Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 16 July, 2013

Greetings: a quieter week this week, we can catch our breath.

Tonight (Tuesday 16th) at Meta House is the opening of an exhibition by Australian art educator Chris Abrahams, a series of canvases inspired by Cambodia’s natural landscape, through the provinces and islands. Visit to Cambodia opens at 6 pm.
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Chris Abrahams

For any Kumnooh subscribers in Hanoi, the Mahabharata Art Project collaborative dance performance that graced Phnom Penh last week is playing tonight at the Youth Theatre of Vietnam.
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On Saturday night from 7 pm, Meta House hosts the young Khmer filmmaker collective Kon Khmer, Koun Khmer’s South East Asian Film Night, a presentation of a selection of short films from the 2012/2013 Chaktomuk Film Contest. The screenings will be followed by Q&A with the filmmakers. Free admission, English subtitles.
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Sunday evening at Meta House is an homage to Irish writer, poet and playwright Oscar Wilde, an evening of cinema, poetry and music. The show will commence with a blues performance by Frisco Tony & The Beatniks, followed by a screening of Dorian Gray, the 2009 adaption of Wilde’s only published novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. At 9 pm there will be spoken word performances by Neo-Beat poet Antonio Pineda and Scott Bywater, with musical accompaniment.
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Also on Sunday afternoon, at 5 p,m it’s time to sharpen pencils and order a round for Drink and Draw Cambodia, at Baitong Restaurant, #7 Street 360, between Norodom and 51.
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The people behind the upcoming and eagerly awaited Cambodian arts revival documentary Year 33 is holding a video dance competition, Dance with Cambodia. They ask that you send a video of yourself dancing for 20 seconds or less… and there’s a prize involved. Entries close 31 July.
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The August/September edition of Asian arts and culture e-magazine Dusun is now available here, with a number of Cambodia-related features, including work by Leang Seckon; a new publication by Martin Bradley, illustrated by Pei Yeou Bradley, The Story of Colors of Cambodia, on a Siem Reap based children’s art programme; poetry inspired by Cambodia, and pieces from This Dog Barking, the exhibition currently underway at Java Café and Art Gallery in Phnom Penh. Dusun fourteen is a lush e-package that also covers China, India and Malaya, well worth a look.

For those of a more IT bent, Cambodia Living Arts is seeking a volunteer to develop a website for the 2014 Youth Arts Festival, with work to be completed by the end of 2013.
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Check the on-going listings below for more details. Make yours a creative week, support an artist near you! Tell your friends about Kumnooh, like us on Facebook, send us things we don’t seem to know. And for rock and roll and clubs, make sure you follow LengPleng.com as well.

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In brief: new and returning…
Visit to Cambodia, Cambodian landscape canvases by Chris Abrahams, opens Tuesday 16 at 6 pm at Meta House.
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South East Asian Film Night, selected by Kon Khmer, Koun Khmer short films from the 2012/2013 Chaktomuk Film Contest. Meta House, Saturday 20, 7 pm… followed by Q&A
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Drink and Draw Cambodia, Sunday 21 from 5 pm at Baitong Restaurant.
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Oscar Wilde homage at Meta House featuring a blues band, a screening of Dorian Gray, and spoken word poetry. From 6 pm on Sunday 21.
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Kromas, new paintings by Pen Robit, Romeet Gallery. Until August 11th.
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Continuity, Char Printmaking Workshop, RUFA, opening at The Insider Gallery at InterContinental Phnom Penh. Until August 25th.

Homme et nature (Man and Nature) by Nou Sary, at L’Institute francais. Until 31 August.
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This Dog Barking, exhibition of new graphic novel This Dog Barking – The Strange Story of UG Krishnamurti, Nicolas C. Grey and James Farley at Java Cafe and Art GalleryUntil September 1st.
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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. More infoIn Battambang: visual arts exhibition from 6.15 pm then circus show at 7 pm. More info

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