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SAARC Non-Violence Day Art Competition for School Children

SAARC Art Competition organised by the SAARC Cultural Centre would like to inspire the School children to promote the Concept of Non-Violence through their creativity.  The Centre intends to highlight the need to inspire peace, tolerance, non-discrimination, co-existence and respect for people.  Winners in each category will be awarded cash prizes and certificates and the […]


SAARC Archaeology and Heritage Management Training Workshop

Footsteps of the Past, Custodians of the Present, Heritage of the Future Afghanistan Postponed Dates to be announced Kabul, Afghanistan Background Tangible Cultural Heritage (TCH) of South Asia is not limited to World Heritage Sites and the landscape is dotted with archaeological sites indicating the long and eventful history of the Region.  In many of […]

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SAARC Research Grants 2018

Background The Research Grants will provide an opportunity for the Member States to explore new research areas and sites along the Hindu Cultural Trails.  This will also act as a precursor to the Cultural Trails proposed for the future and lay the ground work in research to look at Cultural Trails as connected routes where […]


  • Notice for Tender Invitation

    Tender No. SAARC DF: 01-2018 for the Procurement of SAARC Visa Exemption Scheme (SVES)

  • SAARC Handicraft Exhibition and Workshop Thimphu, Bhutan 31st May 2018 to 1st June 2018

    Handicrafts are a part of the culture of the SAARC Region, the tangible representation of the intangible aspects of culture.  The artisans create their products using traditional material and techniques which reflect the history of each Member State through handicraft.  Many of these handicrafts, associated knowledge and techniques, specially the intangible aspects are fast disappearing […]

  • The Eighth SAARC Film Festival 2018 – Awards Ceremony

    The Eighth SAARC Film Festival was concluded with the Eighth SAARC Film Awards Ceremony held at the National Film Corporation Film Theatre in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 27th May 2018. The Hon. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Minister of Higher Education and Cultural Affairs graced this occasion as the Chief Guest. Mr. Munir Ghiasy of the Embassy of […]

  • SAARC Cultural Capital

    The city of Thimphu in the SAARC Member State of Bhutan was decalred the SAARC Cultural Capital for the year 2018, at an auspicious and traditional opening ceremony on the 31st of May 2018. The Exhibition of Handicrafts was also declared open following the official ceremony. The Chief Guest  for the event was the  honorable […]



The Fifteenth SAARC Summit held in Colombo in 2008 is the instrumental event that led to the establishment of the SAARC Cultural Centre (SCC) in Sri Lanka. It was at this meeting that the Heads of State directed that the Agenda for Culture be implemented in full. The SCC in Sri Lanka was established in […]




The Centre is intended to function as a major meeting point for the artistic communities of the member states. The Centre will provide the necessary facilities and conditions for individuals and groups in various fields of interest to meet and interact in a conducive environment.



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