Programs

"Sangawuni Paya" - Book Launch .

(Posted on 2023.11.08)

Under the leadership of the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Arts Council of Sri Lanka, the Cinema Advisory Board unveiled the works of the film directors of the 40s-60s of the classic Sri Lankan cinema under the leadership of senior cinematographer Tissa Liyanasuriya with the participation of the Secretary of the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, Mr. Somaratne Vidanapathirana and Mr. Praneet Abhayasundar the Chairman of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka. It was held on October 19, 2023 at 3.00 pm at the National Library and Documentation Services Board Auditorium. (Click here to view Sarasaviya Paper Article)

2022 State Drama Festival - Elphinstone Theatre, Maradana.

(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.

10 long plays have been selected for the final round of this year's State Drama Festival and 21 short plays have also been selected for the final round. The dramas will be staged on the following days. Long plays at 1 p.m. will be staged at 6.30 and short plays at 1 p.m. Scheduled to be staged at 6.00.

World Children's Day Celebration 2023 - BMICH premises

(Posted on 2023.10.17)

The program was held on October 1, 2023 at BMICH premises, Colombo, with the theme of World Children's Day. A program on children's painting, a quiz program, poetry recitals, Virindu recitals, puppet shows and children's drama shows were held here.
World Children's Day Celebration 2023 - BMICH premises
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State Children's Art Awards (2023) -  National Youth Center,  Maharahama.

(Posted on 2023.10.10)

State Children's Art Awards
With great excitement !
"State Children's Art Awards" which appreciates Sri Lankan children who performed outstanding performance in "Theli Thudu" was held in a grand way at the National Youth Center,  Maharagama on (06th October 2023).
There was also a children's art exhibition featuring paintings of the children who won the award ceremony, prizes and talent certificates were awarded here for 115 children representing all the provinces of the island.
The ceremony was held under the patronage of Mr. Vidura Wickramanayake, Minister of Buddhashasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, while a group of expert artists also joined for the occasion.
Ministry of Buddhashasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, Department of Cultural affairs, State Visual Arts Advisory Board of Arts Council of Sri Lanka organized the State Children's Art Awards.
State Children's Art Awards 2023

65th State Literature Awards (2023) - Elphinstone Theatre, Maradana.

(Posted on 2023.09.18)

65th State Literature Awards

With great excitement !

The "State Literary Awards" was held 14th September at Maradana Elfinston Theatre, Maradana.
This year's Literary Award was presented to three literary creators who have supported Sri Lanka's literary industry by their own outstanding literary creators, Professor Sunanda Mahendra for Sinhala language, Professor Jarald Herbert Pieris for Sinhala language and K. Saddanadan for Tamil language.
Despite economic difficulties, finance prizes and certificates were given to relevant writers for the nominated awards for the first time in the state literature awards, according to the instructions of Minister Vidura Wickramanayake on the subject.
Awarded books are being selected here under the full supervision of the State Literary Advisory Council and Scholar Board chaired by Ven. Rambukana Siddhartha Thero and these great people were awarded once in a lifetime literary gem award as well as under several aspects and skill certificates.

Under the guidance of President Ranil Wickramasinghe and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, under the leadership of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Minister Vidura Wickramanayake and Presidential Secretary Saman Ekanayake, Ministerial Secretary Somaratne Vidanapathirana, Director of Cultural Affairs Yasintha Gunawardena, Chairman of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka Prof. Praneeth Abhayasundara and many distinguished guests joined this grand occasion.

Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, Department of Cultural Affairs, State Literary Advisory Board of Sri Lanka Arts Council jointly organized this award ceremony.

65th State Literature Awards (2023)
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One Day Workshop for Music Teachers - "Ape Gama" - 2023.08.18

(Posted on 2023.08.28)

 

Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, Department of Cultural Affairs and the Music Advisory Board of Sri Lanka Arts Council organized a one-day workshop for music teachers of active arts institutions and cultural centers in the Western Province on 18.08.2023 at "Ape  Gama" premises in a very successful manner.

 

One Day Workshop for Music Teachers - "Ape Gama" - 2023.08.18

 



Practical Art Workshop - National Art Gallery - 2023.07.15

(Posted on 2023.07.17)

 

Organized by Buddhasasana, Ministry of Religious and Cultural Affairs, Department of Cultural Affairs and Visual Arts Advisory Board of  Arts Council of Sri Lanka, the practical art workshop held on 15.07.2023 at the National Art Gallery and Vihara Maha Devi (Victoria Park) Open Air Premises with the aim of improving the creative skills of the children who won the 2021 State Children's Art Festival and providing them with the knowledge of the experts in the field was concluded very successfully.

