Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 2 December, 2019

Greetings:

The 15th annual Angkor Photo Festival begins today, Tuesday 3,  in Siem Reap.  “The 2019 programme is filled with a quality line-up of guest artists, photographers and curators. For the five days of the public festival (3 – 7 December), the festival will host indoor and outdoor exhibitions, nightly slideshow projections, portfolio reviews, artist talks, panel discussions and workshops. This year, our programme features prominently the work and curatorial voices of our professional workshop alumni, such as Linh Pham and Ha Dao from the dynamic Vietnamese photography collective, Matca, who are curating two shows for this year’s edition – a slideshow projection on Vietnamese photography and an intimate print exhibition about Nguyen Van Chanh, a prominent photo studio founder and businessman. Along the riverside, alumni Senthil Kumaran (India) and Uma Bista (Nepal) present Tamed Tuskers and Our Songs from the Forest, respectively.”
2019 APFW Programme Booklet

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Wednesday 4, 7 pm at the French Institute, the next in the Dance a l’IFC  series, Storytelling, by Chumvan Sodhachivy (Belle). “In this new piece, the ingenious choreographer and iconic dancer Belle wishes to share with us the most beautiful stories and Khmer texts that have marked her chilhood and formative years.”
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Wednesday 4, 7 pm at Meta House, a performance of the theatre play I am a daughter by Cambodian author / poet / TV host Kim Dyna. “It follows a girl’s struggles to continue her education after graduating from primary school. The story line shows the protagonist’s path to higher education and finding a partner who is supportive of her goals and willing to wait for marriage. Over the course of its dozen vignettes, topics of women’s rights, family disapproval and domestic violence are discussed.“
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Thursday 5, 6 pm at Sra’Art (Sothearos Blvd),  the opening of a new exhibition, Apsaras and legends of Cambodia, a tribute to HRH Norodom Buppha Devi, with photographs by Arjay Stevens and paintings by Khun Kolkateka inspired not only by the Princess but by all legends of Cambodia.  “The photos will present a parallel between apsara dancers and the old sculptures of the Chenla era.”
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Thursday 5, 6.30 pm at the French Institute, the opening of a shared exhibition, Light and Life, featuring works by Philong Sovan and Clement Driend, both trained at the National School Louis Lumiere in Paris.  “They share a similar approach in the way they work by staging reality: spectacular projections for French artist Clement Briend, dramatisation of night scenes for Cambodian artist Philong Sovan.”
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Thursday 5, 7 pm Blind painting with Marika Els and Justin Wolfgang at Cloud.  “Can a painter and non-painter share a canvas blindfolded? Come join Marika and Justin as they find out. Audience participation is essential as it will be your job to hand us paint, tools, and give us guidance as we experiment with the process of making art collaboratively.”
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Friday 6, 6 pm at Sa Sa Art Projects, Possibility Transferring Passing, a graduation
exhibition for the second year of the Contemporary and Documentary Photography class of 2019.
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It’s panto time again, and this year the Phnom Penh Players present Cinderella at the Department of Performing Arts, with shows on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 at 7 pm, and a Sunday matinee at 11 am.  Tickets from  The Box Office – Phnom PenhKwest RestaurantLot 369 Cafe & Bar – TTP and Lot 369 Cafe & Bar – TTP.
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Sunday 8, KBach Arts presents KBach Bash, an all day party with street art murals, exhibitions, performances and the announcement of the winner of 2019 KBach Arts Competition by judges Chhim Sothy, Chhan Dina & Em Riem, MC’d by Kosal Kiev.
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Sunday 8, 4 pm at TorTim Gallery (Tuol Tom Pong, behind the Chinese Embassy), a conversation between artists Kol Kirivath, Mech Choulay, Sao Sreymao, Eng Rithchandaneth and Say Tola.  “This event is part of the public program of current exhibition Message in Mind, by Kol Kirivath, Chhun Kimly, Leng Kimsreang, Neang Chansorya, Prak Dalin, Mech Choulay, Mech Sereyrath, Lok Chanmakara, Sao Sreymao, and Eng Rithchandaneth currently on show through 31 Dec 2019.”   Khmer language event.

Every Monday, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
More info

Every Monday, 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm, Drink and Draw at La Kh’Mère Poulart, Siem Reap.
More info

Coming soon:

  • Our Story, a youth art showcase, at Bambu Stage in Siem Reap, December 15.  “Join us for an incredible evening filled with the works & performances of talented poets, painters, musicians, & artisans from PEPY, Genevieve’s Fair Trade Village, & Music For Everyone School to support PEPY’s Youth Empowerment Project- a PEPY initiative focused on providing rural Cambodian youth a place to develop soft skills, creativity, & confidence.”   Tickets are available at the door or in advance at New Leaf Eatery and Treeline Urban Resort.

For a more rock’n’roll view of Phnom Penh and the wider Cambodian music scene, please check out our sister publication lengpleng.com, the long running (now over ten years) live music gig guide.

Note: we are now accepting donations for the on-going work of Kumnooh, which can be made either via payment to fabianhipp@kumnooh.com at Paypal, or alternatively in cash which can be arranged by emailing to the same address. Your small contributions will help continue our free and advertising free service into the great, wide future of contemporary arts in Cambodia.

Are we missing something?  Let us know at fabianhipp@kumnooh.com.

See you about…

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com


In brief: new and returning…


The 15th annual Angkor Photo Festival begins today, Tuesday 3,  in Siem Reap, through until Saturday 7.
2019 APFW Programme Booklet

Wednesday 4, 7 pm at the French Institute, the next in the Dance a l’IFC  series, Storytelling, by Chumvan Sodhachivy (Belle).
More info

Wednesday 4, 7 pm at Meta House, a performance of the theatre play I am a daughter by Cambodian author / poet / TV host Kim Dyna.
More info

Thursday 5, 6 pm at Sra’Art (Sothearos Blvd), the opening of a new exhibition, Apsaras and legends of Cambodia, a tribute to HRH Norodom Buppha Devi, with photographs by Arjay Stevens and paintings by Khun Kolkateka.
More info  

Thursday 5, 6.30 pm at the French Institute, the opening of a shared exhibition, Light and Life, featuring works by Philong Sovan and Clement Driend, both trained at the National School Louis Lumiere in Paris.
More info

Thursday 5, 7 pm Blind painting with Marika Els and Justin Wolfgang at Cloud.
More info

Friday 6, 6 pm at Sa Sa Art Projects, Possibility Transferring Passing, a graduation
exhibition for the second year of the Contemporary and Documentary Photography class of 2019.
More info

Friday 6 and Saturday 7 at 7 pm, and a Sunday matinee at 11 am, the Phnom Penh Players present Cinderella at the Department of Performing Arts.
More info

Sunday 8, KBach Arts presents KBach Bash, an all day party with street art murals, exhibitions, performances and the announcement of the winner of 2019 KBach Arts Competition.
More info

Sunday 8, 4 pm at TorTim Gallery (Tuol Tom Pong, behind the Chinese Embassy), a conversation between artists Kol Kirivath, Mech Choulay, Sao Sreymao, Eng Rithchandaneth and Say Tola.  Khmer language event.

Every Monday, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
More info

Every Monday, 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm, Drink and Draw at La Kh’Mère Poulart, Siem Reap.
More info


Ongoing…. exhibitions, dance performances and others


Exhibitions:  

TorTim Art Gallery & Café presents a group exhibition Message in Mind showcasing feminist photography.  “Message in Mind presents new works by ten young female artists who are interested in photography by creating their own scenes of experiences, exploring the issues that they encountered and experienced in their families, including observation of what happened to women in general and women of impact in Cambodian society today.  Until 31 December.
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At Meta House, Enemies of Reason, a photographic exhibition by leading jazz album cover photographer Thomas Wunsch, featuring abstract works shot in Phnom Penh.
More info

At Bophana Center, Endless Patience, a photographic exhibition showcases the new work of Cambodian artists Tha Linda, Khuon Viset and To Malinda.  “These young artists collaborated to create a photo exhibition which encourages the audiences to think more of the reasons why a woman decides to tolerate with her abusive spouse or partner.  At the launch, there will also be a screening and a panel discussion about Challenges and change for women and families.
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Mirage Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap, celebrating their third anniversary, host the Our Village by documentary photographer Roun Ry.  “The Artist will deliver a talk on January 18, 2020 and in February MIRAGE Contemporary Art Space will present a free photography workshop with photographer Serey Siv, co-founder and director.”

More info

At Bong Bong Bong on St 240 ½ on Saturday 16, from 7 pm, New Tradition, the first Cambodian exhibition of Bangkok-based illustrator Nut Praditsilp, aka Nutdub.

More info

 

At Bong the Gallery, Dark Matter, an exhibition featuring works by Douglas Victor, textured and abstract paintings on canvas.  “Dark matter, a component of the universe whose presence is discerned from its gravitational attraction rather than its luminosity,and we don’t know its nature yet.   Currently many experiments around the world are searching for dark matter and we hope that in the near future we will solve the mystery of dark matter and understand its properties.”

