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FRANCOPHONIE 2014 in Kandy


At Alliance Française de Kandy, on Thursday 20th March 2014 at 5.30pm.

Alliance française de Kandy is organizing an evening with song and dance in its premises to celebrate the international Francophone Day; everyone is welcome.


On the 20th March, every year, the 77 member states of the International Organization of La Francophonie celebrate the French language and Francophone culture . There are over 200 million French speakers on Earth.

La Francophonie celebrates the Niamey Convention which was signed in Niger on the 20th of March 1970. The convention helped to establish the Agence de Coopération Culturelle et Technique (Agency for Cultural and Technical Cooperation), which was the precursor to the International Organization of La Francophonie.


Cinnamon Citadel Hotel, Friday 21st March 2014.

For the first time in Sri Lanka, the Alliance Française network, the Sri Lankan Association of French Teachers (APF), Alliance Française network in Sri Lanka including Alliance Française de Kandy and the main Universities teaching of French, including Peradeniya University, will hold, under the patronage of the French Embassy, a large conference about French language in Sri Lanka and in the Maldives, with the endorsement of the concerned Ministries. About 60 participants are expected to attend this event, held for the very first time in Sri Lanka.


1.1 Present situation of learning-teaching French language
1.2 The supply and demand for French


2.1 The quality of education: adapting and modernizing teaching methods
2.2 Learn French, but what for?

The motto of the International Organization of La Francophonie is: “French is a Chance”. But, why would French could be considered a chance?

In order to answer this question, the conference will look into the framework of teaching foreign languages ​​and the status of French in Sri Lanka and in the Maldives. In 2014, French is still the first foreign language to be taught in Sri Lanka and in the Maldives, but reviewing the place of our language in Sri Lanka and the actual realities of the teaching of French appear to be a prerequisite to structuring and nurturing a suitable and durable linguistic cooperation.


Alliance Française de Kandy, Saturday 22nd March 2014.

To end these three days, the Delegation General of the Alliance Française in Sri Lanka and the Maldives will unite with the Presidents and Directors of the five Alliances Françaises which form our network. During the course of a one-day discussion, we will look into how we could better cooperate with one another as well as how to develop and improve our services in terms of teaching of the French language and organizing cultural activities.

In 2013, our network represented 2,556 students, 4,516 course registrations, 17,461 teaching hours and 59 teachers, 446 students sat for DELF or DALF exams (the only certification in French, officially recognized by the French Ministry of Education) and we organized 145 cultural events.

International Women’s Day Celebration

Friday 7th March 2014
9:00am – 1:00pm
Free entrance

Access to and participation of women in education, training, science and technology, including the promotion of equal access to full employment and decent work

Organized by Alliance Française de Kotte,
Embassy of France,
European Union Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

The Alliance Française and the Embassy of France in collaboration with the European Union
will organize a forum on occasion of international women’s day.

The forum will focus on two main components.

The first session will be dedicated to a panel discussion with four speakers. They will each talk for 5 minutes on the chosen theme. For this occasion, we will have with us:

  • Mrs Niroshini Gunasekara, Senior Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages at the University of Kelaniya
  • Mrs Sumithra Peiris, film director
  • Mrs Shanthi Sachithanandam, Chief Executive Office, Viluthu
  • Mrs Jezima Ismail, Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka

The discussion will be followed by a debate of about thirty minutes.

women-1The second part will be hosted by Ms Radhika Hettiarachchi, author of « Her-stories », an archival project which is the first of a series of Sri Lankans’ histories that focuses on mothers from the South and North. It highlights their strength in the face of adversity, and their hopes for their children and the future of Sri Lanka.

This part will be more interactive with the public in the form of an open discussion where everyone is welcome to share ideas and reactions

Tea and refreshments will be provided.

women-2Women of Sri Lanka have held powerful positions, led spiritual lives as Buddhist nuns and have been poets, teachers, doctors, and laborers on farms and in factories. In 1931, Sri Lanka became one of the first countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America to allow women to vote. In 1960, Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the first female Prime Minister of a modern nation.