 

Practical Art Workshop - National Art Gallery - 2023.07.15
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Dance Workshop - Western Province Aesthetics Resort - 2023.07.13

(Posted on 2023.07.17)

 

Organized by Buddhasasana, Ministry of Religious and Cultural Affairs, Department of Cultural Affairs and the Dance and Ballet Advisory Board of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka, with the aim of developing theoretical and practical knowledge, skills and attitudes about the learning and teaching of the classical dance traditions of the Arts, with the title "Prasangika Nirmanakaranayata Sampradayika Narthana Kalave Aagamanaya (ප්‍රාසංගික නිර්මාණකරණයට සාම්ප්‍රදායික නර්තන කලාවේ ආගමනය)" on 13.07.2023 Western Province Aesthetics Resort, The dance workshop held at the resort was a great success.

 

Dance Workshop - Western Province Aesthetics Resort - 2023.07.13

"Viyamana" Literature Workshop - Weyangoda Cultural Centre - 2023.07.08 - 09

(Posted on 2023.07.17)

 

Organized by Buddhasasana, Ministry of Religious and Cultural Affairs, Department of Cultural Affairs and Arts Council of Sri Lanka's Literary Advisory Board, the "Viyamana" workshop to develop the quality of Sri Lankan literary creation was successfully held at Weyangoda Cultural Center on 2023.07.08 and 09.

 

"Viyamana" Literature Workshop - Weyangoda Cultural Centre - 2023.07.08 - 09

Entertainment Program - Amunukumbura Vocational Training Institute - Gampaha - 2023.04.25

(Posted on 2023.05.02)

 

The Arts Council of Sri Lanka provided free resources for the entertainment program organized by the Department of Social Services for the children with special needs and their parents.

 

Conducted by - Prof. Praneet Abhayasundara, Chairman of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka.

Coordination - Mr. K.H. Dayantha, Secretary of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka and staff of the council.

 

Entertainment Program - Amunukumbura VTI - 2023.04.25
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Entertainment Program - Jayaviru Sewana - Puwakpitiya - 2023.03.07

(Posted on 2023.03.08)

 

The Arts Council of Sri Lanka provided free resources for the entertainment program organized by the Department of Social Services for the inmates of the 'Jayaviru Sewana' rehabilitation centre.

 

Conducted by - Prof. Praneet Abhayasundara, Chairman of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka.

Participation - Additional Director of Social Service Department, Officer in Charge of Jayaviru Sewana rehabilitation centre.

Coordination - Mr. K.H. Dayantha, Secretary of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka and staff of the council.

 

Entertainment Program - Jayaviru Sewana - Puwakpitiya - 2023.03.07

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Entertainment Program - Child Guidance Centre - Seeduwa - 2023.02.28

(Posted on 2023.03.02)

 

The Arts Council of Sri Lanka provided free resources for the entertainment program organized by the Department of Social Services for the children with special needs and their parents.

 

Conducted by - Prof. Praneet Abhayasundara, Chairman of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka.

Participation - Senior media lecturer Mr. Dharmananda Wijesinghe, Executive Member of Arts Council of Sri Lanka.

Coordination - Mr. K.H. Dayantha, Secretary of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka and staff of the council.

Entertainment Program - Child Guidance Centre - Seeduwa - 2023.02.28
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Entertainment Program - Child Guidance Centre - Maharagama - 2023.01.11

(Posted on 2023.01.12)

 

The Arts Council of Sri Lanka provided free resources for the entertainment program organized by the Department of Social Services for the children with special needs and their parents.

 

Conducted by - Prof. Praneet Abhayasundara, Chairman of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka

Coordination - Mr. K.H. Dayantha, Secretary of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka and staff of the council.

 

Entertainment Program - Child Guidance Centre - Maharagama - 2023.01.11
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Dancing Program - Madurawala Maha Vidyalaya - Horana - 2022.01.27

(Posted on 2022.01.27)

 

An entertaining performance dance program organized by the Arts Council of Sri Lanka was held on 27.01.2022 at Madurawala College, Horana. The program was conducted through descriptive presentations on pacifism relevant to the school curriculum. Many students from the surrounding schools participated in the event and the program was conducted by the Chairman of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka, Senior Professor Jayasena Kottagoda. Lecturer Susantha Vidanagamage, Lecturer Rohana, Lecturer Buddhika Ranaweera, Lecturer Sarath, Lecturer Sampath and other artists performed.

