Colombo, Sri Lanka; In the heart of Colombo, an unprecedented wave of creativity and advocacy is taking shape under the banner of Project NOT 2DAY. The project’s recent workshop at Ivey Campus, Colombo 03, has set the stage for the upcoming Art Gala at the HomeTree Co-working Space, promising a vibrant showcase of art and innovation.
The workshop, a cornerstone event of the project, was a convergence of minds and ideas, where seasoned professionals from various fields imparted their wisdom. The sessions, themed around ethical practices and societal impact, served as a beacon for participants, encouraging them to think critically and act responsibly in their respective domains.
Charindra Chandrasena, the esteemed former editor-in-chief of The Daily Morning, opened the workshop with a compelling session on “Ethical Journalism.” From his extensive experience, Chandrasena delved into the intricacies of media ethics and its significant role in shaping public discourse. His insights provided a nuanced understanding of how media can be a tool for societal good, setting a high bar for the rest of the day.
Buwanaka Perera, a renowned figure in human rights journalism, captivated the audience with his talk on “Ethical Activism.” His journey through the landscapes of minority advocacy and human rights reporting resonated deeply with attendees, offering a firsthand account of the challenges and triumphs in the field.
The narrative then shifted to “Press and Activism; Today’s Hurdles” with Chathuranga
Hapuarachchi bridged the worlds of theatre, media, and entrepreneurship. His session
highlighted the evolving challenges in these sectors and the importance of adaptive storytelling in overcoming them.
The workshop culminated with Tharushi Weerasinghe’s masterclass on “Impactful Storytelling.” Her session, backed by her acclaimed work with UNICEF, emphasised the power of stories in driving change, leaving the audience inspired and ready to make a difference.
This event, a collaborative effort by RAC Colombo Fort and U-Report Sri Lanka, and supported by Ivey Campus, not only provided a platform for learning but also fostered a community of like-minded individuals committed to ethical practices and social advocacy.
As the excitement builds for the Art Gala on the 18th of November, the spirit of the workshop continues to echo. The Gala, set in the creatively charged environment of HomeTree Co-working Space, is poised to be an extension of the workshop’s themes, offering a canvas for artists, activists, and enthusiasts to paint their visions of change. The event, open to the public with free entry, aims to create a tapestry of creativity and collaboration. Attendees can expect a day filled with artistic expressions, networking opportunities, and a chance to engage with the creative community. It’s an invitation to experience the pulsating heart of creativity in Colombo, a moment to witness the fusion of art and advocacy in real-time.
Project NOT 2DAY is brought to life with the support of key partners, including SL WebCast as the Official Online News and Media Partner, Ivey Campus as the Official Workshop Partner, and AN Promotions as the Official Printing Solutions Partner. Their contributions are invaluable in amplifying the project’s reach and impact. As the Rotaract Club of Colombo Fort and U-Report Sri Lanka prepare for the Art Gala, the anticipation is palpable. The event is more than a celebration; it’s a testament to the power of communal creativity and the impact of collective efforts. The Art Gala promises to be a landmark event in Colombo’s cultural calendar, a day where art and advocacy meet and merge to create something truly remarkable. It’s an opportunity for the community to unite, share, learn, and grow in a space that champions creativity and change.
In the wake of the workshop’s success, the Art Gala stands as the next chapter in the Project NOT 2DAY story, a narrative of innovation, inspiration, and impactful change. Join us at HomeTree Co-working Space to be a part of this transformative journey, where every
brushstroke, conversation, and connection contribute to the larger picture of a more conscious and creative society.