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The creative sector doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves in terms of its contribution to the economy, employment, and in terms of its potential to further strengthen the brand value of Sri Lanka as a tourist destination.
This report is a baseline study into the current state of the cultural and creative industries of Sri Lanka. It is a first attempt at creating a framework to consider industries with a strong ‘creative’ element in their work and developing an understanding of their current situation and major challenges.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa briefed UNESCO’s Cultural Ministers on the steps taken by Sri Lanka to protect the cultural sector in the face of the ongoing global pandemic.
“In Sri Lanka, we have barely any state funding for artists and realistically speaking, the government doesn’t sustain a model that would support developing creative practitioners. Yet we must ask ‘Where is the next Chitrasena or the next Khemadasa? Where is the next Jean Arasanayagam or Oosha Saravanamuttu? Are they stacking shelves in a super market? Are they working in a garment factories?”
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday reshuffled his unity government following months of political unrest between the two main coalition partners, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by Sirisena and the ruling United National Party (UNP) led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Sri Lanka’s first ever dedicated performance arts center for tourists is to open on the banks of the historic Diyawanna Oya on the outskirts of Colombo next month.