INVITATION: NOVEMBER 30TH 2017, 7pm-10pm
Join us for
Launch of The Catamaran newspaper
NOVEMBER 30TH 2017, 19:00-23:00
Guest of honor: H.E. Mr. Karunasena Hettiarachchi, Sri Lankan Ambassador to Germany

SPIKE BERLIN Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 45, 10178 Berlin, Germany

The Catamaran
Since 2016 the online magazine the-catamaran.org has brought together journalists from all parts of Sri Lanka focusing on reconciliation issues. A network of more than 70 journalists publishes weekly stories in Sinhalese, Tamil, and English, which have been republished by many relevant Sri Lankan newspapers.

Do you understand me? is the overall topic of the first The Catamaran newspaper. Language is the key to understanding, especially in Sri Lanka, where seven languages are spoken. Around 50 journalists across the island nation have spent nearly a year of extensive research on the topic of language, held interviews, ran into language barriers and found commonalities and new approaches to language. More than 20,000 copies of The Catamaran language edition have been printed and distributed, free of charge, in all parts of Sri Lanka.

Now the first trilingual Sri Lankan newspaper is also available in Berlin. To celebrate this, we will launch The Catamaran at Spike Berlin on Thursday, November 30th. The Catamaran is a project run by the Berlin based organization, MiCT (Media in Cooperation and Transition), together with the Sri Lanka Press Institute / Press Complaints Commission and the Media Resource and Training Centre at the University of Jaffna. The project is funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.