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Govt. paved way for reconciliation: Arts Council president



The present government had paved the way for reconciliation while addressing critical issues facing the country, through building a platform for artistes of all communities to work together to achieve a common goal, Arts Council of Sri Lanka president Chandraguptha Thenuwara.

He was speaking at a press conference at the Galle Face Hotel yesterday about “WINGS,” a Festival of Arts focused on reconciliation that will take place in Kilinochchi, Ampara and Colombo during in October and November this year.

The Festival had been organised by the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation in collaboration with Arts Council, the Office Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR), European Union, (EU) Youth Creative GIZ and CARE International.

The regional festivals in the North and East in October will be followed by an academic conference and a cultural festival to be held in Colombo in November.

“Artistes working in both contemporary artistic disciplines and traditional forms have and continue to play an important role in addressing critical issues impacting people everywhere.

While there must be a robust commitment to equality,and to meeting the specific challenges of post-conflict democratization ,much remains are to be done if Sri Lanka is to move towards a sustainable peace,”he added.

The WINGS festival is being supported through the financial contribution made by the European Union (EU) to its implementing partners GIZ and CARE International.

“I heartily acknowledge the financial support provided by the EU for a duration of three years which has a total budget of EUR 1.7 million. This financial aid aims at promoting a culture of reconciliation, social integration and inclusive diversity in Sri Lanka.” Thenuwara said.

Meanwhile, the official WINGS website was launched parallel to the WINGS” Arts festival with the participation of a number of local artistes, Chandraguptha Thenuwara,President of Arts Council, representatives of the Office Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) , and Representatives of CARE international and GIZ.

The festival in Kilinochchi will take place from October 21-23 at the Kilinochchi Central College and Kilinochchi Co-operative Hall while the festival in Ampara is scheduled to be held from October 27-29 in partnership with Swami Vipulananda Institute of Aesthetic Studies (SVIAS) of the Eastern University of Sri Lanka.

The regional events will include short film screenings, folk art and forum theatre performances, visual art and short films from around the country.

A highlight which all those in Colombo can look forward to is the open air food fair to be held at Nelum Pokuna Mawatha (Green Path) on November 11 which will showcase Sri Lankan cuisine rich in spices flavours and influences in addition to culinary traditions from around the country.

The organizers expressed the hope that Sri Lankans will attend the public event s in Large numbers and share in the festive mood.

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