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


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

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.

In 2019 Colomboscope was selected as one of five project models for cross-cultural collaboration as part of the EUNIC Global ‘European Houses of Culture’grant. This grant allows Colomboscope to organize preliminary activities such as Tandem Residencies for artists for the upcoming festival edition ‘Language is Migrant’.

The digital series #HeldApartTogether, which responds to the consequences of the pandemic and its many effects on the cultural and artistic life in Sri Lanka, will also be realised with the support of the EUNIC grant.