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IMLD 2018

International Mother Language Day was ceremoniously celebrated on the 21 February 2018 under the theme of ?Language for Unity? at Viharamahadevi Open Air Theatre. The celebrations were organised by the Bangladesh High Commission to Sri Lanka, in association with the Ministry of National Co-existence Dialogue and Official Languages, The Office for National Unity and Reconciliation, The Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, The Sri Lanka Scout Association and the University of Visual and Performing Arts.Bangladesh High Commissioner to Sri Lanka His Excellency Mr. Riaz Hamidullah said: ?This morning is not for talking but for celebration through action and fun. When we look at languages we think of it as a challenge. Language is diversity and diversity is a challenge but language is really an opportunity. It is about peace, harmony, stability and prosperity.?With the aim of liberating all languages, the event invited all ambassadors to Sri Lanka and their families, students from across the country, Officials, Staff and their family members to partake in a blood donation campaign denoting that everyone belongs to one family amidst the cultural differences, while also giving them the opportunity to paint a few words in their mother language. In parallel, the event gave eight students from the University of Visual and Performing Arts the chance to engage in unleashing their thoughts and imaginations on canvases through art and paint, while a few others provided the audience with a medley of Sinhala, Tamil and Bangla music.

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