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Street art launched to mark Singapore, Cambodia’s ties

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Culture Minister Phoeurng Sackona paints a picture on a wall at the Street Art Festival. KT/Khem Sovannara

The Singaporean Embassy in Cambodia on Saturday launched the street art festival to mark the 55th year of relationship between the Kingdom and Singapore.

The festival featured a slew of live entertainment, more than 20 food and beverages kiosks and mural drawings by Cambodia-based Canadian artist Fonki and Singaporean artist Yip Yew Chong.

The duo is known for their works which have graced the walls in many big cities in the world, including Montreal, London, Singapore and Phnom Penh.

They worked together to create 14-16 pieces of one-of-a-kind murals, on portable concrete slabs measuring 2.4 metres by 4.8 metres to 2.4 metres by 7 metres each, at the World Bridge Arena promenade along the Tonle Bassac river.

It will culminate in the unveiling of a combined mural on February 29, the final day, to depict the Singapore-Cambodia bilateral relations.

The event was presided by Singapore Ambassador to Cambodia Michael Tan and Culture Minister Phoeurng Sackona.

Ms Sackona said at the event, the Street Art Festival is part of the development of Cambodia contemporary arts and culture and it will boost relationship between the two countries.

“I do believe that this joint festival would contribute more to the promotion of mutual understanding and our people-to-people connectivity,” she said.

She added the event will enhance trust, mutual support, peace and development, the core value of diplomatic relationship between the two countries.

Mr Tan said the relationship between Cambodia and Singapore, which started in 1965, has remained strong.

“I’m very happy and proud the relationship has come to such a high, but I would like to think that the best is yet to come. We are on the upward trajectory for sure. We need to do whatever we can to continue the strong friendship and make sure that you continue on an upward trajectory,” he added.

“I’m hoping that this festival will give more opportunities for future collaborations,” Mr Tan added.

“Tourisim figures, trade, investment, people to people exchange, capacity building, sharing knowledge and experiences, are at an all time high.

Last year, Singapore’s investment was the fourth among the Foreign Direct Investment with about $21 million, while the visitor arrival was about 44,000.

Soo Siew Keong, director of Trade Engagement and new markets of Singapore Tourism Board, said on Saturday Cambodia is a fascinating destination for Singaporeans because it is rich in history.

“I wish that more activities like this will showcase different parts of your country so that Singaporeans will start to go to other parts of the country besides the usual iconic structures,” he added.

He said that Singaporeans should visit coastal provinces such as Kampot and Kep provinces.

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