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Singapore-Cambodia on show at upcoming art festival

Anith Adilah Othman / Khmer Times Share:
The two week cultural event begins in mid-February. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Embassy of Singapore, with the support of the Ministry of Tourism, will be organising a special festival in February to commemorate 55 years of bilateral ties with the Kingdom.

Dubbed the Street Art Fest++, the two-week event will be taking place at the World Bridge Arena on February 15-29.

Aside from celebrating culture, the festival is expected to focus on the arts, food, and music in the region.

Nick Tan, vice president of the Street Art Fest++ Organising Committee,  said the festival was initially conceived as a small exhibition to showcase talent from both countries, and later evolved into a full-fledged festival.

“It will be truly exciting. We are looking forward to this event. We hope it will draw a lot of crowds and become the largest celebration of two nations within this region,” he told Khmer Times in an interview after the launch on Wednesday.

One of the highlights of the event is live mural drawings by Cambodia-based Canadian artist Fonki and Singaporean artist Yip Yew Chong. The duo is known for their works which have embellished many big cities in the world, including Montreal, London, Singapore and Cambodia.

According to the organiser, the festival will ultimately culminate in the reveal on February 29 of a special 2.4×7 metres mural painted on concrete slabs by the artists. The one-of-a-kind piece and other artworks will then be auctioned off to interested buyers. All funds collected will be donated to the Cambodian Children’s Fund and Cambodian Living Arts.

On top of that, festival-goers can also expect a slew of live entertainment and various food and beverages options with over 20 kiosks on site.

Singapore Ambassador Michael Tan, who was present at the official launch, said he was looking forward to the unique celebration.

“Personally, I wanted to find a different avenue where we can celebrate diplomatic relations. I didn’t want something too formal, not the same old routine of celebrating through commerce, economics, political exchanges or book launches and such.

“I wanted something impactful and meaningful that can be celebrated by both people, not just the bureaucracies. It took us more than one year to conceptualise and develop this idea. I am glad about the support of all our partners, we can make this come true.

“I hope through the expression of street art and street food – which is a common passion of both Singaporeans and Cambodians – we can bring the celebration of diplomatic relations to a new level,” he said.

Khmer Times will act as the official print media partner for the festival, while the Cambodian Television Network will be the broadcast media partner. Other partners and sponsors include Philip Bank and Tropic Planners & Landscape.

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