This partnership takes the form of a captivating discussion led by esteemed architects Channa Daswatte, Sunela Jayewardene, and Johann Peiris. As a crucial component of the festival’s extensive lineup, this session focuses on the preservation and re-narration of Sri Lankan cultural histories, establishing a meaningful dialogue that resonates with the rich heritage of the island.
This collaborative initiative seamlessly connects with the ethos of Heritance Hotels and Resorts, where the essence lies in the harmonious blend of heritage and inheritance. By intricately weaving these cultural facets into its architecture, design, and experiences, Heritance Hotels and Resorts contributes to preserving Sri Lanka’s identity and its origins. The collaboration with the Galle Literary Festival serves as a tangible expression of Heritance’s commitment to promoting and celebrating the diverse cultural tapestry of Sri Lanka.
As a custodian of Geoffrey Bawa’s legacy, Heritance Hotels and Resorts champions and actively contributes to the dialogue on cultural and architectural preservation. The concept of Tropical Modernism in architecture often reflects a connection to cultural histories in tropical regions. Deshamanya Geoffrey Bawa often drew inspiration from local traditions, materials, and climate to create designs that were both modern and rooted in the cultural context and are represented in some of his iconic works such as Heritance Kandalama, Heritance Ahungalla and Heritance Ayurveda. This fusion aims to address practical needs while preserving the identity of the place within the tropical environment.
Sharing her views on this strategic partnership, Stasshani Jayawardena, Jt. Deputy Chairperson and Jt. Managing Director of Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings stated, “In the backdrop of the Galle Literary Festival, this collaboration takes on profound significance. It underscores Heritance Hotels and Resorts’ commitment to preserving and aligning with the enduring narrative of our past. Moving beyond the confines of hotels, this signifies a dedicated effort to weave our past into an inspired future intricately; it is a shared endeavour to preserve and thoughtfully re-narrate the intricate cultural histories of Sri Lanka”.
About Aitken Spence Hotels
Heritance Hotels and Resorts is the flagship brand of Aitken Spence Hotels, a part of Aitken Spence PLC, a leading Sri Lankan blue-chip conglomerate. Aitken Spence Hotels oversees a diverse collection of 17 hotels and resorts across Sri Lanka, India, Oman, and the Maldives through its diverse collection of brands Heritance Hotels and Resorts, Adaaran Hotels & Resorts, and Turyaa. Heritance Hotels & Resorts stands as the custodian of the largest portfolio of Bawa-designed hotels in Sri Lanka, adding a touch of architectural distinction to its rich offerings.
About Galle Literary Festival
Since its launch in 2005, orchestrated by Geoffrey Dobbs, the Galle Literary Festival has become one of the most anticipated arts and culture events in South Asia. A favourite among authors and attendees alike, the Festival hosts a wide variety of talks, workshops and exhibitions in an intimate, historic setting. A celebration of the creative arts, the Festival champions the work of writers and poets, as well as giving space to painters, photographers and cinematographers.