The Union of Youth Federation of Cambodia in collaboration with the Culture Ministry will lead a troupe of performers to take part in the Chingay Parade Singapore to be held on February 15 and February 16.
UYFC official Sok Sabayna yesterday told a press conference at the federation’s headquarter in Phnom Penh that the parade is a platform for chingay troupes from around the world to showcase their talents.
He said the annual event is organised by Singapore’s People’s Association and was initiated by former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in 1973.
The event is also one of Asia’s largest street performance and float parades. The parade is a colourful epitome of Singapore’s multi-cultural society.
“UYFC and the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts is honoured to have been invited by Singapore to participate in the Chingay Parade again,” Mr Sabayna said. “Cambodia first took part in the event in 2017, but skipped last year’s event.”
“This is an opportunity for our artists and performers to showcase Cambodian culture and civilisation to the world,” he added.
Mr Sabayna said this year’s parade will see performances by 10,000 artists in 150 troupes from countries around the world.
“The reason that we are joining this event is so Cambodian artists can showcase the Kingdom’s culture and civilisation,” he said.
Mr Sabayna noted that Cambodia will showcase five types of traditional dances at the parade.
He said the Cambodian delegation and artists will leave for Singapore on February 12 and will return to Cambodia on February 19.
Mr Sabayna added that through joining the event, Cambodia will showcase its culture to people from around the world and attract foreign tourist to visit the Kingdom.
Prum Morokot, one of the organisers of the UYFC’s participation, yesterday said the Cambodian delegation will comprise 67 officials and 49 performers.
“This year, the Cambodian troupe will perform together with Chinese artists,” Mr Morokot said.
In 2017, Cambodian artists performed together with Malaysians.”
He said Cambodian performers started practising for the event two months ago and will conclude their preparations on February 9.
Proeung Chhieng, a Fine Arts University professor and Culture Ministry advisor, yesterday said that in 2018, Singapore also invited Cambodia to join the parade, but Cambodia was busy with some big events, including the national election and other national events.
“In 2017, our performance was very successful and this year, we hope to do better,” he said.
Soth Somaly, a Fine Arts University professor who is part of the delegation, yesterday said that she is proud that Cambodian artists are given the chance to showcase Cambodian culture.”
“We are preparing to join in the Chingay Parade Singapore and we hope that our Cambodian people will encourage our artists,” she said.