Proof of Galle’s burgeoning cultural credentials is provided by the string of new festivals which have been held here over the past few years. Pride of place goes to the Galle Literary Festival, founded in 2007, which has established itself as a major item on the global literati circuit – the 2012 festival attracted a string of luminaries ranging from Tom Stoppard and Joanna Trollope through to Simon Sebag Montefiore and Richard Dawkins. The other big event in town is the recently launched Galle Music Festival, a three-day music event alternating between Galle (even-numbered years) and Jaffna and showcasing local and international folk musicians, dancers and other performers.

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