Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 28 January, 2014

Greetings.This week opens with a special celebration today, Tuesday 28, at Cambodian Living Arts (Sothearos Blvd, near St 194), marking their 15th anniversary with a new retrospective exhibition looking back on its major achievements. The evening starts at 4 pm a screening of Where Elephants Weep, the CLA-commissioned Cambodian rock opera; there is an official opening at 6 pm, and a performance of traditional artforms, including Pinpeat, Mohaori and Chhayam, by a troupe of professional Cambodian artists. The accompanying exhibition, open until March 15, provides a behind-the-scenes look at 15 years of archival photos and video, including a listening station loaded with recordings by CLA artists.
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Also on Tuesday 28 (in English) and then again on Wednesday 29 (in Khmer), a public lecture by Phalika Ngin, at Bophana Center (St 200, between St 63 and Monivong) on identifying the faces on the Bayon at Angkor Thom. 6 pm to 8 pm.
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On Wednesday 29, from 9 am to 12 pm, Tim Robertson is providing a demonstration of the encaustic medium (beeswax and tree resin), and how to use it to paint or transfer images. The event takes place near Psar Chas (Old Market) in Phnom Penh. Limited space: please join the event or email timothyirobertson [insert at] gmail.com ASAP.
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After an astonishing ten days in Phnom Penh, the helterskelter activities of Our City Festival this weekend move to Siem Reap, where exhibitions, performances, screenings and pop-up events will stretch across the city. Check it all out at their website.
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Upcoming evening art workshops at Phnom Penh Community College by France Damon: Light & Shadow (Wednesday 29) and Colour (Wednesday 5 February). Register at: info [at] phnompenhcommunitycollege.com.
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For the imaginative photographer, Knai Bang Chatt in Kep are running a photo competition, offering a private dinner for two on the private jetty for the winner. Closing date February 28. More details here.

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In brief: new and returning…
Tuesday 28 from 4 pm at Cambodian Living Arts (Sothearos Blvd, near St 194), 15th anniversary celebrations: a new retrospective exhibition, a screening of Where Elephants Weep, the CLA-commissioned Cambodian rock opera, and a performance of traditional artforms, including Pinpeat, Mohaori and Chhayam, by a troupe of professional Cambodian artists.
More info     Even more infoTuesday 28 (in English) and Wednesday 29 (in Khmer), a public lecture by Phalika Ngin, at Bophana Center (St 200, between St 63 and Monivong) on identifying the faces on the Bayon at Angkor Thom. 6 pm to 8 pm.
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Wednesday 29, from 9 am to 12 pm, demonstration of the encaustic medium (beeswax and tree resin), by Tim Robertson. Near Psar Chas (Old Market) in Phnom Penh.
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Friday 31 on-going… Our City Festival this weekend moves to Siem Reap, where exhibitions, performances, screenings and pop-up events will stretch across the city. Check it all out at their website.
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Ongoing….

Interpretations, exhibition of paintings by Polish born Phnom Penh resident Adrianna Snochowska, at Insider Gallery at the InterContinental Phnom Penh. Until February 8.
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Family Portraits, organised by Jorng Jam, at Bophana Centre (St 200, between St 63 and Monivong). Film, photography and mixed media discover the stories of people living in Phnom Penh during the Golden Age. Until February 8
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Phnom Penh Painter, a retrospective exhibition of the paintings of Svay Ken (1933-2008), marking the fifth anniversary of his death. At Meta House. Until February 9
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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.
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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.
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In Battambang, Lotus Gallery, on St 2.5, presents the The darkness of the countryside, an exhibition by Battambang artists Nget Chanpenh and Hour Seyha. Runs until March.

Phnom Penh: Rescue Archeology, a group exhibition featuring video and a reading station, at SaSaBassac (second floor, #18 Sothearos, near St 178). Artists involved include Amy Lee Sanford, Khvay Samnang, Lim Sokchanlina, Sok Chanrado, Svay Sareth, Than Sok and Tith Kanith. Until March 15
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New Leaf Book Cafe in Siem Reap, has a continuous exhibition for Small Art School, featuring the work of young aspiring Cambodian artists.
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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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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 dance@danceworldcambodia.com
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