AFTER spending a half-year searching for Khmer Rouge survivor artists, this mid-November festival is a timely tribute: What makes it more special is that ‘Arts4Peace’ is organising to mark the 40th year after the fall of the Khmer Rouge, together with the 20th anniversary of Cambodian Living Arts.
Executive Director of Cambodian Living Arts, Phloeun PRIM said: “Personally, I can’t wait to see the outcome of the Unsung Heroes project. It reminds me of CLA’s own roots in the 1990s, working village by village to find the country’s remaining Master Artists, and help them to pass on their knowledge to the next generation. With young researchers now identifying those who have contributed so much, from every province, this project really reminds me of the effort, dedication and love for the arts that exists right across Cambodia. Without this, the transformation that the country has gone through over the past 40 years simply would not have been possible. “
From November 14-24, 2019, venues around the city will stage performances old and new; and host discussions, workshops, and exhibitions. Online screenings will allow people around Cambodia and around the world to experience the festival.
What to see
The 10-day Arts4Peace Festival is presenting FIVE precious programmes for your choice. Everyone is welcome to experience the new art platform to enhance knowledge on revolution of Khmer art.
Bangsokol, a Requiem for Cambodia: Happening at Chaktomuk Theatre, Bangsokol, a unique and moving symphonic production addressing the late 1970s in Cambodia as one of the famous performances attracting a lot of spectators in Europe. Now it’s coming home to Cambodia for the first time. This performance is composed by the senior musician Him Sophy.
Unsung Heroes of Cambodian culture: Many art lovers are spending their blood and sweat for many months to search for the 25 Unsung Heroes. Their documentaries will be showing at Institute of Foreign Language (IFL) and online.
Revival of Past Performances: When Phnom Penh is a melting pot for as-always-new-trends, many of its residents may find it very rare to see this kind of past performances. Given a stage at CJCC, the festival is brought to you by the Yike (traditional folk opera), Mak Theung (an 18th century love story) and so on.
New creative work: If nothing changes, four newly-created performances will take to the CJCC’s during the festival. With the two performance platforms, ‘K’dey Sromai’ (Dream) will be coming in a form of contemporary dance; while ‘Alone Again’, ‘Fortune Teller’ and ‘Chapei Man’ are the modern spoken theatre.
Discussion, Dialogue and Workshop: This are open sessions that will make IFL even more crowd-enduring. Aside from watching and experiencing the art performances, festival spectators can also find more knowledge from the discussion and workshop conducted by prominent members of the Cambodian arts community.
– Va Sonyka/ Additional reporting