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Southbeach Weligama Silver Sponsor at Galle Literary Festival 2024
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Southbeach Weligama Silver Sponsor at Galle Literary Festival 2024

Jan 17, 2024

Southbeach Weligama (SBW), Sri Lanka’s most exciting freehold address on the pristine Weligama coast makes its debut at the Galle Literary Festival 2024 to be held from the 25th to the 28th of January as a Silver Sponsor.  Heralded as ‘The World’s No 1 Literary Festival’ by Harper’s Bazaar and one of the most exciting arts-focused events in South Asia, SBW weighs in with author Alexander McCall Smith and a panel discussion that discusses the rise of Sri Lankan cuisine.  This discussion brings together multi-award winner – British food writer and restaurant critic Tom Parker Bowles, co-founder of award-winning restaurant Smoke & Bitters Lahiru Perera and restaurateur and award-winning author of the cookbook ‘Rambutan’ Cynthia Shanmugalingam.

In tandem with the Festival, SBW will place a contemporary installation running the length of Hall de Galle, a venue central to GLF and where Alexander McCall Smith will be speaking on ‘One Hundred Books and Counting’ on the 27th of January. The installation is reflective of SBW’s inherent persona – contemporary and avant-garde with a touch of the abstract that embraces the chic canvas of modern beachfront living.  The concept of blending Weligama’s beautiful oceanfront with the SBW lifestyle is built on, “Nothing between your balcony and Antarctica.”

The SBW show apartment is now ready for viewing.  This would be the ideal time for investors to feel the contemporary vibe that is inherent in the complex, which also pulls in Sri Lanka’s beautiful sunrises right into the heart of its Sunrise View apartments. The SBW apartments enjoy the luxury of the rooftop infinity pool, which undeniably adds poetic prose to a constantly evolving tropical canvas.

SBW which sits on 75 meters of Weligama’s pristine beaches holds an intermingling of cultures brought together with the infectious energy of its people – people who have a common love for cuisine, intertwined with music, art and creativity. It’s that thread of modernity in cuisine and mix of cultures that SBW aims to embrace in its beachfront lifestyle, ideally fitting into the discussion of the rise of Sri Lankan cuisine at 30 Leyn Baan Street on the 25th of January.

Regular critic on BBC’s Masterchef, author of eight books Tom Parker Bowles who is also Food Editor for Esquire joins British-Sri Lankan restaurateur whose book Rambutan won Fortnum & Mason’s Best Debut Cookery Book 2023, on the panel. Into this flavoursome recipe comes Co-Founder and Head of Food Operations of Smoke & Bitters Lahiru Perera.

With the superstructure now complete and the complex scheduled completion in this year, SBW which houses one and two bedroomed apartments designed with high ceilings and large balconies also has an additional 35 meter pool, a bar and restaurant operated by an international F&B operator.

Designed by Balmond Studio, Southbeach Weligama adds to Balmond Studio’s impressive collective of globally acclaimed design projects including the Bejing CCTV Tower, the London Olympic 2012 Orbit and the Los Angeles Freedom Sculpture. Cecil Balmond OBE, internationally acclaimed design trailblazer and the world’s leading thinker on form and structure leads Balmond Studio.  He is the lead architect for the John Keells Cinnamon Life project in Colombo, while his son John, leads the Southbeach Weligama project.

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