Thursday, December 1, 2016

Expat News, Articles of Interest and Diary Events #3

This is the round up for the second part of November 2016. Can you believe we're in December already? One more month in 2016 and in the blink of an eye we'll be kicking off 2017. So what are the things you have to tick off before the year is done? Will you be in Sri Lanka over the festive season or joining family and friends overseas? I mix it up a little - some years I've stayed in Sri Lanka while others have been back with family and friends. Although I don't make a big deal about Christmas, I always associate it with cold weather and hot puddings.

If you're celebrating the festive season in Sri Lanka be sure to get out of the cities and enjoy nature. It's a beautiful time of the year, the weather is mild and there are so many places to relax or experience new things. If you're staying in the city, then there's plenty happening ing around Colombo that will keep you entertained or at least, well fed.

I'll be traveling, seeking out adventures and exploring my creative side over the festive season. I need a little time-out to clear the cobwebs, reflect on the year that has just passed and set some goals for 2017.  Do you do the same?

Happy end of November round-up! Keep on reading on...

2nd Half November Round Up - What's been in the news?

Expat Articles

Sri Lanka Articles

Opportunities for Generosity

  • New Life Elephant Sanctuary is a new initiative that is looking to establish an elephant sanctuary in the North Western Province for Sri Lanka's captive elephants. It intends to "be a place of healing and transformation for captive elephants. It will also help protect wild elephants by supporting their conservation, and will provide hands-on learning, discovery and training to veterinarians, volunteers, school children, villagers and mahouts." The SLWCS  is a non-profit, 501c3 tax-exempt organization based in the United States, and a fully registered voluntary social service non-governmental organization with the Ministry of Social Welfare in Sri Lanka and the Central Environmental Authority of Sri Lanka. See website and Facebook page for details.

  • Trail SL is a walk to unite, heal both Sri Lanka and cancer. It's aim is to raise $5million to build a cancer hospital in Karapitya.The Trail walk covered 670 km along the length of the island that commenced on 6 October 2016 and completed on 2 November 2016. You can still donate to help reach the target. See website and Facebook page for details.

For Your Diary

December 2016

1-3 December - "Three-Day Theatre Festival for Children and Youth" organized by Somalatha Subasinghe Play House, Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo (see article for details)
2 December - Sadbhakti: A musical tribute to M. S. Subbulakshmi, Saraswathy Hall, Colombo (see flyer for details)
 2-3 December - *FREE EVENT* Movie Screening: "The Theory of Everything", Colombo and Kandy (see Facebook for details)
2-4 December - Open Studio: Marie-Caroline Senli, French Residence, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
till 4 December - "Alex Stewart's Art Exhibition - A Parallel Possibility", Barefoot Garden Cafe, Colombo (see website or Facebook for details)
2-20 December - Colombo Art Biennale 2016 - "Conceiving Space", (see website and Facebook for details)
3 December - *FREE EVENT* "Christmas Craft Workshops for Kids", British Council (see website for ticket details)
3 December - German Christmas Goodies, Basico Lounge, Hilton Residence (see Facebook for details)
*3 December - *FREE EVENT* "FILM: Leap Year (2010)", American Center Auditorium, Colombo (see website for details)
4 December - CMSC: Holiday Season Concert 2016, Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo (for tickets)
4 December - Colombo Design Market, Colombo Public Library Lawn, Colombo (see website and Facebook for details)
5 December  - *FREE EVENT* American Battery Dance Group, Gateway International College Auditorium, Kandy (see Facebook for details)
8 December - 1 January - Angle of Incidence: An exhibition by Layla Gonaduwa, Barefoot, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
9 December - Film Screening: HUMAN, Allliance Francaise de Kotte, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
9 December - "Presentation: Business Aspects of the Arts by John Hollander", American Centre, Colombo (see Facebook for details on registration)
9-11 December - *FREE EVENT* Agenda 14: Short Film Festival, (see website and event for details)
10 December -  Colombo Hippie Market, BMICH, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
10 December -  South Kandy Literary Forum, Hindu Cultural Hall, Katukelle, Kandy (see Facebook for details)
10 December - Kingdom of the Elves: Kiddies Christmas Party, Waters Edge, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
*10 December - *FREE EVENT* "FILM: The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)", American Center Auditorium, Colombo (see website for details)
10-11 December - Hikka Fest 2016, Hikkaduwa (see Facebook for details)

10-11 December - Colombo Comic Con '16, BMICH, Colombo (see Facebook for details) 
10 December - 26 January - "Drawing Freely" Exhibition, Colombo, Matara, Kandy (see website for more details)
15 December - Melt Trio (German Jazz band), Barefoot Cafe, Colombo ( see Goethe event for details)
15 December - Open Mic Nite, British Council Library, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
15 December - Hindustani Vocal Recital, Indian Cultural Centre Auditorium, Colombo (see flyer for details)
16-23 December - *FREE EVENT*  Christmas Movie Week, British Council Library, Colombo (see website for details)
17 December - *FREE EVENT* Indian Food & Fun Fair, Indian Cultural Centre Lawn, Colombo (see flyer for details)
*17 December - *FREE EVENT* "FILM: Hachi : A Dog’s Tale (2006)", American Center Auditorium, Colombo (see website for details)
17-18 December - International Tattoo Festival, BMICH, Colombo (see Facebook event for details)
till 20 December - "Art Exhibition: I Am Me - Saskia Pintelon", Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo (see website for details)
20-23 December - *FREE EVENT* Tourism Fest 2016, Independence Arcade, Colombo
*24 December - *FREE EVENT* "FILM: Remember the Titans (2000)", American Center Auditorium, Colombo (see website for details)
*31 December - *FREE EVENT* "FILM: National Treasure (2004)", American Center Auditorium, Colombo (see website for details)

* every Saturday there are also screenings of kids movies at 10am (see website for details)

January 2017

11-15 January -  Fairway Galle Literary Festival, Galle Fort, Galle (see website and Facebook for details)
20-27 January - *FREE EVENT* Guitar Fest 2017, Colombo, Kandy, Badulla, Batticaloa, Jaffna.
22 January - Madeleine Mitchell Violin Piano Recital, The Russian Cultural Center, Colombo, (see Facebook for details)

*** Please be advised to check all the details for the above events with the organizers or hosts via their websites, social media or directly, as they may be subject to change. Apologies in advance for any errors in my transposing of the dates and details ***

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