“A Rainbow of Cultures” – Horizon Lanka Mega Concert – 2016 (Pictures)

The students of Horizon Academy - Mahawilachchiya dancing for the song "Gangnam Style" by Psy.

Students of Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya held its annual concert, “A Rainbow of Cultures” – Horizon Lanka Mega Concert – 2016 on November 4th last year to coincide it with Ms. Greta Suffys‘ birthday. She has been visiting Horizon Lanka Foundation since 2002, even during the height of the Civil War that did not spare our village, Mahawilachchiya from the Tamil Tigers terrorist attacks. Ms. Greta and the family has helped Horizon Lanka since 2002. The Belgian tourists who visited us with her also contributed to Horizon Lanka Foundation financially.

Ms. Greta’s birthday fell on November 3 and she visited Horizon Lanka with a group of tourists from Belgium on the 4th. We arranged 17 dance items to be entertain Ms. Greta, her husband Peter and the group of Belgium tourists. Ms. Greta Suffys is the CEO of Horizon Select travel company in Belgium.

We have received the images and the videos done by the team of photographers and the videographers lead by Mr. Ruwan Nandika.

Tharushika Rathnayaka and Sanduni Jayathilaka compering the event.

 

These are the images captured during the concert.

A dance for the song Kurumitto
The students of Horizon Academy - Mahawilchchiya dancing to the song "Dethata Walalu.
The students of Horizon Academy – Mahawilchchiya dancing to the song “Dethata Walalu.”
Students of Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya dancing to the Bollywood song "Barso Re"
Students of Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya dancing to the Bollywood song “Barso Re”
Students at Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya dancing to the timeless hit “Macarena” by Los Del Rio
Students at Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya dancing to the timeless hit “Macarena” by Los Del Rio
Students of Horizon Academy - Mahawilachchiya dancing for the song Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny.
Students of Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya dancing for the song Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny.
Students of Horizon Academy - Mahawilachchiya dancing for the song "1.Livin La Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin.
Students of Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya dancing for the song “1. Livin La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin.
Students at Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya dancing to the evergreen hit “Lambada” by the band Kaoma
Students at Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya dancing to the evergreen hit “Lambada” by the band Kaoma
Students of Horizon Academy - Mahawilachchiya dancing to Shakira's song Waka Waka,
Students of Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya dancing to Shakira’s song Waka Waka
Students at Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya dancing to the Belgian singing sensation Rocco Granata’s evergreen hit Marina.
Students at Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya dancing to the Belgian singing sensation Rocco Granata’s evergreen hit Marina.
Chandler Meeks-Owens dancing for Michael jackson's "Thriller" with Nimanditha Disanayaka and the "zombies."
Chandler Meeks-Owens dancing for Michael jackson’s “Thriller” with Nimanditha Disanayaka and the “zombies.”
Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka, the Chairman & CEO of Horizon Lanka Foundation addressing the gathering.
Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka, the Chairman & CEO of Horizon Lanka Foundation addressing the gathering.

These videos are just unedited video clips taken from three different cameras and we will produce the professionally edited version by combining these video clips later.  Till that, just enjoy the raw footages.

 

 

 

Ms. Greta Suffys, her husband Peter and the other people watching the show
Ms. Greta Suffys, her husband Peter and the other people watching the show

Horizon Lanka Mega Concert 2016

Thriller

Horizon Lanka has been staging several mini concerts during the year 2016. We organize them mainly because we can get rid of stage phobia when we perform dance items on stage before the villagers. We have staged 6 mini concerts during the year. We ensured the final and the 7th concert be a mega concert as it coincided with the birthday of one of our donors, Ms. Greta Suffys from Belgium. She has been visiting Horizon Lanka since 2002, even during the height of the Civil War that did not spare our village, Mahawilachchiya from the terrorist attacks. Ms. Greta and the family has helped Horizon Lanka since 2002. The Belgian tourists who visited us with her also contributed to Horizon Lanka.

Ms. Greta’s birthday fell on November 3 and she visited Horizon Lanka with a group of tourists from Belgium on the 4th. We arranged 17 dance items to be performed at the concert. They were,

  1. Welcome Dance – Sri Lankan
  2. Smurf Song – Belgian
  3. Ran Pokunen – Sri Lankan
  4. Kurumitto – Sri Lankan
  5. Boombastic – Western
  6. Dethata Walalu– Sri Lankan
  7. Barso Re – Indian
  8. Macarina – Spanish
  9. Taal Se Taal Mila – Indian
  10. Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny – Western
  11. Surangana Wes Wala – Sri Lankan
  12. Livin La Vida Loca – Spanish
  13. Lambada – Western
  14. Waka Waka – Western
  15. Gangnam Style – Korean
  16. Thriller – Western
  17. Marina – Belgian

