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EU emphasizes an inclusive and peaceful society in Sri Lanka



An inclusive and peaceful society is one of the two priorities for European Union (EU) cooperation with Sri Lanka from 2021 to 2027.

The EU Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, together with its implementing partners, organized a series of activities as part of the wider “EU support for a peaceful and inclusive society” at Independence Arcade, Colombo 7 from October 26 to November 11, 2022. The exhibition space will be open to the public from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

Speaking about the campaign, Denis Chaibi, EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, said “For the European Union, inclusion, solidarity and human dignity are fundamental values, as they serve peace, our ultimate goal. Thus, an inclusive and peaceful society is one of the two priorities for EU cooperation with Sri Lanka from 2021 to 2027. We hope that this campaign, through art and dialogue, will foster an enabling environment that promotes peace, solidarity and unity in diversity.

Visitors can see the art exhibitions of the winning works, including those shortlisted in the “Art for Peace” virtual children’s art competition held in June this year, as part of the celebrations of Europe Day. This will be complemented by art workshops led by three renowned and talented artists.

The venue also hosts the EU-funded ‘Tea Kahata’ photographic exhibition, curated by the Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA), which features creative visual images captured by young people from the plantation community, and ‘Costumes Speak », an exhibition that explores different social influences on the Rukada puppet and the role that different communities play in shaping artistic traditions.

An interactive digital library consisting of audio and visual material from the many initiatives of EU-funded projects is available to guests.

The campaign on EU support for a peaceful and inclusive societybegan with a jazz music tour of three key cities in Sri Lanka to celebrate the European Day of Languages ​​in partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland, the Embassy of Italy, the Embassy of France, the Alliance Française, the Goethe-Institut and the British Council.

This was followed by “Threads on Threads: An International Conference on Textiles in Sri Lanka, South Asia and Europe”, organized in partnership with the Threads of History Museum and Lanka Decorative Arts, at the initiative of the cultural heritage series of the EU. (Colombo Official Gazette)



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