Sri Lanka Assocoation of Saskatoon Inc. (SLAS)

Welcome to the Sri Lanka Pavilion!

Welcome to the pearl of Indian Ocean- Ayubovan, Vanakkam, or As-salamu alaykum in Sri Lankan style- land of 20 million people, boasting a rich heritage and warm hospitality descending from the multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-lingual roots. Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon in the past; the great explorer Marco polo described the island as “for its size, better circumstanced than any island in the world”. This small tropical island of the northern hemisphere situated in the tip of India is laced with endless sandy beaches, teeming with rich faunal and floral resources that mingle with cascading waterfalls, rolling landscapes and clouds touching mountain ranges, and is the house of several UNESCO world heritage sites. Present day Sri Lankan culture resonates several cultural influences inherited from global trade activities due to its strategic geographical locations in ancient sea routes and also nearly 500 years of occupation by three European nations that ended with imprints of British colonialism. All that have enriched the authentic nature of Sri Lankan people, there warm hospitality, food, music, dance, beliefs and the cultural spectrum as whole. Enriched with tropical biodiversity and natural beauty, Sri Lanka is favored destination for people looking for a unique and diverse culture, religious, ecological, gastronomical experience. For the first time in Folkfest, the Sri Lankan pavilion will show colorful reflection. of traditional dances, music, costumes, popular destinations, and foods authentic to the island, for you to have glimpse of this kind of experience. You are cordially invited to visit the Sri Lankan pavilion and embrace the friendly vibrant environment and people.

Entertainment Schedule:

Thursday, August 16

  1. Traditional Kandyan dance
  2. Sri Lankan New Year Dance
  3. Devil dance – Low country mask dance
  4. Folk dance resembling crop harvesting
  5. Kandyan, Low country and folk fusion dance – Udumaale
  6. Kandyan and folk fusion dance – Naana vile

 

Friday, August 17

  1. Traditional Kandyan dance
  2. Tamil dance – Soppanasundari
  3. Mayura wannama – dance of the peacock
  4. Tikiri naga – kids dance
  5. Devil dance – Low country mask dance (tentative)
  6. Kandyan and folk fusion dance – Naana vile
  7. Folk dance resembling crop harvesting
  8. Kandyan, Low country and folk Fusion dance – Udumaale
  9. Sri Lankan New Year Dance

 

Saturday, August 18

  1. Traditional Kandyan dance
  2. Me rata mage rata- kids patriotic dance
  3. Sri Lankan New Year dance
  4. Mayura wannama – dance of the peacock
  5. Tikiri naga – kids dance
  6. Devil dance – Low country mask dance
  7. Kandyan and folk fusion dance – Naana vile
  8. Tamil dance – Soppanasundari
  9. Folk dance resembling crop harvesting
  10. Kandyan, Low country and folk Fusion dance – Udumaale