Cockrell Fringe Festival in Galle this weekend

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By 2017-01-09

Writers, Poets and a Topless Baker will participate at the Cockrell Fringe Festival in Galle on 13-14 January 2017. Sri Lanka's young talent have for the first time got a platform to promote their work to an international audience and its shaping up to be the coolest event in Sri Lanka.

The diverse event, encompasses all art mediums, with a focus on up and coming talent. Authors, poets, artists, musicians, fashion designers and performing artistes will perform live at the event which will run for over two days at the Galle Fort.
Author Dom Mee founded the event, supported Grace Wickremasinghe the youngest poet to be shortlisted for the prestigious Gratiaen prize for her second collection Closure. "It started as an event to help young self-published writers but has grown into a major art fest and it's incredibly exciting", Dom recounts.

Workshops will be held throughout the event in drawing, graphic design, poetry and acclaimed writer Prof. Neluka Silva will share her knowledge on short story writing. Grace and American poet Sophia Deady will hold a special workshop on Performance Poetry.

Foodies will be delighted that 'Topless Baker', Don Kevin Ketagoda will be joined by Jayai Senanayake and Dush Ratnayake who will speak about their passion at the Festival. If you over indulge in food, rising stars in fitness and modelling gurus Baghya Denishious and Meliza Leitch will pass on their tips for the gym.
Sri Lankan artist, Yanti Rajap Lebbe after three decades away celebrates her return home to Galle with an exhibition of her paintings of Galle Fort.

Many young writers and poets will use the Cockrell Fringe to launch their work. Sachinee Seneviratne will launch her collection 'Losing Sleep', Grace Wickremasinghe- 'Closure', Chamindra Warusawitharane - 'Lost Voyages', Biman Kasun Wimalaratne- 'Shakespeare on Cocaine', Imanthi Perera - 'Ink Theory' and Nadeesha Paulis - 'Water in my Grave' a selection of Sri Lankan horror stories.

Despite the events, some big names will come along for book signing and to help young writers. Chris Mcivor, OBE 'The World is Elsewhere', Dom Mee 'Kiting The Hurricane' and Amazon Best Seller Mark Time, 'Going Commando', 'Going All The Way', 'Going Around The Bend'.

The final night event will be an open mic night for performers coming from all over Sri Lanka including Shuhaib Ali who is fast becoming Sri Lanka's favourite comedian. Beatboxer Frizzybeat, Shehan x, Rapper Arinze, Emmanuel Eze along with a whole host of performers will finish with sounds from top DJ Sajeewa to finish in style. The event is sponsored by Kew Villas in partnership with MERCMARNE Training.

The event will be held 13-14 January from 9 a.m. onwards at the MERCMARINE Training Centre opposite Hall De Galle at the old gate entrance of Galle Fort.

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