PROGRAMME Standard Chartered Colomboscope 2013 March 22-24 @Park Street Mews presented in partnership with
British Council & Goethe Institut All literary events and feature films will be in the Chequerboard: the air conditioned warehouse with the black and white floor All other arts events will be in the Brick Studio: the warehouse with the bare brick walls The Numbered Events are Rs500/- per event
Tickets available at: • Park St Mews restaurant – 50/1 Park Street, Colombo 2 • Goethe Insitut - 39 Gregory’s Rd, Colombo 7 • British Council - 49 Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 3
Gourmet Lunches and Dinners All lunches and dinners are at Park Street Mews restaurant. Tickets @Rs4250/- & Rs5000/- available at Park St Mews. 1
Friday 22nd March Venue: Chequerboard Festival Opening - Free Event 6.00p.m. – 6.15p.m. Incredibly short speeches by Festival Sponsors: Anirvan Ghosh Dastidar (CEO Standard Chartered Bank), Bjoern Keitels (Director Goethe Institut) Ashok Ferrey (Festival Curator), Tony Reilly (Country Director British Council) 6.15p.m. – 7.30p.m. Announcement of Gratiaen Prize Shortlist for 2012 - Judges’ comments, self-introductions by short-listed authors, readings. Compèred by Nafeesa K Amiruddeen. Followed by drinks
Saturday 23rd March Venue: Chequerboard The Kaduwa. 9.00a.m. - 9.40a.m. Free Event Does English serve to unite or divide? English-Singlish-Tinglish – how far should we go with the indigenisation of the language? Sumathy Sivamohan, Shermal Wijewardene and Malinda Seneviratne air their views. Moderator Shyamalee Tudawe wields the sword. Event 1 – 10.00a.m. – 10.40a.m. Anjali Joseph in conversation with Tony Reilly The prize-winning author of Saraswati Park and Another Country talks to the Country Director of the British Council about her writing life. 2
Event 2 – 11.00a.m. – 11.40a.m. My Life in Robes Two men and a woman in robes – a Christian priest, a Buddhist monk and a Muslim lady – talk about what those robes mean to them: how they serve to define their identity and how they change the way others perceive them. Moderator Jill Macdonald. Event 3 - 12.45p.m. – 1.30p.m. Lunchtime Concert: Some Musical Fun Concertmaster Lakshman Joseph de Saram and the Chamber Music Society of Colombo perform Mozart Divertimento K. 522 Gourmet Lunch - 12.15p.m. – 1.45p.m. with Carolin Emcke Rs4250/Event 4 – 2.00p.m. – 2.40p.m. Songs from Across the Water Four poets: Three of Sri Lanka’s finest – Holocaust poet Anne Ranasinghe, Ramya Jirasinghe and Vivimarie Vanderpoorten – and T.S. Eliot Prize nominee Sean Borodale, on expressing identity and alienation through their work. Event 5 – 3.00p.m. – 3.40p.m. Flying on the other Wing Minoli Ratnayake talks to Carolin Emcke, Rosanna Flamer-Caldera and Koluu about sexual identity, and living the alternative lifestyle in modern-day Sri Lanka; and to film-maker Asoka Handagama about the portrayal of it on film. 4.00p.m. onwards
Venue: Chequerboard Book launches, readings 6.00p.m. – 8.00p.m.
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Venue: Chequerboard Screening of Asoka Handagama’s Flying with one Wing, followed by Q&A with the director. Curated by Anoma Rajakaruna Gourmet Dinner - 8.00p.m. – 9.30p.m. with Kaveri Lalchand Rs5000/9.30p.m. – 11.30p.m. Rock Concert featuring Out of Time Free Event Wade Campbell (guitar/vocals), Kumar Mirchandani (guitar/vocals), Harshan Gallage (drums), Pabalu (percussion), Arosha Hettiarchchi (bass)
Throughout the day (Brick Studio) Art Exhibition curated by Annoushka Hempel Free Event 6.15p.m. 6.30p.m. Dance Recital Free Event (Brick Studio) Martha Graham – The Resurrection by Seneka Abeyratne 7.00p.m. – 7.45p.m. Dance Recital
(Brick Studio) ‘ONENESS’: a performance by nATANDA Dance Theatre, Choreography by Kapila Palihawadana
Sunday 24th March Venue: Chequerboard 9.30a.m. – 10.10a.m.