But perhaps because they suffered less from oppressive customs common to other groups of women in South Asia, until recently, women in Sri Lanka did not challenge working and family conditions that were detrimental to them. However, in recent years women in Sri Lanka have formed women’s organizations to promote equal work opportunities and faced many issues on a day-to-day basis. Nevertheless, gender-based violence is still a fact of life and even though the Sri Lankan constitution guarantees the absence of discrimination in employment, and even though there is considerable participation by women in top-level positions, as administrators, doctors, and lawyers, unemployment among women remains higher than that of men.

With this event, we wish to encourage and showcase the talent and success of Sri Lankan women.

women-3International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

International Women’s Day is now an official holiday in some countries. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues with flowers and small gifts. In some other countries, this day has the comparable status to Mother’s Day, where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

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CAB14 – Making History


From 30th January to 9th February 2014 @ 29 Galle Face Court, 0300 Colombo

For the third time, Colombo will open his Contemporary Art Biennale in January 2014 (CAB 14). During the 10 day long CAB14 festival, more than 8 000 visitors are awaited to admire works produced by Sri Lanka’s most recognized and emerging artists, as well as artists from Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, England, France, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Scotland.


In a post civil conflict context, Sri Lankan creation and dissemination framework is now literally exploding: Art is more than ever a mean of action and dialog, promoting reconciliation. “Making History”, the theme chosen, is aim to lead an enquiry into contemporary aesthetic experience from a time span point of view.


“History is inescapable. As human beings, our bodies are inscribed with connotations that in many ways defy temporality, and in our modernity, refers to parallel representations of cultures, events, moments and emotions. Our bodies are historically marked, while emotionally ‘present’ with a desire to invent the future. Do we make history or does history makes us what we are today? This is a question often asked, and an answer to this could take us on a deep and nuanced exploration of the implications of history on the human being as well as the human condition.” Anoli Perera, Artist.


                                                           Olivier Grossetête


Participatory Art & Monumental installation

 Poetry, Dreams, Childhood, Diversion, Recovery, Derision are key words of Olivier Grossetête art. cab14-history5

As he did once during its last project “Metamorphosis” in the European Capital of Culture 2013, Marseille, it will use Colombo city for experimentation and creations.

His work is built around recovery and diversion of cardboard, papers, letters, and tries to switch these petty materials into a world of fiction and dreams.
thanks to a monumental installation. By inviting public to participate to the genesis of the art piece, Olivier Grossetête makes contemporary visual art accessible to a large number.


Olivier Grossetête est artiste plasticien français né en 1973. Il vit et travaille à Marseille en France. Diplômé en 1998 de l’École des Beaux-arts de Valence, dès ses débuts, il engage une réflexion sur les rapports entre l’idée et l’action, l’œuvre et son contexte, le volume et sa matière et commence à explorer l’espace urbain avec le désir d’interroger l’architecture et sa symbolique. En 2000, il réalise un court-métrage qui met en scène un bateau en papier faisant référence à des scènes célèbres du cinéma. À la fois performance, film, objet, ce court-métrage fonde la démarche poétique d’Olivier Grossetête autour de la dimension éphémère de la performance et de ses traces.


À partir de 2002, Olivier Grossetête développe des constructions monumentales collectives avec la volonté qu’elles deviennent autonomes par rapport à l’architecture existante, qu’elles soient autoportées. Les ateliers de préparation des constructions où des amateurs viennent prêter main forte deviennent alors une partie intégrante de l’œuvre, créant une énergie collective qui contamine le public présent. Plusieurs constructions monumentales en carton s’élèvent ainsi à la force des bras de centaines de participants. À partir de 2011, Olivier Grossetête est invité pour ses constructions éphémères dans de nombreuses villes en France et d’Europe (Manchester, Glasgow, Kosice).



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.