The Sri Lanka Youth Parliament also
known as SLYP who's aim is to mobilise and create a
network of young people in order to bring about a positive
and sustainable change to issues which affect youth
and their communities, in Sri Lanka hopes to create
an action-based islandwide network of young people.
|One of the participant schools
A project of The Bandaranaike Centre
for International Studies the SLYP, had their first
sitting from August 24 to 28, last year where 215 youth
raised many issues affecting them and their communities.
The action areas these youth put forward were as follows:
Peace Building, Environment, Human Rights, Education,
Youth Empowerment, Youth Employment, Sustainable Development,
Child Rights, Youth Culture, Women's Rights, Health
and HIV/AIDS. These practical and some what simple action
plans have to now be implemented by the SLYP.
One of the main obstacles the SLYP
have had to come across in implementing these plans
was funding. Therefore, they have organised a fund raiser,
Vortex Vibe, an evening of music and dance. It is notable
that the concert coincides with their first anniversary.
With the use of the funds they generate from this project
they aim to start up a mini grant system to help push
these action plans forward. Among the items to be performed
will be dance items by the Oriental dance troupe of
Ladies College, they will be performing two Kandyan
Dance items. Bharatha Natyam will also be featured on
that day by Hindu Ladies College (Siva Kazhalagam Vidyalaya).
In the singing category, the St. Cecilia's choir of
St. Joseph's College will be perform, while a mix of
drum beats and ethnic Sri Lankan flavour will be presented
by the Hewisi band of S. Thomas' College, Mt. Lavinia.
The programme will also feature an
oriental instrumental performance by the highly acclaimed,
Siribora and Charin (Jada) will take the stage with
an acoustic performance.
A punk rock band, calling themselves,
Bikini Bottom will also make an appearance.
Four items, three vocals and one dance
item, will be dedicated to the action plans, in keeping
with the aim of the organisers. Auditions were held
and the performers were chosen for these items. The
performances will be by the Arcadians, a group from
Puttalam. This outfit have performed previously with
the famous 'Iraj.' The group also consists of a member
from the SLYP. H. A. Udani Punsisi from Galle will be
performing a dance item. Shamir Zawahir, from Kandy
will be one vocalist performing that evening, the other
being, Anjula Varushavitharana from Colombo.
What they aim through this concert
is to promote ethnic harmony and bring out the talents
of the action partners.
The co-sponsors for this event will
be ACBT, IDM – an affiliated University College,
Achievers and Queens Radio. While Yes FM and Y FM will
be the media sponsors. The sound sponsors will be Swedish
Trading Company Ltd.
Vortex Vibe will be held on Saturday,
October 14, 2006 at the Ladies College Auditorium at
7 p.m. Tickets will be priced at Rs.500, Rs.350 and
Rs. 250 and will be available at the SLYP Secretariat,
Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, BMICH,
Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7. You can telephone them
on 269 8019 Ext: 7030, 7020, 7031.