We trained ourselves the dances for three months and performed them at this concert. I think everybody liked the dances. We got the full concert videoed by a professional video team. That cost us 60,000 LKR (400 USD.) A Pakistani documentary movie director who visited Horizon Lanka last year promised to do the editing of the full concert video free of charge. We had to spend on dancing clothes and costumes. Ms. Greta and other Belgian tourists donated a sizeable donation to cover some of the costs. We still have to pay for some of the expenses for the clothes we bought. We bought all clothes needed for the concert on loan as we wanted all dance items to be good. You can help covering the costs by donating through our crowdfunding campaign at https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/empowering-children-in-rural-sri-lanka. Those who donate 100 USD or more will be sent a full concert video by post if you send us your postal address. We know we are not professional dancers. But donating to us will help us improve our dancing skills further.

Chandler and Nimanditha as Michael Jackson and Olay Ray from Thiller
Chandler and Nimanditha as Michael Jackson and Olay Ray from Thiller

Mr. Albert and Ms. Greta Suffys
Mr. Albert and Ms. Greta Suffys

Ms. Greta Suffys from “Horizon Select,” Belgium Celebrates Her Birthday at Horizon Lanka, Mahawilachchiya

Ms. Greta Suffys

Ms. Greta Suffys

Students of Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya held its annual concert, “A Rainbow of Cultures” – Horizon Lanka Mega Concert – 2016 on November 4th last year to coincide it with Ms. Greta Suffys’ birthday. Ms. Greta Suffys is the CEO of Horizon Select travel company in belgium. She has been visiting Horizon Lanka Foundation since 2002, even during the height of the Civil War that did not spare our village, Mahawilachchiya from the Tamil Tigers terrorist attacks. Ms. Greta and the family has helped Horizon Lanka since 2002. The Belgian tourists who visited us with her also contributed to Horizon Lanka Foundation financially.

Ms. Greta’s birthday fell on November 3 and she visited Horizon Lanka with a group of tourists from Belgium on the 4th. We arranged 17 dance items to be entertain Ms. Greta, her husband Peter and the group of Belgium tourists.

We have received the images and the videos done by the team of photographers and the videographers lead by Mr. Ruwan Nandika.

Tourists Support a School in Sri Lanka

Tourists Support a School in Sri Lanka

From a Belgian newspaper
From a Belgian newspaper

During the time from the 14th to the 25th of the August twenty four westerners and two companions went to the Far East. The most special thing in the two week tour was supporting a local project.” In every trip organized by us, we look for a special project that we can support during our tour in that land. So once we took some special equipment for a Sri Lankan hospital which were needed for blood analysis for the diabetics. Another time we distributed clothes for the children. Every time we tried to support poor countries where there are people who really need it.” says Albert.

COMPUTERS

But this year Albert and Greta came up with a praiseworthy project. “Accidentally I came across a Sri Lankan news page (LankaPage) with an article on the Horizon School which was situated in Mahawilachchiya, a village 240 kilo meters away from the Capital city Colombo. This village is surrounded by the jungle and adjoins a national park. The park is well known for the presence of wild elephants, bears, leopards etc. And there you will also see a lot of lovely tropical birds. Until the last year, the village had been continually under the threat of the attacks by the Tamil rebels. The local people are mainly farmers who cultivate rice” explained the tour leader “Thanks to the article on the LankaPage; we heard that the Horizon School was looking for school materials, especially some used computers. The teacher had already received a few computers, but he needed some more to give his students a chance to learn more effectively. So went into the subject. The search for used computers began, first by a radio call from our country. Quickly we found an answer from the school Ter Groene Poorte in Bergus. My son did the computer management in the school and there were ten computers to be replaced. The school director did show us the green light by agreeing to give us those machines.” says Albert. “The other main problem was transport. Taking ten computers to the other side of the world is not an easy thing. Instapak, a company does packing equipment came to our help and the Sri Lankan Airlines agreed to transport the extra luggage of 200 Kgs for free.

On the third day of our visit, we did the handing over. We were received in a festivity. The students had organized a small concert to welcome us. They respected us a lot and the village women had cooked a typical Sri Lankan meal. The local press too was really interested in the issue. By clicking the beautiful website of the Horizon School www.horizonlanka.org you will see a lot of pictures of the visit. As tourists we heard only the praising words. Especially the hospitality of the people attracted their attention. Everybody enjoyed it very much. In the future we will try to organize more trips Sri Lanka, hopefully with another visit to the Horizon school” says Albert in conclusion.