Home / FT Lite/ First-ever ‘Night of Ideas’ in Colombo with Kianoush Ramezani on 26 January

First-ever ‘Night of Ideas’ in Colombo with Kianoush Ramezani on 26 January


Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Saturday, 21 January 2017 03:02


On 26 January, the Alliance Française de Kotte along with the Embassy of France, will present the first-ever Night of Ideas held in Colombo.

During a special night, participants will be invited to share their ideas on the theme of ‘A World in common – Sharing Freedom of expression,’ in the presence of French and Sri Lankan cartoonists and journalists.

The broadcasted event seeks to raise attention to the challenges and issues pertaining to freedom of the press, and 09-1more generally freedom of expression. It echoes the exhibition Drawing Freely (Dessins en Liberté), which tours the country, ahead of the Night of Ideas.

The Drawing Freely exhibition was held in Alliance Française de Matara/Galle and is being held in Alliance Française de Kandy from 9 January and then in Colombo from 26 January.

Panellists of the Night of Ideas in Colombo: Kianoush Ramezani – Iranian artist and activist, political refugee, living in Paris, since 2009; Amal Jayasinghe – Bureau Chief at Agence France-Presse; Nalaka Gunawardene – Science writer, journalist and communication specialist, Gihan de Chickera – Political cartoonist.

The event will also be the occasion to enjoy some festivities: music, poesy, cocktail and a good talk… the recipe to remake the world!

Organised for the first time in Paris in January 2016, the Night of Ideas has gathered intellectuals, philosophers, and all of us who wished to join an overnight discussion on topical issues, but also more philosophical concepts and ideas. In 2017, Embassies’ Cultural Services, the Instituts Français and the networks of the Alliances Françaises, all over the world, will again present a series of events, held simultaneously on four continents, to build on Paris last year’s initiative.

Date: 26 January

Time: 06:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Venue: Alliance Francaise de Kotte (in Colombo), 11, Keppetipola Mawatha, Colombo 5

NB: A special wall will be set for everyone at Alliance Française de Kandy to express thoughts on any form of art. The Alliance Française de Kandy will also organise a little Night of Ideas on 23 January (6:00 to 7:30pm) followed by a cocktail.

Closing the ceremony of the exhibition “Drawing freely” it will be animated by a panel discussion on Freedom of Expression with Dr. Liyanage Amarakeerthi – Sri Lankan author and Professor in Sinhala, Shayamali Ranaraja – Attorney at-law of the Supreme Court, Malinda Seneviratne  – Media practitioner and author and Kianoush Ramezani.


Share This Article


DISCLAIMER:

1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.

COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

IPS’s State of the Economy Report 2018 is a demonstration of its independent analysis of the economy

Monday, 22 October 2018

Economists are at the receiving end of society today when it comes to economic crises. They have been blamed not only for giving confusing advice, but also for failing to predict accurately the oncoming economic catastrophes.


Future competencies for Sri Lankans: Rhetoric and reality

Monday, 22 October 2018

I was humbly happy to be the first Sri Lankan to speak at Fiji Annual HR Convention. It gave me a wonderful opportunity to meet warm people of another island nation. With booming tourism and bountiful natural resources, it appears as one of the most


Challenges in preserving and promoting Pakistan’s Buddhist past

Saturday, 20 October 2018

The international media has been portraying Pakistan as a hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism, especially after the Americans carried out a surgical strike there to kill international terrorist and fugitive, Osama bin Laden.


Government’s cohabitation stuck in the past or what?

Friday, 19 October 2018

The appointment of career judge Nalin Perera as the new Chief Justice, who has served in the judiciary for over 30 years, provides a snapshot into President Maithripala Sirisena’s thought process, amidst various stories of clashes with his coalitio


Columnists More