Once a year, each workshop presents a short performance, scripted and directed by the workshop trainers. This gives all the participants an opportunity to shineThis collection of theatrical pieces titled “Samanalayaya”,is performed in many parts of the country, and attended by the general public. This serves two purposes: 1. Develop the creative talents of the workshop participants whose self confidence is strengthened by performing for the public
2. Raise public awareness of the talents and abilities of these young people
These performances are a colourful celebration of our differences and common humanity.
Samanalayaya Drama Festival 2018
The much awaited Samanalayaya Drama Festival 2018 was held during the months of January, February and March 2018 bringing together over 1000 Sunera participants through 29 workshops in 10 districts from all ethnic communities in Sri Lanka to the stage in a burst of talent, energy and colour! The nine regional performances; bringing together performances and dance items of a few workshops from each region, had large and appreciative audiences who cheered the participants on as they showcased their talents and abilities in an unexpected way to their communities. It was indeed a day to remember for each of the participants as they got on stage and enjoyed themselves performing their roles through mime, dancing, acting and singing.
Our gratitude and thanks to the Australian High Commission Colombo for the sponsorship of the Samanalayaya Regional Drama Festival 2018.