Dilani Hirimuthugodage Spotlights Sri Lanka’s Vibrant Creative and Cultural Industries

23 October 2023

The Creative and Cultural Industries (CCIs) in Sri Lanka present a significant contribution to the country’s GDP. According to IPS Research Economist, Dilani Hirimuthugodage, this dynamic sector not only drives economic growth but also offers promising employment prospects. Currently, approximately 3% of the workforce is engaged in creative roles, with a noteworthy 36% of these creative workers being women.

Despite their potential, CCIs in Sri Lanka face certain challenges. A key concern is the lack of social recognition and limited public awareness about this creative sector, which is essential for it to reach its full potential.

Dilani Hirimuthugodage shared these crucial insights during her presentation “Creative and Cultural Industries (CCIs) in Sri Lanka: Current Status” at the introductory workshop on ‘Harnessing Creativity for Sustainable Development: Assessing Sri Lanka’s Cultural and Creative Industry’, organised by UNESCO New Delhi and the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs.

During her presentation, Ms Hirimuthugodage highlighted the importance of CCIs for the economic and social development of the country. She drew upon a research report published by the British Council of Sri Lanka in collaboration with IPS to underline the sector’s significance. Furthermore, she discussed the challenges encountered by CCIs and provided valuable recommendations for their growth.

The workshop was attended by several dignitaries including the Chief officers of UNESCO New Delhi Multisectoral Regional Office, Secretary and officers of the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, the Secretary General of Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO, Members of the National Committee on Intangible Heritage of Sri Lanka, Director General of National Intellectual Property Office, Country  Director of British Council of Sri Lanka, Delegates from European Union, policymakers, private sector to represent creative industry sectors, artists.

Download the full presentation here.