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Hilton Colombo celebrates the ‘Original’ Oktoberfest!

Views - 218 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:10

Traditional highlights and favourites are back at the sports centre arena at the Hilton Colombo, with its highly-anticipated annual event, Oktoberfest, taking place from 1 to 10 November. The celebrations are spearheaded by German-born Executive Chef

Staying CentreStage!

Views - 65 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:10

This has been another busy year of creativity and theatre and social service for Jehan Aloysius and his drama group, CentreStage Productions. The year began by being commissioned by the Galle Literary Festival to conduct a workshop on bullying, based

Scope brings ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to town, hosts special premiere

Views - 127 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:09

Scope Cinemas Ltd. is showing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ from 9 November at Colombo City Center – Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is a biographical film about the British rock band Queen, focusing on lead singer Freddie Mercu

The Kingsbury kicks off Octoberfest 2018 at Honey Beach Club

Views - 65 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

Visitors and guests to The Kingsbury Hotel are in for a treat this weekend as the city’s most iconic poolside location, Honey Beach Club, plays host to Octoberfest 2018 celebrations till 30 October. Kicking off every day from 7-11 p.m., the hotel h

Meatless Monday at Mount Lavinia Hotel

Views - 53 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

With efforts to promote sustainable food production and consumption, the SLYCAN trust together with the Humane Society teamed up with Mount Lavinia Hotel for a ‘Meatless Monday’ at the famed Governor’s Restaurant on 22 October. Our planet has f

Mövenpick Hotel Colombo’s Robata Grill and Lounge launches ‘Unassumingly Asian’ concept

Views - 65 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

The Robata Grill and Lounge successfully launched an ‘Unassumingly Asian’ concept at the Mövenpick Hotel Colombo. The launch event took place a few days ago at the Robata, featuring a ‘street food party’ concept, completed with magicians, ju

The fighting spirit of wounded soldiers

Views - 41 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 - 40 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 - 40 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 - 17 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 - 39 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

Wild flowers to the fore!

Views - 71 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne, one of the authors of a new guide, ‘A Naturalist’s Guide to the Flowers of Sri Lanka,’ co-published by Vijitha Yapa Publications (Sri Lanka) and John Beaufoy Publishing (UK), speaks to Weekend FT about the new book

Plight of Sinhala music

Views - 92 Saturday, 20 October 2018 00:10

Sri Lanka’s leading songstress Nanda Malini lamented at the pathetic state of Sinhala music back at home, during a concert held in Sydney recently. “No one seems to be showing any interest,” she stressed. She virtually said that there was no fu

Third Freddy’s New Hope rolls in a ‘Trojan Horse’

Views - 694 Saturday, 20 October 2018 00:10

So I had a one-night stand. No, not with Freddy at Temple Trees. But with his third avatar at the Lionel Wendt. They called it ‘A New Hope’. I can see why. It was dangerous, exciting, and challenging – a little like the George Lucas franchise f

Best breakfast in town !

Views - 237 Saturday, 20 October 2018 00:10

Rare at Residence by Uga has long been one of Colombo’s pre-eminent fine dining venues, especially if you are in the mood for a modern, elevated take on traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. However, with the revamp of its breakfast menu, Rare is taking

Beer lovers face price spikes, shortages as climate changes: study

Views - 22 Saturday, 20 October 2018 00:10

WASHINGTON (Reuters): Climate change will brew trouble for beer lovers in coming decades as it shrinks yields of barley, the top grain used to make the world’s most popular alcoholic drink, a study published on Monday said. Extreme weather eve

Preserving for posterity

Views - 79 Saturday, 20 October 2018 00:10

The news that the Sigiriya frescoes and graffiti are being copied using laser technology is indeed a welcome move. The frescoes dating back to the 5th century are accepted as the oldest examples of mediaeval paintings in Sri Lanka. The need to preser

An international contemporary dance festival nATFEST in November

Views - 221 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

nATFEST, an international contemporary dance festival organised by Sri Lanka’s first contemporary dance company, nATANDA Dance Theatre of Sri Lanka, will be held from 10 to 11 November at the British School Auditorium at 7 p.m.

A rare happening – An all-night pirith ceremony

Views - 64 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

Sri Lankan German Tech lads in Sydney won much praise about the ‘piirth mandapaya’ done by them for the all-night pirith ceremony held last week at Lankaramaya temple in Sydney. The ‘mandapaya’ was meticulously planned and executed identical

“ The ascent is easy and the reward is great ”

Views - 30 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

Reading the news item about the setting up of a post box at the summit of Pidurutagala, the highest mountain in Sri Lanka (height of 2,524 metres), brought back memories of the trips we did as undergrad

Rust Diaries by Shri – A fabulous revolution!

Views - 82 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

Passion turned into a journey, Rust Diaries is a line of naturally dyed, meticulously handcrafted wearable art. Everything that is used

Anantara Kalutara gets into the Oktoberfest spirit

Views - 48 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

When you think of Oktoberfest, generally two things immediately spring to mind: Lederhosen and beer. As we entered Anantara Kalutara Resort, the first was expectation was met immediately, with C

The L.A.B, Hilton Colombo goes Retro again

Views - 133 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

Having time travelled previously to the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s with two successful nights of retro last month, the L.A.B at Hilton Colombo will be buzzing once again on the 26 and 27 October. The legendary deejays Kapila, Naushad, Bonnie, Pradeep

The blackest coffee and Nutella-filled Kimbula bunis only at De Vos Cafe

Views - 82 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

The coffee drink may be dark, but it might make your smile pearly white. De Vos Cafe the new kid in town has introduced two unique and delicious items to their menu with the introduction of Colombo’s Blackest Coffee (CBC) and the divine Nutella-fil

‘Nothing to see here’ – at the British Council Library

Views - 31 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

The Gratien Trust, Commonwealth Writers and the British Council are presenting an evening of conversation with writers and an editor on the graft of writing. Writers and editors tell unglamorous stories from their working lives. Vivimarie VanderPoort

Art contest for Sri Lankan children to mark International Children’s Day in Lebanon

Views - 68 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

In celebrating International Children’s Day, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beirut organised an art competition for children of the Sri Lankan community in Lebanon, for the second consecutive year.

Zonta Club 11 invites dance enthusiasts for spectacular theme night

Views - 41 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

A hundred years ago there lived and worked a remarkable woman named Marion de Forest… who had a dream. She was an American playwright and journalist from Buffalo, New York. She believed that women all over the world needed a voice, champions to pr

Broken Leg Theatre’s ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ this weekend

Views - 37 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

Scars, scrapes and bruises are a part of life as we scramble along into adulthood. As innocuous as these painful encounters seem through the retrospective lens of adulthood, the consequences of our accumulated scars take center stage in the American

pinkpoppypetal blooms!

Views - 332 Saturday, 6 October 2018 00:11

Parents – especially parents of newborns and toddlers! – were in for a treat two days ago, when super-talented Yashasvi Kannangara announced the launch of her blog, pinkpoppypetal. Yashasvi, a freelance writer, stay-at-home mom and avid foodie, i

Broken Leg Theatre presents ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’

Views - 88 Saturday, 6 October 2018 00:10

Scars, scrapes and bruises are a part of life as we scramble along into adulthood. As innocuous as these painful encounters seem through the retrospective lens of adulthood, the consequences of our acc

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Monday, 22 April 2019

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Friday, 19 April 2019

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