvoyants’, to be held on 4 April at Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa theatre. HNB will offer

Mobitel facilitates ‘The Clairvoyants’ presented by Cinnamon Life as Official Communication Partner

Views - 17 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

Mobitel is proud to be the Official Communication Partner for the highly anticipated show, ‘The Clairvoyants’ presented by Cinnamon Life, featuring the world-renowned magician and mentalist duo, Amélie van Tass and Thommy Ten, who are the world

An evening in full swing with Biggles Big Band at Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin

Views - 17 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

Hua Hin, Thailand: The swing excitement has recently revisited Hua Hin as Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin welcomed Biggles Big Band to delight Thai fans with hits from the golden era of jazz. The beautiful city of Hua Hin was in excitem

‘Get Out’ director’s new film ‘Us’ to release in SL on 29 March

Views - 15 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

After sending shockwaves across contemporary culture and setting a new standard for provocative, socially-conscious horror films with his directorial debut, ‘Get Out’, Academy Award-winning visionary Jordan Peele returns with another original nig

Nilmini wins Most Brilliant Performer Award at 14th Osaka Asian Film Festival for ‘Asandhimitta’

Views - 61 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Nilmini Sigera the lead actress of the film ‘Asandhimitta’ has won the Yakushi Pearl Award for ‘Most Brilliant Performer’ at the 14th Osaka Asian Film Festival concluded on 17 March in Osaka, Japan. Asandhimitta was entered under the main com

Billari Art Gallery officially opens

Views - 60 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

World-renowned Pakistani artist Jimmy Engineer, together with local artist Mueen Saheed, recently collaborated for the opening of Billari Art Gallery, in Colombo. The art exhibition and opening had many leading personalities and art lovers present t

Golden oldies from the Hindi silver screen

Views - 15 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre will present a musical evening ‘Jalte hain jiske liye’ – Golden oldies from the Hindi silver screen on 28 March at 6:30 p.m. at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre auditorium located at 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Co

‘Black Wednesday’ at Margarita Blue

Views - 21 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

The Galadari Colombo’s Margarita Blue is organising ‘Black Wednesday’ with the ever-popular band ‘Black’ headed by Ranil Amirthiah on 27 March, 7 p.m. onwards. Make your Wednesday exciting by dancing the night away and enjoying the musical

‘Why? Saama’: Real life story played out by puppets on Saturday

Views - 46 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

All have a great opportunity to celebrate International Women’s Day and the World Puppetry Day with a real life story played out by puppets on Saturday 23 March from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the British Council Library. The performance is create

‘Kumarsutra,’ a night of hilarious comedy for a far greater purpose on Sunday

Views - 119 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

Singaporean-born Anita Doraiis presenting a special one-night-only comedy show, ‘Kumarsutra’ on 17 March at the Hilton Colombo, in support of the Wheels for Wheels Foundation as a funding initiative to distribute wheelchair donations around the c

Kala Pola 2019 marks 25 years of John Keells sponsorship

Views - 23 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

‘Kala Pola’ – Sri Lanka’s popular annual open-air art fair unveiled in Colombo in an explosion of colour. The longest running visual art fair in the country, Kala Pola took place on Sunday, 24 February under the joint stewardship of Sri Lanka

Renowned Bharatnatyam exponents to perform at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre

Views - 15 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

Renowned Bharatnatyam exponent from India Pavitra Krishna Bhatt will perform with his spouse Aparna Shastry Bhatt at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre auditorium on 18 March at 6 p.m. located at 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7. Pavitra Krishna Bhat

‘Captain Marvel’ soars to $ 153 million launch

Views - 18 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com): Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel” is soaring to a heroic opening weekend of $ 153 million in North America at 4,310 sites, reviving what had been a slumbering 2019 box office. “Captain Marvel” took in $302 million in

Wonder Park in 5 Lankan cinemas from today

Views - 34 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

Wonder Park, the 3D computer animated adventure film produced by Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies, with Ilion Animation Studios handling animation, will be screened in five Sri Lankan cinemas from today (15 March). They are Scope Cinemas (

Savoy Cinemas secures exclusive distribution rights for ‘Vijayaba Kollaya’

Views - 18 Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:00

The recently-rebranded Savoy Cinemas (formerly EAP Films and Theatres) secured the official distribution of Sri Lanka’s first-ever 3D movie in Sinhala, ‘Vijayaba Kollaya’ by Prof. Sunil Ariyaratne. Produced by H.D Premasiri, ‘Vijayaba Kollaya

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Poignant pondering on a patriarch

Monday, 22 April 2019

Almost five months have gone. It is with a profound sense of sadness that we experienced the demise of our veteran teacher, respected author, legal luminary, an accomplished ambassador, an eminent public servant and an amazing human being, Dr. Wickre

Enemies of democracy – Part I Demand for a strongman to rule the country

Monday, 22 April 2019

I posed the following question to a group of university students recently: ‘Do you desire to have a strongman to rule Sri Lanka today?’ The students, made up of both genders in the age group of 25 to 35, chorused the answer in the affirmative. Wh

The sad demise of Jet Airways

Monday, 22 April 2019

Jet Airways of India, once the premier full-service carrier of the sub-continent, has ceased operations. “Jet Airways and its Board of Directors have been forced to take this extreme measure, as prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and auth

No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

Trial by fire is not a new ordeal to Christian community. It predates Notre Dame and Nazism by millennia. In fact, a decade or so before Nero torched believers to light Roman avenues, Jewish religious leaders put Jesus-followers to the test as the Ch

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