KULA Art Initiative
KULA means “Colours” in Dhivehi. Launched in 2017, it is our vision that this programme will support the full spectrum of the contemporary creative arts, from local crafts, fashion, digital photography, videography to music, and open up new horizons for the local art community like never before.
As one of the initiative’s key components, The KULA Art Festival is the first of its kind annual event to be ever hosted in any resort in the country at such a large scale, turning the entire resort into the trendiest, most happening art center in the Indian Ocean. Every year we invite over 20 local artists specializing in various mediums including digital, coffee, acrylic, henna, spray paint and local crafts, to showcase their skills in front of a global audience.
Apart from our signature events, we also organize and host regular exhibitions and exciting art performances by local artists at the in-house Aroma Art Studio, the epicenter of Kandima’s art scene. Set on the edge of a natural lake, this is one of the most striking yet peaceful locations on the island, giving both guests and artists an inspirational “space of Zen” that they need to create their masterpiece!
Alongside the KULA Art Initiative, we have also launched a non-profit fund, where we donate $1 from each room night we generate at the property. This is a crucial element to this initiative which allows us to grow the program even bigger, while supporting the pledged activities such as supporting local schools and artists with equipment, paid internships, scholarship programs and support for securing further education.