On the evening of the 27th of January 2018, Greenpath Colombo 07 was lined up with over ten food stalls selling a variety of delicious street food, desserts and drinks all in aid of Sunera Foundation! The students of the Colombo School of Arts and Sciences organized a food fest as a school community project to raise funds for a worthy cause. Thank you to the Principal and students of Colombo School of Arts and Sciences who organized this fantastic food festival in aid of Sunera Foundation and for all their hard work to make the target!
A Classical Trio’ – March 2018
Samanalayaya Drama Festival 2018
Date & Time
|Municipal Council Hall , Weligama
Matara, Akuressa,Weligama & Kamburupitiya workshops
|12th January 2018 at 3.30pm|
|Hindu Cultural Center Hall , Kandy
Mawanella, Katugastota & Kandy workshops
|16th January 2018 at 3.30pm|
|Town Hall, Panadura
Horana, Aluthgama & Panadura workshops
|24th January 2018 at 3.30pm|
|Sudasuna Hall, Chilaw
Chilaw, Puttalam & Anamaduwa workshops
|29th January 2018 at 3.30pm|
|Yovun Nikethanaya Hall, Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura, Thirappane, Palugaswewa & Kekirawa Workshops
|08th February 2018 at 3.30pm|
|Hall de Galle, Galle
Galle & Imaduwa workshops
|15th February 2018 at 3.30pm|
|Town Hall, Kuliyapitiya
Kurunegala, Kuliyapitiya, Kobeigane & Horombawa workshops
|19th February 2018 at 3.30pm|
|S D S Jayasingha Hall, Dehiwala
Dehiwala, Homagama and Maharagama workshops
|23rd February 2018 at 3.30pm|
|Town Hall, Negombo
Negombo, Wattala & Horagolla workshops
|28th February 2018 at 3.30pm|
|Finals- Lionel Wendt Colombo 07||16th May 2018 at 7.00pm|
Our participants of the Jaffna workshop held their annual theater performance on the 3rd of August 2017 at the Kallayagam Auditorium Jaffna. A short drama and three dance items were presented by the children and were enjoyed by all who were present.
The very first theatrical performance by our participants in Mannar to the stage on the 4th of August, just one year after the start of the workshop. It was a proud and emotional moment for all as it was the first time a performance of this nature took place in the war torn city of Mannar.
Talent Show for the differently-abled
Our participants in Matara, Kamburupitiya and Anamaduwa were invited to be a part of the talent shows organized by the Divisional Secretariat of their hometowns and took the stage with ease, showing their talents and capabilities to their local communities.
Christmas Carols and Festive Cheer
Our participants in the Plantation sector, Wattala workshop and Kandy workshop held Christmas programmes during the month of December 2017. The participants danced, sang carols and presented evenings of festive cheer to the many who attended. The Plantations and Wattala programmes were organized by the Parents Committees of the workshops and the Kandy programme was organized by the Millenium Elephant Foundation, Kandy.
Training with Daniel Foley
Ten of our trainers participated in a Drama and Performance training workshop with British dramatist Daniel Foley in September 2017. This was a unique experience which taught our trainers drama, movement and voicing techniques.
‘Young and Easy’ – an evening of poetry and prose to celebrate the work of one of the twentieth century’s great writers: Dylan Thomas, was hosted by the British Council in aid of Sunera Foundation on the 22nd and 27th of October 2017 at the British Council Library. It was an enjoyable evening and our thanks to Gareth Armstrong, John Griffiths and the British Council Colombo for their time and support.
A Fashion Show with a difference, brought together a unique collection of exotic handmade jewellery perfectly matched with an exclusive range of beautifully crafted sarees and clothing modeled and showcased for the audience while dining to the delicacies of the Hilton Colombo High Tea. Colours of the Silk Road brought together an exclusive collection of hand crafted jewels by Kadambari Jewels and a matching collection of hand woven sarees and eastern ware by Rithihi in aid of Sunera Foundation, on the 27th of November 2017, 5 p.m at the Hilton Colombo.
A huge thank you to Kadambari Jewelry, and Rithihi for their partnership, generous support and hard work towards making our fundraiser ‘Colours of the Silk Road’ a success!
