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When the Colombo Art Biennale hits town next month, two of Smith’s Sri Lanka boutique hotels will be front and centre for the line-up of exciting events. Capital Colombo will swap colonial grandeur for cutting-edge cool from 15 to 19 February, as artists, curators and performers gather for exhibitions, talks and dinners across the city.

Sri Lankan boutique hotels participate in Colombo Art Biennale. Image courtesy of

Historical hipster Casa Colombo (below) will play host to a talk with Viennese art historian Roman Berka, who’ll wax lyrical on ‘Art and an expanded museum concept’, Friday 17 February, 11am–12.30pm. Housed within a  200-year-old Moorish mansion, decked out with ultra-contemporary, custom-designed pieces from Lalin Jinasena, Casa Colombo is the ideal setting to explore the idea of art’s place beyond galleries.

Casa Colombo boutique hotel in Sri Lanka

On Sunday 19 February, 11am–12.30pm, Paradise Road Gallery is the stylish scene for Jagath Weerasinghe’s talk, ‘What now, after the 90s trend?’. Stay on-trend yourself by booking a suite at Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo (below). Lifestyle brand Paradise Road founder Shanth Fernando’s lavish boutique hotel in chichi Cinnamon Gardens is just a short tuk tuk ride away.

Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo boutique hotel in Sri Lanka

Check out the full Colombo Art Biennale programme or discover the best places to eat, play and shop in our insider city guide to Colombo.

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