Fifty Shades of Gratiaen
Former Gratiaen judge and nominee Neluka Silva talks to last year’s winner Madhubhashini Disanayaka Ratnayaka and this year’s short4
listed hopefuls: about Sri Lanka’s top literary prize for English writing, and what a win might mean to their writing career. Event 6 - 10.30a.m. – 11.10a.m. Sean Borodale in conversation with Smriti Daniel. T. S. Eliot Prize nominee, poet Sean Borodale, talks to journalist Smriti Daniel. Sean Borodale's gorgeous debut collection of poems Bee Journal was nominated for the T.S Eliot Prize for Poetry and The Costa Book Awards last year. Named a Granta New Poet, Sean's work 'changes what a poetry book can do.' The collection's genesis was in a working journal kept over two years when Sean decided to take up bee keeping for the first time. This is nature poetry at its best - a vivid, intelligent combination of bee science and wonderful literature, chronicling the life, growth and eventual death of the hive while examining the relationship between keeper and kept, exploring paradoxes and moments of revelation.
Event 7 - 11.30a.m. – 12.10p.m. Who Counted the Bodies? Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya of the Sri Lankan Army and Rajiv Wijesinghe, in conversation with war reporters Carolin Emcke and Julian West, about the problems of war reportage: Who exactly assigns the numbers in an environment where facts and figures can be massaged equally vigorously by both sides? Moderated by Savithri Rodrigo. Gourmet Lunch - 12.15p.m. – 1.45p.m. with Sean Borodale Rs4250/Event 8 - 1.00p.m. – 1.40p.m.
Eshantha Peiris in Concert
One of Sri Lanka’s most gifted pianists, with his own selection. Event 9 - 2.00p.m. – 2.40p.m.
In the Driving Seat
Three very different women writers – Anjali Joseph (Saraswati Park, Another Country), Sharmila Kantha (Just the Facts, Madam-ji, A Break in the Circle) and Yasmine Gooneratne (The Sweet and Simple Kind) – talk 5
about what exactly drives their work. Is it plot, character or genre? Or is it just plain good writing? Moderated by Mrinali Thalgodapitiya Event 10 - 3.00p.m. – 4.00p.m. Kaveri Lalchand tells tall tales, weaves stories and spins yarns with a dramatized performance of writing from there and here. 4.00p.m. – 4.45p.m.
Children’s Book Launch Party: Ryan to the Moon – An adventure packed journey of a young boy, trying to save his parents from an evil dragon. Written by Eranda Ginige, illustrated by Ruwangi Amarasinghe. A funfilled party with animated storytelling, activities for kids, gifts, prizes and surprises. 5.00p.m. – 5.45p.m. Free Event (Chequerboard) Book launch: Thus, She Grew by M.T.L. Ebell and Algy 6.00p.m. – 8.00p.m. Free Event (Chequerboard) Screening of Prasanna Vithanage’s August Sun, followed by Q&A with the director. Curated by Anoma Rajakaruna.
Throughout the day
(Brick Studio) Art Exhibition curated by Annoushka Hempel 7.00p.m. – 7.45p.m. Dance Recital
Absence, by Floating Space Theatre Company (Ruhanie Perera, Jake Orloff, Iromi Perera). A theatrical experiment with installation that confronts the voice of a woman and the experience of being displaced. (Playing time 40mins followed by post-show discussion) 8.00p.m. – 10.00p.m. Street Bands and food carts
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Gourmet Dinner - 8.00p.m. – 9.30p.m. with Anjali Joseph Rs5000/At a glance: Gourmet Lunches @ Rs4250 and Dinners @ Rs5000 per head All lunches and dinners are at Park Street Mews restaurant. Tickets @Rs4250/- & Rs5000/- available at the venue. Saturday 23rd March 12.15p.m. – 1.45p.m. Lunch with Carolin Emcke 8.00p.m. – 9.30p.m. Dinner with Kaveri Lalchand Sunday 24th March 12. 15p.m. – 1.45p.m. Lunch with Sean Borodale 8.00p.m. – 9.30p.m. Dinner with Anjali Joseph *
Venue partner Park St Mews Print Media partner Wijeya Newspapers Electronic Media partner ETV Wine partner
Audio Visual partner Dynamic AV