PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – Passerelles Numériques Cambodia (PNC) opened its campus to the public this weekend for a colorful celebration of street art, music and dance. More than 300 visitors, students and alumni enjoyed tours, presentations and a range of events featuring young Khmer artists such as Koy & Davido and Tiny Toones.
Staged on Saturday and Sunday at the Borey Sorla campus, the event equipped participants with paint to cover building walls as they attended street art presentations in both English and Khmer.
Skateistan offered skateboard and breakdance performances and Apple, a local make-up artist, gave a body painting demonstration. Jotun, a global leader in the manufacture of high quality-paints protecting buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, provided the paint as well as funding for communications and catering.
PNC has been helping underprivileged youth in their late teens and mid-20s since 2005, building skills and employability in the digital industry while becoming a leading Phnom Penh Information Technology (IT) training center in the process.
Street Art ‘Booming’
“Street art is booming not only in Phnom Penh but in all of Asia,” said Thomas Corolleur, general director at PNC before the event. “We believe it will be inspiring to gather around passionate Khmer artists who are part of the street art movement.”
PNC communications head Juliette Wait told Khmer Times, “The purpose was to get people from the outside to know the center better and to expose our students to this kind of art.”
Elise Durand, education manager, added, “We have a very specific approach to education, a holistic approach. Not only training in IT but all the values and developmental activities needed to become successful adults in the future. To speak in public, to be self-confident, to be creative, all these are part of a list of skills we help develop.”
Students from around the country were recently taken on a tour of street art in Phnom Penh. Cambodia education officer Sovannarith Chea said, “We provide both soft and hard skills, from public speaking and project management to technical training and learning how to work in teams.
Living together, coming from remote provinces, they learn values of solidarity and responsibility, how to cook food for each other.”
Ms. Durand announced that the last phase of the street art project will be the creation of a historical frieze of the organization’s history for its 10 year anniversary event.