An artist, cultural strategist and creator of festivals and events, Neil divides his time between Sri Lanka and Europe and has been visiting Sri Lanka since 1991 creating art, education and community projects. He works alongside the Colombo Art Biennale’s founder, Annoushka Hempel in giving artistic direction and guidance to the festival. In 2005, he developed the first ‘Hikkaduwa Beach Carnival’ with MTV and in 2006 the broadcast TV event ‘Sing for Peace’. He has established the Sura Medura Art Centre which runs workshops in theatre, music and dance in Hikkaduwa. The Centre regularly invites international artists to work in residence. In 2010 the Centre worked with the Dutch Director Dries Verhoeven and Dialog to create an innovative theatre show that appeared in the Netherlands Germany and the UK. He is the founder of UZ Events in the UK and became a specialist in closing down cities to create venues.