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Pecha Kucha Night Vol 2

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At first you would think half of Colombo was swearing when they keep asking people “are you going for Pecha Kucha?” well that’s what I thought when I heard it. I just gave a very skeptical look and was thinking “im sure this guy is pronouncing this wrong” but funnily enough it was me who was a bit blond in that department.

So I searched the net and checked for what in blue blazers this was and came across this very interesting new concept I never knew existed in Sri Lanka. As the website mentions, PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images forward automatically and you talk along to the images.

This is definitely an interesting concept in which 8 finalists chosen by the coordinators of this gathering “saskiafernandogallery” will speak for 7 minutes as whole on the subject which best describes their creativity. Born from Japan Pecha Kucha was always seen as an informal and fun gathering where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, and thoughts in the Pecha Kucha 20×20 format.

Four out of this times 8 finalists

Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds, where 20 images are shown, each for 20 seconds. With Pecha Kucha now happening in over 400 cities around the world we have discovered that most cities, not just in Colombo, have virtually no public spaces where people can show and share their work in relaxed way.

The atmosphere at the event is urban, chic, and chilled out with the warehouse space filled with relaxing benches, a beer Stand and a ‘Kade’ themed food stall. The focal point is the large screen where the presentations are made and what finally brings this evening together is the exposure of undiscovered creativity from all industries: arts, fashion, photography, and design.

If you are into this or think its a great way to spend a restful Sunday why don’t you head on down to the Warehouse Project in Maradana on Sunday the 23rd at 5.00 p.m. Tickets priced at Rs. 100. Heard that folks? 100!!!!!!

If you want to show some additional support check out their facebook page and like it. Hell we all need all the support we can get these days anyway 🙂

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Avirate Miss Universe Sri Lanka 2011

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The title that celebrates everything about women will once again crown a confident and glamorous young lady to represent Sri Lanka at the prestigious Miss. Universe 2011 pageant. The applications for the Avirate Miss. Universe Sri Lanka opened on the 15th of May 2011, calling all single young women between the ages of 18 and 27 to come forward to represent their country at the 60 anniversary Miss. Universe Pageant.

The finals of the Avirate Miss. Universe Sri Lanka pageant will take place on the 11th of July 2011 in Colombo. Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation will telecast the finals on the same day from 10 pm onwards. While beauty is definitely a key criterion, the women who will represent Sri Lanka will have to be savvy, goal-oriented and aware. It also takes a lot of courage and determination to be a winner, all key attributes that will set Sri Lanka’s representative apart from her fellow contestants from across the globe.

“There is a lot of work that goes into making a suitable candidate for Miss. Universe and we do our best within the short time we have to the main pageant in São Paulo, Brazil in September,” says Miss. Universe’s Sri Lanka representative, Mrs. Rosita Wickremesinghe.

The contest calls for all those beautiful and confident young women out there to join in and make their mark on the world stage of beauty and enjoy the trimmings of the crown as a goodwill ambassador representing Sri Lanka. This includes undergoing training sessions of personal makeovers and thereby gaining confidence to and walk tall at the finale on the 11th July 2011. Amongst the 12 finalists, one beautiful and glamorous young woman will be crowned Avirate Miss Universe Sri Lanka. The winner will be flown to exotic Sao Paolo Brazil, for three weeks courtesy of the Miss Universe Sri Lanka Organization. Avirate Sri Lanka’s flagship designer clothing retailer has partnered with the event as the title sponsor and will design and produce all the contestant’s wardrobes, including the winning contestant’s evening gown that will be worn on the international stage. She will undergo a month of training in preparation for the main pageant, which will involve many hours of grooming for the final of Miss Universe on September 12th 2011.

Contestants from more than 80 countries around the world will travel to Brazil for almost a month of activities leading up to the live telecast. They will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview, as they vie for the coveted title of Miss Universe 2011. This is the first time in the 60 year history of the Miss Universe contest the pageant will be held in Brazil.

Mexicana, Ximena Navarrete, Miss Universe 2010, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the telecast. During her reign, Navarrete has travelled the world as an advocate for HIV/AIDS education, research, and legislation. The next Miss Universe will continue this work.

Will Sri Lanka produce its first ever Miss. Universe in 2011?

