IAA- Sri Lanka –
Cultured Society; Full of Humanity with a Social and Cultural Change
IAA which was inaugurated in 1990 has completed many activities for the last two and a half decades. Basically, IAA is involved in theater and Performing art. Also, IAA is a multi ethnic, multi language and a multi religious group. Its decision making activities are conducted by a committee comprising of Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim representatives.
We have being the pioneers to introduce Forum Theater (Sinhala & Tamil) and Black Box Theater to Sri Lanka, as a different dimension to Sri Lankan theater, located in Sri Jayewardenepura, capital of Sri Lanka and it is the second in South East Asia. As our main objective we have trained young creators, school teachers and university students island-wide in modern trends and techniques. We have a publication section which deals with theater art. Few books published by our organization have been prescribes as reading material for A’ Level students who are following performing art as a subject, by the National Institute of education. We have also given the opportunity for youth of all ethnicity with creative ideologies to work part time to fulfill their objectives by providing basic facilities. Most of their creations have won awards at the national & International level.
IAA organizes two alternative national Theater Festival & one International theater festival, all of which are annual events. namely.
a) Sri Lankan theatre festival
b) Black Box short play festival
c) Colombo International Theatre Festival (CITF)
Colombo International Theatre Festival which was organized for the first time Sri Lanka in 2012 was a turning point in the Sri Lankan theatre arena. Even though we are a small organization we have built a considerable relationship with the international artists/institutions through the CITF.
We also have small Theater house –Sri Lanka’s first black box theater (library, Academy, Theater) & small active groups our Island wide