Thursday, June 1, 2017

UPDATED: Expat News, Articles of Interest and Diary Events #10

May has historically been a terrible month for Sri Lanka when it comes to natural disasters. With the onset of the southwest monsoon comes thunderstorms, strong  winds and torrential rains. Last May our little island experienced terrible floods and landslides after being hit by a severe tropical storm followed by a major drought. Prior to the May 2016 floods Sri Lanka was suffering a major drought. And tragically this year is proving no different with the island having experienced the worst drought in 40 years at the start of this year,and now in May, the current floods said to be the worst in a decade.

The island seems to oscillate between major drought to severe floods and landslides with increased frequency. And the Sri Lankan Government's poor record with respect to planning, preparedness, early warning systems, and crisis management in these situations is worrying.

Life on the island doesn't get more frightening than being on the sharp end of natural disasters and Sri Lanka has  certainly had more than its fair share. But as much as there are challenges in the face of these natural disasters, the resilience and generosity of the island's inhabitants is amazing to witness.

Earlier this year, a local friend living up near Kegalle shared a prediction she had heard from a third party regarding possible floods, landslides and potential dam bursts in late May 2017. I was shocked when this prediction came true on the predicted dates for this current tragedy.



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



Expat Articles




Sri Lanka Articles





Opportunities for Generosity



Sri Lankan Floods Relief - if you would like to make a monetary donation to help the relief efforts in Sri Lanka, you can do so via the following:
If you are currently located in Sri Lanka and would like to volunteer, check out YAMU's Places You Can Volunteer for Flood Relief 2017 post for more information.



For Your Diary




June 2017 onwards


1 to 2 June - "Reach for your Dreams", Russian Centre School of Ballet and Dancing, Bishops College Auditorium, Colombo  (see article for details)
2 June - *Free Event* Film Series: La Marquise d' O in French with English subtitles, Goethe Hall, Colombo (see website for details)
2 June - *Free Event* Screening of the film "La famille Bélier", Alliance française de Kandy (see Facebook for details)
3 June -  *Free Event* Film Screening: Everest (2015), American Center Auditorium (see website for details)
3 June to 23 July - French Spring Festival in Sri Lanka (see Facebook or website for details)
3 to 6 June - *Free Event*  Photo Exhibition: ‘The Grandeur of Sinhala Buddhist Art,’ Lionel Wendt Art Centre, Colombo (see article for details)
5 June - Saṃhära presented by Chitrasena Dance Company, Lionel Wendt Art Centre, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
5 to 18 June - Walawwa Gallery - ‘(in)visible Dialogues’ art work by Dr. Manoranjana Herath, Colombo (see article for details)
7 June - Soul: An evening of original music By Soundarie, Lionel Wendt Art Centre, Colombo (see Facebook 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)
9 to 12 June - Sandaathmaya Moonlight Photography Exhibition by Indranatha Thenuwara, J.D.A.Perera Art Gallery, Colombo (see article for details)
10 June -  *Free Event* Film Screening: King Arthur, British Council Library at Orion City (see website for details)
10 June -  *Free Event* Film Screening: The Legend of Tarzan (2016), American Center Auditorium (see website for details)
11 to 25 June - *Free Event* Film Screening: Sword in the Stone, various locations (see website for details)
14 June - *Free Event* Film Forum: The Factory, Goethe Hall, Colombo (see website for details)
15 June - Chamber Music Society of Colombo: "The Dawn of Kandula", Lionel Wendt Art Centre, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
17 June - *Free Event* 3rd International Day Of Yoga 2017 hosted by the High Commission of India, Arcade Independence Square, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
17 June -  *Free Event* Film Screening: Milk (2008), American Center Auditorium (see website for details)
17 to 20 June - French Spring Festival: "Street Art performances - Alber", various locations (see Facebook for details)
21 June - Celebrating World Music Day, Indian Cultural Centre Auditorium, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
21 June - *Free Event* Screening of the film "Bébé Tigre", Alliance française de Kandy (see Facebook for details)
22 June - Mark Zuckerberg Live in Sri Lanka, Havelock Sports Club Grounds, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
23 June - French Spring Festival: Literary session with Paul Fournel, Alliance Francaise de Kotte, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
23 to 25 June - *Free Event* UNHCR Refugee Film Festival 2017 (various films), National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
24 June -  *Free Event* Film Screening: Dallas Buyers Club (2013), American Center Auditorium (see website for details)
25 June - *Free Event* Fête de la Musique 2017, Alliance française de Kandy (see Facebook for details)
28 June - French Spring Festival: A night of pop with the French singer Charles-Baptiste, 41 SUGAR, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
30 June - *Free Event* Film Series: Tito's Glasses (On the Way event series) in German with English subtitles, Goethe Hall (see website for details)


July 2017 onwards



5 July - *Free Event* Film Forum: TBA, Goethe Hall, Colombo (see website for details)
7 July - *Free Event* Film Series: White Ghosts (On the Way event series) in German with English subtitles, Goethe Hall, Colombo (see website for details)
14 July - *Free Event* Film Series: In Between Worlds (On the Way event series) in German with English subtitles, Goethe Hall, Colombo (see website for details)
21 July - *Free Event* Film Series: Cherry Blossoms (On the Way event series) in German with English subtitles, Goethe Hall, Colombo (see website for details) 
till 23 July - French Spring Festival in Sri Lanka (see Facebook or website for details)
28 July - *Free Event* Film Series: Sound of Heimat (On the Way event series) in German with English subtitles, Goethe Hall, Colombo (see website 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)

24 to 28 January 2018 - Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2018



*** 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 ***


Last updated: 5 June 2017 at 18:15PM  Sri Lanka

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