More info

At House of Scott, Standing Rubble, an exhibition by Rena Chheang in collaboration with Limhay Chhum showcasing Phnom Penh in two contrasting points of view: characteristic colonial buildings and complex futuristic representations.
More info

At TRIBE Cambodia in Siem Reap, The Space Between, the debut solo exhibition of linocuts by Morn Chear, presented by Open Studio Cambodia. “Drawn free-hand and then meticulously chiseled, Morn’s images playfully depict everyday scenes from his personal life: his wife washes the laundry by hand, a dog takes a nap in the alley, fish grill on a small barbecue, he rides his motorbike into the distance.”
More info

At Batia Sarem in Siem Reap, How do I look?, an exhibition of portraits by photographer Sovan Philong Sovan Philong will show an intense series based on portraits in our gallery in Siem Reap. As in all his works, Philong uses light to renew the portrait genre and therefore the way one can really look at people and reveal their true self.”
More info

At Java Independence, the exhibition The dead eye and the deep blue sea, featuring artwork from a graphic memoir by Vannak Anan Prum. “The drawings are selected from the book, a graphic novel that tells his incredible story of surviving slavery in the regional fishing and agricultural industries. Vannak is a self-taught artist and his illustrative skills allowed him to gain favor with other people he was forced to live and work with by giving them tattoos. More importantly, thanks to his photographic memory he was able to draw his experiences in detail when he arrived home four years later. At first, he made the drawings to offer proof to his family in the only way he could. Later he decided to share his story publicly, leading to the publication of the graphic novel, further exposing the harsh realities of modern-day slavery.”
More info

KBach ArtSpace at Factory Phnom Penh, as part of their KBach Arts Competition 2019, are showing finalists in last year’s competition and a judges’ gallery as well as their regular collection.
More info

At the Kampot Art Gallery, Kampot: The Changing Landscape. “Neak Sophal and Kong Vollak have created a unique exhibition looking at Kampot and the impact of past, present and future.”
More info

Elegy: Reflections on Angkor by John McDermott. The award-winning American photographer maintains his strong presence on the Siem Reap art scene with his mesmerizing monochromatic fine art images of Angkor taken between 1995-2014. Now exhibiting in two McDermott Galleries located at FCC Angkor and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
More info

Dance:

New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap present weekly performances of contemporary dance every Saturday.
More info

Every Thursday and Friday, 6.30 pm at Counterspace Theatre, Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong, the dance company Sophiline Arts Ensemble presents performances of Cambodian dance. “Featuring a stellar cast dressed in fanciful costumes, The Lives of Giants is a contemporary meditation on bullying, cycles of violence, and the responsibilities of wielding power.” Tickets $18.
More info

Saturdays and Sundays, 6.30 pm at Counterspace Theatre, Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong, Prumsodun Ok and NATYARASA present performances of Vajramala – Spirit of Khmer Dance. Tickets $25.
More info

Dance Academy Cambodia has a wide range of dance classes through the week at Urban Tower, 5th Floor, #20 Street 51 (opposite Blue Dog, near The Place).
More info

The Traditional Dance Show, presented by Cambodian Living Arts, takes place at the National Museum stage. The hour-long performance showcases classical and folk dances from across Cambodia, including the famous Apsara. Every night Monday-Saturday (October-April) and every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (May to September).
More info

Every Monday Dance Flow, an improvisation and partnering workshop led by Eric Ellul at Nataraj Yoga, #52 St. 302.  Donation-based sessions, 6.30 – 8.15 pm.

More info

Other:

The Kok Thlok arts organisation is presenting twice weekly shadow puppet and Khmer theatre performances at the National Library, St 61, every Friday and Sunday at 6.30 pm. Kok Thlok are offering a membership card, with an annual fee of $30, that provides unlimited access (including for family members or two friends) to the rolling programme planned over the next four years to present the 24 forms of traditional theatre.
More info

N o w h e r e Gallery presents frequent workshops such as Self Portrait Acrylic on Canvas, Bookbinding for beginners and Brush lettering for beginners. Bookings always essential, spaces limited. Mostly Saturdays and Sundays although occasionally midweek.

The theatrical group the Francophone Troupe of Phnom Penh is holding a theatre workshops at 6.30 pm every Wednesday at Restaurant 63 Bassac, on St 308. Sessions are in French but perfect French is not required. $10/session (2 hours).
More info

Every Saturday at 5 pm, Bophana Center presents Cine Saturday. Programme changes every week, across a wide range of cinema experiences.
More info

Most Sundays (and occasionally Saturdays) Khmer Architecture Tours presents a range of the architectural wonders of Phnom Penh. 8.30 am start, reservations essential.
More info

Performing arts courses at Brighton International School (#79 street 310) for ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 11 – singing, dancing, acting, every Saturday.
More info

Art programmes for children from three years old and up is now underway at Ocarina School led by a certified art teacher, Océane. “Ocarina is the first and only French-speaking activities center offering French standard after-school music and art curriculums for children from 6 months to 17 years old.”
More info

A weekly gathering on Thursday night at Number 26 Art Shop Gallery on St 118, just off the riverside, 7 pm – 10 pm, with monthly changes of exhibitions, a place to exchange ideas.
More info

 

 

Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 26 November, 2019

Greetings:

Tonight, Tuesday 26, 6 pm at Meta House, the opening of Enemies of Reason, a photographic exhibition by leading jazz album cover photographer Thomas Wunsch, featuring abstract works shot in Phnom Penh. An artist talk will follow on Wednesday 27 at 7 pm.  “The photographs of Thomas Wunsch depict many different subjects and by making those subjects abstract – beyond recognition – he confers them a special aesthetic value. His photographs have a magical and mysterious quality and they are also very rhythmic.”
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Also tonight from 7 pm at Cloud, and then Wednesday 26 at Java Creative Café (Tuol Tom Pong) HipHopEra presents PopUpPoetry, “a gathering of writers and wordsmiths, creatives and poets, coming together to bring to you a performance of a lifetime with prose, verse, storytelling, and spoken word.”  Performers include Kosal Khiev (Cambodia) Scott Wings (Australia), Jessica Faye (Indonesia), The Intitial G (India/Cambodia), S-Dolla (Cambodia), Carlos Rodrigues (South Africa), Chansonich “Jane” Teck (Cambodia) and Andy Duggen (UK).
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On Thursday 28, from 6 pm, an artist talk by Opoku Mensah (in Khmer with English translation) at Sa Sa Art Projects. “Mensah graduated from École Nationale Supérieure Beaux-Arts in 2017. He has since participated in the Post Graduate Residency at the Van Eyck Academie and been a guest lecturer in the department of sculpture at the University of Chiang Mai. He has taken part in numerous group exhibitions, notably the 1st Lagos Biennial for Contemporary Art Living on the Edge, Afriques Capitales at La Grande Halle de la Villette, and the Biennale of Dakar, International Exposition for Contemporary African Art. He had his first solo show Incantations Encounters at Chiang Mai University Art Gallery in 2018.”
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On Friday 29 at Mirage Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap, celebrating their third anniversary, host the opeining of Our Village by documentary photographer Roun Ry.  “The Artist will deliver a talk on January 18, 2020 and in February MIRAGE Contemporary Art Space will present a free photography workshop with photographer Serey Siv, co-founder and director.”  From 6 pm.
More info

On Saturday 30, at Futures Factory, the launch of Body Narratives, “a curated program of exhibitions, performances and talks exploring topics of body image, gender identity and sexuality. It is centered around the works of young Cambodian artists who utilize aesthetic tools to challenge social norms and propose openness and acceptance as the new standard.”    Figure, an exhibition by Tyl Kan and Sana Oung Ty, in the Creative Generation Gallery (restricted 18+), and In the Garden of My Own Making, a light box mural by Chau Sotort Bormin in the courtyard.  From 6 pm.
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On Saturday 30, Musica Felice present their annual open air charity concert at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, 5 pm.  “A special blend of traditional, classical and contemporary music for your enjoyment.”  Tickets are available from Sofitel and Socials Coffee.
More info

In Siem Reap, the new Tribe Art Cambodia gallery at FCC Angkor continues activities to mark its launch – every week Thursdays – Saturdays for the rest of November.  From 7 pm.
More info

Every Monday, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
More info

Every Monday, 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm, Drink and Draw at La Kh’Mère Poulart, Siem Reap.
More info

Registrations are now open for Brighton Stage Term 2 performing and theatre arts classes for children 4 – 16 years old.

Coming soon:

  • The next in the Dance a l’IFC  series, Storytelling, by Chumvan Sodhachivy (Belle), on December 4.
  • Blind painting with Marika Els and Justin Wolfgang at Cloud, December 5 

For a more rock’n’roll view of Phnom Penh and the wider Cambodian music scene, please check out our sister publication lengpleng.com, the long running live music gig guide.

Note: we are now accepting donations for the on-going work of Kumnooh, which can be made either via payment to fabianhipp@kumnooh.com at Paypal, or alternatively in cash which can be arranged by emailing to the same address. Your small contributions will help continue our free and advertising free service into the great, wide future of contemporary arts in Cambodia.

Are we missing something?  Let us know at fabianhipp@kumnooh.com.

See you about…

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com


In brief: new and returning…


Starting Tuesday 26 at Bophana Center, Endless Patience, a photographic English showcases the new work of Cambodian artists Tha Linda, Khuon Viset and To Malinda, with an official launch on Thursday 28 from 5.30 pm.
More info

Tuesday 26, 6 pm at Meta House, the opening of Enemies of Reason, a photographic exhibition by leading jazz album cover photographer Thomas Wunsch, featuring abstract works shot in Phnom Penh.
More info

Tuesday 26, 7 pm at Cloud, HipHopEra presents PopUpPoetry, “a gathering of writers and wordsmiths, creatives and poets, coming together to bring to you a performance of a lifetime with prose, verse, storytelling, and spoken word.”
More info

Wednesday 27, 7 pm at Meta House, artist talk by Thomas Wunsch as part of Enemies of Reason, a photographic exhibition.
More info

Wednesday 27, 7pm at Java Creative Café HipHopEra presents PopUpPoetry, “a gathering of writers and wordsmiths, creatives and poets, coming together to bring to you a performance of a lifetime with prose, verse, storytelling, and spoken word.”
More info

Thursday 28, 6 pm, at Sa Sa Art Projects, an artist talk by Opoku Mensah.
More info
Thursday – Saturday, 7 pm, the new Tribe Art Cambodia gallery at FCC Angkor in Siem Reap continues activities to mark its launch.
More info

Friday 29, 6 pm at Mirage Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap, the opening of Our Village by documentary photographer Roun Ry.
More info

