Colombo comes alive in a massive riot of colour on Sunday, 31 January 2016 as Sri Lanka’s internationally acclaimed open-air art fair, Kala Pola, opens along Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha in Colombo 07.
Kala Pola is presented by The George Keyt Foundation in association with the John Keells Group. It opens at 8.00 am and will continue until 9.00 pm the same night.
As it has done for the past 22 years, Kala Pola is billed to attract several thousands of visitors from all parts of the country. Added to this are the large numbers of resident and visiting expatriates from different parts of the world who patronise the event as a happy hunting ground for a variety of Sri Lankan art on offer in a fun-filled atmosphere of music and entertainment.
Since its inception in 1993, Kala Pola has drawn inspiration from similar open-air art fairs in Europe, especially Montmartre in Paris. It has evolved into a rich cultural event over the years and is today a much-awaited and not-to-be-missed event in Colombo’s annual cultural calendar.
Presented by The George Keyt Foundation, Kala Pola has continued to enjoy the generous patronage and strong partnership of the John Keells Group over the past 22 years under its corporate social responsibility programme which is committed to supporting the development and promotion of culture and the arts in Sri Lanka.
Chairman of The George Keyt Foundation, Cedric de Silva said, “Kala Pola has played a significant role these past two decades in creating a greater appreciation of art among the Sri Lankan public. Records show us that the numbers of artists and visitors have grown exponentially and this year too we expect a very large turnout. In addition to promoting the creation and appreciation of good art, Kala Pola is also a very good source of income for the artists. We are once again thankful to the John Keells Group for its invaluable patronage and the tremendous source of strength it has been to us during these two plus decades”, de Silva added.