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What’s Happening – Phnom Penh

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Wednesday May 26

The Contemporary Portraits of Asian Life

7 pm at the Show Box, No.11, Street 330

Californian artist, Greg Balster, Cambodia resident since 2013, displays his paintings at Show Box. Opening night includes free wine 7 pm to 9 pm upstairs. Show  runs through Tuesday.

Concert: Ms. Sarawan Live Acoustic

7 pm at FCC-The Mansion, Sothearos and Street 178

Ms. Sarawan’s live acoustic treatment of songs from Cambodia’s Golden Era.

Creativity in the Cities

4 pm, 7pm and 9pm at Meta House, Sothearos Blvd

Lauren Shaw’s film, “Angkor’s Children” screena at 4 pm. Three Cambodian women, from the first generation after the Khmer Rouge genocide that killed 90 percent of artists and intellectuals, tell about the country’s return to a cultural and artistic renaissance in a touching film.

At 7 pm, Phnom Penh Art School Night showcases representatives from various institutions who share their experience about how art provides an avenue for developing a passion to learn, grow, improve, and do something productive with one’s life. 

At 9 pm, the classic Fritz Lang film, “Metropolis” (1927) will be shown in the 1981 Giorgio Moroder’s restored version. This epic science-fiction drama film shows a highly stylized futuristic city where a beautiful and cultured utopia exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers.

Opera at the Doors

8:30 pm at The Doors, No. 18, Street 84 & 47

Opera songstress Ai Iwasaki is accompanied by local classical musicians in a beautiful evening of classical music based around opera.


Alley Bar 3-day Festival

May 28 to May 31 at The Alley Bar, No. 82 Street 240

The Alley Bar teams up with The Creem and 40 Thieves for three days of art and fun in the alleyway. Musicians, DJs, street artists, photographers, designers such as Chifumi, Hot Club de Phnom Penh, Papa Dub, Art Cult., Radioactive Anne, Monkey Arts Cooperative, Drop Dead Disco, 40 Thieves SoundSystem, Alan Rithie, DJ Bree, Dr Wah Wah, will join them.

Art exhibition, live concert, DJ set, pop-up shop, street art performance are also expected to keep the party going!

Film: “Yangon Calling: Punk in Myanmar”

4 pm at Meta House, Sothearos Blvd

Watch as the young generation of Burmese people use punk to stand up to a hated government. In their songs, they criticize the appalling living conditions in Myanmar and call for freedom and human rights. “Yangon Calling: Punk in Myanmar” shows the punk rock scene by secretly filming with small cameras.

“Putain de Guerre” Exhibit 

6:30 pm at the French Institute, No. 218 Street 184

The opening of this exhibition reveals the images of the First World War, drawn by French cartoonist Jacques Tardi in his book ‘Fucking war,’ with texts written by historian Jean-Pierre Verney. Lycée René Descartes  students researched the role of Cambodian soldiers in World War I; displays about the War Memorial in Phnom Penh and about two Cambodian soldiers who died during World War I.

“Transitioning Cambodia” book launch

8 pm at Meta House, Sothearos Blvd

“Transitioning Cambodia” is the first photo book to showcase the social, environmental and political progress and setbacks of modern-day Cambodia. Nicolas Axelrod documents the country’s rapid development with several years of photos, while journalist Denise Hruby highlights the stories of the Cambodian people who lived through this period of change.

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