Saturday 30, 6 pm at Futures Factory, the launch of Body Narratives, “a curated program of exhibitions, performances and talks exploring topics of body image, gender identity and sexuality.” Figure, an exhibition by Tyl Kan and Sana Oung Ty, and In the Garden of My Own Making, a light box mural by Chau Sotort Bormin.
More info

Every Monday, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
More info

Every Monday, 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm, Drink and Draw at La Kh’Mère Poulart, Siem Reap.
More info


Ongoing…. exhibitions, dance performances and others


Exhibitions:  

At Bong Bong Bong on St 240 ½ on Saturday 16, from 7 pm, New Tradition, the first Cambodian exhibition of Bangkok-based illustrator Nut Praditsilp, aka Nutdub.
More info

At Bong the Gallery, Dark Matter, an exhibition featuring works by Douglas Victor, textured and abstract paintings on canvas.  “Dark matter, a component of the universe whose presence is discerned from its gravitational attraction rather than its luminosity,and we don’t know its nature yet.   Currently many experiments around the world are searching for dark matter and we hope that in the near future we will solve the mystery of dark matter and understand its properties.”
More info

At House of Scott, Standing Rubble, an exhibition by Rena Chheang in collaboration with Limhay Chhum showcasing Phnom Penh in two contrasting points of view: characteristic colonial buildings and complex futuristic representations.
More info

At TRIBE Cambodia in Siem Reap, The Space Between, the debut solo exhibition of linocuts by Morn Chear, presented by Open Studio Cambodia. “Drawn free-hand and then meticulously chiseled, Morn’s images playfully depict everyday scenes from his personal life: his wife washes the laundry by hand, a dog takes a nap in the alley, fish grill on a small barbecue, he rides his motorbike into the distance.”
More info

At Batia Sarem in Siem Reap, How do I look?, an exhibition of portraits by photographer Sovan Philong Sovan Philong will show an intense series based on portraits in our gallery in Siem Reap. As in all his works, Philong uses light to renew the portrait genre and therefore the way one can really look at people and reveal their true self.”
More info

At Java Independence, the exhibition The dead eye and the deep blue sea, featuring artwork from a graphic memoir by Vannak Anan Prum. “The drawings are selected from the book, a graphic novel that tells his incredible story of surviving slavery in the regional fishing and agricultural industries. Vannak is a self-taught artist and his illustrative skills allowed him to gain favor with other people he was forced to live and work with by giving them tattoos. More importantly, thanks to his photographic memory he was able to draw his experiences in detail when he arrived home four years later. At first, he made the drawings to offer proof to his family in the only way he could. Later he decided to share his story publicly, leading to the publication of the graphic novel, further exposing the harsh realities of modern-day slavery.”
More info

KBach ArtSpace at Factory Phnom Penh, as part of their KBach Arts Competition 2019, are showing finalists in last year’s competition and a judges’ gallery as well as their regular collection.
More info

At the Kampot Art Gallery, Kampot: The Changing Landscape. “Neak Sophal and Kong Vollak have created a unique exhibition looking at Kampot and the impact of past, present and future.”
More info

Elegy: Reflections on Angkor by John McDermott. The award-winning American photographer maintains his strong presence on the Siem Reap art scene with his mesmerizing monochromatic fine art images of Angkor taken between 1995-2014. Now exhibiting in two McDermott Galleries located at FCC Angkor and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
More info

Dance:

New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap present weekly performances of contemporary dance every Saturday.
More info

Every Thursday and Friday, 6.30 pm at Counterspace Theatre, Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong, the dance company Sophiline Arts Ensemble presents performances of Cambodian dance. “Featuring a stellar cast dressed in fanciful costumes, The Lives of Giants is a contemporary meditation on bullying, cycles of violence, and the responsibilities of wielding power.” Tickets $18.
More info

Saturdays and Sundays, 6.30 pm at Counterspace Theatre, Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong, Prumsodun Ok and NATYARASA present performances of Vajramala – Spirit of Khmer Dance. Tickets $25.
More info

Dance Academy Cambodia has a wide range of dance classes through the week at Urban Tower, 5th Floor, #20 Street 51 (opposite Blue Dog, near The Place).
More info

The Traditional Dance Show, presented by Cambodian Living Arts, takes place at the National Museum stage. The hour-long performance showcases classical and folk dances from across Cambodia, including the famous Apsara. Every night Monday-Saturday (October-April) and every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (May to September).
More info

Every Monday Dance Flow, an improvisation and partnering workshop led by Eric Ellul at Nataraj Yoga, #52 St. 302.  Donation-based sessions, 6.30 – 8.15 pm.

More info

Other:

The Kok Thlok arts organisation is presenting twice weekly shadow puppet and Khmer theatre performances at the National Library, St 61, every Friday and Sunday at 6.30 pm. Kok Thlok are offering a membership card, with an annual fee of $30, that provides unlimited access (including for family members or two friends) to the rolling programme planned over the next four years to present the 24 forms of traditional theatre.
More info

N o w h e r e Gallery presents frequent workshops such as Self Portrait Acrylic on Canvas, Bookbinding for beginners and Brush lettering for beginners. Bookings always essential, spaces limited. Mostly Saturdays and Sundays although occasionally midweek.

The theatrical group the Francophone Troupe of Phnom Penh is holding a theatre workshops at 6.30 pm every Wednesday at Restaurant 63 Bassac, on St 308. Sessions are in French but perfect French is not required. $10/session (2 hours).
More info

Every Saturday at 5 pm, Bophana Center presents Cine Saturday. Programme changes every week, across a wide range of cinema experiences.
More info

Most Sundays (and occasionally Saturdays) Khmer Architecture Tours presents a range of the architectural wonders of Phnom Penh. 8.30 am start, reservations essential.
More info

Performing arts courses at Brighton International School (#79 street 310) for ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 11 – singing, dancing, acting, every Saturday.
More info

Art programmes for children from three years old and up is now underway at Ocarina School led by a certified art teacher, Océane. “Ocarina is the first and only French-speaking activities center offering French standard after-school music and art curriculums for children from 6 months to 17 years old.”
More info

A weekly gathering on Thursday night at Number 26 Art Shop Gallery on St 118, just off the riverside, 7 pm – 10 pm, with monthly changes of exhibitions, a place to exchange ideas.
More info

 

 

Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 19 November, 2019

Greetings:

Tomorrow, Wednesday 20, the third year anniversary meeting of the Literati Society of Phnom Penh, with a range of readers on a variety of subjects, at Villa Grange, St 244.  From 7 pm.

The fourth edition of the Kampot Readers & Writers Festival commences Thursday 21, 4 pm at Java Bleu then from 7 pm at KAMA.   “Launched in 2015, the Kampot Readers & Writers Festival brings four days of literary discussions, poetry readings, art exhibitions, concerts and creative workshops to Kampot each November.”
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As part of the Arts4Peace Festival, on Thursday 21 at 6.30 pm, Friday 22 at 6 pm and Saturday 23 at 2.30 pm at Chaktomuk Theatre, performances of Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia, “a multi-disciplinary stage production combining music, film, movement and voice.   Him Sophy’s composition embraces musical traditions from both Cambodia and the West, while Rithy Panh’s poetic visuals tell the story of Cambodia’s tragedy.  Bangsokol hopes to serve as an inspiration for post-conflict societies around the world – to rebuild, transmit and innovate through arts. It offers a space for healing for those who have suffered violent conflict and forced migration, and honors those who have passed away.”
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Thursday 21, 9 pm at Meta House, WIRED, a monthly event of sound and visual experiments featuring Coldcat.  “Join our community of artists and learn, create and play with us with sound devices, video processors and more. An Audio Visual setup at Meta House, a platform where you can get a better understanding of sound design, synthesis and video manipulation.”
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On Saturdays until the end of the year, Meta House is offering a six-week series of children’s art workshops – at 11 am for 5 – 9 year olds and 1.30 pm for 10 – 16 year olds.
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Saturday 23, 5 pm at Bophana Center, a screening of Preah Thong and Neang Neak, a filmed performance of a dance choreographed by Princess Norodom Buppha Devi and performed on stage by the Royal Ballet of Cambodia at Chaktomuk Theatre.
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Also Saturday 23, 5 pm at Meta House, in celebration of Virtual Reality Day, the opening of Cambodia’s first live VR painting demo and collaborative art exhibition as part of Svay Sanuch’s Paint4Peace initiative. “A live Tilt Brush painting performance incorporating virtual and mixed reality will be presented by Mr. Svay, together with select members of the audience.”
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The 10th annual Phnom Penh Photo Festival continues at multiple locations, including Bophana Center and Futures Factory.  “An important intercultural exchange between European and Asian photographers, Photo Phnom Penh remains the major photography rendez-vous in South-East Asia.”
More info

In Siem Reap, the new Tribe Art Cambodia gallery at FCC Angkor continues activities to mark its launch – every week Thursdays – Saturdays for the rest of November.  From 7 pm.
More info

Every Monday, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
More info

Every Monday, 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm, Drink and Draw at La Kh’Mère Poulart, Siem Reap.
More info

Registrations are now open for Brighton Stage Term 2 performing and theatre arts classes for children 4 – 16 years old.

Coming soon:

  • Enemies of Reason, a photographic exhibition by Thomas Wunsch, at Meta House on November 26, with artist talk on November 27.
  • Our Village by documentary photographer Roun Ry at Mirage Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap, opening November 29 for their third anniversary.

For a more rock’n’roll view of Phnom Penh and the wider Cambodian music scene, please check out our sister publication lengpleng.com, the long running live music gig guide.

Note: we are now accepting donations for the on-going work of Kumnooh, which can be made either via payment to fabianhipp@kumnooh.com at Paypal, or alternatively in cash which can be arranged by emailing to the same address. Your small contributions will help continue our free and advertising free service into the great, wide future of contemporary arts in Cambodia.

