Special Workshops

In collaboration with:

  • AMICI Dance Theatre Company, London
  • West London College
  • Access Arts, Brisbane
  • Candoco Dance Company of Britain
  • Dissimilis, Norway
  • Japanese Intergrated Dance Theatre Company “Sakura”
  • UNICEF Sri Lanka
  • World Bank Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lanka Foundation Institute
  • National Institute of Education (NIE), Sri Lanka
  • National Youth Services Council (NYSC), Sri Lanka
  • Sarvodaya, Sri Lanka
  • Performing arts workshops funded by the government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Awareness Raising and Education workshops conducted with the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI)
  • World Bank funded Awareness Workshops
  • DISSIMILIS Festival Norway 2004


ToT conducted by RADA students

Two students attached to the UK based Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) were on a visit to Sunera foundation in a bid to share their skills and expertise with our workshop participants. The two volunteers Tanmay Dhanania and Pearl Chanda, during their three week long stay, visited workshops in Negombo, Hopragolla, Dehiwela Maharagam, Panadura, Mawanella Puttalam Matara, Imaduwa, Horombawa and engaged interactive sessions with the participants. In a special workshop conducted, Tanmay and Pearl gave their inputs in performing arts to our trainers in the ToT they conducted in 2012.


Stage Craft Workshop

An in depth workshop on stage craft was carried out in 2009 by Theatre Director and playwright, Delon Weerasinghe, Gretian award winner of 2005.

15 of Sunera’s senior most trainers were trained on putting together a performance including script writing, casting, stage management, and stage directing. The focus would be on how to convert and idea into a professional stage production.

The workshop was conducted in three stages each stage being a five day residential training. 3rd and the final stage of this workshop was a short drama produced and directed by the trainers which was held at Punchi Theatre, Borella.


Hutchison Sponsored Awareness Raising Programme 2006-2007

Hutchison Telecommunications sponsored a series of awareness raising campaigns for the Sunera Foundation in five districts – Kurunegala, Badulla, Puttalam, Matara and Anuradhapura.

The primary aim of this campaign was to create awareness in society of the abilities and talents of persons living with disability.


World Bank Workshop 2004

Sunera Foundation hosted a series of workshops in five districts in Sri Lanka, funded by the World Bank, in 2004. These workshops raised awareness of the importance and need to integrate persons living with disability into society. Family members of participants and the community were invited to participate in this workshop series.


Deutsche Bank Awareness Raising Workshops 2004

With a special focus on parents, media and government officials, Awareness Raising Workshops funded by the Deutsche Bank were held in 2004 with the view to building on the work done by Sunera Foundation.


Integrated Theatre Workshops in One Sri Lanka 2004

Funded by the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, these five-day integrated workshops in the performing arts were conducted in Tangalle, Jaffna, Batticaloa, Badulla and Hatton by Sunera Foundation.

As a result of the workshops, five participants were selected from each workshop for a three-week residential workshop in Colombo where they rehearsed a play written by them, which was publicly performed in September 2004.


David Glass Ensemble: Lost Child Project 2003

Some of the Sunera Foundation trainers participated in a two-week training workshop in 2003. The workshop drew on various NGOs around Sri Lanka to put together an 80-strong group of children and adults, who were given the skills and knowledge to stage a successful community performance. The David Glass Ensemble helped to not only build the capacity, but also the confidence of the participants by giving them the tools to stage a community performance.


Two Year Leadership Training Programme 2001

Sponsored by the UK based Department for International Development (DFID), Sunera Foundation conducted a two year programme that focused on developing leadership potential that drew on expertise from both the UK and Austria.


Expression through the Arts 2000

Funded by UNICEF, this workshop run by Sunera Foundation gave children belonging to all communities, particularly those with disabilities from birth and the war, the opportunity to take part in creative art experiences. The workshops were specifically aimed to develop a sense of self worth, build a common understanding and sharing of experiences.


Training of Trainers (TOT) on Movement Therapy

In January 2008, Zuleikha, a dance and movement therapist from the States, conducted a 2 day residential workshop for our trainers on the importance of dance and movement and the positive effects they have on one’s physical health. These were inputs that our trainers have since incorporated into their workshop activities.