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Rays of Hope

“The whole point of Interflash 2018 is to give Interactors a safe experience of what musical shows are all about in a controlled environment. As part of our process of striving to rebuild service, we are planning to use the profits of the project to fund ‘Rays of Hope’ for the betterment of the lives of children around the world”

PP Int. Muhammad Awoon District Interact Representative

Interflash 2018 is the annual Interact District Finance Project of the Interact District Council. Drawing in a crowd over 4500+ spectators, the event was held on January 26, 2018 from 5.30 PM onwards at the Viharamahadevi Park Open Air Theatre, in aid of the ‘Rays of Hope’ charity program. The program primarily focuses on helping children in need, when it comes to education, survivability and general life purposes.

As an exciting bonus for the crowd, the finals of ‘LiveLight 2018’ was held in the same vicinity before the main show lineup began, with the judges being Ridma Weerawardena, ChanukaMoragoda and Shehan Nifal. The talented semi-finalists who competed for the finals are:

· Jacinta Richards:Gateway College, Kandy

· Kavindu Sumanasena:Royal Institute of Colombo

· Abishek Navodh:Asian Grammar School

· Classical Gas:Carey College, Colombo

· Ama Jayasinghe:Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo

Ama Jayasinghe of Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo was the victor of LiveLight 2018, through the opinions of the judges as well as public opinion shown through votes.

A Car Show was held from 3.00 PM onwards right outside the venue, giving the audience the perfect diversion before the start of Interflash 2018. Vehicles both rare and common appeared on the scene to be admired in this entertaining section. The thrilling experience set the perfect pace to the curtain opening of the main event.

Artistes that are loved and adored by the general populace who are Bathiya and Santhush, Jayasri, Lahiru Perera, Indrachapa Liyanage, Billy Fernando with 2Forty2, Infinity, Yaka Crew, Amuthu , Tea Kada Pasanga and two electrifying dancers named Vinusha and Krithvi joined the lineup of this year’s Interflash 2018, and followed through with electrifying performance.

The artistes covered a range of genres aimed towards pleasing a diverse crowd, and the excitement and glee that was shown by the audience was a clear sign of success. From Pop Music and Dances to Heavy Rock, the music tastes and cravings of an audience that filled out the Viharamahadevi Park Open Air Theatre to the brim was sated.

Upcoming and talented artiste, Ridma Weerawardhana, who is most known for his song ‘Kuweni’ which surpassed 400,000 views on YouTube, joined the evening as a judge for Livelight 2018.

“It was a pleasure for me to get a chance to judge the up and coming talent that took part in Livelight 2018. It is a good platform for people who want to showcase their talent to put themselves on the map. Also, Interflash 2018 was a spectacular show that will stay on my mind for quite a while.”

Ridma Weerawardhana, Judge of Livelight 2018.

While the newborn talent from Livelight 2018 catered to the crowd with nation-widely adored music like ‘Perfect’ by Ed Sheeran or ‘Skyfall’ by Adele, the main lineup artists of Interflash 2018 showed their unique blend when it comes to their music through performances that mesmerized the crowd.

The added flair of the colour varied spotlights that created patterns upon the sea of audience,which made the lively surroundings even more vibrant played a unique part when it came to the immersion of the audience.

“Interflash 2018 is an amazing experience. We’ve been with the Interactors for a couple of years now, and we’ve seen talent, passion and the size of the crowd grow through each year. From the performances, we can see that the boys and girls who attended the event were proud of their nationality, which is a rare thing in itself. The performances that combined the aspects of western and eastern music were truly unique, and all in all, I am very proud of Interactors and the committee who brought this event to life.”

Santhush Weeraman from BnS, Performer of Inter flash 2018

The overwhelming crowd turn up for Interflash 2018 consisted of people not only from Colombo, but Kandy, Kurunegala and many other major cities of the country as well. The strengthening of bonds between Interactors from around the country regardless of distance was another unexpected bonus that made the event feel more magical than it was initially expected to be.

To sum up the thoughts from the side of the organizing committee of Interflash 2018, the chairperson of the event, Int. PP Asel Karannagoda shared his thoughts on the project.

“Interflash 2018 was quite an interesting experience. The audience was amazing and everyone loved it, but that’s not what makes me happy about the project. What made me happy was to see the committee enjoying the night, even though they were so busy with their duties. The committee was more than what I hoped for, and this wouldn’t have been possible without them. I am glad to have met such a dynamic group of individuals and it was truly euphoric to see such a large number of people having a lot of fun!”

Int. PP Asel Karannagoda, Chairperson of Interflash 2018

Interactors strive to rebuild service on a daily basis, as per their District’s motto. Interflash 2018 was the perfect opportunity for everyone to be part of something astonishing, while also financially helping a major charity cause at the same time.

All in all, Interflash 2018 was an evening filled with magnificent music, meaningful bonding and pure excitement, which ended successfully with a fully packed venue, good vibes and happy thoughts for all who had the fortune to witness it’s grandeur.