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Capturing the Current, submission by Nayanahari Abeynayake © Nayanahari Abeynayake

Photo Documentation Seed Grants
Capturing the Current

While Sri Lanka is going through turbulent times alternating between despair and euphoria, the Goethe-Institut together with the Chennai Photo Biennale is pleased to present four emerging photographers' documentary projects that have been 'Capturing the Current' in Colombo, Galle and Jaffna during May and June 2022.

Thattu Pattu Website Banner © Fold Media

Music from the fringes of Sri Lanka
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.




JISR is Arabic for “bridge”. The popular international ensemble performs in a wide variety of instrumentations with top-class virtuoso musicians. Rooted in several musical genres, this unconventional musical project builds bridges between Arabian, Afro, jazz, rock and classical music and takes the path of maximum musical variation and improvisation.

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. 

INTERFACE 2.0 © Fold Media

Audio-visual live performance

The INTERFACE has been re-built from the ground up by technologist Lalindra Amarasekara and showcases a musical performance by electronic musicians Nigel Perera, Asvajit Boyle in collaboration Shivantha Fernando and Divanka Sewmin.

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.

Dance and Theatre

Contemporary Dance in Sri Lanka © Goethe-Institut

Dance in Sri Lanka

The possibility to exchange ideas with different formats to professional dancers as well as students who would like to think outside the box of their traditional dance spectrum.

Exhibitions and Visual Arts

a language where yesterday and tomorrow are the same word. kal Design: Aziza Ahmad ©kal

A trans*oceanic platform

kal traces decolonial and feminist futures and pasts that are connected through bodies of water lapping at different shorelines.

Gathering artists and writers from South Asia, the South Asian diaspora and post-migrant Europe, kal unfolds in multiple strands including a series of publications, a DIY radio channel called radio kal, and the three Houses of kal - a constellation of feminist infrastructures for transdiciplinary and collaborative art practices & alternative pedagogies in Colombo, Karachi and Berlin.

Language Is Migrant ©Colomboscope

Multidisciplinary Contemporary Art Festival

Colomboscope is a contemporary arts festival and creative platform for interdisciplinary dialogue that has grown steadily within the cultural landscape of Colombo since 2013.

Humanity & Earth

The photo project Humanity & Earth enabled young Sri Lankan photographers to concentrate on the relationship between humans and earth. The photographic documentation of ecological focal points in Sri Lanka and their aesthetic presentation were the thematic key elements.