Cinnamon Colomboscope 2017 arts festival preparing to energise Sri Lanka’s visual and performing arts

The much-anticipated Cinnamon Colomboscope 2017 arts festival is once again poised to energise Sri Lanka’s visual and performing arts—and promote tourism—with the focus this year on Earth and the environment.

With the theme Re/Evolution, it zooms in on “human impact on the earth and the destruction of our environment. Environmental sustainability is no longer a ‘niche’ issue but one affecting us all, globally.”

To be staged at the former Colombo terminus railway station, Maradana, from September 2–7, the festival “supports local and international artists to create engaging, daring work that connects with the world alongside the festival theme”.

How creativity could inspire change and support environmental sustainability

Re/Evolution as a theme, aims to bring together creative practitioners and critical thinkers to interrogate their understanding of current ecological concerns and to re-imagine, how creativity could inspire change and support environmental sustainability.

The Daily FT reports that this year’s festival “will be combining art with technology and new media through the works of over fifty artists, including respected names in the local art community such as Anomaa Rajakaruna and the CoCA Collective, and international names such as Ackroyd & Harvey from the UK, Eva Horn and Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky from Germany, Benoit Billotte from Switzerland, Karine Bonnewal from France and Elmas Deniz from Turkey along with several more from Italy, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh”.

The meeting point for business, tourism and art

Under the banner headline ‘Cinnamon Colomboscope: The meeting point for business, tourism and art’, it notes that it is “a move to draw in art tourism as a major component of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry and bring in bigger benefits to the country’s business ecosystem”.

The festival is conceptualised by EUNIC Sri Lanka comprising the Goethe-Institut, British Council and Alliance Française de Kotte and is supported by the Embassy of Switzerland, the Turkish Embassy, Embassy of France, InstitutFrançais and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council.

Destination partner Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Radio partner EFM, Print Media Partner Daily Mirror Daily FT and Sunday Times. The Art magazine partner for Cinnamon Colomboscope 2017 is Artra.

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