Galle Literary Festival

6 – 9 February 2025
Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

“The World's
No. 1 Literary

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Tales await within the walls of Galle Fort. Host to diverse voices from far and wide, Galle Literary Festival welcomes the curious to Sri Lanka’s vibrant south coast. From poetry to prose, our dynamic programme invites you to discover new narratives behind the historic ramparts.

Gourmet Galle

Experience poetry on a plate with Gourmet Galle. From scenic dinners to celebrity masterclasses, epicureans can sample a varied menu of culinary events between January and March. With celebrated chefs sharing dishes that embrace the tastes of Sri Lanka, foodies will find plenty to savour.

Art Trail

Art lovers assemble: Galle Fort becomes a walkable gallery as heritage properties play host to a curated exhibition of contemporary works. Follow our complimentary map to find pieces displayed in storied spaces throughout the town. Expect a genre-spanning collection from local and international artists.

Children's Festival

There’s fun in store for younger bookworms. With a full calendar of creative workshops and storytelling sessions, our Children’s Festival seeks to ignite the imagination of eager readers. Magical encounters lie ahead, as junior book lovers meet our visiting authors for listening and learning alike.

"This, in my view, is one of the most engaging literary festivals in the world"

Sir Alexander McCall Smith

Join our voyage as a volunteer.

Calling all collaborators: we need a team of helping hands to make our festival a success. From ticketing to logistics, volunteer with us to do your bit behind the scenes.

Shine a light on your brand.

 Help us to carry the torch for creativity and culture. Support Galle Literary Festival as a sponsor and share your story with a global audience of avid readers.

Title Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Festival Partner