The Creative Isle launches CAN Weekend Market in collaboration with Colombo City Centre | Sunday Observer

The Creative Isle launches CAN Weekend Market in collaboration with Colombo City Centre

20 September, 2020

Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 2020 - Creative Isle, in collaboration with Colombo City Centre, launched the weekly, three-day Ceylon Artisan Network (CAN) Market, at the Colombo City Centre - Atrium on August 28, 2020. The launch event welcomed Chief Guest - Sri Lankan Cricket Legend, Muttiah Muralitharan.

The CAN Market was created as a platform to support micro-entrepreneurship from across the island and will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from10.30 a.m. to 9p.m.

The weekend market will feature vendors from around Sri Lanka, showcasing their export quality products at wholesale rates, whilst allowing them the opportunity to form new trade partnerships with bulk buyers. Focusing on sustainable and community-driven businesses, the fair will consist of home and lifestyle products, fashion accessories, artisan food products, herbal teas and Ayurveda cosmetics, soaps and fragrances.

Muttiah Muralitharan said, “There are many talented entrepreneurs in our country, but they lack opportunity.Foundation of Goodness is all about empowering such individuals.”

The CAN Market further supports and features recycle and up-cycle initiatives and products, and will be an opportunity for creative entrepreneurs to showcase their innovative productsand services to the B2C and B2B markets.

Businessmen Dilith Jayaweera, addressed the gathering as a means to encourage and uplift the spirit of entrepreneurship, noting, “I am passionate about entrepreneurship and commend this initiative. Sri Lanka needs to recognise true entrepreneurs and value innovators.”

Speaking with Creative Isle, Founder - Keshini Ann Suraweera said, “The crux of this project was birthed during the imposed Covid-19 lockdown, when many creative entrepreneurs experienced a downward trend in growth, stunting their ability to continue with their business efficiently.

“Identifying the gap in the current business landscape, I wanted to provide local vendors with a space where they could showcase their raw talent, which may otherwise have been undiscovered simply due to the lack of a platform to present themselves.”

The CAN Market has received immense support from partners such as Colombo City Centre, the Foundation of Goodness, National Enterprise Development Authority (NEDA) and UNDP, ito further uplift Sri Lanka and support its SMEs and Entrepreneurs, most affected by the recent Covid-19 pandemic.