Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall

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Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall
බණ්ඩාරනායක ජාත්‍යාන්තර සම්මන්ත්‍රණ ශාලාව
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Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo
Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo
General information
Type Convention center
Address BMICH Colombo, [Customer Services], Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07
Town or city Colombo
Country Sri Lanka
Coordinates 06°54′06″N 79°52′22″E / 6.90167°N 79.87278°E / 6.90167; 79.87278Coordinates: 06°54′06″N 79°52′22″E / 6.90167°N 79.87278°E / 6.90167; 79.87278
Construction started 1970
Opened 1973
Owner Sri Lankan Government
Grounds 1,500 m²
Design and construction
Architect Dai Nianci[1]
Website
www.bmich.lk

The Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), (Sinhalese: බණ්ඩාරනායක ජාත්‍යාන්තර සම්මන්ත්‍රණ ශාලාව) is a convention center located in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Built between 1970 and 1973, the convention centre was a gift from the People's Republic of China in memory of Solomon Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike, Prime Minister (1956–1959).[2]

The construction of the hall was carried out by a joint Sri Lankan and Chinese workforce with a considerable portion of the building materials being imported from China.

In 1998 a small Exhibition Centre, the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre, was built on the grounds as a gift from China.[2]

The BMICH premises is managed by the S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike National Memorial Foundation (BNMF) which is chaired by the President of Sri Lanka.

The BNMF has an academic wing specialised in International Relations, Languages and Cultural Studies named "Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS)" located within the BMICH premises.

Facilities[edit]

The building has over 1,500 square metres (16,000 sq ft) of floorspace, and is located in the Cinnamon Gardens area of Colombo. An up-to-date library with volumes of literature on almost all subjects is available for the use of research for delegates visiting the BMICH. To facilitate with banking needs, a bank is located near the main hall. Due to the high-profile events taking place within the venue the Sri Lanka Police maintains a permanent detachment and the Mount Lavinia Hotel has a restaurant. The Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre has floor area covering 4,500 sq. m. consists of two exhibition halls, lobby, dining room, lounge, kitchen and other VIP amenities.

Events[edit]

Several high-profile events and exhibitions have been held in the venue, including the Non-Aligned Movement Summit 16-19 August 1976, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2013, and the WORLD CONFERENCE ON YOUTH 2014. It is host to the annual EDEX Expo.

Local Events[edit]

There have been some local events and exhibitions held in Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre (SBMEC) such as

  • BMICH Life Style Shopping Expo (April and December)
  • Colombo International Book Fair
  • Wedding Show
  • Bridal show
  • Pro Food
  • Facets Gem
  • Motor show
  • Build SL (Housing & construction expo)
  • Kedella (Architectural and furniture)
  • Architect

Organisations[edit]

Found within the large grounds are several government and private organisations. These include:

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lu, Duanfang (2010). Third World Modernism: Architecture, Development and Identity. Routledge. ISBN 9781136895470. 
  2. ^ a b Goh, Evelyn (2016). Rising China's Influence in Developing Asia. Oxford University Press. p. 146. ISBN 9780198758518.