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Oktoberfest at AGH
In celebration of that very famous and popular public festival in Munich, Germany, which attracts around seven million people from all over the world, the Taj Airport Garden will replicate, with a sense of tradition, the Oktoberfest from October 17 to 19.

The Harbour Bar will feature two traditional partners - a special German Sausage and Beer Promotion and would have a dance to the sounds of the very popular Mavericks - a Band from Germany.

Also the Halloween Night will come alive at October 26.

Halloween Night at the Harbour Bar with Sunil and the Gypsies will give the revellers a night of fright to remember with great music, good food and tickets reasonably priced too.

Barbara Segal productions at Oberoi
The Lanka Oberoi in it's endeavour to bring quality entertainment to the Sri Lankan audience, brings forth Giacomo Puccini's "La Boheme", and "Hurray for Hollywood" performed by Opera and Concert Productions Worldwide of Britain, headed by Barbara Segal.

One of Puccini's greatest Operas, "La Boheme" is a story set within the artists' quarter of turn-of-the-century Paris. This powerful & emotionally charged story of romance, sacrifice and tragedy is based on the stormy and tragic love between Mimi, the ill-fated seamstress, and Rodolfo, the penniless poet. However, Puccini's tragic tale of doomed love is not without humour - the laddish antics of the men, all of them starving as they try to make a precarious living from their artistic talents, the hectic night life and amusement of enjoying new found money... and somewhere among all this horseplay the tender love story of the dying Mimi and her poet Rodolfo manages to take root...

Puccini's romantic Opera is splendidly brought to life by the vibrant and extremely talented cast. If you've never been to an opera before this could well be the one that gets you hooked.

''Hurray for Hollywood" as the best of Broadway will be presented in the form of a lighthearted musical. What could be more exciting than a lively performance of unforgettable numbers from South Pacific, West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera, The Wizard of Oz, Gigi, My Fair Lady, Carousal, Annie Get Your Gun and many more all-time favourites. Snazzy, jazzy numbers guaranteed to get the audience dancing in the aisles and shouting for more.

The show has been compiled, staged and choreographed by some of Britain's newest and most exciting choreographers who are winners of numerous dance and choreography awards. "Hurray for Hollywood" is fabulously costumed and a great evening's entertainment.

Oktoberfest in Hilton Style
The Oktoberfest at the Hilton Colombo , probably the most authentic Munich-style festival of beer and merrymaking in the country.

Three Coins beer will be this years exclusive beer supplier to the Oktoberfest and this will be another demonstration of the growing potential for world-class specialty beers.

The Oktoberfest , which will be on from November 7 to 16 for the second successive year, Sri Lanka's only specialty brewer said the company plans to produce an unprecedented 12 specialty beers for the festival this year, giving connoisseurs the widest choice ever tasted in this country.

"We take our commitment to cater to the gourmet-savvy consumers very seriously, and our offering at the Oktoberfest this year will include some beers that have not been brewed in Asia before," Janaka Jayasinghe head of brewing at Three Coins said.

On offer on tap, in bottles, cans and via sophisticated mobile dispensers this year will be "Kolsch", a refreshing beer originating from the Cologne region in Germany, "Kristall Weiss" , "Dunkel Weiss", "Dunkel Bock", "Lemon Bock", "Scottish Export Ale", "Belgian-style Corriander-spiced Pils", "Oktoberfest Brew" and the regular retail beers in the Three Coins portfolio, Three Coins lager, 3 C Irish Dark, 3 Coins Riva and Sando Stout.

"The Oktoberfest", Mr. Jayasinghe said, "will be an exposition dedicated to show consumers that there is much more to beer than just lager.

However we are also producing for the beer festival a pedestrian-style lager in acknowledgement of Sri Lanka's narrow and simplistic brewing tradition in the past, before the introduction of specialty brewing by Three Coins."

Besides beer, Three Coins will also provide a marquee purpose -engineered by head of Three Coins engineering Rohitha Perera, to host the festivities. The elegant marquee will be set up at the Hilton's Sports Centre Car Park for the Oktoberfest to ensure that merrymaking takes place in a style typified by taste preferences and sensibilities of the Three Coins Company.

According to a press release from Three Cions, the Hilton Oktoberfest is the second event with ambitions to create genuine value and be better that has made Three Coins the beer of choice, in the past two months. The other was the ICC Champions Trophy matches for which World Sports Nimbus selected Three Coins to ensure that both the beer and the service given to cricket fans were to international standards.

'The Barber of Siberia' atRu ssian Centre
The popular Russian film 'The Barber of Siberia' (English) will be screened on October 26, at 5.30 p.m. at the Russian Centre Auditorium, at Independence Avenue, Colombo 7.

'The Barber of Siberia' is directed by Nikita Mikhalkov, born into a family of the Soviet cultural elite and has been the most famous of Russian film directors abroad.

'The Barber of Siberia' opens in Spinfield, Massachusetts, 1905, when writing a letter to her son Andrew, a recruit at a US Military camp, Jane Callahan reminisces about the event of 20 years ago.

In 1885, traveling across Russia, Jane (Julia Ormond) meets Andrei Tolstoy (Oleg Menshikov) an officer cadet who falls in love with her. Jane is in Russia to help the inventor, Douglas McCracken who secures a contract for his "barber", a machine for cutting down the Siberian forest. For this purpose, she attempts to seduce General Radlov, the head of the Military Academy. He falls in love with her and asks Tolstoy, who speaks English, to translate his proposal to Jane.

Be there and enjoy the lovely birch forests, famous Moscow landmarks, epic drinking, fatal passion and doomed love leading to duel, scandal and exile in the Siberian snow.

Please contact Chandi for further details on 685429/685440 between 9.00 am to 4.00pm on weekdays.

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