Inter Act Art: their Struggle
Inter Act Art is a cultural group active in various cultural and art work for the last 20 years. They have already built an alternative theatre space by introducing the Black Box Theatre in Sri Lanka. They have their own theatre house and conduct a theatre festival annually. Their next goal is to organize an international theatre festival in Sri Lanka.
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What is Inter Act Arts (IAA)?
Inter Act Art is a cultural organisation registered with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of Sri Lanka. The country “with its long history has been an important convention point for world arts and cultural affairs, both oriental and occidental society.” IAA, which was inaugurated in 1990, has completed many activities for the last two decades. Basically, IAA is involved in theatre and performing art. Also, IAA is a multi ethnic, multi language and a multi religious group. It’s decision making activities are conducted by a committee comprising of Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim representatives.
By identifying and studying the modern trends of the theatre art we have achieved a lot. We have been the pioneers to introduce Black Box Theatre to Sri Lanka, as a different dimension to Sri Lankan theatre, located in Sri Jayawardenapura, capital of Sri Lanka. (The theatre includes a library and an academy).
We have trained young creators, school teachers and university students island wide in modern trends and techniques, as our main objective. We have a publication section which deals with theatre art. A few books published by our organisation have been prescribed as reading material for A Level students who are following performing art as a subject, by the National Institute of Education. We have also given the opportunity for young people with creative ideologies to work part time to fulfill their objectives by providing basic facilities. Most of their creations have won awards at the national level. We are having the first Black Box Theatre in Sri Lanka and the second in South East Asia. We have held two alternative national level theatre festivals namely this Sri Lankan theatre festival and a Black Box short play festival which are annual events at present. We are doing all this with much interest and commitment to create better theatre in Sri Lanka. Even though we get some help from certain institutions we feel we are marching alone to achieve our objectives. However, as a small organisation, we have built a considerable relationships with the international institutions.
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March 26 - 02 April 2012
Main Performance Venue :- THE BRITISH SCHOOL IN COLOMBO
@ :- 3.30 / 7.00 p.m.
Workshops, Discussions, Meetings Venue :- GOETHE INSTITUTE COLOMBO
Colombo International Theatre Festival 2012 will be held from 26th March - 2nd April showcasing of seven foreign theater productions along with three local performances. This will include productions from Australia, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan and India.The festival will have its main performances at British School Auditorium along with workshops and lectures conducted at Goethe Institute Colombo.