Sri Lanka’s ‘Capital City of the Indian Ocean’ readies for the Fairway Galle Literary Festival

Galle Fort on Sri Lanka’s epically picturesque south coast is not only a renowned UNESCO World Heritage site, but also home to our equally famed four-day Fairway Galle Literary Festival (FGLF).

On January 24 next year it returns for its 9th year, and already the anticipation running high, with a host of the world’s best writers scheduled to make an appearance.

Daytime workshops, panel discussions, debates, poetry readings, cooking classes, theatre workshops and literary lunches, and at night poetry slams, jazz performances, wine tastings, art showings, photographic exhibitions and literary dinners.

‘People, cultures, hot ideas, hot food, laughter, poetry and arrack together in a beautiful country’

Under the banner ‘Galle, Sri Lanka—The Capital City of the Indian Ocean’, the events will take place at historical landmark locations, boutique hotels, and private properties in and around Galle Fort.

‘The Galle Literary Festival throws people, cultures, hot ideas, hot food, laughter, poetry and arrack together in a beautiful country. Pointless to resist.’

Sebastian Faulks

In the 17th 18th and 19th centuries, Galle was the preserve of European colonial powers and a centre for the cinnamon and spice trade, later becoming known as the ‘Charing Cross of the Indian Ocean’, providing welcome relief for travellers on their way to Far East.

Amangalla luxury boutique hotel is named as ‘Silver Partner’

According to its website, the festival “is delighted to announce Amangalla luxury boutique hotel as a Silver Partner of the 2018 festival taking place in Galle, Sri Lanka from January 24th-28th, 2018”.

“Situated within the 400-year old Galle Fort UNESCO World Heritage Site, Amangalla is housed in the historic colonial building formerly known as the New Oriental Hotel.

“The property was founded in 1863 and traded under the name for 140 years. Traders, merchants and Dutch and English colonists have all left an incredible stamp on the character of Galle Fort and today it is part of Sri Lanka’s living heritage.”

Check it out here.

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