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Deccan partners Galle Literary Festival 2011

With the 5th annual Galle Literary Festival (GLF) approaching, Deccan Aviation Lanka has organised special discounted helicopter charters to attendees. GLF 2011 is scheduled for 26th - 30th January at various venues in Galle including the Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel, Amangalla, Galle Fort Hotel, Hall de Galle and the Galle Maritime Museum.

The first GLF was held in 2007. Its main objective is to enchant book lovers and those who value the magical beauty and power of words and also help discover future talents. Some changes to the usual program are expected this year, with plans to introduce a Sunset Series with reviews and discussions, free lunch time concerts/picnics, presentations and performances on Kandyan dancing and Kathakali and even wine tasting with England’s leading authority on wine Jancis Robinson.

There will be many popular and significant authors attending. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the author of Purple Hibiscus, Jill Dawson, Kiran Desai, Sarah Dunant, William Fiennes, Mohsin Hamid, Pauline Melville, Pankaj Mishra, Prashani Rambukwella, Karen Roberts are expected to be present. Poetry will play a prominent role during the festival with poets Omar Musa, Vivamarie Vander Poorten, Daljit Nagra, Roger McGough and Tishani Doshi participating.

Deccan will position a dedicated helicopter in Galle for the duration of the GLF, short scenic flights will be made available to the attendees from the Butterfly Bridge ground right outside the Galle Fort.

“Deccan supports major events in the local event calendar and we are delighted to be a part of the GLF this year” said CEO/Director Deccan Aviation Lanka Denham Schokman. “Visitors can charter a Bell Jetranger helicopter from our helipad in Colombo or the international airport and fly direct to the GLF.”


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