Sri Lanka’s Best Known Art Festivals
Sri Lanka is just as diverse in the arts as it is in the landscape of the island. To many Sri Lankans, the arts are imbued into the hearts and minds every individual being expressed through either traditional means of drawing, painting and sculptures, or through unconventional mediums of architecture and music. With that being said, in a Sri Lankan context, the arts are not as mainstream as you might come to expect. A majority of the population still look at the arts and creatives as a hobby or a side-hustle not to be taken too seriously. However, with exposure to the world and an open mind, citizens of the country have been exploring ways to express themselves through various forms of art, whether it be words or colour. To encourage these creatives, art festivals are being organised around the country. Here are two such festivals.
The Kala Pola is, by far, Sri Lanka’s most well-known art festival held during the months of January or February. As of 2019, the art festival had organised its 26th year of celebration of the visual arts. The festival was the brainchild of the most famous of Sri Lankan artists, George Keyt, whose art style captivated art enthusiasts through the country. Artist from all over the country come together to showcase their art, whether it be sculptures or abstract expressions of the Sri Lankan culture.
Galle Literary Festival
The Galle Literary Festival is quickly picking up steam to be one of the more well-known festivals that celebrates writers and poets island wide. Organised at the Dutch Galle Fort, a UNESCO world Heritage site, the festival showcases the work of talented writings of literary geniuses all of over the country. The festival takes place during the month of January for about 4 days.
If you are an art enthusiast and appreciate the work and dedication these artists put into their masterpieces, you must visit and show support to these emerging artists of great.