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Back for the third year in succession is leading contemporary dramatists and puppeteers – Power of Play’s unique summer holiday offering, Camp Kreativ (CK). Billed as an intensive week of eye opening experiences with hands on skill development by professional artistes and teachers, the camp has gained a popular following among a wide age group since its workshops cater to children from the age of four to 19.

Taking place from August 8 to 13, CK 2016 will cover multiple creative disciplines, and focus on facilitating a positive experience which will ignite participants’ interests and encourage them to explore their interests in a fun, empowering and non-competitive environment. This year CK 2016 features workshops in cartooning, cookery, craft, dance, maritime history, robotics and theatre.

Speaking about the camp, founder and artistic director of Power of Play, Sulochana Dissanayake said, “We are very proud of how Camp Kreativ has evolved! Every year, we have been able to offer more diverse workshops, and CK 2016 has the widest range of offerings we have had to date. We are pleased to welcome Hasith from Kids Ignite who will run an exclusive workshop that aims to inspire kids to enhance their technical creativity and learn technology and engineering concepts. Also brand new this year is ‘Connect Through Play’ – three special sessions for mums with babies aged six to 12 months, which will be conducted by Seema Omar and Tehani Chitty, a counselor and drama therapist respectively”.

CK 2016 sees the return of Ramla Wahab Salman and Nirosh Perera. Ramla’s Stories from the Sea sessions explore the historical and fantastic stories covering the maritime history of Sri Lanka and its surrounding Indian Ocean. Cartooning with Nirosh Perera teaches kids the techniques, tips and tricks for better cartooning. Both sessions were very popular at last years’ camp, and will cater to the seven to 12 and 13 to 19 age groups.

Together, everyone achieves more with Razafa Faiz and fun with cookery and crafts with Champika Tennakoon provide mornings of great activity for four to six year olds. While the ‘Free Play’ sessions with Seema Omar and Tehani Chitty will use drama games, storytelling, art and movement to develop participants’ creativity and imagination.
Founder of The Dance Factory, Erika Ekanayake will handle the Let’s Dance workshops which focus on hip hop and free style, while Sri Lankan-Australian musical comedy performer Larry T Hill and actor and director Vindhya Fernando will present the ‘Bravo’ Theatre Playshop and ‘A whole lot of drama’ respectively. Larry’s workshops will teach participants to tell a fantasy story using voice, human props, music and live sound effects, while Vindhya will utilize movement, voice, improvisation and theatre games to enable children to build their creative expression.

CK 2016 will take place from August 8 to 13 at the Minds Alive Preschool, 11, Medawelikada Road in Rajagiriya. Register online at www.powerofplay.lk or visit the MILK bookstore, 44 A, Horton Place, Colombo 7 (CASH payments only). For fee details and more information visit the site or call 0777274483.