Tamil : யாழ்ப்பாணம் Yalpanam
Sinhala: යාපනය Yapanaya

Jaffna is the capital city of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, located on a peninsula of the same name. It is probably the only city in the world named after a musical instrument. ‘Yalpanam’ derives from an ancient musical instrument call ‘Yazh’(Tamil; Yaal). It is a harp with the tip of the stem of the instrument was carved into the head of the mythological animal Yali.

JaffnaICF Logo

Inspiration for the Jaffna International Cinema Festival logo came from ‘Yazh’.