Thus far Sri Lanka has produced one winner in a world class beauty pageant over three decades ago. This is a rare opportunity, for another young woman from Sri Lanka to bloom on the world’s premier stage, surrounded by the glitz and glamour and enjoy the many rewards that follow, including brand endorsements, promising career opportunities in the fashion and beauty industry and extravagant prizes. All the contestants making it to the final round will also end up winners, for they will receive valuable training and undergo grooming sessions by experts in the field of beauty, nutrition, social etiquette and communication skills in preparation for Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Universe contest which will act as a launching pad for other opportunities, in the multi dimensional field of fashion and beauty. Attractive cash prizes and other rewards are also on offer for the 12 finalists.

“Being a beauty queen is not as easy, it does not just happen. Of course one has to have the raw material of being of a certain height, weight and texture of skin, but there is a lot  of work that goes in to making a person worthy of a title” said Brian Kirkoven  who is in charge of choreographing the show with years experience in grooming and training models.

Brian went on to say “It helps when beauty is combined with brains, which I find is not unusual or rare, most girls chosen to the final event are very intelligent, smart and quick witted. Also they are not all from Colombo or cities, some come from far off towns and they pick up the ropes fast, which speaks for their intelligence”

Avirate Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Universe 2011 pageant is a challenging opportunity for young women between the ages of 18 and 27 and for application procedure and details visit www.misssrilanka.lk ENTRIES CLOSE 8TH JUNE 2011

 

Liberty Lite

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I thought I would be one person who actually wrote a review about the new cinema thats opened up in the liberty building. My brother was quite anxious to go and watch fast five, the new fast and the furious movie that opened up in Liberty Lite last Friday. To begin with their Facebook page gave absolutely no information regarding the seat capacity, features or the screen size. We assumed this was a tactic to keep us wondering. So my brother was quite adamant to go see the movie.

Let me begin with the fact that the parking for the cinema is all the way in the very corner of the other side of the actual liberty parking lot. When we reached the ticket counter we were told that the tickets will be purchased by them online as they didnt have the tickets yet so regardless of us coming there on time we had to pay the online price to watch it. Secondly the guy behind the counter writes our ticket numbers on a piece of scrap paper and signs it, so anyone who wants to forge their way through just take a paper and write the seat numbers and just scribble a signature.

When we walked in it was a tiny space. A claustrophobic person would have a few issues settling themselves there. The path way or aisle which you need to walk through to get to your seats is unbelievably tiny so a slightly larger person better hope to god your sitting right in the middle. At the beginning of the movie the food was crap. They had pop corn, minute maid and tipi tip. The food stall was bare and they hadn’t stocked up. When the movie began the screen was split in two and we were watching the movie in doubles which took them sometime to fix which was very annoying. The quality wasn’t that great but once the movie started that changed.

They had about 6 separate air conditions that were put on full blast in that small room so half the people were shivering and trying to warm themselves. When asked to reduce the A/C the boys just ignored and walked away. The intermission was an agonizing half an hour. I am not sure if they had an issue or if they were just incompetent but everyone kept turning around and staring at the control room waiting for the movie to begin again.

On the good side the movie was amazing, obviously and the story and everything about it definitely was worth it. The screen is much wider than the one you might find in savoy 2 and as its a new cinema you don’t get the constant piss smell all over. The seats were comfy and had cup holders and all but i wonder how long it will last that way. The list of upcoming movies were old like the adjustment bureau and rango which in my books aren’t worth paying the same amount for to watch, specially in a smaller screen.

The liberty lite facebook page is not one bit professional or informative. I would much rather you visit ticketslk.com and check for information than their facebook page. They dont answer any questions and the person handling it has no idea how facebook works and never answers the question at hand. They also delete anyone who writes a review on the page to make it helpful for others. I would advice the team behind it to learn to be more professional and handle themselves better and be more mature about their actions. If they keep deleting everyone who says anything bad about the place they will never be able to increase on the number of fans. By the looks of the movies they are to bring they will have to shut down quite fast anyway.

Taste Of Colombo 2011

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As a person who loves her food, I think we need a really good food festival which can cater to everyone. Not just the 5 stars or the somewhat expensive places. We need one location in which we can eat from the wade guy from galle face to probably hot butter cuttle fish from chinese dragon. Hawkers street which is conducted by the CMC on a monthly basis started off with a lot of potential but then just died down because they just continued it for the sake of doing it. I think the following venture from the guys from Lanka Event Management is definitely going to be a success as they are doing it with the intention of continuing it annually.

