Intellectual exchanges

  • The gender gap – a photography contest at the Alliance Française, focus your lenses now and go on clicking!

    The contest is open until November 26th and the winner will be announced at a special and public evening on December 7th, where all the photos of the participants will be exhibited.

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  • InterFaith in Sri Lanka!

    Four young people of different convictions are travelling the world to discover initiatives for interreligious or interconvictional dialogue and the promotion of living together. Feedback on the InterFaith Tour project and their trip in Sri Lanka.

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  • The winner of LabCitoyen 2017 back from Paris

    For its 6th edition, LabCitoyen looked at “Human Rights in the City”/“Droits humains dans la ville”, in recognition to the leading role of the City as an actor and space for human rights, their enjoyment and guarantee (as a service providers and public policy makers in education, health or accommodation). The winner of LabCitoyen 2017 tells us about her experience in Paris.

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  • FOCUS - ‘Citizen’s Engagement in Tomorrow’s City’ - Reshaping the purpose of a city

    With the changing cityscapes, rural settings are on a fast-track to modernisation. In future, many people will start living in cities. Cities have emerged to be places of innovation and it’s necessary to make the city, smart and sustainable. In 2017, the Embassy of France in Sri Lanka and Maldives organised a series of events on the theme of the ‘Global City’ titled FOCUS. FOCUS events aim at fostering debates and ideas, but also sharing scientific analysis and knowledge on themes of common interest to Sri Lanka and France. In this framework the Embassy in collaboration with Junior Chamber International (JCI) – Sri Lanka presented an interactive seminar titled ‘Citizens’ Engagement in Tomorrow’s City’.

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  • Next FOCUS event on engaging citizens in the city of tomorrow – 15th Sept. 2017, Galle Face Hotel

    For our next FOCUS event , we will hold an interactive discussion on « Citizen’s engagement for Tomorrow’s city “. For those who want to make a difference, September 15th 2017 at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo.

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  • FOCUS I: Transports in the sustainable global city

    What is FOCUS?
    One of our flagship events of the year, FOCUS is an essential component of the scientific and cultural action of the year, and of France’s diplomacy of influence.

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  • LabCitoyen is back! Participate and win a trip to Paris

    What is LabCitoyen 2017?
    Designed by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Institut Français, in collaboration with La Maison des Cultures du Monde, LabCitoyen is an international youth forum that aims at promoting the French language as a tool for debate and action on the major issues of our time.

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  • First ever Night of Ideas in Colombo! Sharing Freedom of expression

    On January 26, 2017, the Alliance Française de Kotte, 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.

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  • Drawing freely tours the country, en route for the Night of Ideas

    The exhibition Drawing Freely will shortly depart from Colombo to tour the country from December 10th to January 26th. Sri Lankans and curious will be able to discover the exhibition in Matara and Kandy, before its final stop in Colombo.

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  • Of the past, for the future – Living Heritage

    Living Heritage offered five days of events promoting the importance of heritage sites in city planning and development. Historic places connect our past with our present and with our future. They help form our individual and collective identities and contribute to a sense of place and belonging. But in the race to build tomorrow’s city, the fate of Colombo’s past is at stake.

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