Journal article

Competing economies of worth in a multiagency music and reconciliation partnership: The Sri Lanka Norway Music Cooperation (2009-2018)

S Korum, G Howell

The International Journal of Cultural Policy | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2020


The Sri Lanka Norway Music Cooperation (2009–2018) was launched to ‘stimulate the performing arts in Sri Lanka, thus contributing to the peace and reconciliation process’ in the aftermath of almost three decades of civil war between the Tamil minority and Sinhala majority populations of the island. Funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the project had many local and international stakeholders, from artists and civil society organisations, to government institutions, to a general public eager for enrichment through arts and culture. But despite high engagement and financial investment, the achievements of the SLNMC were generally unremarkable and short-term. This article argues..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Norwegian Research Council (Solveig Korum), under grant number OFFPHD 258723 (2016-20) and an Australian Government Endeavour Research Fellowship 2016 (Gillian Howell).