Courtesy calls on SAARC High Commissions and Embassies in Sri Lanka

The objectives of the SAARC Cultural Center are to promote regional unity through cultural integration and contribute towards preservation, conservation and protection of South Asia’s cultural heritage within the framework of the SAARC Agenda for Culture. To work towards these objectives successfully Mrs. D.K.R. Ekanayake, Director, SAARC Cultural Centre, Sri Lanka, paid courtesy call upon the Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Counselors of the SAARC Member States in Sri Lanka. Together they discussed the forthcoming Governing Board meeting to be held in Sri Lanka on the 30th and 31st of October 2018 and the future action plans regarding the programmes. She further reiterated them to continue their active participation and support to build an intercultural dialogue and harmony through the programmes to be conducted by the SAARC Cultural Centre.


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Director SCC with Mr. Muhammad MunirGhiasy, Charge de Affairs
Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Director SCC with The High Commissioner H.E. Riaz Hamidullah, The High Commission of Bangladesh Director SCC with Mohamed Ahamed Waheed, Counsellor, Embassy of Maldives and Ali Abdulla,Third Secretary, Embassy of Maldives Director SCC with H.E. Prof. Bishwambher Pyakuryal High Commissioner of Nepal in Sri Lanka, Embassy of Nepal Director SCC with H.E. Maj. Gen (Rtd.) Dr. Shahid Ahmed Hushmat, High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, The High Commission of Pakistan

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 Award Ceremony which will be held in conjunction with the SAARC Charter Day on 8th December 2018.

The Art Competition is open to school children in two age groups (Age as of 1st January 2018) using the following topics for their Artworks,

  1. Junior Category: 10 – 13 years: “The good man is the friend of all living things” – Mahatma Gandhi
  2. Senior Category:14 – 18 years : “What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of  what we are doing to ourselves and to one another” – Mahatma Gandhi

All paintings should be submitted in the following format
Size       : Standard A3
Medium: Water Colours, Crayons, Acrylic, Oil

All paintings should be accompanied with the following information:

  • Name in Full
  • Age and Date of Birth
  • Name of School
  • Paintings should be certified by the Principal, Art Teacher, or the Class Teacher. (The entry should be the original work of the school children and there should be no assistance rendered by anyone else)

Completed Paintings, with the above-mentioned information, must reach the SAARC Cultural Centre on or before the 1ST OF NOVEMBER 2018. Late entries and entries with incomplete information will not be accepted. The submitted work will remain the property of the SAARC Cultural Centre.

The winner in each category will be awarded a certificate and a cash prize as follows:
1st Prize      LKR. 25,000/=
2nd Prize     LKR. 20,000/=
3rd Prize      LKR. 15,000/=
The School that sends in the highest number of entries will receive a Certificate of Recognition. The Award Ceremony will be held on SAARC Charter Day, the 8th of December 2018. Details of the ceremony will be informed in due course and will be available via

Entries must be sent (By Registered Post or Delivered by Hand) to:
The Documentation Officer / Programme Assistant,
The SAARC Cultural Centre, No. 224, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7.

For further clarification please contact 0771053008 / 0723915808 / 0112584451
We look forward to receiving completed and certified entries for this unique children’s art competition.

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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 chairperson of the National Council of Bhutan, Tashi Dorji.  H.E. the Secretary General of SAARC graced the occasion and addressed the gathering. The Director of the SAARC Cultural Centre, the Director General of the Ministry of Cultural and Home Affairs, Directors from the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu, distinguished delegates from ministries of the SAARC Member States, staff from the SAARC Cultural Centre and the participants from the Member States for the Handicraft Exhibition were in attendance.

It was a marvellous celebration and display of culture in Bhutan and was a most successful and creative opening ceremony, including a SAARC parade of participants from the SAARC Member States and the performance of the especially composed SAARC theme song.

The programme will conclude on the 1st of June 2018.

SAARC Art Competition – to Mark International Non- Violence Day

October 2016

The SAARC Cultural Centre, mandated to promote culture in the region will celebrate SAARC Non- Violence Day, with an Art Competition for children. October 2nd is the birth anniversary of Mahatma Ghandhi, who in recent history, revived the principle of non violence.  At the root of many of the problems faced by the world today, is the various forms of violence including those against the environment, augmented by social strife and inequity.

The SAARC Cultural Centre will reach out to children in schools across the island by organizing an Art Competition that would create awareness on the need to revive and inspire in our societies peace, tolerance, non discrimination, co-existence, non-violence and respect for each other. The competition is opened to all children in two age groups

Junior Category – Ages 5 – 14, Senior Category – Ages 14 – 19

The paintings should be based on the following themes

Junior Category :  “You must be the change you want to see in the world” Mahatma Gandhi

Senior  Category: “My religion is based on truth and non violence. Truth is my God, Non Violence is the means of realizing him” Mahatma Gandhi

All paintings should be submitted in the following format

Size :  Standard A3

Medium : Water Colours, Crayons, Accrylic, oil

All paintings should be accompanied with the following information:

Name in Full, Age, Name of School, Title of the painting

DEADLINE – 30th  October 2016

Cash Awards will be given for the first three in each category. ( 1st Prize 25,000/ 2nd Prize 20,000/3rd Prize 15,000)  The Award Ceremony and Exhibition of Paintings will be held in December to coincide with SAARC Charter Day 2016. All selected paintings will receive a certificate of participation. Late entries will not be accepted. The school that sends the most number of entries will be acknowledged.  All entries should be sent to the SAARC Cultural Centre, 224, Baudhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7. For further clarification please contact 0771053008


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.