Saturday, January 7, 2017

Expat News, Articles of Interest and Diary Events #4

This is the round up for December 2016. I'm a little late putting this out there due to the fact I've been visiting and celebrating with family and friends over the festive season. I'm enjoying a spell in colder climates and never-ending puddings and traditions. How was the festive season for you? I hope it was better than you hoped for and it has left a good feeling for the coming year ahead! Last month I was saying how I couldn't' believe we were at the end of 2016, and now I'm thinking... are we really into 2017 already?

So how are you doing with setting those new year goals. I've made my list of new year's resolutions and a massive list of to-do and to-visit. I can feel it in my bones that it's going to be another stellar year, though I'm sure it will have its unique challenges. I wish everyone a successful and fruitful year filled with adventure, luck and new experiences.

I'm a little apprehensive about the reports of a bad drought and power shortages for the first half of this year for Sri Lanka. But, what can you do, but pray that things won't as bad as the reports are suggesting.

December 2016 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

January 2017

till 31 March -  Cirque Lanka, Viharamahadevi Open Air Theatre, Colombo (see article and website for more details)
5 January-1 February - Exhibition: FINDING SPACE | Kingsley Gunatillake, Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo (see website for details)
10 January - Celebrating World Hindi Day 2017, Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
11 January - Visit Kelaniya 2017 "90th Duruthu Maha Perahera", Kelaniya Temple (see website for details)
11-15 January -  Fairway Galle Literary Festival, Galle Fort, Galle (see website and Facebook for details)
15 January - *FREE EVENT* Colombo Jazz and Blues Festival, Galle Magistrates Court, Galle Fort (see Facebook for details)
18 January - Discussion: “The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent teachings for inter-ethnic and religious harmony”, American Center, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
20 January -  Live Drawing Reinhard Kleist, Goethe Hall, Colombo (see website for details)
20-27 January - *FREE EVENT* Guitar Fest 2017, Colombo, Kandy, Badulla, Batticaloa, Jaffna
*21 January -  *FREE EVENT* "Road to Memphis (2010)", American Center Auditorium, Colombo (see website for details)
22 January - Kala Pola 2017, Nelum Pokun Mw, Colombo  (see Facebook for details)
22 January - Madeleine Mitchell Violin Piano Recital, The Russian Cultural Center, Colombo, (see Facebook for details)
25-29 January - "Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
26 January - Roger Hanschel & Music Matters, Goethe Hall, Colombo (see website for details)
26 January - Night of Ideas - Sharing Freedom of expression, Alliance Française de Kotte, Colombo (see website for details)
27 January - *FREE EVENT* Film Screening: "Berlin - Schönhauser Corner", Goethe-Institut, Colombo (see website for details)
*28 January - *FREE EVENT* "Selma (2014)", American Center Auditorium, Colombo (see website for details)

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