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The use of visual arts in Sri Lanka in the 70s

(Posted on 2024.05.17)

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State Children's Drama Festival - 2024.

(Posted on 2024.03.26)

 

 

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Calling application for the 2024 State Children's Drama Festival
Applications will be accepted till 30th April 2024.
Applications Collection Points:
Cultural Officer - District Secretariat,
Cultural Officer - Divisional Secretariat,
Head Office of the Department of Cultural Affairs
Website www.culturaldept.gov.lk
Facebook page of Department of cultural affairs
Inquiries:
State Drama Promotion Division: 011-2872385 / 0113167540

State Arts and Sculpture Festival - 2024.

(Posted on 2024.03.25)

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Calling application for the 2024 State Art and Sculpture Festival
Organized by the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, Department of Cultural Affairs,
Arts Council of Sri Lanka and Visual Art Advisory Board.
Applications will be accepted from 20th March 2024 to 25th July 2024 for the State Art and Sculpture Festival-2024
Applications Collection Points:
Cultural Officer - District Secretariat,
Cultural Officer - Divisional Secretariat,
Head Office of the Department of Cultural Affairs
Website www.culturaldept.gov.lk
Facebook page of Department of cultural affairs
Inquiries:
State Visual Arts Promotion Division: 011-2882551

State Music Award Ceremony- 2024.

(Posted on 2024.02.26)

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State Music Awards Ceremony 2024 Organized together by Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, Department of Cultural Affairs and the Advisory Board of Music of Arts Council of Sri Lanka will be held on 06th March 2024 at 6.00 p.m. at the Nelumpokuna theater.

Meeting with Minister - National Heritage Auditorium, Battaramulla - 2024.02.17

(Posted on 2024.02.18)

A new program initiated by the Arts Council of Sri Lanka aims to support and empower artists.

Today, a special discussion chaired by Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, Mr. Vidura Wickramanayake, was held at the Auditorium of the National Heritage Division in Battaramulla to review the progress of the Arts Council's activities in 2023.

During the discussion, extensive talks were held on various topics, including the implementation of programs based on guidelines provided by the Arts Council, gathering feedback, establishing formal programs, and following up on their implementation. Additionally, there were discussions on implementing special programs tailored for Tamil-speaking artists, facilitating their work through artist ID cards, and updating the artists' directory with necessary guidelines.

Minister Vidura Wickramanayake expressed his support for the proposal put forward by Executive Member Prof. Dharmananda Wijesinghe to establish a sensitive cultural unit to address challenges posed by social media. He also agreed the proposal submitted by the Executive Council to communicate obstacles faced by the Arts Council to the Minister via letter.

Executive members of the Arts Council Professor Praneeth Abhayasundara, Professor Tudor Weerasinghe, Professor Yasanjali Devika Jayathilake, Professor S. Prashanthan and Secretary of the Arts Council Mr. K. H. Dayantha joined this event.

Meeting with Minister - 2024.02.17 National Heritage Auditorium, Battaramulla.

 

 

 

Calling Applications for Short Plays and Long Plays in State Drama Festival - 2023.

(Posted on 2024.02.16)

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Closing date for applications is 10th April 2024.
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State Drama Festival - 2023.12.19 - National Youth Service Council, Maharagama.

(Posted on 2023.12.20)

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Invitation - "Thudu" Instrumentalist Tribute Concert - Ape Gama.

(Posted on 2023.12.19)

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"Thudu" Instrumentalist Tribute Concert - Ape Gama.

(Posted on 2023.11.22)

Instrumentalist Tribute Concert

  • Instrumentalist V. Hemapala Perera
  • Instrumentalist Kalani Perera
  • Instrumentalist Anthony Surendra

On 28th December 2023
At 6.30 p.m
At Battaramulla “Ape Gama” Premises Theater.

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"Sangawuni Paya" Paper Article - Sarasaviya 2023.11.09

(Posted on 2023.11.10)

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State Drama Festival - 2022 - Elphinstone Theatre

(Posted on 2023.11.01)

The 2022 State Drama Festival, organized by the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, Department of Cultural Affairs and the Drama Advisory Board of  Arts Council of Sri Lanka, will be held daily from 01st November to 25th November 2023 at Maradana Elphinstone Theatre.
Click here to view schedule : http://www.artscouncil.lk/programs/

 

 

 

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(Posted on 2023.10.16)

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Survey of Poetry Magazines and Poetry Associations in Sri Lanka

(Posted on 2023.10.16)

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Paper Article of State Children's Awards 2023

(Posted on 2023.10.10)

Paper Articles of State Literary Awards Presentation Ceremony 2023

(Posted on 2023.09.18)

State Literary Awards Presentation Ceremony 2023

(Posted on 2023.09.11)

State Literary Awards Presentation Ceremony – 2023 will be held on 14th September 2023 at 2.00 p.m. at The Elphinstone Theatre, Maradana.

