Thursday, March 2, 2017

Expat News, Articles of Interest and Diary Events #7

For a short month February was certainly a busy and event-filled one. We were lucky to have a few long weekends owing to the public holidays and that was a delight. I for one made the most of those and headed out of Colombo for some fresh experiences and opportunities to connect with the locals. 

All-in-all it was a good month and I can't complain at how the year is starting to shape up. Of course, the challenges still abound, but you have to roll with punches. I think you learn this as part of your life training in Expat 101 when you move to a foreign country.


I have a few interesting blog posts on the horizon. With trying to balance work, travel and being in the moment it can be difficult to find the time to put regular posts up, but rather than churn out blog posts, my aim has been to publish fresh and relevant posts that I'm interested in writing that are filled with experiences or tips that might be useful to fellow expats and travelers.

So, enjoy the February round up - there's been a lot in the news if you need to catch up.  Plenty on if you're looking for something to do around Colombo, particularly around International Women's Day. In any case, I hope there won't be too much March madness to navigate through...



February 2017 Round Up - What's been in the news?



Expat Articles




Sri Lanka Articles






For Your Diary



March 2017


till 31 March -  Cirque Lanka, Viharamahadevi Open Air Theatre, Colombo (see article and website for more details)
2 March - Swedish Sitar Recital by K.G Westman, Indian Cultural Centre Auditorium, Colombo
3 March - *FREE EVENT* Film Series: "When You're Older, Dear Adam", Goethe Hall, Colombo (see website for details)   
3 March - 'Living with Art' edition four of Collector's Desk, Paradise Road Tintagel, Colombo (see Facebook for details) 
3 March - Musicmatters: Brian Allen Isaac Smith Sumudi Suraweera, Barefoot Garden Cafe, Colombo (see Facebook for details) 
3 to 5 March - ‘Outside my window’ – an exhibition of water colour paintings by Champika Nuwan Gunawardhana, Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo (see article for details)
4 March - Celebrating International Women's Day with Sari Connection, Barefoot Gallery, Colombo (see Facebook for details)  
*4 March - *FREE EVENT* Film Screening - He Named Me Malala (2015), American Center Auditorium, Colombo (see website for details)
4 to 5 March 2017 - *FREE EVENT* Joint Art Exhibition by Noeline Fernando, Royden O. Gibbs, Michael Anthonisz, G. Wathuwalagedara and Amaresh Perera, J.D.A Perera Gallery, Colombo (see article for details)
5 March - *FREE EVENT* Movie Screening: The Iron Lady, Orion City, Colombo (see website for details)
7 March - Ladies VIP Night Celebrate International Womens Week, Grand Ballroom, Galle Face Hotel, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
7 March - Mind the Gap in honour of International Women's Day 2017, Lionel Wendt Art Centre, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
8 March - Cine Club for the International Women's Day, Alliance Francaise de Kotte, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
8 March - *FREE EVENT* Panel Discussion: Women and Human Rights, Orion City, Colombo (see website for details)
8 March - Arcadia by Tom Stoppard with all proceeds to the TEA project charity, Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
10 March - *FREE EVENT* Film Series: "The Dove on the Roof", Goethe Hall, Colombo (see website for details)   
10 March - Wine and Cheese Party, Alliance Francaise de Kotte, Colombo (see Facebook for details) 
11 March - Habitat for Humanity: Women's Build 2017 - Volunteer Event (see Facebook for details)
11 March - Open Mic Night, Orion City, Colombo (see website for details) 
11 March - Holi Celebrations, Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
*11 March - *FREE EVENT* Film Screening - Woman in Gold (2015), American Center Auditorium, Colombo (see website for details)
12 March - *FREE EVENT* Colombo Hippie Market, BMICH, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
until 12 March - Murs/Walls: Photo Exhibition by Marie-Caroline Senlis', Black Cat Cafe, Colombo (
(see Facebook for details)
13 to 18 March - Colombo Fashion Week, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
15 March -  Virtuosi in Concert with the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka, Ladies' College Hall, Colombo (see article and flyer for details)
15 to 19 March - *FREE EVENT* FILM Screening: The Grand Budapest Hotel, various locations, Colombo, Kandy (see website for details) 
15 to 19 March - Bonjour Cinema! 2017, BMICH Cinema Hall, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
17 March - *FREE EVENT* Film Series: "Jadup und Boel", Goethe Hall, Colombo (see website for details)   
17 March - *FREE EVENT* "Evening Talk: We Conquered Everest", British Council Library, Colombo (see website for details)
*18 March - *FREE EVENT* Film Screening - Ghostbusters  (2016), American Center Auditorium, Colombo (see website for details)
18 to 19 March - Bonjour Cinema! 2017, Queens Hotel, Kandy (see Facebook for details)  
19 March - Colombo Flea Market,  80 Club of Colombo, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
19 March - The Chamber Music Society of Colombo: The Musical Offering and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Goethe Hall, Colombo (see website for details)   
20 March - *FREE EVENT* Book Launch: The World is Elsewhere, British Council Library, Colombo (see website for details)
21 March -  Goût de/Good France event, various locations, Colombo and Kandy (see Facebook and website for details)
23 to 25 March - *FREE EVENT* FILM Screening: The BFG, various locations, Colombo, Kandy (see website for details) 
25 to 26 March -  *FREE EVENT* Shakespeare In the Village 2017, 'Ape Gama’, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (see website and Facebook for details) 
*25 March - *FREE EVENT* Film Screening - Little Miss Sunshine (2006), American Center Auditorium, Colombo (see website for details)
26 March - Colombo Hippie Market, BMICH, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
26 March - Dirty MUD Festival 2K17, Colombo (see Facebook for details)


April 2017


1 to 2 April - Shakespeare in the Park 2017: The Tempest, Viharamahadevi Open Air Theatre, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
3 to 9 April - Colombo International Theatre Festival, The British School in Colombo (see Facebook for details)
27 to 28 April - TED2017: The Future of You, Livestream (see Facebook 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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