The Jaffna Musical Festival showcasing Sri Lanka's traditional music heritage will open today with the participation of hundreds of Sri Lankan and international folk artists.
The three-day event that will take place at the Jaffna Town Municipal Grounds from 25th - 27th March will provide a unique forum for the folk musicians to exchange traditions with other performers and participants from across Sri Lanka.
Twenty-four folk groups from cities and villages across Sri Lanka and five international folk groups from India, Nepal, Palestine, South Africa, and Norway will perform at the festival.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the development arm of the U.S. Government, is a partner in this collaborative effort initiated through the Norway-Sri Lanka Music Cooperation agreement, a press statement from the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said.
"This year the United States Government is delighted to join such a wonderful effort to increase cultural exchanges between communities through performances, workshops and exhibition stalls at the Jaffna Musical Festival," the Embassy statement said.
Performances will be held daily from 9am - 1pm and 4pm - 10pm and admission is free.