Wings - a celebration of Sunera Foundation’s 20-year long journey working to enhance the lives of the young differently abled will take you back to the early days, when its founder, Sunethra Bandaranaike met Wolfgang Stange, of the AMICI Dance Theatre Company in London, and the two decided to collaborate on a performing arts workshop for a group of people with disabilities in Sri Lanka.
Inspired by what they had achieved together, Sunethra continued to champion the Sunera Foundation, growing its activities, expanding its outreach, developing its programmes and catering to an ever-increasing demand for its expertise. Over the last two decades, many hundreds of families from across the island have benefitted from Sunera’s workshops. Facing down stigma and discrimination, these young Sri Lankans are defying stereotypes and empowering some of the most vulnerable among us.
The book captures their journey from the first workshop to the performance at Samanalaya, Sunera’s bi-annual theatre festival – when these young thespians finally tread the boards at the iconic Lionel Wendt Theatre.
Drawing on Sunera’s archives and with writing by Smriti Daniel, design by Renu Warnasuriya and photography by Malaka MP and Suda Shanmugaraja, Wings explores the ways in which the arts can build community, create connection and transform lives.
The publication which is priced at Rs. 4500/= is now available at Sunera Foundation Office, Paradise RoadCollection, Barefoot Ceylon, Vijitha Yapa Bookshops and Sarasavi Bookshops for purchasing.