Thank you also to our premier sponsor The Hilton Colombo, media partners Wijeya Newspapers Ltd Daily Mirror, The Sunday Times and HI! Magazine and TV, event partner, Event Productions (Pvt) Ltd. salon partners Salon KESS and creative partner Bates Strategic Alliance Sri Lanka for their generous support towards the event and our work always.
And to our audience who made the time to be there…. Thank you!
‘Gods Stars’ on Stage in Batticaloa
The Batticaloa workshop produced a drama titled ‘Gods Star’ which was held at the Municipal Council Hall, Batticaloa on the 27th of February 2017. The participants performed a short drama and four dance items which were well presented on stage. The Bishops in Battocaloa, clergy, community leaders, parents and children as well as the Chairpersona and staff members of the Foundation were a part of the large audience in attendance.
Taking Theatre to the Streets
The Thirappane workshop produced a street drama for the community of Thirappane on the 01st of June 2017 which was held alongside the main road in Thirappane. 15 participants performed in the production which was a drama on narcotics addiction in our society. Sunera performed as part of the campaign against Narcotics which was organized and sponsored by the Divisional Secretary of Thirappane.
Spreading our wings to Mullaitivu!
Sunera Foundation started its 37th workshop in the District of Mullaitivu on May 2017. The workshop is held at MARDAP (MN/Association for Rehabilitation of Differently Abled People), Mulleyaweli, with 19 participants attending the workshop. The Sunera workshop is the first of its kind and is reaching out to the disabled community in Mullaitivu who have limited or no access to any form of help and support. We are excited to see the developments of our participants in the Mullaitivu workshop in time to come.
The ‘Process of Play’ Theatre workshop was held in Colombo from 24th – 28th October and in Kandy from 30th October to 3rd November. Jenny Sealey the Artistic Director of the Graeae Theatre Company U.K, led the threefold project, working with our trainers, participants, mothers and fathers. The project provided Sunera Foundation’s 35 trainers the opportunity to rediscover and develop their creativity, build their confidence, develop their leadership skills and increase their knowledge on disability and the disability arts.
The parents workshop was an opportunity for the them, to remind themselves of their hopes and dreams and to share their frustrations and fears. They were also taught how to create a dramatic framework through which they can tell their stories and share it with the wider community and policy makers.
Process of Play gave all the stakeholders the much needed international exposure of learning not just new techniques, but also a creative experience to remember. The last day involved the trainers putting into action the techniques which they had learned with a group of our participants in the presence of the media, who gave awareness to our work and the disabled community in Sri Lanka.
A few things the Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre Company U.K had to say after the ‘Process of Play’ training workshops…
– A different Romeo and Juliet but still with elastic and paper!! Simple things but full of creativity. Truly wonderful.
– Seriously wonderful – they created the story of Cinderella in an hour!
– It has been an awesome experience. It has been such a learning curve and there is so much potential with trainers, participants and Mothers.
– Proud of our trainers!
We were proud to receive an award from the Ministry of Social Services, Sri Lanka, for our work. The Ministry assessed the services rendered in 2015 to the less privileged in society by charitable organizations who receive nothing in return, and selected Sunera Foundation as one of the worthy winners for the award. The award was received by our Executive Director, Chandrika Subasinghe at the ‘Susevabhimani Awards Ceremony 2016′, held on the 10th of November 2016.
WINGS 2016, a festival of arts which highlights the role of arts in reconciliation was organized by FLICT (Facilitating Initiatives for Social Cohesion & Transformation), ONUR (Office for National Unity and Reconciliation), National Arts Council Sri Lanka and the European Union and was held during the months of October and November 2016. The festival travelled through Killinochchi, Ampara and Colombo.
Sunera Foundation was invited to perform our drama ‘Beyond Borders’ which is based on the theme of reconciliation and integrated two communities through our workshops in Anuradhapura and Jaffna. The event was held on the 10th of November 2016 at the University of Visual & Performing Arts. We also performed a dance item at the festival on 13th November 2016 at the BMICH.
WINGS also has a series of discussion based workshops, in which our senior trainers Sandun Dissanayake was a panelist at the session on Healing through Arts and Drama.