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History

“From little things, big things grow!” 

The concept of a Sri Lankan cultural festival in Melbourne originated in 2014 as a discussion amongst friends in a Melbourne living room. As a result, with plenty of commitment and nurturing, the first Lankan Fest event was held in 2015 at the Queen Victoria Market.

Three years on, Lankan Fest is undoubtedly the most popular Sri Lankan cultural festival in Melbourne. It has become the go-to event on the calendar for many Sri Lankans living in Australia and a popular cultural festival for other Australian ethnic groups seeking an unforgettable food and cultural experience.

Event participation has grown exponentially over the past few years and we are proud to say that the most recent Lankan Fest event held in February 2017 drew a crowd of over 40,000 event-goers. Also of note; after 2 years of successful events held at the Queen Victoria Market, Lankan Fest has moved its location to the prestigious Crown River Walk since 2017 in our continuous effort to evolve and grow as an organisation. 

Through Lankan Fest...

We want to SHARE our motherland with the country we now call home.

We want to HELP impoverished communities in Sri Lanka but we also wanted to GIVE back to the community that has given us so much.

We want to EDUCATE communities

We want to SUPPORT small business

And we want to CELEBRATE all things Sri Lankan