Are we missing something?  Let us know at fabianhipp@kumnooh.com.

See you about…

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com


In brief: new and returning…


The 10th annual Phnom Penh Photo Festival continues at multiple locations, including Bophana Center and Futures Factory.
More info

Wednesday 20, 7 pm at Villa Grange, the third year anniversary meeting of the Literati Society of Phnom Penh.

Wednesday 20Saturday 23, the fourth edition of the Kampot Readers & Writers Festival.
More info

Thursday 21 at 6.30 pm, Friday 22 at 6 pm and Saturday 23 at 2.30 pm at Chaktomuk Theatre, performances of Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia.
More info

Thursday 21, 9 pm at Meta House, WIRED, a monthly event of sound and visual experiments featuring Coldcat.
More info

Saturdays until the end of the year at Meta House, a series of children’s art workshops
More info

Saturday 23, 5 pm at Bophana Center, a screening of Preah Thong and Neang Neak, a filmed performance of a dance choreographed by Princess Norodom Buppha Devi.
More info

Saturday 23, 5 pm at Meta House, in celebration of Virtual Reality Day, the opening of Cambodia’s first live VR painting demo and collaborative art exhibition as part of Svay Sanuch’s Paint4Peace initiative.
More info

In Siem Reap, the new Tribe Art Cambodia gallery at FCC Angkor continues activities to mark its launch – every week Thursdays – Saturdays for the rest of November.  From 7 pm.
More info

Monday 25, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
More info

Monday 25, 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm, Drink and Draw at La Kh’Mère Poulart, Siem Reap.
More info


Ongoing…. exhibitions, dance performances and others


Exhibitions:  

Arts4Peace FestivalUnsung Heroes, an art installation by TAN Vatey, Sinta WIBOWO and TAN Sokharin; Hidden Dancer, a presentation of Cambodian classical dance through archival footage filmed from the 1890s until today; and 25 Cambodian Contemporary Photographers,  curated by Christian CAUJOLLE in partnership with PPP 2019.  The first two exhibitions will transfer to Chaktomuk Theatre for 21-23 November, while the third will show through until 30 November at Sisowath High School.  This is only a small part of the wideranging festival – concerts, dance, opera, discussions and workshops – with events on offer through until Sunday 24.
More info

At Bong Bong Bong on St 240 ½ on Saturday 16, from 7 pm, New Tradition, the first Cambodian exhibition of Bangkok-based illustrator Nut Praditsilp, aka Nutdub.
More info

At Bong the Gallery, Dark Matter, an exhibition featuring works by Douglas Victor, textured and abstract paintings on canvas.  “Dark matter, a component of the universe whose presence is discerned from its gravitational attraction rather than its luminosity,and we don’t know its nature yet.   Currently many experiments around the world are searching for dark matter and we hope that in the near future we will solve the mystery of dark matter and understand its properties.”
More info

At House of Scott, Standing Rubble, an exhibition by Rena Chheang in collaboration with Limhay Chhum showcasing Phnom Penh in two contrasting points of view: characteristic colonial buildings and complex futuristic representations.
More info

At Sa Sa Art Projects, Ricefield Mirages, a solo exhibition by Chea Sereyroth.  “The role of rice is fundamental to Cambodian culture. From time immemorial, seasonal demands of its cultivation have dominated peoples’ lives, yet nurtured souls.  With the perspective of a child brought up in the country tilling rice, before having to leave for studying and working in the city, the artist offers eight artworks.”  Until November 27.

At Mirage Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap, Her Sounds, a multimedia research project and exhibition by photographer Neak Sophal and ethnomusicologist Emily Howe, “celebrating the passion, persistence, and power of Cambodia’s women artists through image, sound, and story.”  Until November 25.
More info

At TRIBE Cambodia in Siem Reap, The Space Between, the debut solo exhibition of linocuts by Morn Chear, presented by Open Studio Cambodia. “Drawn free-hand and then meticulously chiseled, Morn’s images playfully depict everyday scenes from his personal life: his wife washes the laundry by hand, a dog takes a nap in the alley, fish grill on a small barbecue, he rides his motorbike into the distance.”
More info

At Batia Sarem in Siem Reap, How do I look?, an exhibition of portraits by photographer Sovan Philong Sovan Philong will show an intense series based on portraits in our gallery in Siem Reap. As in all his works, Philong uses light to renew the portrait genre and therefore the way one can really look at people and reveal their true self.”
More info

At Java Independence, the exhibition The dead eye and the deep blue sea, featuring artwork from a graphic memoir by Vannak Anan Prum. “The drawings are selected from the book, a graphic novel that tells his incredible story of surviving slavery in the regional fishing and agricultural industries. Vannak is a self-taught artist and his illustrative skills allowed him to gain favor with other people he was forced to live and work with by giving them tattoos. More importantly, thanks to his photographic memory he was able to draw his experiences in detail when he arrived home four years later. At first, he made the drawings to offer proof to his family in the only way he could. Later he decided to share his story publicly, leading to the publication of the graphic novel, further exposing the harsh realities of modern-day slavery.”
More info

KBach ArtSpace at Factory Phnom Penh, as part of their KBach Arts Competition 2019, are showing finalists in last year’s competition and a judges’ gallery as well as their regular collection.
More info

At the Kampot Art Gallery, Kampot: The Changing Landscape. “Neak Sophal and Kong Vollak have created a unique exhibition looking at Kampot and the impact of past, present and future.”
More info

Elegy: Reflections on Angkor by John McDermott. The award-winning American photographer maintains his strong presence on the Siem Reap art scene with his mesmerizing monochromatic fine art images of Angkor taken between 1995-2014. Now exhibiting in two McDermott Galleries located at FCC Angkor and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
More info

Dance:

New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap present weekly performances of contemporary dance every Saturday.
More info

Every Thursday and Friday, 6.30 pm at Counterspace Theatre, Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong, the dance company Sophiline Arts Ensemble presents performances of Cambodian dance. “Featuring a stellar cast dressed in fanciful costumes, The Lives of Giants is a contemporary meditation on bullying, cycles of violence, and the responsibilities of wielding power.” Tickets $18.
More info

Saturdays and Sundays, 6.30 pm at Counterspace Theatre, Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong, Prumsodun Ok and NATYARASA present performances of Vajramala – Spirit of Khmer Dance. Tickets $25.
More info

Dance Academy Cambodia has a wide range of dance classes through the week at Urban Tower, 5th Floor, #20 Street 51 (opposite Blue Dog, near The Place).
More info

The Traditional Dance Show, presented by Cambodian Living Arts, takes place at the National Museum stage. The hour-long performance showcases classical and folk dances from across Cambodia, including the famous Apsara. Every night Monday-Saturday (October-April) and every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (May to September).
More info

Every Monday Dance Flow, an improvisation and partnering workshop led by Eric Ellul at Nataraj Yoga, #52 St. 302.  Donation-based sessions, 6.30 – 8.15 pm.

More info

Other:

The Kok Thlok arts organisation is presenting twice weekly shadow puppet and Khmer theatre performances at the National Library, St 61, every Friday and Sunday at 6.30 pm. Kok Thlok are offering a membership card, with an annual fee of $30, that provides unlimited access (including for family members or two friends) to the rolling programme planned over the next four years to present the 24 forms of traditional theatre.
More info

N o w h e r e Gallery presents frequent workshops such as Self Portrait Acrylic on Canvas, Bookbinding for beginners and Brush lettering for beginners. Bookings always essential, spaces limited. Mostly Saturdays and Sundays although occasionally midweek.

The theatrical group the Francophone Troupe of Phnom Penh is holding a theatre workshops at 6.30 pm every Wednesday at Restaurant 63 Bassac, on St 308. Sessions are in French but perfect French is not required. $10/session (2 hours).
More info

Every Saturday at 5 pm, Bophana Center presents Cine Saturday. Programme changes every week, across a wide range of cinema experiences.
More info

Most Sundays (and occasionally Saturdays) Khmer Architecture Tours presents a range of the architectural wonders of Phnom Penh. 8.30 am start, reservations essential.
More info

Performing arts courses at Brighton International School (#79 street 310) for ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 11 – singing, dancing, acting, every Saturday.
More info

Art programmes for children from three years old and up is now underway at Ocarina School led by a certified art teacher, Océane. “Ocarina is the first and only French-speaking activities center offering French standard after-school music and art curriculums for children from 6 months to 17 years old.”
More info

A weekly gathering on Thursday night at Number 26 Art Shop Gallery on St 118, just off the riverside, 7 pm – 10 pm, with monthly changes of exhibitions, a place to exchange ideas.
More info

 

 

Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 12 November, 2019

Greetings:

The 10th annual Phnom Penh Photo Festival continues at multiple locations, including Bophana Center and Futures Factory.  “An important intercultural exchange between European and Asian photographers, Photo Phnom Penh remains the major photography rendez-vous in South-East Asia.”
More info

Thursday 14, from 2 pm at the French Institute, the opening of three exhibitions as part of the Arts4Peace FestivalUnsung Heroes, an art installation by TAN Vatey, Sinta WIBOWO and TAN Sokharin; Hidden Dancer, a presentation of Cambodian classical dance through archival footage filmed from the 1890s until today; and 25 Cambodian Contemporary Photographers, curated by Christian CAUJOLLE in partnership with PPP 2019.  The first two exhibitions will transfer to Chaktomuk Theatre for 21-23 November, while the third will show through until 30 November at Sisowath High School.  This is only a small part of the wideranging festival – concerts, dance, opera, discussions and workshops – with events on offer from tomorrow through until 24 November.   Also on Thursday 14, the opening night at the Cambodian-Japanese Co-operation Centre:  “Three generations of Smot chanters and Chapei players sharing one stage, a touching representation of the journey of transmission, transition and transformation of Cambodia’s arts over the past 40 years.   Forbidden Rhythms, performed by Medha, presents the aspirations, experiences and relationships of a group of young Cambodian women, through traditional art forms with a modern twist.”
More info

For something different, on Friday 15 Cloud hosts sound artist, live performer, composer and DJ L~N, who “performs improvised live sets from vinyl samples, found sounds, acoustic instruments, analog and digital synthesizers. His music oscillates from ambient, abstract textures to melodic noise soundscapes and poly rhythmic beats. All his sets are unique and product of the environment.”   From 9 pm.
More info

This weekend Common Sole presents works in progress at their new home in Java Creative Café’s theatre in Toul Tom Poung.  “They welcome the public to join them for a series of open stage events featuring works in progress and exploring the process of performance, dance, and theater developed from their distinct improvisational and experimental methodology. Performances in French and English.   Email to reserve seats in advance : imprudanz@gmail.com.
More info

At Bong Bong Bong on St 240 ½ on Saturday 16, from 7 pm, New Tradition, the first Cambodian exhibition of Bangkok-based illustrator Nut Praditsilp, aka Nutdub.
More info

In Siem Reap, the new Tribe Art Cambodia gallery at FCC Angkor continues activities to mark its launch – every week Thursdays – Saturdays for the rest of November.  From 7 pm.
More info

For a more rock’n’roll view of Phnom Penh and the wider Cambodian music scene, please check out our sister publication lengpleng.com, the long running live music gig guide.