Publications are now available to be delivered

(Posted on 2023.06.22)

Our publications are now available to be delivered to your home. To order via WhatsApp, visit the following link.

https://wa.me/94717577578 or Whatsapp – 0717577578

 

To place orders through Facebook, like our Facebook Page www.facebook.com/artscouncilofsrilanka  and contact through the Messenger.

 

Buddha Prathima Nirmala Kalawa - Distribution was started

(Posted on 2023.05.22)

The book "Buddha Prathima Nirmana Kalawa" compiled by the Sri Lanka Arts Council as a community service, according to the instructions of the Minister of Buddhashana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, Mr. Vidura Wickramanayake, as per the decision of the current Executive Committee, Hon. Chairman and Registrars of the Island's District and Regional Shasanarakshaka Mandala, Governors, District Secretaries, Divisional Secretaries and Provincial Secretaries Distribution was started.

The book was written by Professor Jayasena Kottagoda, who has thoroughly studied the art of Buddha statue design. It is the current Chairman of the Sri Lanka Arts Council - Professor Praneeth Abhayasundara, Vice Chairman - Professor Tudor Weerasinghe, Executive Member - Senior Professor Yasanjali Devika Jayathilaka, Executive Member - Professor Sri Prashanthan and Executive Member - Lecturer in Journalism Mr. Dharmananda Wijesinghe. The members of the council were also of the opinion that this book is of an academic scale.

Therefore, Sri Lankan Buddha statue designs are made popular for use by designers and academics who study the art of design.

 

K.H. Dayanta

Secretary

Sri Lanka Arts Council

 

Kala Magazine E-version

(posted on 2023.05.12)

 

Go to page : http://www.artscouncil.lk/kala-magazine-e-version

 

 

 

Nowadays, the concept of e-version of publication has become a popular method in the world. Accordingly, the members of the executive committee led by the present chairman have decided to start publishing the e-version of publications of the Arts council of Sri Lanka.

As the first step, the KALA Sangarawa of 2022 will be published for e-readers.

 

K.H. Dayantha

Secretary,

Arts Council of Sri Lanka

New Executive Committee will be appointed

(posted on 2022.12.02)

Professor Praneeth Abhayasundara has been appointed as the Chairman of Arts Council of Sri Lanka.
New Executive Board :
Prof. Tudor Weerasinghe - Vice President
was appointed by the Honorable Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Mr. Vidura Wickramanayake.

State Drama Festival - 2021

The State Drama Festival organized by the Department of Cultural Affairs and the State Advisory Board for Drama of Arts Council of Sri Lanka on the instructions of the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, will be held from 17th February to 06th March 2022 at Elphinstone Theatre, Maradana.

12 length dramas and 20 short dramas were selected for the final round of the Festival. Length dramas are to be staged at 6.30 pm onwards while short dramas are to be staged at 5.30 pm as follows.

Application are called now for State Awards Ceremony of Television Art - 2022

(Posted on 2022.02.19)

Categories to be considered include , Single Episode Tele Drama, Docu- Drama, Tele Drama (Children), Tele Film, Documentary Programme ,Magazine Programme, Musical Programme, Television Songs Visualizing , Children’s Programme., Sports Programme, Dubbing or Sub Titled Production, Animation Production, Multi Camera Production, Talk Show, Educational Programme, Investigative News Reporting, Television Filler, Television Trailer , Television Advertisement, Television Presenter, Television News Reader ,Various Video Programmes that were not telecast, Academic Publications published  on television media.

The details and the application could be obtained by sending a self – addressed stamped envelop to “ Director , Department of Cultural Affairs, 8th Floor, Sethsiripaya, Battaramulla.” Or though website www.culturaldept.gov.lk . Creations should produced only on DVD S. DVD S will not be returned after the evaluation process. Closing date will be 31th March 2022. the Telecreation s which have been completed telecasting for the first time in the Sri Lankan  television channels will be considered for awards. Awards will be presented separately for Sinhala, tamil and English mediums. More details..

