A toast to Lionel Wendt

Veteran actress Irangani Serasinghe strolled down memory lane when declaring open the Lionel Wendt Arts Festival on Tuesday evening recalling how the theatre and the Arts Centre Club had provided the space and place for the arts to flourish and Thespians both from the Sinhala and English scene to find common ground.

The evening saw the opening of the exhibition of contemporary paintings and sculpture and of Lionel Wendt’s original photographs at the Harold Peiris Gallery. On Wednesday evening it was a special screening of Basil Wright’s memorable documentary ‘Song of Ceylon’ narrated by the great man himself with an introduction by Richard Boyle followed by three nights of concerts of classical music, choral music and dance rounding off a fitting celebration of the 110th birth anniversary of Lionel Wendt.

(The Sunday Times was the print media sponsor for the festival)

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