Once again, The Fairway Galle Literary Festival will hold three Outreach Programmes:
- The North South University Collaboration
- The Teacher Training Programme
- The Mini Children’s Outreach Festival
The North-South University Collaboration
As part of the community outreach, the Fairway Galle Literary Festival is conducting The North-South University Collaboration as a platform for reconciliation and bridge building. This will be the 5th year of the programme.
Taking place from January 24th – 28th, 2018 at the Wakwella Training Center, this programme will host students and academics from 8 different national university English Language departments as the University of Sri Jayewardanepura, Southeastern University, University of Sabaragamuwa, Ruhuna University, University of Peradeniya, University of Jaffna, University of Colombo, and Rajarata University to attend and experience the festival together.
English will be their ‘link’ language.
In order to ensure that the group experiences the festival to its fullest, the students will attend programmes featuring a host of award-winning authors. The selected sessions will focus on topics relevant to the group`s communities and everyday realities, as well as to their English Language and Literature studies.
Student feedback from previous years proposed allowing the students some choice in selecting what they want to see. So, in addition to chosen group-attended events, there will also be a period where students can choose what they wish to see.
The visiting students and academics will also have two workshops especially designed for them with authors and participants from the Festival.
The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany is the cultural partner and supporter of The North-South University Collaboration.
The German Embassy is proud to support the FAIRWAY Galle Literary Festival 2018.
Not only has the Festival established itself as a fixed event in the cultural scene of Sri Lanka, attracting authors and visitors from all over the world. It also draws crowds of Sri Lankans united in their love for literature, fruitful discourse and an exchange of ideas.
But next to these expected activities has the FAIRWAY Galle Literary Festival initiated the North South University Programme, inviting 60 English students and their lecturers from all universities of Sri Lanka to visit the Festival, to partake in the many activities, to meet the literary giants and to attend specialised workshops. The aim of this programme is to create a better understanding between the students and to encourage them to build lasting bridges between each other and between their teachers.
The Teacher Training Programme
The Galle Teacher Training Programme will once again be held for students of the Amarasuriya Teacher Training School and for school teachers in Galle.
The programme will be held at the Amarasuriya Teacher Training College in Unawatuna on January 26th, 2018.
The Teacher Training programme is a half-day event, intended to motivate and stimulate teachers and to empower them through the introduction of new skills.
The Serendipity Trust programme will consist of a Workshop conducted by Mary Yuille. The title of this Workshop is “Stories, Songs and Drama to Promote Spoken English”. This is in response to the Government’s Introduction to a new oral syllabus and every activity of the Workshop can be taken directly into the classroom.
A gift of two CD’s, one of stories and the other of songs, will be offered to each teacher attending, to support the Workshop Practice. Mary Yuille challenges us in asking, “Who ever forgets the words of Nursery Rhymes and Traditional Stories of our childhood?”
Mini Children’s Outreach Festival
The Mini Children’s Outreach Festival brings together over 300 children from schools in Mullaithivu, Jaffna, Kurunegala and Galle for a day of bonding and activity at the Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum in Koggala.
This beautiful and extensive locale is an ideal venue for the Outreach Festival which includes a tour of the folk museum which is the birthplace of the well-known Sri Lankan author Martin Wickramasinghe. Among its many exhibits are sailboats and carriages; children will have a glimpse of how people lived a century ago.
The grand finale will showcase the ‘Music Project’ which aims to change the trajectory of children’s lives through music. Working with schools in the north and south, using music as a link language, the project aspires to build orchestral communities.
The US Embassy in Sri Lanka is the principal cultural partner of the Mini Children’s
The Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum houses an extensive collection of
artefacts related to Sri Lankan Folk Culture. The house in which Martin
Wickramasinghe, one of Sri Lanka’s greatest writers and intellectuals, was born,
embodies the architectural style typical of the village gentry in the late 18th
The museum is managed by the Martin Wickramasinghe Trust, a family
trust founded by his children.