Sri Lanka’s first performing arts center dedicated to tourists to open soon

The magic of Sri Lanka’s traditional music, dance and drama will be on show for tourists and visitors at the Sri Dharanee Performance Theatre on the banks of the historic Diyawanna Oya outside the capital Colombo.

Lanka Business Online notes that “the state of the art Sri Dharanee Performance Theatre fills a huge vacuum in Sri Lanka’s cultural entertainment sector, where tourists will be treated to high quality performances of traditional Sri Lanka dance forms on a scheduled basis.

“Located in a scenic spot ideally suited to the arts, the massive facility has been constructed on the lines of similar attractions in cities such as Bangkok, Singapore, and Tokyo.”

The aim is to match the scenic beauty of the historic Diyawanna Oya, the Waters’ Edge Recreational Complex, restaurants and adjacent shopping attractions.

John Amaratunga, Minister of Tourism Development, said that creating a tourism enclave in close proximity to Colombo “places Sri Lanka’s tourism product offering on par with international standards”.

“Today tourists have very few evening entertainment options in the city of Colombo. Other than casinos and a few clubs, there is no quality, wholesome entertainment on offer for tourists.”

The minister notes that “the Sri Dharanee Performing Arts Center has come in at the right time. I’m sure the quality entertainment lineup that seeks to highlight our ancient history and dance forms will be appreciated by the tourists who visit the city.”

The Minister said that the new venture was in line with the Prime Minister’s vision to add value to Sri Lanka’s tourism product portfolio.

The Sri Dharanee Center will accommodate more people than both the BMICH and Nelum Pokuna and provide a platform for local artistes to perform and earn a livelihood while also portraying Sri Lanka’s rich culture, history and traditions to foreign visitors.

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