Artists to inspire public to act on environmental crisis

Cinnamon Colomboscope 2017 is scheduled to rally an impressive mix of the local and international art communities from Sri Lanka, the UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, India, Pakistan, Poland and Turkey, to influence and inspire the public psyche to act on the current environmental crisis.

The event will bring together creative practitioners and thought leaders to interrogate, communicate, reflect, explore, and re-imagine how creativity could trigger change.

With Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts joining forces with the John Keells Foundation to extend their collective patronage, Cinnamon Colomboscope 2017, will address this prevailing crisis from the fresh perspective of art.

The festival programme is an interactive line-up of exhibitions, film screenings, musical, dance and theatre performances, outreach education initiatives, talks exploring environmentalism and its intersections plus, much more.

With a theme that celebrates the arts and its power to influence culture and the evolution of our lives on Earth, this year’s Cinnamon Colomboscope will unfold over six days of curated visual and performing arts between the 2nd and 7th of September. Living up to its reputation of hosting the event at non-traditional venues, in 2017 the festival is scheduled to take place at the Maradana Terminus Railway Station.

As the collective future of mankind reaches crossroads, the way in which we choose to treat the environment has become a key deciding factor of our fate. The environmental issue has grown from being a niche topic discussed within activist circles, to a super-crisis affecting the entire world.

Sri Lanka too, has reached a decisive point in her socioeconomic evolution where the advantages of speedy development are starting to get outweighed by the distress caused by issues linked to environmental mismanagement and negligence of basic sustainable practices. This looming global catastrophe and its consequences are what the hospitality industry giant Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts sets out to highlight with the John Keells Foundation, through Cinnamon Colomboscope 2017.

A contemporary multidisciplinary arts festival open to the public, Cinnamon Colomboscope was founded by EUNIC Sri Lanka (Goethe-Institut, British Council and Alliance Française de Kotte). The festival theme titled Re/Evolution, signifies the need of the moment to relook at our ways and mend them, evolving against the harm that our systems and ourselves are causing on the planet. Cinnamon Colomboscope 2017 edition that tackles this weighty and timely topic is due to unfold this September (2nd – 7th) featuring thought-provoking works by local and international artists.

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