Corporate Social Responsibility.

From its origin as a luxury property developer, Fairway Holdings has evolved over the past decade into a conglomerate engaged in a wide range of commercial activities. However we are very conscious of the importance of the arts and culture to our country as a civilizing influence it sorely needs. Accordingly we have made several significant initiatives in this regard. Chief among them is our title sponsorship since 2015 of the world acclaimed “Fairway Galle Literary Festival”. The “Fairway National Literary Awards” inaugurated in 2015, is a companion piece to the Fairway Galle Literary Festival. We are also the sponsors of the Chamber Music Society of Colombo and Soul Sounds.

The Fairway Galle Literary Festival

A cross section view of the participants during a discussion of the book “Mappillai”, in conversation with its author Carlo Pizzati at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival in January 2019.

The Fairway Galle Literary Festival (FGLF) is one of the most anticipated literary events since it provides literary enthusiasts the opportunity to meet, converse and interact with internationally acclaimed authors from all over the world.

The beauty and alluring charm of the heritage site of Galle contribute in no small way to the uniqueness of this experience. The relaxed ambiance of Galle provides the perfect backdrop for the festival.

The objectives of this renowned festival are to celebrate the English language, to encourage writers in Sri Lanka to write, to encourage debate, to promote Galle and the Serendip coast between Galle and Tangalle.

Since its inception it has grown enormously. It is no longer just a literary festival; it has films, lunches, poetry at tea time, private affairs involving world famous authors, gourmet dinners, events for schools, university students, two literary prizes, a Galle art trail, concerts, jazz events, cabarets, walks, a festival outreach initiative, and a comprehensive fringe programme, to name a few.

The Fairway National Literary Awards

Chairman Fairway Holdings, Mr. Hemaka de Alwis, with the Chief Guest, Hon. Minister of Finance of Sri Lanka, Mr. Mangala Samaraweera, along with the English category award winner, Amanda Jayatissa at the Fairway National Literary Awards ceremony in 2017.

The Fairway National Literary Awards (FNLA) originated as a companion piece to the internationally acclaimed Fairway Galle Literary Festival in 2015, the same year Fairway Holdings became the title sponsor of the Fairway Galle Literary Festival.

We believe that as a nation, it is important to promote peace and harmony among various communities belonging to different ethnicities. FNLA strive to recognise literary excellence in writers from all three languages.

We, and especially our Chairman, Hemaka de Alwis, are very conscious of the importance of the arts and culture to our country as a civilising influence, which it sorely needs.

The Fairway National Literary Awards reward novelists in all three languages: Sinhala, Tamil, and English, with a substantial cash prize awarded to the winner of each language category and for each short-listed author of each language category.

The main objective of this Award is to encourage and inspire upcoming local authors by creating a platform on which they can achieve island wide recognition, and thus promote the arts and culture of our country as well. This Award also promotes the publishers of the winning entries by giving them podium recognition.

FNLA was held as an independent event for the first time in Colombo in November 2018. This was the fourth consecutive year for FNLA. With the number of submissions continuously increasing each year, the Awards have grown in terms of both recognition and prestige.

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The Fairway English Creative Writing Workshop

A cross section view of the participants at the Fairway English Creative Writing Workshop in 2018.

The Fairway English Creative Writing Workshop organised by Fairway Holdings was conceptualised with the aim of equipping participants with invaluable advice and guidance for their passion in creative writing.

The most recent English Creative Writing Workshop was held in October 2018 at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute.

The event drew a crowd of over 100 participants and enthusiasts for a two-day workshop, conducted by an eminent resource panel focusing on novel writing, short story writing, poetry, script-writing, editing and publishing.

The positive feedback of both the participants and the distinguished resource panel throughout the last three years, left us in no doubt of the success of this initiative.
The sessions were conducted in a very interactive manner and included presentations, handouts, videos and short exercises. Participants arrived from as far away as Batticaloa and Galle and spent a pleasant and informative two days learning and polishing their writing skills. Due to limited seating in, registrations were limited to 120 participants for all three years.

Supporting Sri Lankan Arts & Culture, and Culinary Arts

A Kandyan dancer in action at the Fairway Colombo Cultural Show

"Fairway Colombo offers the best of “Festivities” on Hospital Street, Colombo 1, in front of the hotel right throughout the month.
We also own our own signature events such as the Colombo Street Food Festival, Art and Jazz on the Street, Latino Dancing on the Street, Colombo Cultural Show and Jam on the street to name a few.

