Sunday, April 30, 2017

Expat News, Articles of Interest and Diary Events #9

Life in Sri Lanka isn't always easy, though it's easy to be misled by the Instagram feeds of many posting idyllic shots of travel and expat life on the teardrop island. But in reality, life on the island veers sharply left and right of those glamorous sponsored shots by the hotel pool or the view through a social media filter of a pristine beach or mountain vista. 

I really don't like misleading people and I have less and less patience for those willing to mislead others. Sure, there is beauty across the island but those areas are being challenged on a daily basis as the country grapples with fundamental issues. These issues are mainly centered around the delivery of essential services, infrastructure construction and the rapid development of the island. If you have read the local news and articles over the past few months it provides a picture of what things are really like. And I do encourage those that wish to move here, to do this kind of research.

Just reading April's news makes it seem like we are living in a literal garbage pit. The irony is not lost on me as my very first post on this blog, back in early 2013, posed the question of whether I was living in a paradise or a pit. At the time I concluded it was more paradise than pit, but in the past few years I've had growing concerns about the decisions being made (or not being made) to protect the island's food supply, water supply, environment, wildlife and more. Based on all the garbage articles this month and my own experiences, it feels like more pit than paradise these days. And I feel like a broken record having written about Sri Lanka's garbage and plastic problems for many years now. As an expat who has lived in Sri Lanka for close to a decade, I wonder whether the price for all the short view decisions in favor of rapid growth and development of the island come at the price of the decline of all that is wondrous and good... Something worth thinking about eek



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



Expat Articles




Sri Lanka Articles






For Your Diary




May 2017



2 May - "Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka: An evening of Russian Masterpieces", Lionel Wendt Art Centre, Colombo (see Facebook and article for details)
3 May - *Free Event* Cine Kid: Sophie's Misfortunes/Les Malheurs de Sophie, Alliance Française de Kotte, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
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)
9 to 12 May - Photographic Exhibition on Buddhist Heritage in India, Colombo (see Facebook 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)
12 to 14 May - International Vesak Celebrations organized by the Government of Sri Lanka, BMICH, Nelum Pokuna Theatre and the Waters Edge, Battaramulla (see website for details) 
12 to 28 May - *Free Event* "Versailles Onirique Photo Exhibition", Alliance Française de Kandy (see Facebook 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)
18 May - Michael Learns to Rock Live Concert, Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre (SLECC), Colombo (see Facebook for details)
18 May - AF Wine & Cheese Party, Alliance Française de Kotte, 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)
22 May -  *Free Event* Open Brain Session, British Council Library, Colombo (see website 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)
26 May - "SUN FM Proudly Presents Pitbull Live in Concert", Havelock Sports Club Grounds, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
31 May -  "Dramatic Reading: The Ceaseless Chatter od Demons by Ashok Ferry", British Council Library, Colombo (see website 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 Spaziergängerin 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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