Taste of Colombo is the upcoming Colombo Street Festival, organized with the intentions of making it an Annual International Event that will attract the tourists, local community and also local businessmen. The event is produced by Lanka Event Management team; the event management arm of Lanka Hotels and Travels (Private) Limited which is a subsidiary of Lanka Ice Holdings.

Taste of Colombo is much different to a standard food festival as it brings together the National Taste in terms of history, heritage, arts, crafts and culture. This venture is set forth with the intentions of promoting local tourism to the international customer while creating a gathering place for the local community as well. The event will be held for three days and is open to the public, both local and foreign, absolutely Free of Charge.

Invited approximately 75-100 different food vendors ranging from star category hotels, leading restaurants, catering services, bakers, pastry shops as well as street stalls to participate at this year’s inaugural event. There will also be an equal representation of stalls showcasing traditional trade along the lines of batik, handloom, paintings, wood carvings, handicrafts, masks, tea, spices, ayurveda and travel agents …etc. A special segment of cultural activities such as a mini-perehera, puppet show, traditional dances and drum acts, papare band and street drama (veedi natya) is also lined up on a daily basis to ensure that the foreign patrons are treated to a complete array of local tastes including entertainment as well.

Not forgetting our love for the game of Cricket as well, there will be two giant screens playing the Finals of the ICC World Cup on the last day of the festival which will convert into a complete street party. For more information visit their website www.tasteofcolombo.com or visit their facebook group.

ACBT Freshers Night!

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Last night I had the sad misfortune of attending the so called “glitter and glow” freshers night at ACBT. Now I know what goes on in everyones head the minute they see the initials ACBT and I don’t blame you. Its a sad pathetic excuse for an institution.

Now supposedly last night was a freshers/graduation party. It was held at Lavinia breeze and the tickets were priced at Rs. 1000 per person (god knows why any normal human being would pay that much to go there was beyond me)

So what did I see the minute i walked in? a sausage fest. there was about 200 guys and about 30 girls.. as always its not like I expected anything different. But the thing was it was organized so poorly that I pray to God that the people who did it dont ever get jobs as event managers.

Now the student council at ACBT prides themselves for their “coolness” one guy walks around with his shirt sleeves rolled up all the way to his shoulders and thinks his the coolest guy to walk the earth. They harp on about how its college life and how its the “coolest” (their words not mine) and the best thing to happen to any human being. The same guy who rolls his sleeves up keeps asking every girl for their facebook names (stalker alert)

So yeah back to the party. The music was horrendous.. just a lot of noise you cant dance to or listen to.. ofcourse it was all guys on the dance floor as they were all drunk and it didnt matter to them if they were dancing to nanda malini at that stage. So the theme glitter and glow 🙂 nothing glittered and everyone got a arm band that glowed.. now that my friends is pure creativity (notice the bloody sarcasm?)

So then the buffet was opened up and people hounded around it.. now for paying 1000 bucks you expect a bit of good food… atleast thats what you expect from Lavinia breeze. There was rice, noodles, chicken, fish and potatoes. OMG!  and the best part was the food ran out in 15 mins and they said no more food 🙂 so for majority of the people who paid Rs. 1000 and didnt get to even eat last night.. well thats what you get for going for a pathetic party that every former student who has been to one warned you in saying “DONT EVER GO”

So how does a night finish in these kinda sausage fests? One guy dashing a bottle and threatening some guy and a bunch jump in to stop it and some other random guy not wanting to be left out, breaks his glass too and another fight occurs… ahhh good old college days.. and this is what the student council is so proud of.

The night was an utter disaster and i kick my self every second for going for that shit and next time they need to get some creative people with better ideas to do a proper event. Its not rocket science. Its a stupid party for a bunch of kids. How hard is that?

Why IIFA rocked in Style…

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Most people have been writing so many negative things in terms of the IIFA awards, that has left many people confused. I think that it comes to that point that people just believe what they hear and read and no one really knows the true story.. Lets start from the beginning. Sri Lanka won the bid to be the host country not for any political reasons.. we won it because the IIFA body (Wizcraft) themselves believed that we were the best country for the year 2010.  Im sure many of you know we were the only host country to ever pull it off in two months.. and many people obviously believed this will crash and burn but funnily enough nothing of that sort happened. The event was a success in every way shape and form.

