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COLOMBOSCOPE • 12 - 22 August 2021 • CONCEPT

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About the Festival

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.

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.




April 7, 2020

We find ourselves in the middle.As our sociality and modes of access remain contained, border regimes and algorithmic surveillance have swiftly transformed the ebb and flow of global circulation.  With this online series #HeldApartTogether we turn to some of our artist friends and wish to sustain primary acts of reading, listening and viewing together. As Epicurus once said, “The fool, with all his other faults, has this also, he is always getting ready to live.” Let us stay alert and responsive, but also joyous.


March 8, 2020

Cultural Collaboration

EU National Institutes for Culture

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-InstitutBritish 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 selected for the grant.


February 14, 2020

Collective Realization

Partnership with 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 previous editions and wide-ranging cultural activities in Sri Lanka. This collaboration 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.

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