British Council of Sri Lanka and IPS Launch Report on Cultural and Creative Industries in Sri Lanka

02 May 2020

The British Council of Sri Lanka and the IPS launched a report on cultural and creative Industries in Sri Lanka – a first attempt to create a framework and develop an understanding of the current situation and challenges in a world where the creative sector is growing in global significance – on 02 May 2020, via a webinar.

The research identified the current size and locations of creative and cultural industries in Sri Lanka and specific challenges, while providing policy recommendations to promote the sector’s development. Further, it found that 2.9% of the workforce in Sri Lanka are involved in the creative industry, of which 36% are women. The report also noted that creative and cultural industries generate future-proof livelihoods, as they are agile and often low-cost.

The study was carried out by IPS researchers Dilani Hirimuthugodage, Ashani Abayasekara, Nimesha Dissanayaka, and Manoj Thibbotuwawa

The webinar saw the participation of several UK and Sri Lankan creative industry sector specialists, industry professionals and other stakeholders. The Ambassador for the Creative Industries at the Mayor of London, John Newbigin OBE, delivered the keynote address and Ms. Hirimuthugodage contributed to the discussion, among an expert panel.

Full report