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This article is taken from the Reconciliation Website, which subsumes the old site used by the former Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP).


The concert by former female combatants at Independence Day celebrations in Vavuniya - 2010

Mr Speaker, I am pleased to move this adjournment motion on the establishment of a National Theatre which in fact I suggested some months ago. To cite the full text of the proposed motion –

In view of the importance of the performing arts for education as well as national integration, this House do stand adjourned to urge the establishment of a National Theatre that would

a)    Establish a theatre group able to perform in all three national languages

b)    Introduce high level training in performance and production, including the capacity to develop productions for touring islandwide

c)    Encourage productions that use other art forms, in particular music and dance, to promote wider understanding of pluralistic cultural traditions

d)    Develop links with the broadcasting media to ensure wider dissemination of productions

e)    Act as a flagship for provincial and other troupes while providing opportunities to showcase local talent


The motion is based on a very simple principle that has stood several countries concerned with nation building in good stead. It is that the arts are a binding force in a nation, and that providing opportunities for young people to work together creatively will do much to promote social cohesion.


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Rajiva Wijesinha

January 2011
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