Weaving Stories for Children


UK based author Nizrana Farook publishes her second book while her first book is optioned for British TV. Meshing her own childhood experiences in Sri Lanka with her vivid imagination and writing prowess, Nizrana Farook has just unveiled her second book, The Boy Who Met a Whale published by Nosy Crow which will be released in 2021.

Plateau De Gourmet


Having initially started off curating customized cheese boards, Natasha Wickremasinghe soon realized the demand for her home-made cheese dips. Utilizing the same brand name which means ‘Gourmet Platters’, Natasha kicked off her own brand of cheese dips that are now party favourites.

Dish It Out: Dee Williams


How do our food experts cook and eat? This week, Sri Lankan Masterchef Australia contestant Dee takes our Q&A!

Changing the fortunes of Sri Lankan crafts - Victoria Walker

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Shining a spotlight on the need to preserve the cultural heritage of local artisans while empowering them through design Sri Lanka Design Forum 2021 will witness a unique discourse by Victoria Walker. AODs Design For Sustainable Development Foundation Honorary Chair Victoria Walker, a passionate flagbearer for the craft movement elucidates a unique narration of Sri Lankan Crafts & the new world.

Uniting design and music - Sharmini Pereira

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Press Play is billed as one of the most interesting aspects of The Sri Lanka Design Festival which runs from 15th-17th January. Hosted by the Chief Curator, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka Sharmini Pereira, Press Play is a series of playlists conceived by the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka in collaboration with artists, designers, curators, art historians, and arts organisations in Sri Lanka.

Designer 1-2-1 - Shimalka Bodaragama


One time model and former air stewardess at Sri Lankan airlines, Shimalka’s travels across the world encouraged her love for fashion. In 2010 she launched her label ‘Ladies Runway’ which evolved over the years. With time and maturity in fashion, Shimalka now operates under the label ‘Waves of Glory’ which is an acknowledgement of her deeply spiritual relationship with God.

Helga De Silva Blow Perera - A House of Colour

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oday we feature the house of Helga De Silva Blow Perera who lives at Helga’s Folly in the mountains of Kandy. Her house, designed by her mother in 1933 doubles up as a hotel and has welcomed guests ranging from Gandhi and Dame Zandra Rhodes to the Vivian Leigh and the Stereophonics who penned a song in her honour. Her house-hotel is a farrago: a pastiche of various styles of art created by visiting guests and at times Helga herself.

Kavindya Thennakoon - Flying The Flag For Change Makers


Kavindya Thennakoon is a positive change-maker that looks at solving problems in a practical way, especially when it comes to education. Billed as a changemaker, Kavindya will chair discussions at SLDF 2021. Driven by passion tempered with fearlessness, Kavindya is an active campaigner for social justice.

The Craft of Architecture - Ruchi Jeyanathan


Drawing parallels between traditional crafts and architecture and exploring the challenges both face in this age of extreme consumerism, as well as speed and scale of development, Ruchi Jeyanathan talks about the practice of keeping detail-oriented conversations alive through the semantics of construction, an open ear to available elements, bringing the right craftsmen on board and marrying craft and technology.

Dish It Out: Dhara

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How do our food experts cook and eat? Dhara Gunawardene, known for her candid reviews on her Instagram food review page ‘Rasai Machang’, takes our Q&A!