Cinnamon Life in association with John Keells Foundation was the title sponsor of the Guru Gedara Festival, the first Immersive Traditional Arts Experience in Sri Lanka presented by the Chitrasena Vajira Dance Foundation. Over 50 experts and artistes gathered at the Chitrasena Kalayathanaya over the 4- day festival to share their expertise through discussion, master classes, workshops, demonstrations and performances. During other times they were would stay in their impromptu “studios/ kutis,” creating their craft and sharing their expertise with small groups of audience members.
The festival brought to together experts in Sri Lankan traditional arts to one location and created awareness and understanding of the age-old authentic art forms that has evolved into a vital aspect of the cultural heritage in Sri Lanka. Designed as a fully-immersive experience, small groups of audience members were given the opportunity to interact closely with these living legends and be educated and inspired by their lives, their work and their passion.