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Art news

28 February, 2021


The British Council Library hosts Andrew Fidel Fernando, a writer based in Colombo and the winner of the Gratiaen Prize in 2020, on March 4 6.30 p.m to mark World Book Day.

Registration is free.

Children in Lockdown

Artiste commissioning program

Stages Theatre Group, an artist company set up in 2000 to promote socially and politically challenging original Sri Lankan Theatre, has launched an island-wide initiative to connect artistes with children and communities to address the challenges faced by children because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Children in Lockdown is a commissioning program that supports artistes to work with children helping them deal with the challenges of the pandemic, or helping adults understand what children are going through. This project, curated by Stages Theatre Group and supported by Kindernothilfe (KNH), will commission artistes in Sri Lanka to respond creatively to the theme of ‘Children in Lockdown’ by either producing artworks, such as plays, books, visual art, scripts, films, music and research; or conducting workshops for children or institutions that support children (schools, child rights organisations).

Stages Theatre Group has put out an open call to artistes to contribute to the project. Applications are open for artistes to propose projects that relate to the challenges and experiences of children during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A special component of this call is that it is open to children. Stages encourages child artistes to apply. Children and adult artistes go through the same process of evaluation.

Institutions or organisations supporting children (schools, care homes, help centres, children’s rights organisations) are welcome to get in touch should they be interested in securing the support of artistes to work with them in supporting their work with children.

Applications close by midnight on March 5. To apply or for more information, refer