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Kulturarbeit in Sri Lanka © Goethe-Institut


The Goethe-Institut Sri Lanka encourages cultural collaboration across the Sri Lanka, Germany and the South Asian region by organising programmes of events and making contributions to various festivals and exhibitions in the fields of film, dance, music, theatre, literature and translation. We aim to paint a contemporary portrait of Germany, while promoting international discourse on the key concerns of what is becoming an increasingly global society.


Colomboscope 2024 Save the Date © Colomboscope

Upcoming Edition
Colomboscope 2024

The eighth edition of Colomboscope is to be held from 19 to 28 January 2024 bringing together interdisciplinary artistic approaches from around the island, South Asia and beyond in characteristic venues of Colombo.

Critical Zones © Goethe-Institut Sri Lanka

In Search of a Common Ground
Critical Zones

For a long time the reactions of Earth to our human actions remained unnoticed, but in recent times with the protest movement Fridays for Future climate crisis has moved into public consciousness. The thought exhibition »CRITICAL ZONES« invites us to deal with the CRITICAL situation of the Earth in various ways and to explore new modes of coexistence between all forms of life.


Capturing the Current, submission by Nayanahari Abeynayake © Nayanahari Abeynayake

Photo Documentation
Capturing the Current

Four emerging photographers' documentary projects that have been 'Capturing the Current' in Colombo, Galle and Jaffna during May and June 2022.

Colomboscope © Colomboscope

Multidisciplinary Art Festival

Contemporary arts festival and creative platform for interdisciplinary dialogue that has grown steadily within the cultural landscape of Colombo.

kal participants © kal

Decolonial and feminist futures

A trans*oceanic platform for slow approaches, performative interventions and poetic strategies in visual and literary forms.


Forest School Workshop © Goethe-Institut

EUNIC Cluster Fund
Creative Island - From Forest School to Sensory Architectures

Colomboscope together with the Geoffrey Bawa Trust and Kälam supported by EU National Institutes for Culture launch a two part residential workshop initiative. Scheduled to take place in June and September 2023. 

Shared Tides © Goethe-Institut / CPB

Residency program for lens-based artists
Shared Tides

A residency program for lens-based artists and photographers from Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka intending to work with local resources to research and develop cross cultural bodies of work on shared histories, cultures and environments, supported by Goethe-Institut Chennai and Goethe-Institut Sri Lanka and implemented in collaboration with the Chennai Photo Biennale Foundation and Kälam.

Voice in Motion Call for Applications © Goethe-Institut

11 – 16 June 2023
Voices in Motion

A four-day residential dance retreat on the South Coast of Sri Lanka for dancers and choreographers.Tell your own stories through the medium of dance and be intensively guided by Paul Upali Gouëllo, Raphael Moussa Hillebrand and Farah Deen.


Thattu Pattu Website Banner © Fold Media

Project Launch
Thattu Pattu

Like knocking stones together to spark a flame, “Thattu Pattu” derives its meaning from two loan words between Sinhala and Tamil — the languages predominantly spoken in Sri Lanka. Thattu Pattu intends to spark a renewed interest in music from the fringes of Sri Lanka.

Film, Media and Digital Culture

Film Talents Voice from Sri Lanka and Pakistan © Goethe-Institut

Voices from Sri Lanka and Pakistan
Film Talents

This Project is supported by the Goethe-Institut Sri Lanka and Pakistan and hopes to encourage young emerging filmmakers from Sri Lanka and Pakistan to pursue a career in the art of filmmaking. 

Agenda 14 - Watch Short Films - Teaser © Agenda 14

Film Production
Watch Agenda 14

Agenda 14 produces films since 2014 with a focus on female participation in digital storytelling, short film production and screenings.

Regional Projects

  The band Embryo in India, from "Vagabunden Karawane: A musical trip through Iran, Afghanistan and India in 1979" Filmstill from "Vagabunden Karawane" © Werner Penzel Filmproduktion itd.

Cultural Encounters between South Asia and Germany

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Siddhartha, the Goethe-Instituts in South Asia are exploring the ways South Asia and Germany are received by one another and how each is projected in the other region in literature, music, film and everyday culture.

M.A.P // A.M.P

A project by Goethe‑Institut seeking to capture, document, explore and invite music, poetry, research and discourse on the intersections of music and activism in South Asia. The thematic frame of M.A.P // A.M.P interfaces with other topics, especially pertaining to civil society, minorities, feminism, and queer activism.