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EMANUEL ABEYEWARDENE

DJ HOTELIER EVENT CURATOR SURFER
Emanuel Abeywardene is a full-time hotelier and a parttime surfer. Emanuel runs the 'Closenberg,' an 1860 British mansion built on an even older Dutch fortalice in Galle Harbour. The hotel could comfortably rest on its heritage laurels, but Emanuel and his team have been taking the ‘brand Closenberg’ in a more modern direction, while still playing up its colonial charm. The most obvious manifestation of this is Luna Terrace – an outdoor event space with an electric blue bar overlooking the hotel’s lavish 180-degree infinity pool. A “platform for cutting-edge art, music and culture”, it plays host to local and international DJs, pool parties, gallery events, book readings and studio sessions. Emanuel is also a musical composer and DJ.