Note: we are now accepting donations for the on-going work of Kumnooh, which can be made either via payment to fabianhipp@kumnooh.com at Paypal, or alternatively in cash which can be arranged by emailing to the same address. Your small contributions will help continue our free and advertising free service into the great, wide future of contemporary arts in Cambodia.

Are we missing something?  Let us know at fabianhipp@kumnooh.com.

See you about…

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com


In brief: new and returning…


The 10th annual Phnom Penh Photo Festival continues at multiple locations, including Bophana Center and Futures Factory.
More info

Thursday 14, from 2 pm at the French Institute, the opening of three exhibitions as part of the Arts4Peace Festival, and from 7 pm, the opening night concert at the Cambodian-Japanese Co-operation Centre.
More info

Friday 15, 9 pm Cloud hosts sound artist, live performer, composer and DJ L~N.
More info

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17, Common Sole presents works in progress at their new home in Java Creative Café’s theater in Toul Tom Poung.
More info

Saturday 16,  7pm at Bong Bong Bong on St 240 ½, New Tradition, the first Cambodian exhibition of Bangkok-based illustrator Nut Praditsilp, aka Nutdub.
More info

Thursdays – Saturdays in November from 7 pm at FCC Angkor in Siem Reap, activities for the launch of the new Tribe Art Cambodia gallery.
More info


Ongoing…. exhibitions, dance performances and others


Exhibitions:  

At Bong the Gallery, Dark Matter, an exhibition featuring works by Douglas Victor, textured and abstract paintings on canvas.  “Dark matter, a component of the universe whose presence is discerned from its gravitational attraction rather than its luminosity,and we don’t know its nature yet.   Currently many experiments around the world are searching for dark matter and we hope that in the near future we will solve the mystery of dark matter and understand its properties.”
More info

At House of Scott, Standing Rubble, an exhibition by Rena Chheang in collaboration with Limhay Chhum showcasing Phnom Penh in two contrasting points of view: characteristic colonial buildings and complex futuristic representations.
More info

At Sa Sa Art Projects, Ricefield Mirages, a solo exhibition by Chea Sereyroth.  “The role of rice is fundamental to Cambodian culture. From time immemorial, seasonal demands of its cultivation have dominated peoples’ lives, yet nurtured souls.  With the perspective of a child brought up in the country tilling rice, before having to leave for studying and working in the city, the artist offers eight artworks.”  Until November 27.

At Mirage Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap, Her Sounds, a multimedia research project and exhibition by photographer Neak Sophal and ethnomusicologist Emily Howe, “celebrating the passion, persistence, and power of Cambodia’s women artists through image, sound, and story.”  Until November 25.
More info

At TRIBE Cambodia in Siem Reap, The Space Between, the debut solo exhibition of linocuts by Morn Chear, presented by Open Studio Cambodia. “Drawn free-hand and then meticulously chiseled, Morn’s images playfully depict everyday scenes from his personal life: his wife washes the laundry by hand, a dog takes a nap in the alley, fish grill on a small barbecue, he rides his motorbike into the distance.”
More info

At Batia Sarem in Siem Reap, How do I look?, an exhibition of portraits by photographer Sovan Philong Sovan Philong will show an intense series based on portraits in our gallery in Siem Reap. As in all his works, Philong uses light to renew the portrait genre and therefore the way one can really look at people and reveal their true self.”
More info

At Java Independence, the exhibition The dead eye and the deep blue sea, featuring artwork from a graphic memoir by Vannak Anan Prum. “The drawings are selected from the book, a graphic novel that tells his incredible story of surviving slavery in the regional fishing and agricultural industries. Vannak is a self-taught artist and his illustrative skills allowed him to gain favor with other people he was forced to live and work with by giving them tattoos. More importantly, thanks to his photographic memory he was able to draw his experiences in detail when he arrived home four years later. At first, he made the drawings to offer proof to his family in the only way he could. Later he decided to share his story publicly, leading to the publication of the graphic novel, further exposing the harsh realities of modern-day slavery.”
More info

KBach ArtSpace at Factory Phnom Penh, as part of their KBach Arts Competition 2019, are showing finalists in last year’s competition and a judges’ gallery as well as their regular collection.
More info

At the Kampot Art Gallery, Kampot: The Changing Landscape. “Neak Sophal and Kong Vollak have created a unique exhibition looking at Kampot and the impact of past, present and future.”
More info

Elegy: Reflections on Angkor by John McDermott. The award-winning American photographer maintains his strong presence on the Siem Reap art scene with his mesmerizing monochromatic fine art images of Angkor taken between 1995-2014. Now exhibiting in two McDermott Galleries located at FCC Angkor and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
More info

Dance:

New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap present weekly performances of contemporary dance every Saturday.
More info

Every Thursday and Friday, 6.30 pm at Counterspace Theatre, Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong, the dance company Sophiline Arts Ensemble presents performances of Cambodian dance. “Featuring a stellar cast dressed in fanciful costumes, The Lives of Giants is a contemporary meditation on bullying, cycles of violence, and the responsibilities of wielding power.” Tickets $18.
More info

Saturdays and Sundays, 6.30 pm at Counterspace Theatre, Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong, Prumsodun Ok and NATYARASA present performances of Vajramala – Spirit of Khmer Dance. Tickets $25.
More info

Dance Academy Cambodia has a wide range of dance classes through the week at Urban Tower, 5th Floor, #20 Street 51 (opposite Blue Dog, near The Place).
More info

The Traditional Dance Show, presented by Cambodian Living Arts, takes place at the National Museum stage. The hour-long performance showcases classical and folk dances from across Cambodia, including the famous Apsara. Every night Monday-Saturday (October-April) and every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (May to September).
More info

Every Monday Dance Flow, an improvisation and partnering workshop led by Eric Ellul at Nataraj Yoga, #52 St. 302.  Donation-based sessions, 6.30 – 8.15 pm.

More info

Other:

The Kok Thlok arts organisation is presenting twice weekly shadow puppet and Khmer theatre performances at the National Library, St 61, every Friday and Sunday at 6.30 pm. Kok Thlok are offering a membership card, with an annual fee of $30, that provides unlimited access (including for family members or two friends) to the rolling programme planned over the next four years to present the 24 forms of traditional theatre.
More info

N o w h e r e Gallery presents frequent workshops such as Self Portrait Acrylic on Canvas, Bookbinding for beginners and Brush lettering for beginners. Bookings always essential, spaces limited. Mostly Saturdays and Sundays although occasionally midweek.

The theatrical group the Francophone Troupe of Phnom Penh is holding a theatre workshops at 6.30 pm every Wednesday at Restaurant 63 Bassac, on St 308. Sessions are in French but perfect French is not required. $10/session (2 hours).
More info

Every Saturday at 5 pm, Bophana Center presents Cine Saturday. Programme changes every week, across a wide range of cinema experiences.
More info

Most Sundays (and occasionally Saturdays) Khmer Architecture Tours presents a range of the architectural wonders of Phnom Penh. 8.30 am start, reservations essential.
More info

Performing arts courses at Brighton International School (#79 street 310) for ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 11 – singing, dancing, acting, every Saturday.
More info

Art programmes for children from three years old and up is now underway at Ocarina School led by a certified art teacher, Océane. “Ocarina is the first and only French-speaking activities center offering French standard after-school music and art curriculums for children from 6 months to 17 years old.”
More info

A weekly gathering on Thursday night at Number 26 Art Shop Gallery on St 118, just off the riverside, 7 pm – 10 pm, with monthly changes of exhibitions, a place to exchange ideas.
More info

 

 

Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 5 November, 2019

Greetings:

Tonight, Tuesday 5, Curating in the Asia-Pacific: The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, by Tarun Nagesh, in English with Khmer translation, at Sa Sa Art Projects.  “Tarun Nagesh will reflect on the history and development of the APT as it continues to focus on contemporary practices in the region. He will discuss how the exhibition has changed over time as relationships and art centres have emerged and shifted, explore some of the challenges faced when developing meaningful exhibitions drawn from such a diverse region, and discuss his work for recent editions of the exhibition with a particular focus on projects from Cambodia and South-East Asia.”  6 pm.
More info

On Wednesday 6, the next in the Dance a l’IFC series, Blindfold, by Chumvan Sodhachivy (Belle).  “Many questions about the past are raised in this new piece of Belle. Questions about the history of Cambodia, but also about Humanity… Still so very fragile… At least in the eyes of the choreographer. How can one find the path toward the Light? Through contemporary dance and her hypnotic movements, Belle tries to depict her answers.”
More info

In Siem Reap, the new Tribe Art Cambodia gallery at FCC Angkor is launching on Thursday 7.  “We are delighted to be the curators at the new FCC art space. Come join us to see the new space and our new artworks. There will also be a talk by local artist, Nak Noy.”  More activities on every week Thursdays – Saturdays for the rest of November.  From 7 pm.
More info

The 10th annual Phnom Penh Photo Festival continues at multiple locations, including Bophana Center and Futures Factory.  “An important intercultural exchange between European and Asian photographers, Photo Phnom Penh remains the major photography rendez-vous in South-East Asia.”
More info

For a more rock’n’roll view of Phnom Penh and the wider Cambodian music scene, please check out our sister publication lengpleng.com, the long running live music gig guide.

