Tonight, Tuesday 7 is the fortnightly Spoken Arts night in Siem Reap. Write, read, sing, perform, as the spirit moves. At Siem Reap Party House on Sok San Road, from 8.30 pm.
US documentary maker Robert Lieberman presents two films with Q&A at Meta House this week, on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8, from 7 pm. On Tuesday, They call it Myanmar: Lifting the curtain (2012) is followed at 9 pm by further Burmese related docos. Then on Wednesday, Last Stop Kew Gardens (2008), about the children of European refugees from Nazi Europe.
Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 8, at 6.30 pm, Java Café and Gallery hosts the launch of Volume Seven of the Nou Hach Literary Journal, celebrating the writers and writing of Cambodia. The event will feature poetry and story readings by Chanphal Sok, Chheangly Yeng, Anna Mattsson, and other award-winning writers, plus an open mic to end the evening.
On Thursday 9 at 6 pm a new exhibition opens at the Insider Gallery at the InterContinental Phnom Penh: Interpretations, by Polish born Phnom Penh resident Adrianna Snochowska (who, incidentally, was involved in the WASH collaboration last year). In paintings inspired by the sights and sounds of Cambodia, and the ebb and flow of music, the artist seeks to evoke both emotion and contemplation.
Also on Thursday 9, the monthly Open Stage Poetry returns to Java Café & Gallery, hosted by Greg Bem. Sarah Heady and Tanya Holtland, who are visiting Cambodia from San Francisco, California, will be special guests on the night. This will be an official Cambodia release for Sarah Heady’s new book of poetry Niagara Transnational and Greg Bem’s new e-book of poetry Nine Nights in Cambodia. The reading starts at 7 pm, but writers are encouraged to come at 6 pm for the monthly writers meet-up, and to stay after the reading for the multi-lingual open mic. All styles of writing, poetry or otherwise, and in any language, are welcome.
And after what appears to be a quiet weekend, come Sunday 12, why not get up early and head out to discover Central Phnom Penh by Cyclo, hosted by Khmer Architecture Tours. Reservations required, email email@example.com.
New to Kumnooh this week was an passing introduction to The Writing Alliance, which describes itself as “a platform for Cambodian youth to share their idea and youth issue throughout writing.”
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|Tuesday 7 Spoken Arts night at Siem Reap Party House on Sok San Road, from 8.30 pm.
Tuesday 7 at Meta House, 7 pm, US documentary maker Robert Lieberman presents They call it Myanmar: Lifting the curtain (2012) with Q&A,followed at 9 pm by further Burmese related docos.
Wednesday 8 at Meta House, 7 pm, US documentary maker Robert Lieberman presents Last Stop Kew Gardens (2008), about the children of European refugees from Nazi Europe, with Q&A.
Thursday 9 at 6 pm, Interpretations, exhibition of paintings by Polish born Phnom Penh resident Adrianna Snochowska, opens at the Insider Gallery at the InterContinental Phnom Penh. Until February 8.
Thursday 9 the monthly Open Stage Poetry at Java Café & Gallery, hosted by Greg Bem, featuring Sarah Heady and Tanya Holtland. The reading starts at 7 pm. Monthly writers meet-up from 6 pm; multi-lingual open mic after the reading.
Secrets, new paintings by Oeur Sokuntevy, at Java Café and Gallery. Until January 12.
Romeet Gallery (St 178 near St 19) is hosting an exhibition by young artist Ben Thynal entitled Core – painting and installation exploring ideas around the individual and the community in Cambodian society. Runs until January 19.
Rik Reay Gallery and Noodle Shop (St 178 near St 19), Our Books exhibition My New Year’s Resolution, featuring works by Tek Tevin, Sin Yang Pirom, Sao Sreymao, Moeu Diyadaravuth, Chan Pisey, Kong Monirath, Peou Ty, Prum Vannak, and Pal Poursith, with colors by Kim Phally. You can also see the entire set as a feature on Khmer Connection. Contemporary Khmer comic artists to present NEW thoughts, resolutions, reflections, and aspirations. Until January 21.
Sammaki Gallery in Battambang (#87, St 2.5) is hosting Family, a selection of artworks by graduating students from Phare Ponleu Selpak Visual Arts School. Until February 17.
In Siem Reap, McDermott Gallery Old Market has a new exhibition of lacquer pieces, Situations by Lim Muy Theam, capturing moments in the lives of Cambodians. Runs until February 28.
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.
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).
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.
In Battambang: visual arts exhibition from 6.15 pm then circus show at 7 pm.
DanceWorldCambodia offers classes in lyrical contemporary, commercial jazz and pop, hip hop and breakdance. Hotel Cambodiana Studio (via Physique Gym club reception). For more details contact email@example.com
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