Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) will be staging its first-ever Arts4peace Festival in Phnom Penh, with 10-day programme (Nov 14-24) at difference venues to celebrate Cambodia’s arts –past, present and future.
Speaking at a press conference last Friday (Oct 25) at Bophana Centre, director of CLA Prim Phloeun said that in conjunction with CLA’s 20th anniversary year, the Arts4peace Festival honours and celebrates the essential work done by three generations of artists to revive, transmit and develop the arts.
“All these years, artists have always been developing the arts in the country. So we want to thank and encourage them to continue with their contributions with art skill, especially young artists who are developing their talents,” said Mr Phloeun.
Mr Phloeun said they will also screen a film entitled ‘Where Elephants Weep’ which is the first Cambodian rock opera, and a stage show of BangSokol (tickets for entry), a symphonic performance showcasing the 1970s era in Cambodia.
The BangSokol stage show has toured Melbourne, New York, Boston and Paris and is coming home to Cambodia for the very first time. The Royal Premiere on Nov 22 (Friday) will be attended by His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni, the Patron of Cambodian Living Arts.
The Arts4peace Festival will include music, theatre, dance, workshops, exhibitions, discussions and more will take place at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center, the Institute of Foreign Languages/RUPP; Chaktomuk Theater; and the Institut français du Cambodge. Cambodian Living Arts will screen selected performances online so that they can be seen around the rest of Cambodia and the world.
Romdoul Lich Tek, ambassador of the festival, said she will be performing on stage to present the art of folding banana leaves and flower styles, tradition from the ancestral days.
“We not only perform fashion arts but also traditional handicraft of long ago that some young people may not know about anymore. For me, I will promote my arts to interest and attract the young,” Ms Romdoul said.
The Arts4peace Festival will also feature a concert by pop/hip-hop duo Kmeng Khmer together with the ‘Khmer Magic Music Bus’, teaming up to create an original song for the festival, on Nov 24 (Sunday) at IFL, starting at 7pm.
Thon Seyma, Artistic Production Manager (Co-Founder) of The Khmer Magic Music Bus, said she hoped more young people will join this festival so the younger generation can preserve this tradition and culture to keep it alive.
“We cooperate with young artists because we wanted to inspire to young people to know more about our own culture and tradition. Moreover, the songs made together with Kmeng Khmer will be a fusion of ancient Khmer traditional instruments and modern instruments,” said Ms Seyma.
Ms Seyma added that it is important for young people to know their own traditional and culture of arts. Moreover, she encourages more young people to learn of arts for conservation to the next generations.
For ticket, you can find: www.arts4peacefestival.com