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Summer Escapes by Cinnamon ends in style!

Summer Escapes 2019 by Cinnamon – a combination of three unique edutainment camps including, West End Theatre Camp, Culinary Camp and Summer Camp completed successfully earlier this month.

Facilitated by leading local and international experts, each camp not only helped children identify their talents but also encouraged them to take on new challenges whilst having fun, exploring their surroundings and developing important life skills. From receiving a boost of confidence to becoming more independent, each child was driven to think out of the box and work together with fellow team members during the many activities, games, excursions and lessons that were conducted at the camps.

The programmes started with West End Theatre Camp by Cinnamon at Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo which ran for five days from August 4. This camp mainly focused on two different aspects of theatre and performance. A ‘Beginner’s Guide to Theatre’ was conducted to children aged between 6 to 18 years and a session on ‘The Learning Curve to Theatre’ conducted for children between 6 to 12 years and 13 to 18 years.

Under the expertise of highly acclaimed international Director and Choreographer, Jonny Bowles, together with two distinguished experts in the field of drama, Associate Director, Choreographer and Acting Coach Jon-Scott Clark and Musical Director and Vocal Coach, David Roper, children were able to practice the art of stage management, singing, theatrics, music, language and diction, thereby giving each child proper training and experience in the field.

Cinnamon Culinary Camp kicked off on August 9 also at Cinnamon Lakeside and was open to children between 7 to 13 years of age. The camp focused on teaching children the basics of table etiquette such as crockery placement, table manners and the importance of balanced meals.

Summer Camp by Cinnamon was conducted from August 10 to 12 at Habarana Village by Cinnamon. Embracing camping for what it truly is, not only were families and groups involved in a series of action-packed activities but also experienced sleeping in tents in the great outdoors, sitting around a bonfire and roasting marshmallows. Children also got the chance to embark on an unforgettable excursion to Kaudulla National Park to witness the gathering of elephants with Nature Trails. The kids had an early starts while parents has relaxing yoga sessions to begin the day.Children were taken on nature walks with Vimukthi Weeratunga (Wildlife Biologist and Manager Nature Trails) while Chitral Jayatilake (Wildlife Photographer and Head of Nature Trails)held a workshop themed ‘Circle of Life’, sharing the importance of conservation.

The camp took its entertainment to a different height with the star musicians Bathiya and Santhush training children in groups for an evening performance and the duo themselves performing at the Gala camp party. The evening celebrations had a surprise visit by former Miss Sri Lanka and Bollywood actress, Jacqueline Fernandez, to whom the camp kids sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to wish her on her special day.

Vice President John Keells Holdings, Head of Brand Marketing Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts and CEO Cinnamon Life Mall Dileep Mudadeniya stated, ‘We are extremely pleased that all three Summer Escapes programmes, came to a successful end.

These interactive sessions engaged and inspired children and youth of all ages, and allowed them to embark on an unforgettable summer adventure. This is the first time that tailor-made edutainment programmes of this calibre have been hosted in Sri Lanka with the mentoring and guidance of local and international experts in their field.

All of the camps were sold out and we hope that the children and families that participated in them enjoyed action-packed days filled with learning, fun and inspiring moments.”

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