Post Cultuur: Nederlandse ambassades met budget voor cultuur en ontwikkeling

Sri lanka

NATHALIE KRONER : "After the Tsunami it was established that culture is important for the reconstruction and economic development of the heavily damaged city of Galle and its region. Galle is an important World Heritage site in Asia that could develop itself as an international, cultural tourist attraction. The VOC warehouse in fort Galle is being restored and a new cultural centre and a new maritime museum are being built in this warehouse. Parts of the defence walls of the fort are also being restored.

In April 2003 the Dutch and Sri Lankan governments signed the Policy Framework for Joint Cultural Heritage. In 2006 the so-called 'Masterplan for the South' (the cultural triangle in the south) was drawn up and this programme runs until 2009. This masterplan is based on a successfully completed plan in the north: Anuaradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Kandy and Dambulla. It focuses on making cultural heritage more attractive and increasing the number of jobs in the tourism industry.

This masterplan consists of 10 different projects in the field of cultural tourism. The activities have first been selected by Sri Lankans themselves. The Sri Lankan authorities are responsible for completing this programme, in cooperation with the embassy. Thanks to previous experience with Joint Cultural Heritage projects the Sri Lankans have already been trained on various aspects of heritage conservation, archaeology and museum exchanges."


Culture Budget546.140 euro Since2003

Major projects Restoration of the VOC warehouse in fort Galle | Restoration of the defence walls in fort Galle

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