Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Expat News, Articles of Interest and Diary Events #12

It's been another crazy month in Sri Lanka. I've been fielding questions left-right-and-center (here and from abroad) about what is going on in Sri Lanka and, whether I think the country is going to implode under all the political, economic and environmental pressures and the general unrest across the population. I have plenty of personal opinions, which I won't share publicly, but what I will say is that Sri Lanka is facing a crucial historical juncture while experiencing a tremendous amount of pressure to bend and bow to external pressures. Truth be told, nothing is ever what it seems.

It makes for difficult, but interesting times to be living on the island. Difficult in the sense that, if you have your finger on the pulse of the nation, it's not a prosperous time for the population at large and many are facing hardship. The endless number of strikes across the different sectors gives testimony to this. People are unhappy about so many things that it's probably easier to list the things they are happy about than what they're unhappy about.

As an expat one of the main concerns is always the value of the Sri Lankan rupee and the ongoing saga of monetary policy. It doesn't matter as much while you're living and working in the country, but it's a different story when you're traveling, investing or planning to repatriate. The other things on the radar relate to changes to taxation, dengue epidemic, power cuts, fuel distribution challenges, water cuts, ongoing garbage debacle, proposals regarding residence visas and so on.

In the meantime, check out the month that was and some of the upcoming events for your diary... All the best for August!

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

Expat Articles

Sri Lanka Articles

For Your Diary

August 2017 


until 8 August -  Kandy Esala Perahera 2017, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy (see website for details)
all of August - Harry Potter Festival: various events, various locations, Colombo, Jaffna, Kandy (see website for details)
2 August - *Free Event* Film Forum: TBA, Goethe Hall, Colombo (see website for details)
4 August - *Free Event* Film Series - Greetings from Fukushima in German with English subtitles, (see website for details)
4 to 17 August - *Free Event* Things Fall Apart - An exhibition by Mackenzie Nix, Barefoot, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
5 to 6 August - Arugambay Fest 2017: "Catch Your Dream", Arugam Bay (see Facebook for details)
8 to 11 - Colombo International Tea Convention, various locations, Colombo (see article for details)
11 August - *Free Event* Film Series - Peak in German with English subtitles, (see website for details) 
11 to 13 August - Ceylon Tea Festival, various locations, Colombo (see article or Instagram for details)
12 August - *Free Event* Electronic music workshop - in association with Jambutek Recordings (see Facebook for more details)
13 August - World's Health Qigong Day, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
15 August - Celebrating India@70: An evening of music featuring Rhythmscape, BMICH, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
15 to 25 August - Exhibition: Pictures of Sri Lanka by French Photographer C├ędric Gatillon, Colombo (see Facebook for details)
18 August - *Free Event* Film Series - Nargis: When Time Stopped Breathing in German with English subtitles, (see website for details) 
23 August - Jonathon Livingston Seagull - A Musical Play, Shankar Foundation, Lionel Wendt Memorial Theater, Colombo (see website for details)
25 August - *Free Event* Film Series - Iron Eaters in German with English subtitles, (see website for details) 
26 August - The Asus Lanka Comic Con 2017, Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre (SLECC), Colombo (see Facebook for details)
27 August - Creative writing workshop for adults, Orion City (see website for details)
29 August to 10 September - "Bikeathon 2017 - Out of the Shadows", Independence Square, Colombo  (see Facebook and website for details)

September 2017 onwards


2 to 7 September - Cinnamon Colomboscope: Re/Evolution  (see Facebook or website for details)

8 September -  *Free Event* Film Series - Taste the Waste in German with English subtitles, (see website for details) 

17 September 2017 - TEDxColombo - "Connecting Dots", Nelum Pokuna, Colombo (see Facebook or 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 ***

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