Kumnooh: weekly arts guide for Cambodia week commencing 18th June 2013

Greetings. Welcome to another week in the arts in Cambodia.

This week Meta House is hosting the Chop Shots Film Festival, featuring the best South East Asian documentaries for 2012, Wednesday 19th through to Friday 21st. Screenings commence at 6.30 pm, and are all in Khmer language with English subtitles. Free admission.
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In the midst of World Music Day, on Friday 21st, try to find time to get to a one night exhibition by graduates of Limkokwing University’s Professional Graphic Design program. White is my soul, but I prefer black is an installation exploring the relationship between different forms of physical and spiritual protection, simulating reality in daily Cambodian life. The venue is AD Commication, #37A, Street 118 near St 215/Nehru Blvd (on your right after the military gate), 6 pm to 9 pm.
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To mark American Independence Day on July 4th, Cambodian Living Arts is presenting The Cambodian-American Friendship Concerts at the InterContinental Phnom Penh, a musical expression of the cultural ties between Cambodian and the USA. On Tuesday 2nd, the Boston Children’s Chorus gives us Phnom Penh Nights, a selection of the best American choral music along with some Khmer songs added for the occasion. The following evening, Wednesday 3rd, the New York New Music Ensemble presents a similarly blended programme featuring the works of some of Cambodia’s most respected classical composers including Him Sophy, Chinary Ung and Sam Ang-Sam.

Tickets are on sale at Cambodian Living Arts (128-G9 Sothearos Blvd), InterContinental Phnom Penh (296 Blvd Mao Tse Toung) and Java Arts (56 Sihanouk Blvd). And if you get in quick and buy today you will be in a lucky draw for tickets to the regular Plae Pakaa traditional arts performances at the National Museum, T-shirts, bags and CDs. Reservations and information: 023 986 032 or info@cambodianlivingarts.org
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Boston Children’s Chorus in full flight.

Noted this week at The Diplomat is an interview with Kathryn Lejeune, director of the eagerly anticipated documentary Year 33 on the experiences of three Cambodian artists as they contribute to the rebirth of the Cambodian arts scene.

And for all our German readers, Cambodian American poet Kosal Khiev in Berlin: Zeit Online.

Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, Karin Weber Gallery opens a new exhibition this week, Saturday 22 June, entitled SITE/CAMBODIA, featuring five contemporary Cambodian artists Mao Soviet, Anida Yoeu Ali, Kim Hak, Sera and Srey Bandaul. The artists “navigate sites of change, displacement, melancholy, identity and spirituality, which speak to a Cambodia in transition”. Until 17th July.
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And if the rain stays away this evening, you could do worse than pop along to The Empire at 6.30 pm tonight to catch their screening of Andrei Tarkovsky’s masterpiece Solaris. St 130, near St 5.
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Make yours a creative week, support an artist near you!  And spread the word about Kumnooh, so we can build a better connected and stronger artistic community in Cambodia.  Thanks for your ongoing support.

Fabian Hipp


In brief: new and returning…

Chop Shots Film Festival, Meta House, Wed 19 – Fri 21 at 6.30 pm.
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Limkokwing University graphic design graduate exhibition, White is my soul but I prefer black. Friday 21st only from 6 pm – 9 pm, at #37A, Street 118 near St 215/Nehru Blvd.
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The Cambodian-American Friendship Concerts presented by Cambodia Living Arts at the InterContinental Phnom Penh: book now for shows July 2nd and 3rd. Book TODAY to go in the lucky prize draw.
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Solaris, by Andrei Tarkovsky, at The Empire, Tuesday 18th at 6.30 pm.
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Ragamuffin’s Celebrate Life dinner and workshops on Friday 21 June. Please confirm bookings by 1 pm Thursday 20 to aleak[at]ragamuffinproject.org.
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Dina Chhan hosting workshops at Phnom Penh Community College, Sunday 23 June 23: Still Life Oil Painting and How to Draw with Charcoal. Book now.
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A Thing of Smoke, a collaboration between French Khmer visual artist Séra and American poet Julianne Sibiski, at Romeet Gallery on St 178. Until 26 June.
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Circus skills workshops with Phare, the Cambodian Circus in Siem Reap, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June at 4 pm.
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Blood and Sand: Phnom Penh based photographer Erika Piñeros examines bullfighting in Colombia. Chinese House, Sisowath Quay. Until end of June.
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Enter, prints, textile-based installations and panoramic concepts by Anida Yoeu Ali, of Studio Revolt, at The Insider Gallery, InterContinental Phnom Penh. Until 30 June.
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LIFE IS- Snapshots of everyday life in modern day Cambodia, Daniel Rothenberg, photography exhibition opening at Meta House, Saturday at 6 pm. Until early July.
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Surviving, by emerging Khmer artist Chov Theanly, at Java Gallery & Café on Sihanouk Blvd. Until July 7.
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Sampot: The Collection of Small Things, by Chan Dany, at Sa Sa Bassac on Sotheros Blvd . Until 14 July.
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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 1995-2009. Now exhibiting in three McDermott Galleries located in the Old Market Area, FCC Angkor Complex and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
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Plae Pakaa, a program of 3 rotating performances of Cambodian traditional arts at the National Museum of Phnom Penh. A Cambodian Living Arts production. Every Friday and Saturday, 7 pm (May to September); Monday to Saturday, 7 pm (October to April).
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Phare Ponleu Selpak, the famous Cambodian circus school offers nightly performances in both Siem Reap and Battambang, on a rolling cycle of different works.
In Siem Reap: at 7.30 pm under the big top in Siem Reap, behind the Angkor National Museum, in front of Angkor Century Hotel.
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In Battambang: visual arts exhibition from 6.15 pm then circus show at 7 pm.
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