Hikkaduwa comes alive

By Amreen Ameen

Dig your toes in the sand and kick up your heels…its party time! The much awaited Hikkaduwa Beach Fest 09 is here again, for the second time around - even bigger and better, which offers you a reason to party all day long.

Following the success of last year’s Hikkaduwa Beach Fest which attracted more than 10,000 people, this year’s Beach Fest, organized by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, is set to take place from July 30 to August 2. Held on the southern coastal strip of the country, Sri Lanka’s biggest beach festival has flown in International artists and Djs into Sri Lanka especially for the four day mega event.

The event attracts a diverse demographic ranging from children to adults. The beach festival includes various activities, which range from beach raves, theme parties, a drum festival and day time carnivals for families, with special activities for kids including a beach sports festival with volleyball, netball, football and rugby, which will be the key highlight of this year’s festival, to all those who seek fun and fiesta.

The much anticipated themed entertainment parties start at 12 noon. It’s a 24 hour show with Space, Paradise, House Orchestra and RnB/Hip Hop/Retro being the main theme nights. This is the first time that Space IBIZA, Paradise IBIZA and House Orchestra Paris will be on tour in Asia.

The Beach Rave will be held on July 31 with internationally renowned DJs such as DJ Dean Jon, DJ Lee Freeland, DJ Rebekah, DJ Edele Andaya, DJ Lucy Arrowsmith and DJ Acee including Alchemic storm, Jose De Divine, Oscar Colorado, Juan Gomeza and Amed Tato Merenco from Brazil, all set to perform. DJ Dean Jon, who is one of the main DJs for this year’s fest, is a popular figure in the UK club scene having played at many venues in the UK such as Pacha (UK & Ibiza), The Island, Matter and O2 Arena to name a few. Specializing in Progressive, Deep, Tech, Tribal, Soulful Vocal, Uplifting and Soul and Disco music genres, he was involved with South East UK’s biggest festival in summer 2008 hosting the dance arena.

Managing Director of Sri Lanka Tourism promotion Board, Mr. Dileep Mudadeniya expressed that the main aim of the Hikkaduwa beach festival is to project the southern coastal strip as the entertainment strip of South Asia. “The event held last year helped enhance economic development in the region, and we have been able to build strong and productive partnerships as a result, with regional stakeholders local communities.” He further added that there are a lot of expectations for this year’s event as it has gathered much attention and interest following the tremendous success of last year’s event.

Nawodh Hennayake from the events team for the fest said, “We have proven our ability to deliver quality, providing an experience to all those who require an escape from their day to day lives, and to all those tourists who are seeking a party with both international and Sri Lankan flavours. Last year Hikkaduwa beach fest drew in thousands of partygoers of all ages and we are confident that we will be able to bring in more festival goers this year, making the Hikkaduwa beach fest an annual must-go-to event for all.” Dialog Telekom is the event partner for this year’s Hikkaduwa Beach Fest, with Yes FM/ Channel 1 MTV being the media partners and SriLankan Airlines the official airline. Hikkaduwa Beach Fest 09 is held in collaboration with Ruhunu Tourist Bureau, Hikkaduwa Hoteliers Association, Hikkaduwa Urban Council and Sri Lanka Convention Bureau.

Tickets priced at Rs 2500/- for a seasonal pass to the drum festival, beach rave and theme party. 3500/- drum festival, beach rave and theme parties VIP enclosures. Tickets available at Sri Lanka Tourism – No. 80 Galle Road, Colombo 3, Commons, Bayleaf, Harpo’s Pizza at Odel, Park Street Mews, All star class hotels in Colombo. For further details contact Hikkafest. Hotline – 0777 991 991

Events Line Up

Drum Festival – at the Imperial Hotel Stretch on the July 30– Evening
Rave – at the Imperial Hotel Stretch on the July 31/Evening
Theme parties – at the Narigama Stretch on the Aug 1-2/Starts afternoon

  • Space
  • Paradise
  • House Orchestra
  • RnB, Hip Hop, Retro

Kids Corner – at the Coral Sands/Gardens Stretch on the July 30 – August 2/Morning
Beach Market – at the Coral Sands/Gardens Stretch in the morning
Sand Castle Competition – at the Coral Sands/Gardens Stretch on July 31 – Aug 2/Morning
Beach Sports – at the Coral Sands/Gardens Stretch on July 31 – Aug 2 morning
Food Court – at the Beach rave/Theme areas on the 30th July – 2nd Aug/Morning

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