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SAARC Cultural Capital

The SAARC Cultural Capital for 2018 Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The Inauguration Ceremony of the SAARC Culture Capital will be held on 31st May 2018 in Thimphu. The SAARC Cultural Centre will organize participatory Programmes with Official Nominees from the Member States including the Launching of the SAARC Culture Capital and the SAARC […]

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Hindu Cultural Trails: Celebration of a Timeless Tradition – Gods and Goddesses, Pilgrims and Prayers, Temples and Texts

Background The 18th SAARC Summit held in November 2014 in Kathmandu approved the proposal “South Asian Cultural Trails” which commenced with the Research Seminar on Buddhist Cultural Trails in 2017.  The SAARC Seminar, Research Grant and Publications on Hindu Cultural Trails will be the second Seminar in the series of “South Asian Cultural Trails”. The […]


SAARC Film Festival 22nd – 27th May 2018

“Our one goal is to give the world a taste of peace, friendship and understanding through the visual arts, the art of the celebration of life” – Steven Spielberg Background Now in its 8th year, the SAARC Film Festival continues to be one of the most successful Programmes in the SAARC Cultural Centre calendar of […]


  • Film Schedule – SAARC Film Festival 2018

    22 May 23 May 24 May 25 May 26 May 27 May 5.30pm Inauguration 6.30pm Aganthukaya* Feature/ 90 mins/ Sri Lanka 10.00am Serga Mathang Feature/ 145 mins/ Bhutan 1.00 pm Parchi* Feature/ 137 mins/ Pakistan 4.00 pm Gi Short/ 30 mins/ India 5.00 pm Khacha Feature/ 110 mins/ Bangladesh 7.20 pm Status Short/ 8 mins/ […]

  • 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 […]

  • SAARC International Women’s Day 2018

    In 2018, the SAARC Cultural Centre celebrated SAARC International Women’s Day, in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs in Sri Lanka, on Thursday the 8th of March 2018, at the District Secretariat in Kalutara.  The International Women’s Day was celebrated in collaboration with the Department of Culture of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Wayamba […]

  • SAARC Research Grants 2017

    Call for Research Proposals for Short-Term Research Grants for further Research on Buddhist Cultural Trails BACKGROUND The SAARC Research Seminar on Buddhist Cultural Trails: Journey Through Time and Space, of Merchants, Monks and Pilgrims was held successfully in August 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.  The Research Grants will provide an opportunity for the Academics, Scholars, […]



The rich and diverse cultural heritage of South Asian civilizations go beyond its mere projection within the walls of museums, art galleries and commercial exhibitions. The evocative works of the inspired artisans and craftsmen of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are what have shaped the cultural, social and at times, […]




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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