Photograph by Tehani Ariyaratne, from 30 Years Ago

To complement the launch of 30 Years Ago and focus on some of the issues the project is anchored to and inspired by, four panel discussions were on the 24th and 25th of August at Park Street Mews, Warehouse D in Colombo.

The inaugural session featured Deshamanya Bradman Weerakoon and Dr. Devanesan Nesiah, both of whom have been featured on Groundviews previously writing or speaking about Black July (see here and here). The panel was the very first time appeared together to talk about their unique experiences around the violence in 1983. The other panels featured some of the Sri Lanka’s best known artists, gallerists, writers, dramatists, activists and journalists.

Details of the panels and the audio recordings are now posted on the 30 Years Ago website. You can also directly access the recordings below.