 

Dancing Program - Madurawala Maha Vidyalaya - Horana - 2022.01.27
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Dancing Program - Dharmasena Atigala Girls School - Kesbewa - 2022.01.26

(Posted on 2022.01.27)

 

An entertaining performance dance program organized by the Arts Council of Sri Lanka was held on 26.01.2022 at Dharmasena Attygalle Girls' School, Kesbewa. The program was conducted through descriptive presentations on pacifism relevant to the school curriculum. Many students from the surrounding schools participated in the event and the program was conducted by the Chairman of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka, Senior Professor Jayasena Kottagoda. Lecturer Susantha Vidanagamage, Lecturer Rohana, Lecturer Buddhika Ranaweera, Lecturer Sarath, Lecturer Sampath and other artists performed.

 

Dancing Program - Dharmasena Atigala Girls School - Kesbewa - 2022.01.26
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Stage Drama Show - Gampaha/Galle/Matara Districts - 2021.12.20 - 31

(Posted on 2022.01.04)

 

Several stage plays organized by the Arts Council of Sri Lanka in relation to the school children's syllabus were performed in the Colombo, Gampaha and Galle districts. The play was screened under the patronage of Sriyantha Mendis, Executive Member of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka.

Stage drama performance for school children

Drama Show - University of Ruhuna - 2021.12.23/26/27

(Posted on 2022.01.04)

 

A drama trilogy organized by the Arts Council of Sri Lanka in association with the University of Ruhuna Cultural Center was screened at the University of Ruhuna.

1. Traditional "Sokari" drama - 2021.12.23 at the Auditorium of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Traditional "Sokari" Drama - 2021.12.23 at the Auditorium of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

2. "Subha saha Yasa" drama - 2021.12.26 at the Faculty of Agriculture Auditorium, Kamburupitiya

"Subha saha Yasa" Drama - 2021.12.26 at the Faculty of Agriculture Auditorium, Kamburupitiya

3. "Maname" Drama - 2021.12.27 at the Karapitiya Medical Faculty Auditorium.

"Maname" Drama - 2021.12.27 at the Karapitiya Medical Faculty Auditorium
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Musical Program - Batticaloa Cultural Centre - 2021.12.27

(Posted on 2021.12.27)

 

Entertainment Music Program organized by the Arts Council of Sri Lanka was held on 27.12.2021 at the Batticaloa Cultural Centre. The program was chaired by Vishwanathan Sadanandam, Executive Member of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka and led by Sudath Samarasinghe, Executive Member of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka and Deputy Director of the National Institute of Education, Maharagama.

Musical Program - Batticaloa Cultural Centre - 2021.12.27

Musical Program - Piliyandala Central College - 2021.12.23

(Posted on 2021.12.26)

 

An entertaining music program implemented by the Arts Council of Sri Lanka was held on 23.12.2021 at Piliyandala Central College. Many students from the surrounding schools participated in it. Event held under the patronage of Vidura Wickramanayake, State Minister of National Heritage, Performing Arts and Rural Art Promotion and Participation of Mrs. Nishanthi Jayasinghe, Secretary to the State Ministry of National Heritage, Performing Arts and Rural Art Promotion and Ven. Professor Pathegama Gnanissara Thero, Vice-chair person of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka. The program was chaired by Senior Professor Jayasena Kottagoda, Chairman of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka and led by Sudath Samarasinghe, Executive Member of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka and Deputy Director of the National Institute of Education, Maharagama.

Musical Program - Piliyandala Central College - 2021.12.23

Dance Program - Debarawewa National College 2021.12.21

(Posted on 2021.12.26)

 

An entertaining performance dance program implemented by the Arts Council of Sri Lanka was held on 21.12.2021 at Debarawewa National School. Many students from the surrounding schools participated in the event and the program was conducted by the Chairman of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka, Senior Professor Jayasena Kottagoda. Lecturer Susantha Vidanagamage, Lecturer Buddhika Ranaweera, Lecturer Rohana and other performers are performed in this program.

Dancing Program - Debarawewa Central College - 2021.12.21
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"Daham Pathma" - Rupavahini - Poya Day Special Program - 2021.12.18

(Posted on 2021.12.26)

 

Rupavahini Poya Day Special program 'Daham Padma' with Senior Professor Jayasena Kottagoda, Chairman of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka and Vice-chair person Ven. Professor Pathegama Gnanissara Thero on raising awareness among the society about the healing of the sick using psycho therapeutic techniques through "shaanthi karma" and dispelling the superstitions of the society.

 

 

"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.

 

Click thumbnail to watch video on YouTube.

 

"Liviseri Premaya" Charana TV Program - 2021.11.16

(Posted on 2021.11.22)

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

 

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.

 

“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.

