CAB’09 showcased 50 selected artists in the six warehouses. However the Biennale is run as an inclusive enterprise, opening the arena to the whole of Colombo under ‘CAB Around Town’. Various art-related locations were invited to take part as fringe events.


The Biennale catalogue included a pull out map of Colombo marking out various additional art locations around the city, including locations such as the National Art Gallery and Museum, Independent Galleries, Artist Studios, Street Art, Art Foundations.
CAB Around Town thus created satellite locations for the event offering the visitors a
tour around Colombo highlighting cultural landmarks around the city.


A number of events surround the Biennale, including performances, presentations, musical performances, poetry readings, opening receptions and of course a very well attending opening party for the first Colombo Art Biennale.


A project run by the Goethe Institut of Colombo for the Colombo Art Biennale. A number of talented and emerging Sri Lankan photographers and film-makerscovered the event and created a collaborative film to document the event. A selection of photographic images were used to produce a post event cataloguedocumenting the event. The film as well as the photographs were later shown at a reception evening hosted by the Goethe Institute Ditector at the Goethe Institut.


Janakaraliya choreographed a performance under the theme of ‘Imagining Peace’ which was performed twice during the Biennale at Park Street Mews.

Janakaraliya is a mobile cultural organisation that uses a collapsible theatre and travels through districts with its theatre group. It provides the area with a cultural hub during its stay, using drama and Theatre, with other art forms for social harmony. It implements human development activities using drama and theatre at the grass root level as well as the higher level of the society.

CAB Around Town Locations

Camera Shy by Shade Tree Productions at Anilana | Music and Poetry at the Goethe Institut | Tristan Lauren Bernard at Harold Pieris Gallery | Dayan Kottachchi at Lionel Wendt Gallery | Jagath Weeresinghe at Red Dot Gallery | Nigel Sense at the British Council | Jagath Ravindra at Paradise Road Gallery | Open Air Gallery at Vihara Mahadevi Park | George Bevan at Barefoot Gallery | 2 Creatives | Artway Gallery | Gallery Mountcastle | Mural on Philip Gunawardena Mawatha Wall |Ghandara Crafts & Artifacts | Monutment for Neelan Truchelvam by Chandraguptha Thenuwara |The National Art Gallery |The National Museum | Sapumal Foundation.