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The Many Headed Hydra, Hydra flags, When the Sea Looks Back, A Serpent's Tale, 2017. Installation view at Colomboscope 2019: Sea Change. Photo Credit: Ruvin de Silva. Photograph: Ruvin de Silva ©Colomboscope

About Colomboscope

The festival has worked with a range of intergenerational artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, social theorists and scientific researchers from Sri Lanka and internationally delivering a focused programme with each festival edition held at key historic sites in Colombo. Several of the cultural practitioners participating in Colomboscope have gone on to show their work within regional and international exhibitions.

The first festival edition in 2013 was initiated, carried out and financed by the Goethe-Institut and British Council. In the following year Alliance Française stepped in as another supporting cultural institution. Since 2015 EUNIC (The European Union National Institutes of Culture) has been supporting Colomboscope through its Cluster Fund. Meanwhile the festival is carried out by the independent organization Fold Media Collective. The festival organizers are committed to building a sustainable and context-responsive environment for cultural producers to continue generating path-breaking, collaborative and genre-defying approaches in the field.

Language Is Migrant ©Colomboscope

Upcoming Edition
Language Is Migrant

The seventh edition of Colomboscope journeys from a poem-manifesto by Chilean artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña titled 'Language is Migrant'. Find out more about the next festival edition and the curatotial concept.  

Colomboscope Residenzen für Künstler*innen ©Colomboscope

Tandem Residencies

This initiative focuses on artistic research, site-responsive production and durational approaches within contemporary cultural practice through month-long residencies for artistic producers hosted in two different coastal and rural regions of Sri Lanka.