The Sixth Annual Sri Lanka Day Expo will return to the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.
The opening ceremonies will begin 11 a.m. at the stage located near Broadway, where a traditional multi-wicked brass lamp will be lit by invitees signifying the opening of the festivities accompanied by the blowing of a conch shell and drum crescendos.
Dignitaries scheduled to participate include Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom, state Controller John Chiang, Sri Lankan Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya, Sri Lanka Consul General Dr. Hector Weerasinghe, Kapila Wimalaratna of the Sri Lanka American Association and Sri Lanka Foundation Founder and President Dr. Walter Jayasinghe.
Performances throughout the event include pop style music, as well as “Bollywood” influenced dances, such as the Bharata Natyam, a classical South Indian dance form. The performers will sometimes be accompanied by an orchestra using traditional musical instruments.
A cultural costume pageant will take place on the stage beginning at 2:40 p.m., and at 4 p.m. the “Parade of Lanka” will stroll down the promenade featuring dancers, drummers, flag bearers and several Sri Lankan community associations.
Contemporary music will be performed at 6 p.m. Also featured during the event will be a Sri Lankan Curry Festival with exotic spicy, savory and sweet treats.
The Sri Lanka Day Expo is presented by the Sri Lanka Foundation.