This Festival, Summerhall, one of the Edinburgh Festival’s buzziest venues, is celebrating Sri Lankan culture in all its many exciting forms. The Visual Arts Festival Programme includes the first ever showcase of Sri Lankan art in Scotland with two major exhibitions. Return In Search of Stillness explores the work of Sri Lanka’s most important contemporary artists and has been curated by the Colombo Art Biennale. Glasgow based UZ Arts presents the work of twenty-one European artists who have been involved in creative residencies at Sura Medura in Sri Lanka since 2006. Both programmes include performances, installations, video and painting and are absolutely not to be missed.
Not content with providing this visual feast, Summerhall is also hosting a celebration of Sri Lankan food and drink, Eat Sri Lanka. Over the weekend of 18th to 20th August the Royal Dick restaurant at Summerhall will be handed over to Chef Ranjith Vitharanage who has created a delicious menu of typical Sri Lankan dishes. Sri Lankan food is perfect with gin and other cocktails and renowned cocktail guru Ryan Chetiwardana, who is himself of Sri Lankan descent, has come up with a stunning selection of drinks featuring Ceylon Arrack and Colombo Gin, the country’s two best known premium spirits. These will be served alongside The Royal Dick’s superb cocktail menu featuring Pickering’s Gin piped directly in from the distillery next door.
Paul Donegan, General Manager of The Royal Dick, is delighted about the upcoming collaboration: “There’s nowhere in Scotland where you can eat authentic Sri Lankan food and it is one of the best cuisines in the world. Gin and Sri Lankan curry what’s not to like?”.
The Royal Dick Opening Hours
Mon – Fri: 12noon – late
Sat – Sun: 12noon – 1am
Food served from noon until 9pm