Live Code Your Music - Workshop
15 gen 2021 | Shankra Sri Lanka

Let’s explore the musical journey of Lizzie Wilson, introducing her workshop at Shankra Festival Sri Lanka 2022: 

Live code your music using TidalCycles 

“Live coding is an innovative and compelling new way of making music. It allows you to create patterns of music through computer code, describing sequences and ways of transforming and combining them.

As algorithms become more a prevalent feature in our society, the practice of live coding challenges how we use them for human benefit. 

This hands-on workshop on making algorithmic patterns with the open source live coding environment TidalCycles ( will provide an introduction to making music with code and is open to anyone regardless of programming experience or musical knowledge.”  

Please note

Install the software in advance of the workshop (

If you have any issues with the installation, you can get help in the forum (, or you can access a limited version of the software online on the day.  


Lizzie Wilson is an interdisciplinary artist and PhD researcher whose interests include live computer music, musical artificial intelligence, and human-machine co-collaboration. She has performed live computer music as digital selves at various events internationally. Her current work looks at creating musical expression from automation and algorithmic pattern. Some recent works include collaborations with the BBC’s research and development department, hosting feminist hackathons with Leeds International Festival and running live coding workshops with the V&A and Music Hackspace.  

Instagram: @dgtlselves

Image Credits: Antonio Roberts

The Beginning of a New Journey - Sri Lanka
4 dic 2020 | Shankra Sri Lanka

Dear Shankra Family,

During the intense changes that recently invested the world, we have been holding on firmly on the belief that art, in any form, continues to give us the privilege of becoming who we are.

Shankra Festival came to life to celebrate art and psychedelic music by promoting self-expression in natural landscapes. In 2015, the Lostallo valley in Switzerland became our first home, welcoming people from all over the world in a collective celebration.

Beginning a journey means being conscious of our strength and weaknesses, embrace dreams and deepest fears, to step away from the ordinary; bearing this in our minds and hearts, we are grateful to announce that Shankra Festival will have an additional location in Sri Lanka.

Shankra Festival Sri Lanka will take place between 14-20 of February 2022, and it will be a seven-day gathering of psytrance music, art and activities immersed in the Indian Pearl.

This moment is ours to reinvent, discover and explore new possibilities in our realities.

A dream that we want to share globally, beyond any social or cultural difference.

The Land of Serendipity
3 dic 2020 | Shankra Sri Lanka

Throughout history and ages, the idyllic island has had many different names.

Read through this article to discover more about them!


One of the ancient names of Sri Lanka is Serendip, originally deriving from Arabic and borrowed by Arab traders from Indian ones. In fact, it comes from the Sanskrit compound Siṃhaladvīpa (“Dwelling-Place-of-Lions Island”) attributed to a supposed former abundance of lions on the island. Best known to English speakers as “Serendipity”, the name appears to be recorded already before 361 AD.


It is belief that the Veddas, the aborigens of the idland, might have give the name Lanka. The term means island: in old Sinhala the traditional name is Lakdiva while in Tamil has been adopted as Ilankai. The name is best known for its use in one of the two major Sankrit epics of India, the Ramayana, where King Ravana kidnaps princess Sita and takes her to Lanka.


This name goes back to antique history with various forms and spellings such as Sielen as the island known for the Romans, as Ceilão known for Portuguese and Zeilan for Dutch. The island was officially called Ceylon under the British rule between 1815- 1972. The name has been popularly been used for the famous black tea and many other exports produced in the island.

Sri Lanka

Introduced as part of the Sri Lankan Independence movement, the Sanskrit honorific Sri has been added up and officially adopted since 1972, year of the new constitution in which the island became a republic. The name stands for “resplendend island” and reflects the vibrance of the place!

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