'Wild Collective Kalpitiya' Festival Another Reason to Visit Sri Lanka's North West Coast
Lesser known area of the island puts itself on the map with an eclectic festival
By: Wild Collective Kalpitiya
This is an area that is home to Catholics as well as Muslims, dwelling side by side. In the sleepy hamlet of Talawila, St Anne's Catholic Church, originally built in 1877 draws thousands of devotees every year for its festival in August.
Into this eclectic mix of attractions comes Wild Collective Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka's first truly holistic festival celebrating the arts, culture and more, happening April 5 - 7.
The festival is the joint effort of a group of friends and business owners; Dilsiri Welikala owner of Kitesurfing Lanka (KSL) in Kandakuliya and Vayu Resort, Mannar; Keira Perera and Anais Garcia owners of Kite House Café, Kapallady and Arrvinda Salawatura artist and designer based in Unuwatuna in the south. All of them have opted out of the 'corporate' world to pursue their passions.
As one of the original Kalpitiya 'settlers', Dilsiri launched KSL eight years ago to cater to the then growing kitesurfing market. An expert kitesurfer himself Dilsiri has created a true sustainable tourism haven that has had a positive impact on the village of Kandakuliya. 'Many talk about Sustainability, but we truly live it through our business model and the benefits are visible in the community.'
Keira is an environmentalist, hiker, dive master, and kitesurfing instructor. In addition he has many years of experience attending and performing (drummer with a Massachusetts based band) at music festivals in the US. He also received certification as a festival event security guard in Connecticut. 'I know from experience the amount of effort it takes to organise a festival. There's an enormous degree of planning and logistics involved. We're organising Wild Collective independently with a strong and dedicated team. The inaugural event will be a challenge but like any good festival we hope to grow in stature till we become an established event on the international festival calendar.'
Anais who is from Barcelona was involved with organising fancy dress themed parties during her time in the UK. She has also participated and assisted in the organisation of large music festivals around Europe, setting up food stalls, cooking huge dishes of paella, and fire dancing.
As Head Chef at Kite House Café, TripAdvisor's #1 ranked restaurant in Kalpitiya, Anais' priority is providing the best culinary experience to festival visitors. 'I have been to so many festivals where you only get mediocre or boring fast food. At Wild Collective I want to make sure we provide a unique variety including local, organic, vegan and international fusions. We want to create a memorable food experience.'
Arrvinda, who is the artistic collaborator of Wild Collective, believes the creative arts can be a catalyst in bringing about positive change in people. 'I'm excited to be a part of Wild Collective because we get to celebrate everything that's positive in our lives. This is an event where we can build on the energy and learning that emanates when people come together in a creative, spontaneous environment.'
Wild Collective will be a gathering for free spirits, musicians, artists, healers, biologists, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, adventurers, wildlife experts, yogis and many other talented folks from all corners of this magical island.
The music experience will come from local and foreign DJs and bands spanning everything from electronic to reggae. Local Kaffir music (of Portuguese descent), a flash of fusion Flamenco from Barcelona, Magic Banda the singer/magician, drummers, a film screening and discussion will be thrown into the mix. The organisers promise a mixed music and arts ambience where there's something for everyone.
The festival which spans three days will be an ideal family getaway with plenty of activities for all ages including water and land sports, art exhibitions and workshops, whale and dolphin watching sea excursions, yoga for kids and of course plenty of music and food. In true festival style those who own tents are welcome to camp out on the KSL grounds.
Find out more at http://www.wildcollectivekalpitiya.com