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Galle Music Festival 2012 at Samanala grounds

The Galle Music Festival, the sister event of the Jaffna Music Festival (which attracted an audience of over 13,000 people to Jaffna in March 2011) returns to Galle in March. Promising to be as exhilarating as the Jaffna Festival the Galle festival will host an exciting line up of musicians, dancers, performers and ritualist at the Samalana Grounds in Galle. This year the focus will be on traditional and contemporary music and dance.

Over the week end of the 3rd and 4th March, the scenic Samanala Grounds in Galle will be transformed to a colourful and vibrant music village celebrating Sri Lanka’s unique, rich cultural heritage paying homage to the wealth of rhythms, rituals and dances of Sri Lanka’s multi ethnic, multi-cultural community. Joining the exciting line up of local artistes will be International performers from Bangladesh, India, Norway and Palestine.

The local and International traditional folk artistes will lead simultaneous performances from Saturday to Sunday 10.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. followed by a main stage performance from 5.00 p.m. - 10.30 p.m. daily.

The two day line-up of national and international artists will include Sanni Yakuma-Paravahera, Kolam-Mirissa, Rookada-Ambalangoda, Sampradaika Jana Gee-Alawwa, Kaffer Manja-Sirambi Adiya, Kali Kambatam-Akkaraipattu, Vasanthan Koothu-Kadduwan, Kovalan Koothu-Mullaitivu, Vaasappu-Mannar, Adivasi- Dambana, Sangeeth Bhawana-Galle, Evolution-the choir of the University of Visual and performing Arts, Centegratz and B& S with Ashanthi, Umara, Umariya, and Randheer.

As at the Jaffna Music Festival the Galle Music Festival will provide a rare and much needed forum for traditional folk artistes to share, exchange, and interact with the artistes. Traditional huts housing each folk group performance area will be arranged ‘village style’ to further facilitate exchange.

The aim of the Galle Music Festival is not only to showcase the diverse traditions and performers from the different regions of Sri Lanka but to also specifically introduce these traditional artists to school children and young people.

The The Festival is funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). There will be no entrance fee for this event.

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