So how did it all start? Well i think firstly the team put together from every organization to handle this event was the best of the best. They worked tirelessly for the past two months, forgetting that essential necessity every human being needs “sleep” and made sure that it wont go in vain. Yes there were lots of people who laughed at the fact that there were calls for volunteers to help out and luxury vehicles needed for the stars. But the funniest part out of this all is that we ultimately had over 400 volunteers helping out and also each star had a luxury vehicle to drive them around.

So yeah Shahrukh didnt come.. but hey.. the last IIFA awards he participated for was 5 years ago in Yorkshire.. and because he didnt turn up in Sri Lanka people are screaming bloody murder.. I mean can you blame the guy? The last time he came here he was pretty much blown into pieces, and we talk shit about him not coming down this year.

The way Sugathadasa was transformed for the awards itself was just breathtaking that i dont even have words to describe it.. The stage, set up and lighting was out of this world and theres noway any of this could be possible if it wasn’t for the team involved. The tireless dedication and the hard work itself was the reason for the tremendous success along with the business and hotel community helping out in every way possible.

Yes the MOU was leaked to the papers with a whole lot more but non of that can dampen the spirits of the people involved. The fashion show was just out of this world and so was the final awards. For everyone who wants to watch it on tv, it will be tele casted on Star and Rupavahini on the 4th of July and trust me when i tell you this.. the sets were just amazing and so was the show.

So a small word to everyone who has a lot to say about it.. there were people who still paid $10,000 for tickets just to watch the show and when you watch it on tv you will understand why they did that.

For the people who said no stars arrived and i could have sworn one of our very own had said saif ali khan didnt arrive.. well get your facts straight mister coz he was one of the A list stars that performed for the awards. So yeah we are gonna hear a month or so more of people ranting and raving about IIFA being a waste and a loss… but then again what else are we Sri Lankans good at other than pointing our fingers at others and complaining?

IIFA madness

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Whats all this huff about since of late regarding the Indian Awards?? Well for all of you who dont know whats happening in our little island, the International Indian Film Awards is coming down to Sri Lanka this June. All i can say is theres a lot of planning going into the stages of doing the events for it which spans close to 20 events in just 3 days. Some may think if we even have the man power or equipment to do this successfully. But what i have heard from my sources s that they are bringing down most of the state of the art equipments and stuff…

Whatever said and done I think its superb that this is happening in our country. We need everything we can get to let the world know that we are war free and that we are one Island with a thousand treasures. So anyway it turns out that all the stars will be present at this weekend and theres gonna be whole heaps of events.. and even the cricket match and a little birdie told me that Sharukh might be in a team..

So anyway show your support for the awards and join this facebook group and show that you support Sri Lanka for bringing it down.  So if you can do what we all did.. change your profile pic on fb to the iifa logo 🙂 yes i know its very far fetched but we did it 🙂 and NO im not a bollywood fan…. just being supportive and check this website for more updates and details.

International Indian Film Academy in Sri Lanka

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So it was confirmed today that the International Indian Film Academy Awards also known as iiFA will be held in Colombo this June. Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau has won a very difficult bid against some of the most renowned countries just to host this years iiFA awards in Colombo Sri Lanka in June.

It is estimated that a total of 300 Bollywood stars will be attending this event and some Hollywood figures (wont say who) will be attending as well. The International Indian Film Academy is a first-of-its-kind effort to promote Indian Cinema globally, thus reaching out to millions of its fans.

It’s the celebration of Indian Cinema. The International Indian Film Academy.  Propelling Indian Cinema to glorious pinnacles beyond Indian shores. As global cinema rapidly emerges, a prominent place for Indian Cinema is reserved. IIFA constantly endeavours to showcase to the world the wealth of talent Indian Cinema has to offer.

Funnily enough we had to beat the favourite seoul South korea for this. I guess in a way this is going to put Sri Lanka on the map as an ideal destination to visit during the time. Lets just hope we dont have another  bunch of psychos who start some stupid group and try and stop this too.