We are delighted to welcome back The Galle Fort Ladies to the 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.

FGLF 2018 Participants - The Galle Fort Ladies

The Galle Fort Ladies have been participating in the Festival since its inception and continue to offer support and participation with their very popular cooking class followed by lunch.

During this class guests will learn about the history and receive hands-on instruction on how to cook some popular Galle Fort dishes that draw on the traditions of Muslim cooking brought to Galle by the ladies’ ancestors.

The ladies are members of The Crescent Ladies Welfare Association, a non-profit, service-oriented organization catering to the welfare of the under privileged. The organization was established nearly 50 years ago by a group of ladies living inside the Galle Fort. They have helped poor young women and widows to earn a living by organizing various income-earning projects, and have also helped sick and elderly women by donating and fund raising for the purchase of needed equipment.


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