Festival Team


Menika van der Poorten, Curator

Menika van der Poorten is a photographic artist, educator and curator working in the field of visual arts, she has worked with Cinnamon Colomboscope festival since 2014.

In 2015, she co- curator for Shadow Scenes Exhibition of Cinnamon Colomboscope and in 2011 co-curated British Library exhibition, A Return to Sri Lanka - an exhibition of works from The British Library, The Victoria and Albert museum, The London Natural History Museum and The National Museum Colombo. In 2014 she managed the south Asian exhibition tour of, the British Council Collection Homelands - A 20th Century story of Home, away and all the Places In Between. She served as the Country Director for WOMAD (World of Music and Dance) a festival of Drums in Sri Lanka and spearheaded arts and music festivals in London UK, such as Tierra Latina and London’s pioneering festival of Asian arts, The Lambeth Mela. She was also organizer and director for the photographic exhibition and education initiative Women out of the Frame. She has over 25 years experience in Arts management, and in the production and coordination of multi disciplinary art forms She received her formal photographic education at the John Cass School, and University of Westminster, London. Her work has been exhibited both locally and internationally including at The Dhaka Art Summit, Kochi Art Biennale, Colombo Art Biennale, and at the London South Bank Centre.


Shanika Perera
Curatorial Assistant

Shanika Perera holds a BA in Graphic Design from Northumbria University’s School of Design and a Diploma in Art and Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London. Her interest in working in the arts was sparked during her stint at the Saskia Fernando Gallery in Colombo as a gallery coordinator in 2013-15. This led to her role as curatorial assistant for two consecutive years for Cinnamon Colomboscope in 2016-17, She is an ARThink South Asia (ATSA) fellow for 2017-18, where she is participating in a management, policy and research programme in the arts and cultural sector.


Puja Srivastav
Festival Manager

Puja Srivastava started her career in organizing art events ten years ago with the first Galle Literary Festival in 2007 which was Founded by Geoffrey Dobbs and Directed by Libby Southwell. During this period, Puja also co-organised ArtWalk, Colombo in 2009 and 2011 with Anjuli Flamer Caldera. After 5 successful Galle Literary Festivals, she moved onto project managing two editions of the Colombo Art Biennale (2012 & 2014), under the directorship of Annoushka Hempel. She was concurrently the Manager of Hempel Galleries, Colombo & Galle – which held three Sri Lankan Contemporary art exhibitions, in Dhaka, Hong Kong and London. Puja has been involved with 4 out of the 5 editions of Colombosope so far.


Thilini Perera
Communications Manager

Thilini Perera is a multidisciplinary designer from Colombo, Sri Lanka. Graduated from Northumbria University’s School of Design, specialising in graphic design and creative strategy, she has contributed in a creative capacity to advertising, publishing, and education industries in Sri Lanka and Vietnam over the past nine years. She's also been part of the core team of Sri Lanka Design Festival in 2011 and 2012. She currently consult for leading think-tanks and social and corporate organisations in Sri Lanka on visual communication with personal interests in design for social innovation.


Alifiya Mutaher
Production Manager

Alifiya Mutaher studied mechanical engineering and has since worked in product development, community building and product design. With a desire to bring like-minded people together, she founded Colombo Design Market, a community for emerging creatives exploring a contemporary identity for Sri Lankan art and design. She is a fellow of The Do School, Germany, an entrepreneurship incubator for good business where she consulted for H&M Germany on the future of work. Previously, she has worked in human-centered product innovation and apparel technology for one of Sri Lanka's largest manufacturing companies.