The festivities offer the unique free to enter - free to enjoy options with in the city which is open to public, affordable and accessible. These events are done to support the Sri Lankan Arts & Culture, and Culinary Industry respectively.
In 2018 Haute Grandeur the prestigious awarding body recognized Fairway Colombo as the Best Festive Hotel adding recognition to our endeavors.

Chamber Music Society of Colombo (CMSC)

The ensemble of Chamber Music Society of Colombo, performing live at the Lionel Wendt Theatre for the “Season Finale” concert held in December 2018.

With productions in Western classical music as well as new commissioned works of Sri Lankan origin, the society has established itself as one of the best run and critically acclaimed arts organisations in the region.

The focal point of the Society is the 35-plus person ensemble that has engaged serious music lovers to sell-out audiences in Colombo, Galle, Kandy and Jaffna. The ensemble attracts the best musicians in the country and has many members with international concert hall experience.

Fairway Holdings has been the principal sponsor of the Chamber Music Society of Colombo (CMSC) for four years.

The Ensemble of the CMSC is the regions newest platform for exciting and extravagant new interpretations of the classics, and most importantly, a champion for the politically and culturally explosive music of modern Sri Lanka and South Asia.

With our ongoing commitment towards the arts and the artistic community, we wish to make this sponsorship another contribution to support, uplift and make known the creative excellence and exceptional performance of our nations talent.

Soul Sounds

Premier female ensemble, Soul Sounds, during a live performance at the Fairway Colombo Christmas Carols in 2017.

Soul Sounds, ranked among some of the most renowned choirs in the world, is a premier female ensemble, directed by well-known pianist and musician, Soundarie David Rodrigo.

The choir first came into prominence as the Holy Family Convent Bambalapitiya School Senior choir when, directed by Soundarie David, it won a Sri Lanka Carol Competition in 1996.

After they participated in the Llangollen Eistedfodd competition in Wales 2004, and subsequently leaving the school, the choir decided to continue singing with a new and independent identity, Soul Sounds. Fairway Holdings has partnered with Soul Sounds for nearly four years.

International Artists in Sri Lanka

Fairway Holdings has always strived towards promoting art and culture in Sri Lanka. Along the same lines, featuring internationally acclaimed artists for the benefit of the local audience is one way in which their artistic experience can be enriched.

Richard Marx

Fairway Holdings was pleased to be the sponsor of an extraordinary live performance by Richard Marx, performing his biggest hits in the paradise island, which took place on the 26th of June 2016 at the Stein Studios in Ratmalana. With over 30 million albums sold, Richard Marx is considered one of the few artists to have had a number one single in each of the past 4 decades.

Kenny G

Contributing its efforts in promoting art and culture in Sri Lanka, Fairway Holdings took great pride and pleasure in presenting the international music icon Kenny G to a sell-out concert in Colombo, in November 2014.


Fairway Holdings was honored to partner with Chamber Music Society of Colombo as the premier sponsor in facilitating the internationally acclaimed violinist Midori, in Sri Lanka. Being a visionary artist, activist and educator, her relentless drive has spurred her to explore and build connections between music and the human experience. Midori, along with a pianist and seven of her students conducted a series of workshops and master classes, and engaged with Sri Lankan music students and teachers. They also played classical music for those who normally would never have access to it by visiting numerous homes and institutions. The group, along with members of the CMSC visited the North and South of the country and held workshops with young musicians of those regions.

Community Development

Stationery items being distributed to children from the low-income families in the neighbourhood community surrounding Fairway Holdings Head Office in Rajagiriya.

Fairway Holdings believes that development should begin from the very early stage, and we need not look far to find those who are deserving.
This is why we work closely with families and children who are close to our proximity, because we want to build their lives that will ensure a bright future for them.

Fairway Sacred Heart Nursery The Fairway Sacred Heart Nursery was established in 2010 to benefit the low income families who live in the area surrounding the Fairway Holdings Head office, in Rajagiriya. The 20 students who are enrolled are guided by four dedicated teachers.

Stationary Distribution The project that commenced in 2011 has been continuously conducted annually. Around 700 students from Grades 1 to 12 are selected from low income families in the neighbourhood. Fairway purchases the entire stationary list issued by the government for these children, which adds to an approximate value of LKR 3,000,000 per annum.";