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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 © 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.

‘Humanity & Earth’ photography exhibition © Ramanathan Parilojithan

Photography Project
Humanity & Earth

Emerging Sri Lankan photographers concentrate on the relationship between humans and earth.


House of kal Colombo Open House © kal

Open House
House of kal Colombo

A co-created shared space bringing together works by the House of Kal Colombo residents, The Many Headed Hydra’s “Rituals” soft architecture by Emma Wolf Haugh, and offerings from the kal RITUALS publications as well as traces of drawing and writing workshops, field visits and invited guests and friends.

Regional Projects

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.

Film, Media and Digital Culture

Film Festival © Goethe-Institut

Science Communication
Science Film Festival

promoting science literacy and facilitating awareness of contemporary scientific, technological and environmental issues through international films and educational activities.

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.

Webfighter © Goethe-Institut / Save the Children

Anti-Online Violence Campaign

Organized by Goethe-Institut Sri Lanka with Save the Children Sri Lanka with youth from 3 South Asian Countries; Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan.