|WOMAD Sri Lanka 2005 ::: Sri Lanka's Festival of World of Music and Drums Photos|
|Press Releases of Sri Lanka Tourist Board|
Artists From Around the World To Fly the Artlink WOMAD Festival Flag
Colombo, Tuesday August 30, 2005: Budding young artists from around the world will come together in a unique project for the first WOMAD Sri Lanka Festival of Drums to be held from September 21-25, an event of the Sri Lanka Tourist Board (SLTB).
The artists will create a series of 30 flags, reflecting the vibrant nature of WOMAD Sri Lanka for display at each of the festival sites - Galle Face Green, Kandy and Negombo – providing a stunning visual element to the festival.
The flag project was initiated by the WOMAD Foundation, WOMAD Projects Singapore, the British Council, Germany’s Goethe Institut, the French Embassy and the Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts (VAFA), as part of the ongoing Artlink project in Sri Lanka.
Artlink is an inter-cultural collaborative event organised in Sri Lanka each year by the British Council, Germany’s Goethe Institut, the French Embassy/Alliance Francaise, in collaboration with the Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts (VAFA).
The main goal of Artlink WOMAD Sri Lanka 2005 is to encourage the exchange of ideas and expertise of young Sri Lankan and European artists.
Renowned UK artist Angus Watt will lead the project, conducting a series of workshop sessions to design and make the flags, together with French artist Béatrice Dacher, German artist Mrs Cora de Lang, as well as seven Sri Lankan artists.
Lifestyle store Barefoot will provide a space for the workshops to take place, where the 30 flags will be assembled by a group of skilled local seamstresses.
Angus Watt’s ‘flag-scapes’ have featured at WOMAD festivals worldwide. His work crosses traditional boundaries, using colour, scale and movement to transform and enhance the ambience of the festival site.
Angus’ previous WOMAD collaborations include a project with the Aboriginal Pitjantjatjara women of South Australia, as part of their ‘WOMADelaide’ event.
His work in Sri Lanka is set to take him in an exciting new creative direction. With more than 15 years experience in flag design, Angus hopes the flags for WOMAD Sri Lanka will provide a dramatic visual symbol against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean, when they are installed on Galle Face Green.
“Drummers from around the world will be gathering in Sri Lanka to share their techniques and traditions. The flags will visually reflect this diversity in terms of colour and character,” he said.
French artist Béatrice Dacher said that painting allows local people to become closer through exchange, productivity, inspiration and time.
“Every situation leads to new possibilities. I find strength at the heart of different cultures and civilisations to produce a personal and collective creativity,” she said.
SLTB Chairman, Mr Udaya Nanayakkara, said WOMAD Sri Lanka will provide a unique platform for the flags to be enjoyed by hundreds of visitors.
“The flags will symbolise the cultural collaboration between all the artists involved. And they will also give festival-goers the opportunity to see firsthand the skill of Sri Lankan craftspeople and artists,” he added.
WOMAD Sri Lanka Festival of Drums will feature a host of activities, including four indoor theatre concerts at Bishop’s College Auditorium on September 21-24 and four Club Night sessions on September 22-25, at The Gallery, Beira Lake.
The Main Festival Field at Galle Face Green (September 24–25) will come alive at night and feature performances as well as a Global Village of crafts, textiles and musical instruments, with an exciting selection of Sri Lankan and international cuisine.
Acoustic concerts will take place in the grounds of the University of Peradeniya in Kandy on September 22 and on the beachfront of Negombo’s Browns Beach Hotel on September 23.
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