2016 Jan 15
Galle, which is already a destination overwhelmed by the rustically historic explosions and tranquilizing ocean which surrounds its borders, has yet another exclusive attraction this 13th,14th,15th,16th and 17th of January –the Fairway Galle Literary Festival.
GLF is the annual hub for both locals and travellers in Sri Lanka whose addiction is a good book and their therapy is the release of ink onto a paper. It’s a much awaited event by literary enthusiasts from all parts of everywhere because it’s one of the rare occasions in Sri Lanka that cherishes true products of simple artists in such a great magnitude. Therefore, it splendidly has quite a lot going on and if you just don’t have the time to get to them all, here’s a shortlisted few that is definitely worth the ride along the sea to Galle:
15th January (Friday)–
I, as an avid writer since my early childhood, always secretly fantasized about one day winning an award for one of my own books where I will then have a stamp-like logo on the cover of that particular book proudly claiming that I’m a holder of a prestigious award just like all the other authors that I used to read books of. But what criteria must I fulfill for judges to spot me as a deserving writer and how do they determine the winner? If you’ve had these same questions and want to enjoy the rare opportunity of getting inside a judges mind, the Literary Juries- How Do They Work, What Are Their Criteriais the place to be from 9.30-10.30am at Hall De Galle.
Get to know the author of the bestselling Ibis trilogy which comprises of Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke and Flood of Fire. The trilogy is guaranteed to take you on a tropical and maritime journey which will leave every reader with the need to meet its creator. And now GLF has finally given you the chance and we suggest you grab it at the Hall de Galle at 11.00am
While we all curiously love to get lost in story told about an unknown and mysterious land the stories of our own Lankan land are the ones that will always be closest to a patriotic heart. Also, while it’s interesting to listen to one it’s more exciting to tell one and ShehanKarunatilaka will help you out with that part from 2.30-4.30pm at the Galle Library which will hold the SHEHAN KARUNATILAKA on How to Tell a Sri Lankan Story session.
Everyone who’s been to one knows that a V Day play is one to keep you engrossed throughout. GRASSROOTED TRUST performs ‘From the Cloud’is a groping play based on literal groping through cyber exploitation and violence which will go on at 6.30pm at the Maritime Museum. It focuses on the very Lankan views on viral nude pictures etc. and the harassments it brings the young and even the old, who claim it to be the new ‘in’ thing.
16th January (Saturday)-
Galle is famously known for its grand and time machine like architecture and what better way to soak in the architectural wonders than with the well-known architect, ChannaDaswatte, who will walk through time and style with you from 9.00am-12.00pm.
Poems have been written in suicide notes but more importantly poems have sometimes even prevented its reader from attempting suicide through rhymes and stanza which sensually convey a message of why life is worth living. WILLIAM SIEGHART offers Poetic Prescriptions for what ails youwhere the “poetry evangelist” makes his debut for Poetry Pharmacy at GLF and talks about how much poetry matters by helping people deal with life’s madness through acting as a literary escape from 10.00-11.30am at the Galle Heritage Villa by Jetwing.
What is universally enjoyed as much as a book? Music.THE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF COLOMBO plays A Selection of Classical Masterpieces from 7.00-8.00pm at the Dutch Reformed Church. The ensemble has planned to play music which ranges from the Classical periods to the 20th century which is the exact remedy you need to relax after a long day in Galle.
17th January (Sunday)-
As Sunday is chill day GLF ends its day slightly earlier after having a few sessions which includeMemories of the Fort with MRS. CADER, SEBASTIAN FAULKS on his French Trilogy: The Girl at the Lion d’Or, Birdsong and Charlotte Gray and GREGORY PARDLO and MONA ARSHI on Poetry: the Personal and the Political. If you’re a fan of these individuals and their work then it’s definitely worth a visit to Galle at least on the final day. GLF is full of interesting and enlightening plans this year and their programme sounds quite promising and definitely worth dropping by for all you arty folks out there.