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The Listening Biennial 2023

Hosting the Listening Biennial in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sara Mikolai, Isuru Kumarasinghe, Bakeriya Space, Brandon LaBelle

We are extremely excited to announce the audio exhibition and happenings of the Listening Biennial 2023 in Colombo: hosted by Isuru Kumarasinghe, Sara Mikolai and Bakeriya Space, we invite you to join us for the exhibition, performances and open discussion on the 4th/5th/6th of August.

The exhibition consists of audio pieces by artists from across the globe. The 2nd edition of the Listening Biennial is curated by Luísa Santos, Dayang Yraola, Guely Morato and Rayya Badran, working with artistic director Brandon Labelle and is happening through a variety of formats and geographies, bringing together a diverse community of artists, contributors and a network of partner institutions. We are extremely honoured to be a partner of the Biennial here in Sri Lanka.

We are looking forward to the solo live performances by Sarani Perera and Dinelka Liyanage, as well as an open discussion on 'listening', for which we invite you to participate in a collective dialogue on listening practices, perspectives and reflections.

On Sunday 6th we will give a workshop for children and teenagers (age 8-13), which includes activities on connecting with each other and our surrounding through listening and moving, guided by Isuru and Sara. For the workshop please register via e-mail until 2nd of August to

We look forward to listen with you!


Program at Bakeriya Space:

4.8. Friday - Opening Note, Isuru Kumarasinghe & Sara Mikolai, 6:00 pm - Exhibition launch, 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm - Performances by Sarani Perera and Dinelka Liyanage, starting from 6.30 pm

5.8. Saturday - Exhibition open 11:00 am – 6:00 pm - Listening Dialogues: open discussion 6:00 pm

6.8. Sunday - Workshop for children, 10:00 – 14:00 pm - Exhibition open 14:00 pm – 20:00 pm

Listening Biennial 2023, partner Sri Lanka: Isuru Kumarasinghe (sound artist | musician) Sara Mikolai (choreographer | interdisciplinary artist | researcher) Bakeriya Space (Community art space Colombo) with artistic director Brandon Labelle ( artist | sound theorist | writer)

Performers Sarani Perera (sound artist | musician) Dinelka Liyanage (sound artist | musician)


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