About Kälam

Kälam – a space for cultural encounters ©Kälam

This initiative run by independent arts professional Kirutharshan Nicholas aims to build bridges between artists, writers, intellectuals, academics and those involved in all forms of creative activities from Jaffna, Germany and elsewhere. The space functions as an interactive site through exchanges, collaborations, and supports art practitioners who explore imaginative paths beyond traditional horizons.

Kälam actively contributes to quenching the thirst for cultural work in the Northern part of Sri Lanka through collaborations with the Goethe-Institut and other partners.

Amongst other activities, Kälam hosts photography exhibitions, regular film screenings, thematic symposiums, literary exchanges, artist lead workshops and is a home for dancers and performers who take an interest in contemporary practices.

Kälam is also preparing to establish German language classes in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut to fill an existing gap in the North.

Kälam is a multifaceted Tamil word with many meanings. It is spelled with the German Umlaut "ä" to match the Tamil pronunciation.