Bringing youth together through
dance, writing and theatre
Sri Lanka is a country of diverse cultures, which have been shaped by its different peoples, histories and experiences. Evoked through song, art, food, language, literature, drama and architecture, this rich heritage has endured and evolved over time. Since the war ended in 2009, while progress has been made and much has been achieved, reconciliation remains a challenge.
The European Union funded YOUth CREATE seeks to explore how culture can be used to bridge divides brought on by ethnicity, experience and geography, in an effort to promote respect for diversity and democratic values. Using dance, theatre and creative writing, CARE International with its partners and associates will work with young people from the north, east and south to give voice to their experiences and insights on the topics of reconciliation, democracy and human rights. These ‘works of arts’ will be used to prompt dialogue and debate, while fostering an appreciation for the use of culture in reconciliation.