Sunday, April 2, 2017

UPDATED: Expat News, Articles of Interest and Diary Events #8


Can you believe we're in April already.  I was fooled a couple of times on April Fools Day. If you don't have a problem with feeling foolish, which I don't, then it's a nice way to start the month... with a few laughs and giggles. 

Expat life continues to roll on... it feels like there are more expats coming over to look for opportunities or on expat assignments. I'm pleased more expats are embracing the Lankan way of life and getting on with creating a life over here. It takes some getting used to, but it can be a real blessing.

March was a busy month for me. Plenty of challenges to keep me busy, which keeps things fun and interesting.

Things seem to be moving swiftly along with ever-increasing large-scale projects, infrastructure developments around the island, potential sale of State-Owned Enterprises, and new alliances and business partnerships with other countries. I can't help but think most of these developments are being pushed ahead at the expense of many things that are valuable to the island. Time will tell, but my fingers are crossed in hope that the things which are truly valuable to Sri Lanka, will not eroded at the expense of all this development.



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



Expat Articles




Sri Lanka Articles






For Your Diary



April 2017


1 April - Film Screening: Happy Feet (2006) and The 11th Hour (2007), American Center Auditorium, Colombo (see website for details)
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)
until 4 April - Sustain Lanka National Celebration, BMICH, Colombo (see website for details)
4 to 5 April -  *Free Event* Stamp Exhibition - Societ and Russian Collection, Russian Centre, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
5 April - *Free Event* Film Forum: Rathu Samanala Heenayak (Red Butterfly Dream) with English and Sinhala subtitles, Goethe Hall, Colombo (see website for details)
7 April - Curtain Raiser: International Day of Yoga 2017 - Demonstration and Workshop, Independence Square, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
7 April - *Free Event* Film Series: Punk Berlin 1982 in German with English subtitles, Goethe Hall, Colombo (see website for details)
8 April - Film Screening: The Great Mouse Detective (2007) and Humpback Whales (2015), American Center Auditorium, Colombo (see website for details)
8 to 9 April - Hippie Market: Avurudu Edition, BMICH, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
till 16 April - Exhibition of paintings by Chaminda Gamage and Nelun Harasgama, Barefoot Gallery, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
till 18 April - "Art Exhibition: Emergency" - Nadia de Los Santos, Mika Tennekoon and Hanusha Somasunderam, Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo (see article and website for details) 
7 to 25 April - Photo exhibition by Marie-Caroline Senlis, Exotic Roots, Galle (see Facebook for details)
22 April - Box Up Pop-Up Dhop (products from Australia), The Sooriya Village, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
22 April - Film Screening: The Secret of NIMH (2015) and The Last Ocean (2012), American Center Auditorium, Colombo (see website for details)
27 to 28 April - TED2017: The Future of You, Livestream (see Facebook for details)
28 April - *Free Event* Film Series: Father (Babai) in German with English subtitles, Goethe Hall, Colombo (see website for details) 
29 April -  *Free Event* Orion City Open Mic Night, Colombo (see Facebook for details)


May 2017



5 May - *Free Event* Film Series: As We Were Dreaming (Als wir träumten) in German with English subtitles, Goethe Hall, Colombo (see website for details)
12 May - *Free Event* Film Series: Une jeunesse allemande – Eine deutsche Jugend in French with English subtitles, Goethe Hall, Colombo (see website for details)
14 May - *Free Event* Galle Music Festival, Court Square and Samanala Grounds (see Facebook for details)
17 May - *Free Event* Google IO 2017 Extended Sri Lanka, Stein Studios, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
19 May - *Free Event* Film Series: Paris, Texas in German with English subtitles, Goethe Hall, Colombo (see website for details) 
till 20 May - Colombo Street Food Festival (every Saturday), Dutch Hospital Square, Colombo (see website and Facebook for details)
26 May - *Free Event* Film Series: Hannah Arendt in French with English subtitles, Goethe Hall, Colombo (see website for details)
26 May - *Free Event* Cine Club: White Knights/Les Chevaliers Blancs in French version - English subtitles, Alliance Francais de Kotte, Colombo (see Facebook for details)


June 2017 onwards


2 June - *Free Event* Film Series: La Marquise d' O in French with English subtitles, Goethe Hall, Colombo (see website for details)
9 June - *Free Event* Film Series: The Passerby (Die Spazierg√§ngerin von Sans-Soucil) in French with English subtitles, Goethe Hall, Colombo (see website for details) 
22 June - Mark Zuckerberg Live in Sri Lanka, Havelock Sports Club Grounds, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
29 July to 8 August -  Kandy Esala Perahera 2017, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy (see website for details)
29 August to 10 September - "Bikeathon 2017 - Out of the Shadows", Independence Square, Colombo  (see Facebook and 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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