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Commonwealth Big Lunch for arts community in Colombo

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A Commonwealth Big Lunch was hosted recently under the patronage of the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, James Dauris, together with the Director of the British Council in Sri Lanka, Gill Caldicott.

The event brought together fifty members of the arts community in Sri Lanka to celebrate their Commonwealth connections.

A media release states that the Commonwealth Big Lunch initiative comes as the UK is set to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, an extraordinary international meeting that will bring together leaders from across the Commonwealth to London and Windsor from 16-20 April 2018. Lunches of all shapes and sizes have taken place throughout the Commonwealth since 12 March, Commonwealth Day, and will continue till Sunday 22 April. The lunch initiative partner is the Eden Project, an educational charity that works to connect people with the living world and to explore how we can work towards a better future. The creative arts are one of the many thriving areas of engagement that closely link people in Sri Lanka and in the UK. The Commonwealth Big Lunch in Colombo brought people together from lots of disciplines, including the worlds of design, literature, music and film, many of them Sri Lankans who had studied and worked in the UK.

The media release further states that UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, said: "The Commonwealth is a diverse and vibrant network and its strength lies in the people-to-people links. Commonwealth Big Lunches are an opportunity for people across the Commonwealth to come together and, over a shared meal, discover and celebrate their connections, experiences and stories."

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