 

 

Out Reach Programs

Kadha Surindu Gee Ranga Puja

''Kadha Surindu Gee Ranga Puja'' the National Harmony Programme which was organized by the Arts Council of Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs on 3rd of November 2018,  at the Katharagama Devala Premises. The Students and Teachers of the University of Sri jayawardanapura, The Visual & Performing Arts, Eastern University and the Youth Council participated in this remarkable and significant occasion.

Kadha Surindu Gee Ranga Puja
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The First Human Rights Arts Festival 2017,  10th -17th December at J.D.A Perera Gallery

(Posted on 2018.01.05)

 

The Festival is to showcase Creative Arts practice related to all themes of Universal human rights declaration. December 10th UN celebrates the Human rights Day. Human rights activists and human rights commissions are normally involved in the celebrations annually. But Arts Council of Sri Lanka decided to have a festival of Arts related to the Human rights issues.

Human Rights became an issue of day to day life of Sri Lankans due to the insurgence of 1971, introduction of the open economy and later revolts of Tamil and Sinhala youth including thirty years of ethnic violence and civil war.

There are many of Artists and artworks repressed by the regimes from the 1970s. Especially songs, films and theatre productions were banned. Artists were harassed physically as well as mentally. Freedom of expression was the most suppressed area of human rights. [For example There are Sri Lankan artists; singers, filmmakers, theatre artists, visual artists etc, who expressed their ideas under threat of various previous regimes, especially since 1977 up till today] Visual Arts including films and video, Songs, theatrical productions, Musical performances, Dance, and Ballet etc. will be shown and performed in this festival.

Particularly during the war and after the 19th of May 2009, so-called Sri Lankan ‘patriots’ were afraid of human rights on the grounds of them being against independence and the sovereignty and unitary state of Sri Lanka. The Art Council in response thinks to intervene to broaden the public’s understanding of human rights and to convey that human rights are not a foreign 'thing' to Sri Lanka, but they are universally applicable and it is our rights, we all as citizens of Sri Lanka have a right to know, protect and fight for human rights.

Arts Council was able to organize the first ever Human rights Arts Festival with an exhibition of Visual arts as well as theatre, Dance and Music performances from 10th to 17th December 2017 at JDA Perera gallery in Collaboration with Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, Saskia Fernando Gallery, The Workshop Players, UZ Arts UK, Suramedura, and Khemadasa Foundation.

Opening evening at 5 pm on the 10th December starts with an inaugural speech by the president of the Arts Council Chandraguptha Thenuwara and Commissioner of HRC Sri Lanka Dr.Deepika Udagama. Just after the speeches, there were five Theatre Flash Mobs and Percussion session by Jithendra Vidyapathy ensemble in front of the JDA Perera Gallery. After that inside of the Gallery, there were five live performances by the International visual Artists. The final performance of the day was an in situ dance act by members of the dance workshop by Venuri Perera.

33 Artists including six European artists participated in the visual arts Exhibition and there were Paintings, Drawings, sculptures, Installations, Video projections to enrich the show. The exhibition was continued from 11th to 17th December every day from 10 am to 8 pm.

Artists participated were Kingsley Gunatillake, Anoma Wijewardene, T.Shanathanan, Nuwan Nalaka, Firirahman, Jasmine Nilani Joseph, Kanesh Thabendran, Kusal Gunasekara, Prageeth Rathnayake, Susiman Nirmalavasan, Vijitharan Maryathevathas, Minal Nayomi Wckremathunga, Abdul Halik Azeez, Sujith Rathnayake, Pakkiyarajah Pushpakanthan,Menika vanderPoortan, Jayani Chathurika, Asanka May, Gayan Prageeth, Pathmanesan Prasanth, Nirosha Vanigasooriya, Krishnapriya Tharmakrishner, Somasundaram Hanusha, Mevindu Binoy, Kirushanathanan Aingkaran, Venuri Perera, Wasantha Kulathunga, and international artists from Scotland Anders Rigg, Rae-yen Song, Kyna Hodges; from England Hellen Ottaway, Flick Ferdinando, Lorna Rees.

Every evening from 6 pm to 8 pm there were music performances at the second floor Gallery additional to the exhibition by Flamenco Guitarist Amaranath Ranathunga and Students, Gayathri Khemadasa and the students from the Khemadasa Foundation, Sujeewa Ranasinghe (Esraj), Peshala Manoj (Tabla) with Indian Sitarist Ramprapanna Bhattacharya.

Arts Council of Sri Lanka is planning The Second HR Arts Festival in 2018 with the collaboration of other art collectives, institutes, cultural institutes, organizations and civil society groups.

Human Rights Arts Festival 2017