A unique event which critically explored the potential of the arts in general, and theatre specifically, to contribute towards progressive social change was held at the Postgraduate Institute of English from 4-5 July. The two-day seminar titled “The Theatre of Reconciliation: Potentials, Tensions and Practices” was inaugurated with the Vice Chairman of the University Grants Commission, Prof P.S.M. Guneratne as Chief Guest and Vice Chancellor of The Open University of Sri Lanka, Prof Anbahan Ariyadurai as the Guest of Honour. Gill Caldicott, Country Director, British Council Sri Lanka and Louise Cowcher Director of English and Education, British Council Sri Lanka in addition to the Deans of the six faculties of OUSL and other distinguished guests, artistic practitioners, activists, policymakers and representatives of funding organizations attended the event. The British Council Sri Lanka provided funding for the event under its ‘Transform’ theme. The seminar was part of a larger one-year Art and Reconciliation research project which was also funded by the Transform theme of the British Council.

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