Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sri Lanka - Colombo to be hub of activity, glitz

Colombo will be a hub of activity and glitz when global business leaders team up with celebrities for the Videocon Indian Film Academy Weekend and Awards which will be held from June 3 to 5.
Around 1,500 to 2,000 foreigners are expected to visit the island for the event and around 650 of them will be A grade celebrities and top businessmen, Sri Lanka Tourism Managing Director Dileep Mudadeniya said.
The three day extravaganza comprises a Global Business Forum, Fashion show, IIFA Foundation Celebrity Cricket Match, Film Workshop for those keen on the film industry and the IIFA Awards night.

Titled ‘Cricket for Change’, the funds will be donated towards constructing IIFA village in Kilinnochchi. Around 100 houses will be constructed.

Sri Lankan cricketers Muttiah Muralitharan, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena will be among those who will play against the Bollywood cricket team which will include Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Sunil Shetty, Riteish Deshmukh and others. The match will be held on June 4 at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground.

A charity cricket match will be held between Bollywood stars and Sri Lankan cricketers.

“Sri Lanka has a great potential in expanding its vistas in investment, tourism, agriculture and other sectors that will contribute to the rapid economic development drive initiated by the Government . The IIFA will strengthen the role further with the mutual cooperation between the two countries,” Economic Development Deputy Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said. He added that a visit to Ranmihitenna Tele Cinema Park is also being planned along with some cultural events that will unfold in Gallepace Green.

The IIFA Public Relations Team reported that the indoor and outdoor infrastructures are the key priority in terms of the Awards.

The Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium, BMICH and the Sinhalese Sports Club are being revamped and upgraded. Brand new sound absorbing curtains, carpets, re-tiled bathrooms and freshly painted walls are being done. State-of-the-art lights, LED power cams and beautifully lit pre-cocktail areas will adorn the premises once work is complete.

The city will be illuminated with lights and pennants along the roads and roundabouts.

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