Society diversity

European Union campaign on “EU support for a peaceful and inclusive society”

The European Union (EU) Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, together with its implementing partners, organized a series of activities as part of the broader campaign “EU Support for a Peaceful Society and Inclusive” 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.

EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Denis Chaibi, said: “For the European Union, inclusion, solidarity and human dignity are fundamental values, as they serve peace, our goal. ultimate. “As such, 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 society started with a jazz music tour in three key cities of Sri Lanka on the occasion of the European Day of Languages ​​in partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland, the Embassy of Italy, the Embassy of France and the Alliance Française. , 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.