Note: we are now accepting donations for the on-going work of Kumnooh, which can be made either via payment to fabianhipp@kumnooh.com at Paypal, or alternatively in cash which can be arranged by emailing to the same address. Your small contributions will help continue our free and advertising free service into the great, wide future of contemporary arts in Cambodia.

Are we missing something?  Let us know at fabianhipp@kumnooh.com.

See you about…

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com


In brief: new and returning…


 

The 10th annual Phnom Penh Photo Festival continues at multiple locations, including Bophana Center and Futures Factory.
More info

Tuesday 5, 6 pm at Sa Sa Art Projects, Curating in the Asia-Pacific: The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, by Tarun Nagesh, in English with Khmer translation, at Sa Sa Art Projects.
More info

Wednesday 6, 7 pm at the French Institute, Blindfold, by Chumvan Sodhachivy (Belle)More info

Thursday 7, 7 pm at FCC Angkor in Siem Reap, the launch of the new Tribe Art Cambodia galleryMore activities on every week Thursdays – Saturdays for the rest of November.
More info


Ongoing…. exhibitions, dance performances and others


Exhibitions:  

At Bong the Gallery, Dark Matter, an exhibition featuring works by Douglas Victor, textured and abstract paintings on canvas.  “Dark matter, a component of the universe whose presence is discerned from its gravitational attraction rather than its luminosity,and we don’t know its nature yet.   Currently many experiments around the world are searching for dark matter and we hope that in the near future we will solve the mystery of dark matter and understand its properties.”

More info

At House of Scott, Standing Rubble, an exhibition by Rena Chheang in collaboration with Limhay Chhum showcasing Phnom Penh in two contrasting points of view: characteristic colonial buildings and complex futuristic representations.
More info

At Meta House, I Am A Daughter, a photo series by Cambodian journalist / photographer Mech Sereyrath, “aiming to discover the challenges which Cambodian girls encounter when they pursue their dreams.  Sereyrath graduated from the Department of Media and Communications of the Royal University of Phnom Penh in 2018. She has exhibited her works with a social/environmental cause in Phnom Penh and other Cambodian cities.”
More info

At Sa Sa Art Projects, Ricefield Mirages, a solo exhibition by Chea Sereyroth.  “The role of rice is fundamental to Cambodian culture. From time immemorial, seasonal demands of its cultivation have dominated peoples’ lives, yet nurtured souls.  With the perspective of a child brought up in the country tilling rice, before having to leave for studying and working in the city, the artist offers eight artworks.”  Until November 27.
At Mirage Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap, Her Sounds, a multimedia research project and exhibition by photographer Neak Sophal and ethnomusicologist Emily Howe, “celebrating the passion, persistence, and power of Cambodia’s women artists through image, sound, and story.”  Until November 25.
More info

At TRIBE Cambodia in Siem Reap, The Space Between, the debut solo exhibition of linocuts by Morn Chear, presented by Open Studio Cambodia. “Drawn free-hand and then meticulously chiseled, Morn’s images playfully depict everyday scenes from his personal life: his wife washes the laundry by hand, a dog takes a nap in the alley, fish grill on a small barbecue, he rides his motorbike into the distance.”
More info

At Batia Sarem in Siem Reap, How do I look?, an exhibition of portraits by photographer Sovan Philong Sovan Philong will show an intense series based on portraits in our gallery in Siem Reap. As in all his works, Philong uses light to renew the portrait genre and therefore the way one can really look at people and reveal their true self.”
More info

At Java Independence, the exhibition The dead eye and the deep blue sea, featuring artwork from a graphic memoir by Vannak Anan Prum. “The drawings are selected from the book, a graphic novel that tells his incredible story of surviving slavery in the regional fishing and agricultural industries. Vannak is a self-taught artist and his illustrative skills allowed him to gain favor with other people he was forced to live and work with by giving them tattoos. More importantly, thanks to his photographic memory he was able to draw his experiences in detail when he arrived home four years later. At first, he made the drawings to offer proof to his family in the only way he could. Later he decided to share his story publicly, leading to the publication of the graphic novel, further exposing the harsh realities of modern-day slavery.”
More info

KBach ArtSpace at Factory Phnom Penh, as part of their KBach Arts Competition 2019, are showing finalists in last year’s competition and a judges’ gallery as well as their regular collection.
More info

At the Kampot Art Gallery, Kampot: The Changing Landscape. “Neak Sophal and Kong Vollak have created a unique exhibition looking at Kampot and the impact of past, present and future.”
More info

Elegy: Reflections on Angkor by John McDermott. The award-winning American photographer maintains his strong presence on the Siem Reap art scene with his mesmerizing monochromatic fine art images of Angkor taken between 1995-2014. Now exhibiting in two McDermott Galleries located at FCC Angkor and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
More info

Dance:

New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap present weekly performances of contemporary dance every Saturday.
More info

Every Thursday and Friday, 6.30 pm at Counterspace Theatre, Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong, the dance company Sophiline Arts Ensemble presents performances of Cambodian dance. “Featuring a stellar cast dressed in fanciful costumes, The Lives of Giants is a contemporary meditation on bullying, cycles of violence, and the responsibilities of wielding power.” Tickets $18.
More info

Saturdays and Sundays, 6.30 pm at Counterspace Theatre, Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong, Prumsodun Ok and NATYARASA present performances of Vajramala – Spirit of Khmer Dance. Tickets $25.
More info

Dance Academy Cambodia has a wide range of dance classes through the week at Urban Tower, 5th Floor, #20 Street 51 (opposite Blue Dog, near The Place).
More info

The Traditional Dance Show, presented by Cambodian Living Arts, takes place at the National Museum stage. The hour-long performance showcases classical and folk dances from across Cambodia, including the famous Apsara. Every night Monday-Saturday (October-April) and every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (May to September).
More info

Every Monday Dance Flow, an improvisation and partnering workshop led by Eric Ellul at Nataraj Yoga, #52 St. 302.  Donation-based sessions, 6.30 – 8.15 pm.

More info

Other:

The Kok Thlok arts organisation is presenting twice weekly shadow puppet and Khmer theatre performances at the National Library, St 61, every Friday and Sunday at 6.30 pm. Kok Thlok are offering a membership card, with an annual fee of $30, that provides unlimited access (including for family members or two friends) to the rolling programme planned over the next four years to present the 24 forms of traditional theatre.
More info

N o w h e r e Gallery presents frequent workshops such as Self Portrait Acrylic on Canvas, Bookbinding for beginners and Brush lettering for beginners. Bookings always essential, spaces limited. Mostly Saturdays and Sundays although occasionally midweek.

The theatrical group the Francophone Troupe of Phnom Penh is holding a theatre workshops at 6.30 pm every Wednesday at Restaurant 63 Bassac, on St 308. Sessions are in French but perfect French is not required. $10/session (2 hours).
More info

Every Saturday at 5 pm, Bophana Center presents Cine Saturday. Programme changes every week, across a wide range of cinema experiences.
More info

Most Sundays (and occasionally Saturdays) Khmer Architecture Tours presents a range of the architectural wonders of Phnom Penh. 8.30 am start, reservations essential.
More info

Performing arts courses at Brighton International School (#79 street 310) for ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 11 – singing, dancing, acting, every Saturday.
More info

Art programmes for children from three years old and up is now underway at Ocarina School led by a certified art teacher, Océane. “Ocarina is the first and only French-speaking activities center offering French standard after-school music and art curriculums for children from 6 months to 17 years old.”
More info

A weekly gathering on Thursday night at Number 26 Art Shop Gallery on St 118, just off the riverside, 7 pm – 10 pm, with monthly changes of exhibitions, a place to exchange ideas.
More info

 

 

Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 29 October, 2019

Greetings:

The 10th annual Phnom Penh Photo Festival continues at multiple locations, including Bophana Center and Futures Factory.  “An important intercultural exchange between European and Asian photographers, Photo Phnom Penh remains the major photography rendez-vous in South-East Asia.”
More info

Friday 1 through to Sunday 3 at Hotel Raffles – Le Royale, the 16th International Music Festival Phnom Penh, marking the 200th birthday of Clara Schumann by highlighting works by European female composers.
More info

Saturday 2, 6 pm at Dambaul, #18E3 (3rd floor), Sothearos Blvd, near Wat Ounalom, Exhibiting the Contested Modern in Post-independence Cambodia, an artist talk by Vuth Lyno, artist, curator and artistic director of Sa Sa Art Projects.  “This talk discusses various competing narratives of exhibiting modernity during Cambodia’s post-independence including the 1955 International Exposition of Phnom Penh, the American Festival 1956-57, and the display at the Exhibition Hall of Phnom Penh’s Bassac River Front during the 1960s.”   About the venue:  “Dambaul (meaning “Rooftop”) is an arts resource home – a reading room, an art archive, and a space for the sharing of knowledge – for curious and passionate minds. It was founded in 2019 in response to the needs of the local arts community. We are actively building our collection of international art and culture-related books, with a focus on Southeast Asia.”
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Also Saturday 2, 7 pm at Meta House, Asia South East Short Film Festival, “a seasonal film festival that gives international audiences from Asia, Europe and North America who are living or travelling in the south east of Asia a chance to see a wide variety of the great short films that are being produced from around the world.”
More info

Every Monday, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
More info

Every Monday, 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm, Drink and Draw at La Kh’Mère Poulart, Siem Reap.
More info

Posted this week on the Howl, the Siem Reap-based writing blog, an article by Sue Guiney, founder and CEO of Writing Through:  some words on what inspires her organisation and its vision of fostering education and self-esteem through creative writing.

