The Colombo Art Biennale (CAB) is an independent organisation that functions as not-for-profit, supported by the CAB team and the artists that participate as well as international cultural bodies. It is the most important contemporary arts event in Sri Lanka and as with all international art biennales, it takes place biannually. The forthcoming edition is set to open on the 2nd December 2016 and carries the theme 'Conceiving Space'.
The CAB mission is to consistently recreate life-changing events that affect the positive development and growth of the country. In addition, through the interactions of Sri Lankan and international contemporary artists, the event is viewed as a significantly positive project in which the international community is able to interact in a creative manner.
CAB has hosted over 120 artists in its 2009,2012 and 2014 editions, both local and international. The majority of Sri Lanka's most prominent artists have exhibited at the Colombo Art Biennale, and CAB 2014 hosted the largest number of artists participating in one single international art event in the country.
CAB is currently preparing its fourth edition for 2016, which will be held from 2nd - 20th December 2016. It will be curated by both local and international art professionals, and plans to showcase art works of around 50 artists from around the world.
The festival will run for 18 days and include Main Exhibitions, Fringe Exhibitions, Art Talks, Screenings, Gourmet Events, Performances, Curated Walks, Social Events and more. These will be hosted around several locations in central Colombo.