State Children’s Art Festival – 2022

(Posted on 2022.02.12)

Applications are invited annually for the State Children’s Art Festival, the most elegant festival of the little artists of Sri Lanka, representing all the provinces including North and the East.

Drawings for the “State Children’s Art Festival – 2022” are accepted from 14th February to 29th April 2022 at the National Art Gallery, Colombo 07. This festival is organized by the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, the Department of Cultural Affairs and the State Advisory Board of Visual Arts of Arts Council of Sri Lanka.

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All Island Patriotic Lyrics Competition - 2022.01.12 Mawbima News Paper

(Posted on 2022.01.20)

Discussion with Ven. Prof. Pathegama Gnanissara Thero, Vice President of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka on the All Island Patriotic Lyrics Competition organized by the Arts Council of Sri Lanka. - 2022.01.12 Mawbima newspaper.

State Radio Awards Ceremony - 2022

(Posted on 2022.01.16)

Closing Date Extended till 20th January 2022.

 

The Closing Date of receiving entries for the “State Radio Awards Ceremony -2020” has been extended up to 20th January 2022.

The radio broadcasting in Sri Lanka has a history of more than nine decades. It has been decided to hold the State Radio Awards Ceremony in the year 2022 concurrently with the World Radio Day to accolade the radio artistes. The ceremony is organized by the Ministry of Buddha Sasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, the Department of Cultural Affairs and the State Advisory Council of Radio of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka.

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Providing financial sponsorship

(Posted on 2022.01.09)

Tilakaratne Akurugoda, a traditional low country pacifist who has been suffering from various ailments for many years now, has received financial support from the Arts Council and will be a force to be reckoned with for his future artistic endeavors.

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State Dance Festival 2022 – Application Call

(Posted on 2022.01.08)

State Dance Festival 2022 – Call for applications has been extended to 14th January 2022.

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State Children’s Drama Festival 2021

(Posted on 2022.01.08)

State Children’s Drama Festival – Acceptance of works for 2021 will be extended till 15th February 2022.

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Drama Performance - Matara

(Posted on 2021.12.18)

Drama performance in Matara, organized by the Cultural Centre of University of Ruhuna.

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“Preksha” - Drama Festival 2021 - Shanida Ayubowan - 2021.12.11 Program.

(Posted on 2021.12.11)

Live program with Mrs. Nishanthi Jayasinghe Secretary of the State Ministry of National Heritage, Performing Arts and Rural Arts Promotion and Mr. Sriyantha Mendis Executive Committee Member of Arts Council of Sri Lanka talking about “Preksha Drama Festival - 2021” on Rupavahini Shanida Ayubowan Program.

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“Preksha” - Drama Festival 2021 From 11th to 21st December at Elphinstone and Tower Hall theaters

(Posted on 2021.12.11)

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Silumina - Rasanduna Article 2021/12/12

(Posted on 2021.12.11)

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Providing financial sponsorship

(Posted on 2021.10.16)

Labuna Danny is a 100 year old artist who worked to uplift the low country tradition. Senior Professor Jayasena Kottagoda, Chairman of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka, provided financial support for his work in the arts and his future work.

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"Liviseri Premaya" Charana TV Program - 2021.11.22

(Posted on 2021.12.12)

Live program of "Liviseri Premaya" with Senior Professor Jayasena Kottagoda, Chairman of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka and Lecturer Susantha Vidhanagamage on “Gammadu Sahithya” - Charana TV Program 2021.11.16

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Ada Derana - Talking Books (EP 1350)

(Posted on 2021.10.15)

Live program of Ada Derana Talking Books (EP 1350) with Senior Professor Jayasena Kottagoda, Chairman of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka, on “Ape Urumaya” 17 Books writing on Intangible Heritage, Art Magazine and Buddha Statue Creation published by the Arts Council of Sri Lanka.

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“Ape Urumaya” 17 books writing on intangible heritage published by the Arts Council of Sri Lanka.

(Posted on 2021.08.03)

The ceremony of launching “Ape Urumaya” 17 Books writing on Intangible Heritage, Art Magazine and Buddha Statue Creation published by the Arts Council of Sri Lanka, was held on 2021.08.03 at the auditorium of the State Ministry of National Heritage, Performing Arts and Rural Arts Promotion at Sethsiripaya Stage II. Hon.  Vidura Vickramanayake, State Minister of National Heritage, Performing Arts and Rural Arts Promotion, Secretary of the said state ministry, Chairman of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka, Executive Committee of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka and the respective authors of the books were present at this occasion.

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