Coming soon:

For a more rock’n’roll view of Phnom Penh and the wider Cambodian music scene, please check out our sister publication lengpleng.com, the long running live music gig guide.

Note: we are now accepting donations for the on-going work of Kumnooh, which can be made either via payment to fabianhipp@kumnooh.com at Paypal, or alternatively in cash which can be arranged by emailing to the same address. Your small contributions will help continue our free and advertising free service into the great, wide future of contemporary arts in Cambodia.

Are we missing something?  Let us know at fabianhipp@kumnooh.com.

See you about…

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com

In brief: new and returning…

The 10th annual Phnom Penh Photo Festival continues at multiple locations, including Bophana Center and Futures Factory.
More info

Friday 1Sunday 3 at Hotel Raffles – Le Royale, the 16th International Music Festival Phnom Penh.
More info

Saturday 2, 6 pm at Dambaul, #18E3 (3rd floor), Sothearos Blvd, near Wat Ounalom, Exhibiting the Contested Modern in Post-independence Cambodia, an artist talk by Vuth Lyno.
More info

Saturday 2, 7 pm at Meta House, Asia South East Short Film Festival.
More info

Every Monday, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
More info

Every Monday, 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm, Drink and Draw at La Kh’Mère Poulart, Siem Reap.
More info


Ongoing…. exhibitions, dance performances and others


Exhibitions:  

At Bong the Gallery, Dark Matter, an exhibition featuring works by Douglas Victor, textured and abstract paintings on canvas.  “Dark matter, a component of the universe whose presence is discerned from its gravitational attraction rather than its luminosity,and we don’t know its nature yet.   Currently many experiments around the world are searching for dark matter and we hope that in the near future we will solve the mystery of dark matter and understand its properties.”

More info

At House of Scott, Standing Rubble, an exhibition by Rena Chheang in collaboration with Limhay Chhum showcasing Phnom Penh in two contrasting points of view: characteristic colonial buildings and complex futuristic representations.
More info

Folding Concrete, an exhibition on Cambodian modern architecture and urbanism curated by Pen Sereypagna and Vuth Lyno.  The address is 122E4, alley lane behind St 107 (Sok Hok), south west of the Charles de Gaulle Blvd and Monivong Blvd intersection.  “Folding Concrete presents some interwoven narratives of modernism in Cambodia through architecture and urbanism and their social and cultural histories. The exhibition primarily considers the period of post-independence during the 1950s-70s, yet also extends its view back to the prior late colonial period and forward to the present time.”  Until 3 November.
More info

At Meta House, I Am A Daughter, a photo series by Cambodian journalist / photographer Mech Sereyrath, “aiming to discover the challenges which Cambodian girls encounter when they pursue their dreams.  Sereyrath graduated from the Department of Media and Communications of the Royal University of Phnom Penh in 2018. She has exhibited her works with a social/environmental cause in Phnom Penh and other Cambodian cities.”
More info

At Sa Sa Art Projects, Ricefield Mirages, a solo exhibition by Chea Sereyroth.  “The role of rice is fundamental to Cambodian culture. From time immemorial, seasonal demands of its cultivation have dominated peoples’ lives, yet nurtured souls.  With the perspective of a child brought up in the country tilling rice, before having to leave for studying and working in the city, the artist offers eight artworks.”  Until November 27.

At Mirage Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap, Her Sounds, a multimedia research project and exhibition by photographer Neak Sophal and ethnomusicologist Emily Howe, “celebrating the passion, persistence, and power of Cambodia’s women artists through image, sound, and story.”  Until November 25.
More info

At TRIBE Cambodia in Siem Reap, The Space Between, the debut solo exhibition of linocuts by Morn Chear, presented by Open Studio Cambodia. “Drawn free-hand and then meticulously chiseled, Morn’s images playfully depict everyday scenes from his personal life: his wife washes the laundry by hand, a dog takes a nap in the alley, fish grill on a small barbecue, he rides his motorbike into the distance.”
More info

At Batia Sarem in Siem Reap, How do I look?, an exhibition of portraits by photographer Sovan Philong Sovan Philong will show an intense series based on portraits in our gallery in Siem Reap. As in all his works, Philong uses light to renew the portrait genre and therefore the way one can really look at people and reveal their true self.”
More info

At Java Independence, the exhibition The dead eye and the deep blue sea, featuring artwork from a graphic memoir by Vannak Anan Prum. “The drawings are selected from the book, a graphic novel that tells his incredible story of surviving slavery in the regional fishing and agricultural industries. Vannak is a self-taught artist and his illustrative skills allowed him to gain favor with other people he was forced to live and work with by giving them tattoos. More importantly, thanks to his photographic memory he was able to draw his experiences in detail when he arrived home four years later. At first, he made the drawings to offer proof to his family in the only way he could. Later he decided to share his story publicly, leading to the publication of the graphic novel, further exposing the harsh realities of modern-day slavery.”
More info

KBach ArtSpace at Factory Phnom Penh, as part of their KBach Arts Competition 2019, are showing finalists in last year’s competition and a judges’ gallery as well as their regular collection.
More info

At the Kampot Art Gallery, Kampot: The Changing Landscape. “Neak Sophal and Kong Vollak have created a unique exhibition looking at Kampot and the impact of past, present and future.”
More info

Elegy: Reflections on Angkor by John McDermott. The award-winning American photographer maintains his strong presence on the Siem Reap art scene with his mesmerizing monochromatic fine art images of Angkor taken between 1995-2014. Now exhibiting in two McDermott Galleries located at FCC Angkor and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
More info

Dance:

New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap present weekly performances of contemporary dance every Saturday.
More info

Every Thursday and Friday, 6.30 pm at Counterspace Theatre, Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong, the dance company Sophiline Arts Ensemble presents performances of Cambodian dance. “Featuring a stellar cast dressed in fanciful costumes, The Lives of Giants is a contemporary meditation on bullying, cycles of violence, and the responsibilities of wielding power.” Tickets $18.
More info

Saturdays and Sundays, 6.30 pm at Counterspace Theatre, Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong, Prumsodun Ok and NATYARASA present performances of Vajramala – Spirit of Khmer Dance. Tickets $25.
More info

Dance Academy Cambodia has a wide range of dance classes through the week at Urban Tower, 5th Floor, #20 Street 51 (opposite Blue Dog, near The Place).
More info

The Traditional Dance Show, presented by Cambodian Living Arts, takes place at the National Museum stage. The hour-long performance showcases classical and folk dances from across Cambodia, including the famous Apsara. Every night Monday-Saturday (October-April) and every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (May to September).
More info

Every Monday Dance Flow, an improvisation and partnering workshop led by Eric Ellul at Nataraj Yoga, #52 St. 302.  Donation-based sessions, 6.30 – 8.15 pm.

More info

Other:

The Kok Thlok arts organisation is presenting twice weekly shadow puppet and Khmer theatre performances at the National Library, St 61, every Friday and Sunday at 6.30 pm. Kok Thlok are offering a membership card, with an annual fee of $30, that provides unlimited access (including for family members or two friends) to the rolling programme planned over the next four years to present the 24 forms of traditional theatre.
More info

N o w h e r e Gallery presents frequent workshops such as Self Portrait Acrylic on Canvas, Bookbinding for beginners and Brush lettering for beginners. Bookings always essential, spaces limited. Mostly Saturdays and Sundays although occasionally midweek.

The theatrical group the Francophone Troupe of Phnom Penh is holding a theatre workshops at 6.30 pm every Wednesday at Restaurant 63 Bassac, on St 308. Sessions are in French but perfect French is not required. $10/session (2 hours).
More info

Every Saturday at 5 pm, Bophana Center presents Cine Saturday. Programme changes every week, across a wide range of cinema experiences.
More info

Most Sundays (and occasionally Saturdays) Khmer Architecture Tours presents a range of the architectural wonders of Phnom Penh. 8.30 am start, reservations essential.
More info

Performing arts courses at Brighton International School (#79 street 310) for ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 11 – singing, dancing, acting, every Saturday.
More info

Art programmes for children from three years old and up is now underway at Ocarina School led by a certified art teacher, Océane. “Ocarina is the first and only French-speaking activities center offering French standard after-school music and art curriculums for children from 6 months to 17 years old.”
More info

A weekly gathering on Thursday night at Number 26 Art Shop Gallery on St 118, just off the riverside, 7 pm – 10 pm, with monthly changes of exhibitions, a place to exchange ideas.
More info

 

 

Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 22 October, 2019

Greetings:

Thursday 24, 6 pm at the French Institute, the opening of the 10th annual Phnom Penh Photo Festival – which will continue for one month at multiple locations, including Bophana Center and Futures Factory.  “An important intercultural exchange between European and Asian photographers, Photo Phnom Penh remains the major photography rendez-vous in South-East Asia.”
More info

Thursday 24, 6 pm at Bong the Gallery, the opening of Dark Matter, an exhibition featuring works by Douglas Victor, textured and abstract paintings on canvas.  “Dark matter, a component of the universe whose presence is discerned from its gravitational attraction rather than its luminosity,and we don’t know its nature yet.   Currently many experiments around the world are searching for dark matter and we hope that in the near future we will solve the mystery of dark matter and understand its properties.”
More info

Also Thursday 24, at 7.30 pm, Bluebird poetry night is back, this time in ColdCat bar, Street 155 near Russian Market.   Self-expression, poetry and spoken word; music, words, imagery, body expression — everything is allowed.
More info

Thursday 24Saturday 26, 7 pm at Sovanna Phum Arts Association,  The Phnom Penh Players’ next show:  3 Steps to Supernova, “an original psychological drama on mental health and the perils of irresponsibility.” Tickets $10 on sale at The Box Office – Phnom Penh, Cloud, Teddy Bear Restaurant and KBach Gallery.
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On Friday 25, as part of Phnom Penh Photo Festival, the grand opening of Sra’Art Studio, #7/9 Sotheros Boulevard, three doors down from Wat Unaloam, featuring the work of ten renowned Cambodian photographers: Kaksok Phirom, Khun Vannak, Khvay Samnang, Lim Sokchanlina, Mak Remissa, Mech Sereyrath, Neak Sophal, Pha Lina, Sovan Philong, Sorn Seyhaktit, alongside works by acclaimed international artist Anna Katharina Scheidegger.  From 7 pm, through to November 26.
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Saturday 26, 10 am, a Sip and Paint workshop at The Bridge SOHO, level 13, with Charity of Zyct Artistry – beginner friendly.  $23, includes art supplies, drinks and snacks.
More info

Monday 28, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
More info

Coming soon:

  • November 1 – 3, the 16th International Music Festival Phnom Penh, marking the 200th birthday of Clara Schumann by highlighting works by European female composers, at Hotel Raffles – Le Royale.
  • November 2, Exhibiting the Contested Modern in Post-independence Cambodia, an artist talk by Vuth Lyno, artist, curator and artistic director of Sa Sa Art Projects. In Khmer with English translation, at Dambaul, #18E3 (3rd floor), Sothearos Blvd, near Wat Ounalom.

For a more rock’n’roll view of Phnom Penh and the wider Cambodian music scene, please check out our sister publication lengpleng.com, the long running live music gig guide.

Note: we are now accepting donations for the on-going work of Kumnooh, which can be made either via payment to fabianhipp@kumnooh.com at Paypal, or alternatively in cash which can be arranged by emailing to the same address. Your small contributions will help continue our free and advertising free service into the great, wide future of contemporary arts in Cambodia.

Are we missing something?  Let us know at fabianhipp@kumnooh.com.

See you about…

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com

In brief: new and returning…

 

Thursday 24, 6 pm at the French Institute, the opening of the 10th annual Phnom Penh Photo Festival .
More info


Thursday 24, 6 pm at Bong the Gallery, the opening of Dark Matter, an exhibition featuring works by Douglas Victor, textured and abstract paintings on canvas.

More info

Thursday 24, 7.30 pm at ColdCart bar, Bluebird poetry night is back: self-expression, poetry and spoken word.

More info


Thursday 24 – Saturday 26, 7 pm at Sovanna Phum Arts Association,  The Phnom Penh Players’ present 3 Steps to Supernova
More info
Saturday 26, 10 am, a Sip and Paint workshop at The Bridge SOHO, level 13, with Charity of Zyct Artistry.

More info

Monday 28, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
More info

 

 

Ongoing…. exhibitions, dance performances and others

Exhibitions:  

At House of Scott, Standing Rubble, an exhibition by Rena Chheang in collaboration with Limhay Chhum showcasing Phnom Penh in two contrasting points of view: characteristic colonial buildings and complex futuristic representations.
More info

 

Folding Concrete, an exhibition on Cambodian modern architecture and urbanism curated by Pen Sereypagna and Vuth Lyno.  The address is
122E4, alley lane behind St 107 (Sok Hok), south west of the Charles de Gaulle Blvd and Monivong Blvd intersection.  “Folding Concrete presents some interwoven narratives of modernism in Cambodia through architecture and urbanism and their social and cultural histories. The exhibition primarily considers the period of post-independence during the 1950s-70s, yet also extends its view back to the prior late colonial period and forward to the present time.”  Until 3 November.

More info

 

At Meta House, I Am A Daughter, a photo series by Cambodian journalist / photographer Mech Sereyrath, “aiming to discover the challenges which Cambodian girls encounter when they pursue their dreams.  Sereyrath graduated from the Department of Media and Communications of the Royal University of Phnom Penh in 2018. She has exhibited her works with a social/environmental cause in Phnom Penh and other Cambodian cities.”
More info

At Sa Sa Art Projects, Ricefield Mirages, a solo exhibition by Chea Sereyroth.  “The role of rice is fundamental to Cambodian culture. From time immemorial, seasonal demands of its cultivation have dominated peoples’ lives, yet nurtured souls.  With the perspective of a child brought up in the country tilling rice, before having to leave for studying and working in the city, the artist offers eight artworks.”  Until November 27.

At Mirage Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap, Her Sounds, a multimedia research project and exhibition by photographer Neak Sophal and ethnomusicologist Emily Howe, “celebrating the passion, persistence, and power of Cambodia’s women artists through image, sound, and story.”  Until November 25.
More info

At TRIBE Cambodia in Siem Reap, The Space Between, the debut solo exhibition of linocuts by Morn Chear, presented by Open Studio Cambodia. “Drawn free-hand and then meticulously chiseled, Morn’s images playfully depict everyday scenes from his personal life: his wife washes the laundry by hand, a dog takes a nap in the alley, fish grill on a small barbecue, he rides his motorbike into the distance.”
More info

At Batia Sarem in Siem Reap, How do I look?, an exhibition of portraits by photographer Sovan Philong Sovan Philong will show an intense series based on portraits in our gallery in Siem Reap. As in all his works, Philong uses light to renew the portrait genre and therefore the way one can really look at people and reveal their true self.”
More info

At Java Independence, the exhibition The dead eye and the deep blue sea, featuring artwork from a graphic memoir by Vannak Anan Prum. “The drawings are selected from the book, a graphic novel that tells his incredible story of surviving slavery in the regional fishing and agricultural industries. Vannak is a self-taught artist and his illustrative skills allowed him to gain favor with other people he was forced to live and work with by giving them tattoos. More importantly, thanks to his photographic memory he was able to draw his experiences in detail when he arrived home four years later. At first, he made the drawings to offer proof to his family in the only way he could. Later he decided to share his story publicly, leading to the publication of the graphic novel, further exposing the harsh realities of modern-day slavery.”
More info

KBach ArtSpace at Factory Phnom Penh, as part of their KBach Arts Competition 2019, are showing finalists in last year’s competition and a judges’ gallery as well as their regular collection.
More info

At the Kampot Art Gallery, Kampot: The Changing Landscape. “Neak Sophal and Kong Vollak have created a unique exhibition looking at Kampot and the impact of past, present and future.”
More info

Elegy: Reflections on Angkor by John McDermott. The award-winning American photographer maintains his strong presence on the Siem Reap art scene with his mesmerizing monochromatic fine art images of Angkor taken between 1995-2014. Now exhibiting in two McDermott Galleries located at FCC Angkor and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
More info

Dance:

New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap present weekly performances of contemporary dance every Saturday.
More info

Every Thursday and Friday, 6.30 pm at Counterspace Theatre, Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong, the dance company Sophiline Arts Ensemble presents performances of Cambodian dance. “Featuring a stellar cast dressed in fanciful costumes, The Lives of Giants is a contemporary meditation on bullying, cycles of violence, and the responsibilities of wielding power.” Tickets $18.
More info

Saturdays and Sundays, 6.30 pm at Counterspace Theatre, Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong, Prumsodun Ok and NATYARASA present performances of Vajramala – Spirit of Khmer Dance. Tickets $25.
More info

Dance Academy Cambodia has a wide range of dance classes through the week at Urban Tower, 5th Floor, #20 Street 51 (opposite Blue Dog, near The Place).
More info

The Traditional Dance Show, presented by Cambodian Living Arts, takes place at the National Museum stage. The hour-long performance showcases classical and folk dances from across Cambodia, including the famous Apsara. Every night Monday-Saturday (October-April) and every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (May to September).
More info

Every Monday Dance Flow, an improvisation and partnering workshop led by Eric Ellul at Nataraj Yoga, #52 St. 302.  Donation-based sessions, 6.30 – 8.15 pm.

More info

Other:

The Kok Thlok arts organisation is presenting twice weekly shadow puppet and Khmer theatre performances at the National Library, St 61, every Friday and Sunday at 6.30 pm. Kok Thlok are offering a membership card, with an annual fee of $30, that provides unlimited access (including for family members or two friends) to the rolling programme planned over the next four years to present the 24 forms of traditional theatre.
More info

N o w h e r e Gallery presents frequent workshops such as Self Portrait Acrylic on Canvas, Bookbinding for beginners and Brush lettering for beginners. Bookings always essential, spaces limited. Mostly Saturdays and Sundays although occasionally midweek.

The theatrical group the Francophone Troupe of Phnom Penh is holding a theatre workshops at 6.30 pm every Wednesday at Restaurant 63 Bassac, on St 308. Sessions are in French but perfect French is not required. $10/session (2 hours).
More info

Every Saturday at 5 pm, Bophana Center presents Cine Saturday. Programme changes every week, across a wide range of cinema experiences.
More info

Most Sundays (and occasionally Saturdays) Khmer Architecture Tours presents a range of the architectural wonders of Phnom Penh. 8.30 am start, reservations essential.
More info

Performing arts courses at Brighton International School (#79 street 310) for ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 11 – singing, dancing, acting, every Saturday.
More info

Art programmes for children from three years old and up is now underway at Ocarina School led by a certified art teacher, Océane. “Ocarina is the first and only French-speaking activities center offering French standard after-school music and art curriculums for children from 6 months to 17 years old.”
More info

A weekly gathering on Thursday night at Number 26 Art Shop Gallery on St 118, just off the riverside, 7 pm – 10 pm, with monthly changes of exhibitions, a place to exchange ideas.
More info