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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.


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.


The Sound Room Sessions - Archiv Page © Goethe-Institut

Live Stream Concerts
Sound Room Sessions

The Sound Room Sessions are a series of live-streamed concerts from the Sound Room at Musicmatters in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Sri Lanka. 

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.

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

  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.

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.