Performers yesterday left for Singapore to take part in the Chingay Parade to be held over the weekend.
The team, comprised of 69 officials and performers, wore Khmer traditional attire and T-shirts bearing the words “Cambodian Performance Team” with the Kingdom’s flag when they departed from Phnom Penh International Airport in the morning.
Sok Sabayna, an official with the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia, said the team would be participating in the parade on Friday and Saturday.
“Our Cambodian troupe will perform at the Chingay Parade Singapore on February 15 and 16 so we need to leave Cambodia today,” he said. “On Sunday, we will also be performing the Lakhon Khol in Singapore because it has been listed by Unesco.”
Mr Sabayna said he believes that the team will be successful in Singapore.
“I think that our performers will impress spectators from around the world who will be attending the parade,” he said.
Mr Sabayna noted that the performers practised for more than two months and will perform under the theme “harmony”.
“We want to showcase Cambodian traditional culture and join participants from around the world who will be watched by more than 80,000 spectators at the parade and millions more via television,” he said. “We are honoured to be able to showcase the harmony enjoyed by our people.”
Mr Sabayna noted that the team successfully participated in the parade in 2017 and was featured in The Straits Times.
Chey Chan Ketya, a traditional Khmer dance teacher who is part of the team, yesterday said that participating in the parade is very important for the nation.
“We are proud to represent Cambodia and showcase our traditions,” she said, adding that traditional dance signifies the spirit of the Kingdom. “I appeal to all Cambodian people to encourage and support us.”
Chap Chamroeun Tola, a performer, said the Kingdom has a wealth of culture and tradition, especially in the fine arts, and participating in the parade is a chance to showcase Cambodian dance to the world.
“I feel very excited that I am a performer who is representing Cambodia in the parade in Singapore,” she said. “I want the international community to know that under the leadership of our government Cambodia is stable and develops its fine arts.”
“We want the world to know that our country respects human rights and promotes culture,” Ms Chamroeun Tola added.
Hun Many, UYFC president, said last week during the troupes’ final rehearsal at Olympic Stadium that the parade is very important because performers will showcase traditional Khmer dance.