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Sri Lankan Heritage Day

Sunday 5th April 2020

Sri Lanka, an island nation in the Indian Ocean boasts about a documented history of over 2,500 years. Being a key trading post over several centuries connecting east and west of the ancient trade routes, the influence of Theravada Buddhism and the colonisation which began in 1500s with the arrival of the Portuguese, followed by the Dutch and finally the British have mainly influenced Sri Lankan Cultural heritage to be so diverse and vibrant.

You'd be able to experience an authentic Sri Lankan cuisine which has close ties with South and Southeast Asian cuisines, and the notable influence of middle eastern and Dutch cuisines. A cultural performance, range of local games with a stall displaying key elements of the Sri Lankan heritage and adaptation of modern technology will be presented.

Event schedule:
11 15 AM: Cultural performance (Music, dance and performing arts)
12 30 - 2 PM: Lunch (enjoy an authentic Sri Lankan meal)
2 30 PM: Local games with prizes to be won (Indoor and outdoor activities)
11 AM - 4 PM: A stall displaying key elements of Sri Lankan heritage (including a unique opportunity to see how locals embrace technology at cultural/religious events)

Family Friendly


April 5


11am - 4pm


Nelson & suburbs


11 Hastings Street, Washington Valley

Tickets, Bookings and Entry

Adult $8, Child $5, Family of 4 $20

Tickets from Theatre Royal, TicketDirect or TicketRocket



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