Colomboscope Festival is back from 31st January to 2nd February ! [fr]
Standard Chartered Colomboscope is Colombo’s largest arts festival and celebrates contemporary literature, music, film, dance and theatre. Organised by Goethe-Institut, British Council and Alliance Française de Kotte.
In order to build upon this concept and create a rich festival experience for its visitors, the 2014 edition of the Standard Chartered Colomboscope shares its theme of ‘Making History’ with Colombo Art Biennale – Colombo’s cutting edge showcase of both local and international contemporary visual arts.
While Colombo, Sri Lanka, and indeed the rest of world are constantly evolving and transforming, the Standard Chartered Colomboscope offers a forum in which writers, musicians, thinkers, dancers, filmmakers and actors can reflect upon history in all its complexities.
Standard Chartered Colomboscope will highlight many facets of historical analysis, including the importance of complementing mainstream history with citizens accounts, the impact of the digital age on the documentation of historic events, the lessons that can be learned with the benefit of hindsight, and artistic re-interpretations of historic folk and dance heritage, are amongst the many themes and ideas that will be showcased at the festival.
The French Embassy and the Alliance Française de Kotte would like to take this opportunity to introduce the digital side of historical interpretation by inviting Serge Noiret, an historian, expert on Digital History and Social Networks, and Lara Baladi, an egyptian-lebanese photographer and multimedia artist.
Don’t miss their participation to the Festival on Sunday 2nd of February :
10.30 am, Old Town Hall : Serge Noiret in conversation with Smriti Daniel, History in the age of social media.
3.30 pm at Grand Oriental Hôtel : Lara Baladi in conversation with Jasmina Metwaly, Social History and the rise of citizen Historian.
Standard Chartered Colomboscope is also an invitation to step off the beaten track and re-discover Colombo, to explore forgotten spaces and take in their magnificent views; watch new interpretations of ritual folk dances and melodies unfold under the majestic Nuga Tree of the Sri Lanka Foundation; enter the forgotten New Town Hall Auditorium on Green Path to hear how art sometimes finds itself playing the role of complementary chronologist; go back in time to the Whist Bungalow in Modera. Prepare yourself to be surprised when entering the dungeons of the Rio Hotel & Cinema Complex in Slave Island as you join Mind Adventures and the GOB squad on their imaginative journeys into familiar but parallel worlds. Marvel at the view of the ancient, seldom seen, but busily growing Colombo Port as you overlook it from the Harbour and Lotus Rooms of the Grand Oriental Hotel, host to the daily, evening festival lounge.
Here is the complete schedule of Colomboscope :
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