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Saturday 1 January 2005

Prague - Artists for Sri Lanka

Sri Lankans, Americans, and Czechs living in Prague are organising several benefit concerts to raise funds for aid activities in Sri Lanka. Gayathri Khemadasa, a classical pianist and Jeff Hush, an independent filmmaker are leading the effort with Czechs Ivana Stepankova, Jitka Gunaratna, and Vidu Gunaratna. The group is called ”Artists for Sri Lanka”.

The events organised at the moment are:

Solo piano concerts of modern classical music by Gayathri Khemadasa
Hlahol (Masarykovo Nabrezi 16, Praha 1) on February 4, 5, and 6, 2005

Roxy, the dance club and arts center on Dlouha Ulice, will hold a benefit concert with local bands on the 6th of February

The group also plans to hold more concerts, a photography exhibition, film showings, and theater performances. Likely venues for other events are Lucerna Music Bar, the French Institute, Divadlo Archa, Dobeska, Akropolis, Dejvicke Divadlo, and the two arts cinemas, Aero and Svetozor.

The funds raised from these benefit events will be sent to two areas in Sri Lanka. One in the North of the island and one in the South. In the Northern part of the island the funds will support relief efforts in the two islands of Delft and Nainathivu and in the South the funds will assist the people of the two fishing villages of Kalametiya and Hungama.

jeffhush@yahoo.com or contact by phone at 251626355 or 721602574.

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