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There’s a Harpeth Rising

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The three young female members of the American music group Harpeth Rising. courtesy of the US Ambassy

Three young female members of the American music group Harpeth Rising will tour Cambodia from February 21-27, and with local artists they’ll promote women’s rights in the forefront of the upcoming International Women’s Day (Friday, March 8) celebrations.

The US Embassy’s press release stated that the three women, Jordana Greenberg, Maria Di Meglio, and Michelle Younger, will perform in three locations, and also conduct workshops with the Secondary School of Fine Arts, the Harpswell Foundation, Epic Arts, and the Krousar Thmey Foundation.

“They will perform in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Kampot province. Their tour will help build stronger cultural ties between the United States and Cambodia, as well as help empower women and promote women’s rights ahead of the upcoming International Women’s Day celebrations.”

It added that the tour is in collaboration with the NGO Cambodian Living Arts (CLA). The American Music Abroad program is sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and is administered by the Association of American Voices.

“We strongly believe that musical outreach is a wonderful tool to help women as they continue their fight for gender equality in Cambodia.  Music has the power to gather people together, and is a vehicle for women to express themselves and reveal their own identities.” the press release noted.

Furthermore, each member of Harpeth Rising will have an inspiring story to share during their workshops and performances with local artists.

To kick off the tour, the Embassy will hold a press conference today, Saturday February 23, at the Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL) from 5:30-6:00 p.m.

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