From 30th January to 2nd February 2014


Standard Chartered Colomboscope Festival is organized for the second consecutive year in collaboration with Goethe Institute, British Council.

A framework for open discourse and broaden perspectives, artistic thoughts and intellectual analysis, through roundtables, panel conversations, expert discussions, presentations and lectures, readings, poetry and music performances, the festival aims to create spaces for expression and creation and reflect the current trend of interdisciplinary exploration in the arts.

2014’s theme “Making History” is shared with the Colombo Art Biennale. This central concept will not only focus on Sri Lanka will draw parallels and will allude to it occasionally. Some of the broad topics under consideration are: language and history; social media and real-time history making; physical spaces and myth building; presentation, representation and re-presentation; differences between memory and remembrance; music, poetry, film and historical, socio-political epics; insider/outsider narratives; lost narratives, forgotten voices.

Contemporary literature, film, dance, theatre, gourmet breakfasts, art exhibitions and many other musical and cinematographic activities are meant to attract various levels of visitors, generally connected to other scenes. In 2012, with the theme of “Identities”, the festival attracted 2,200 visitors.


The Alliance Française de Kotte invites Mr. SERGE NOIRET. He is born in Belgium. He works as History Information Specialist to sustain the scholarly activities of the History & Civilization Department at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy.


From fifteen years now he is involved with teaching and researching in the field of Digital & Public History. He is studying the impact of the web and new media on the History Profession as far as primary sources, scholarly publishing and new digital methods are concerned. His present research interests are dealing with the epistemology of (Public) History, Digital (Public) History, Memory and Commemorations, Museums, Media and Communication (Photography, Social Media) and Digital Libraries.

His debate will be about : History in the Age of Social Media:  Does the evolution of media and the various possibilities of recording history in real-time, aid or supress revisionism? What are the ethics, integrity, validity (and therefore ‘truth’) that govern such ‘new’ methods of recording histories? What editorial impact or the lack thereof exists in creating these histories?

 It’s scheduled on Sunday 2nd in February at 10:30am at Old Town Hall.