Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 2020 – Creative Isle launched the weekly, 3-day CAN Weekend 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 am to 9pm
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 & lifestyle products, fashion accessories, artisan food products, herbal teas & Ayurveda cosmetics, soaps & fragrances, etc.
The CAN Market further supports and features recycle & up-cycle initiatives and products, and will be an opportunity for creative entrepreneurs to showcase their innovative products & services to the B2C & B2B markets.
Speaking with Creative Isle, Founder – Keshini Ann Suraweera, noted “The crux of this project was birthed during the imposed COVID-19 lockdown, when most 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.”
Muttiah Muralitharan stated at the event “There are many talented Entrepreneurs in our country but they lack opportunity , foundation of Goodness is all about empowering such individuals”
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, in a bid to further uplift Sri Lanka and support its SMEs and Entrepreneurs, most affected by the recent COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative welcomes on board Scope Cinemas as the Cinema Partners & Antyra Solutions as the Social Media Partners.