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Singapore Embassy proposes street art festival

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Singapore Ambassador to Cambodia, Mr Michael Tan. YT/Srey Kumneth

The Ministry of Tourism and the Embassy of Singapore are considering organising a street art festival in Phnom Penh in February to mark the 55-year anniversary of diplomatic relations.

The festival would also aim to promote the Kingdom’s tourism industry.

In a meeting last week with Tourism Minister Thong Khon, Michael Tan, Singapore’s Ambassador to Cambodia, said he is seeking the support of Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts to organise the event.

“People would be able to attend performances by various artists and enjoy delicious food and drinks,” Mr Tan said, adding that the event could also be held in Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, and Battambang if the first edition proves successful.

The festival would give visitors the opportunity to witness the creation of large art projects while interacting with the artists, he said.

Tourism Minister Thong Khon welcomed the initiative and said it is similar to a similar event the ministry is working on.

“In some respects, this event would be similar to the Food Street Festival. Both would play an important role in helping us attract tourists from around the world,” Mr Khon said.

“I believe that the Street Art Festival will promote new tourist destinations in Cambodia and will help attract tourists,” Mr Khon said.

The ministry is currently organising the Food Street project which will bring together dozens of local food vendors in Kampot. The aim is to promote hygiene in the preparation of street treats and increase the number of international tourists.

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