Making Cinnamon Colomboscope Happen

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cin2Colombo’s biggest multidisciplinary arts festival “Cinnamon Colomboscope 2015” is all set to commence its 3rd edition this August. Consisting of a Talks & Literature programme around the theme “The city. Identity. Urbanity.” and “Shadow Scenes” a group exhibition, the festival will no doubt be an aesthete’s paradise.

Cinnamon Colomboscope 2015 will kick off on Friday the 21st of August with “Preview: Cinnamon Colomboscope Talks” by Kerry Young & Naresh Fernandes, an invitation only event organised by Dilmah. The event will include an introductory reading in addition to a book-signing.  
Daily Mirror Life caught up with the driving forces behind the festival.

“This year’s theme focuses on Colombo as the city we live in and as a city that has experienced rapid changes in its urban spaces, accessibility, social and economic mobility, its political space and its expression of urbanity.”


Radhika Hettiarachchi

(Curator, The City. Identity. Urbanity.)

?Tell us a little bit about Cinnamon Colomboscope 2015. What can we expect from the festival
Cinnamon Colomboscope is Colombo’s only Festival of Arts and is in its third edition. The festival this year includes visual arts and talks and literature and delves into the questions about Colombo and its people. You can expect a weekend of excellent talks with interesting people that can engage on topics as diverse as the economy, urban development, theatre, spirituality, gender and sexuality and urban rap.

It will be panel discussions, conversations, debates, talks and interviews, city walks, curated dinners and casual evenings at a bar with poetry and music like you’ve never heard in one place. It brings together a unique group of people from here and abroad to look at Colombo and our lives as we live it, to reflect on the changes we experience with the changing nature of our city.


?can you elaborate on this year’s theme: “The city. Identity. Urbanity”
This year’s theme focuses on Colombo as the city we live in and as a city that has experienced rapid changes in its urban spaces, accessibility, social and economic mobility, its political space and its expression of urbanity.  In this sense, this year’s theme looks at Colombo – the city, as a space and a physical place that is changing before our eyes.

It then reflects on how as citizens we are responding to this change emotionally and psychologically, in terms of our identities and our sense of belonging or upheaval as well as how we ‘become’ urban to match the spirit of the time.


? what is the significance of the locations you have chosen for the talks & literature segment

The locations are all around Slave Island this year, because it is a part of our city that will look radically different in a few years. We all remember Slave Island and old favourites like Fountain Cafe that in our lifetime will look completely different. So it is apt that we talk about Colombo that is ‘living’ the change affecting not only the skyline but also the lives of the people that can no longer live there because of it.

The Rio Hotel was once the epitome of modernity and now lies in ruin after it was razed during the 83 riots; from Cinnamon Lakeside one can see the development around Beira Lake and the now stalled Lotus Tower; The Masonic Hall has stood at this location and seen the city change around it; the Castle Hotel has been an iconic building and watering hole in Slave Island that has stood the test of time. Seems like the perfect place to spend a weekend reflecting on our city!


?What were the criteria when selecting local and international panelists
They are all experts or enthusiasts in various fields be it literature, the economy, design and development, business, gourmands, visual arts, theatre and music, historians and urban planners. The criteria were only what interesting, at times controversial, but undeniably unique perspectives we could bring to this year’s Colomboscope.

 

 

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