Sri Lanka to inaugurate performance art center for tourists

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By 2017-10-19

Sri Lanka's first dedicated performance arts center for tourists is to open on the banks of the Diyawanna Oya on the outskirts of Colombo next month, stated a press release.

The modern Sri Dharanee Performance Theatre aims to fill a vacuum in Sri Lanka's cultural entertainment sector in hosting expert displays of traditional Sri Lankan dance, added the release. With a location that practically lends itself to the arts, the facility was constructed on the lines of similar attractions in cities such as Bangkok, Singapore, and Tokyo.

Minister of Tourism Development, John Amaratunga, who was the Chief Guest at a media conference to announce the opening of the performance theatre, noted that it would help "place Sri Lanka's tourism product offering on par with international standards."
With several amenities nearby, such as the Diyawanna Oya, Waters' Edge Recreational Complex, restaurants and adjacent shopping attractions, Sri Dharanee Performance Theatre aims to create a tourism enclave close to Colombo.

"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. Therefore, 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," said Amaratunga.

The Minister observed that the new venture was in line with the Prime Minister's vision to add value to Sri Lanka's tourism product portfolio. "The Prime Minister has instructed that every effort must be made to develop tourism. The fact that this facility will be operational by the end of this month is an added benefit in projecting Colombo as an entertainment hub for tourists," he said.
The Sri Dharanee Center is capable of accommodating more patrons than both the BMICH and Nelum Pokuna and therefore is well placed to host large MICE events. It will provide a platform for local artistes to perform and earn a livelihood while portraying Sri Lanka's rich culture, history and traditions to foreign visitors.

"I want to thank the Minister of Megapolis for his cooperation in making this project a reality. The owning company of this venture must also be commended for showing the way for tourism development in a meaningful and sustainable manner," Minister Amaratunga said, concluded the release.

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