COLOMBOSCOPE is a contemporary arts festival and creative platform for interdisciplinary dialogue that has grown steadily within the cultural landscape of Colombo since 2013.
The festival has worked with a range of intergenerational artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, social theorists and scientific researchers from Sri Lanka and internationally delivering a focused programme with each festival edition held at key historic sites in Colombo. Several of the cultural practitioners participating in COLOMBOSCOPE have gone on to show their work within regional and international exhibitions thereafter.
The festival organizers are committed to building a sustainable and context-responsive environment for cultural producers to continue generating path-breaking, collaborative and genre-defying approaches in the field.
FOLD MEDIA COLLECTIVE
Established in 2019 to formalize a network of creative professionals from Sri Lanka. FOLD MEDIA COLLECTIVE, the new organizing entity for COLOMBOSCOPE, includes designers, illustrators, filmmakers and audio-visual artists who have contributed to the previous editions and wide-ranging cultural activities in Sri Lanka. This renders a further momentum to the creative economy enabling the team to professionalize their services as part of this multifaceted platform through co-creation and local ownership, while offering international exchange.
EUNIC (The European Union National Institutes of Culture) has been supporting Colomboscope through its Cluster Fund since 2015. In 2019, the EUNIC Sri Lanka Cluster (Goethe-Institut, British Council & Alliance Française) together with Fold Media Collective were chosen by an international jury of arts and social enterprise experts as an innovative model for cross-cultural collaboration. Colomboscope became one of five projects from over forty applicants from different countries for The European Houses of Culture grant.