Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 18 February, 2014

Greetings.As part of the Festival of India organised by the Embassy of India and the Ministry of Culture, Amrita Performing Arts are presenting performances of the Ramayana by the renowned Kalakshetra company from Chennai, continuing tonight Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 at Chaktomuk Theatre, at 6 pm.
More infoMeanwhile, tonight Tuesday 18 in Siem Reap, it’s the fortnightly Spoken Arts night at Siem Reap Party House, from 8.30 pm. Speak, sing, scream, shout… it’s up to you.
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Also tonight Tuesday 18 Meta House (Sothearos Blv) is tantalisingly but obscurely hosting Meta Art Boutique: an exhibition of artworks by various Cambodian artists. All pieces are for sale. 6 pm.
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And also also tonight Tuesday 18, Bophana Centre (St 200, between St 63 and Monivong) commences a Rithy Panh retrospective, celebrating the nomination of his latest film The Missing Picture for an Academy Award. Every night until Friday 28 (except Thursday 20 and Sunday 23). Screenings commence at 6.30 pm, entry $3/$1.
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On Thursday 20 Bophana Centre hosts a special event featuring music students from the University of Rennes, in France, including collaborative items with Khmer musicians. From 6.30 pm, free entry.
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On Saturday 22, Phnom Penh Community College is holding back-to-back clay workshops: making a vase or bowl in the morning; making a hedgehog or turtle in the afternoon, both sessions run by Chhan Dina. Prebookings essential.
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Bophana’s Sunday CINECLUB at 3 pm this week screens six short films by young Khmer filmmakers, followed by discussions between the directors and the audience.
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On Sunday 23, Equinox (St 278, near Wat Lanka) presents the opening of a new exhibition by Kumnooh favourite Chann Dina, The quiet half of the sky at 7 pm. The series of paintings depicts “the surface reality of the daily work of Cambodian women, and draws up unexpressed dreams and aspirations from the souls of these mothers, sisters and daughters. […] These eleven strong pieces remind us of the people that we see, that we know, and that we are.” Not to be missed.
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Prepare for the Angkor Wat International Film Festival in Siem Reap, February 28 to March 2, at the Sofitel Angkor. Check out the programme in advance.
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Those who might be looking for grant support to further studies art in this part of the world may be interested to hear that SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) at the University of London, is offering £15 million in scholarships in the Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme, funded by the Alphawood Foundation, Chicago. “The aim of the academic programme is to advance the understanding and preservation of Southeast Asian Buddhist and Hindu art through study and research and to build and support a network of organisations and individuals in the Southeast Asian region who share and support this vision.” Applications close 14 March.
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In brief: new and returning…
Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 6 pm at Chaktomuk Theatre, performances of the Ramayana by the renowned Kalakshetra company from Chennai, as part of the Festival of India.
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Tuesday 18
from 8.30 pm, Spoken Arts night at Siem Reap Party House.
More infoTuesday 18 from 6 pm at Meta House (Sothearos Blv), Meta Art Boutique: an exhibition of artworks by various Cambodian artists. All pieces are for sale.
More infoTuesday 18 to Friday 28, Bophana Centre (St 200, between St 63 and Monivong) commences a Rithy Panh retrospective, celebrating the nomination of his latest film The Missing Picture for an Academy Award (except Thursday 20 and Sunday 23). Screenings commence at 6.30 pm, entry $3/$1.
More info

Thursday 20 at 6.30 pm Bophana Centre hosts a special event featuring music students from the University of Rennes, in France, including collaborative items with Khmer musicians.
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Saturday 22, Phnom Penh Community College is holding back-to-back clay workshops, both sessions run by Chhan Dina. Prebookings essential.
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Sunday 23 at 3 pm, Bophana’s CINECLUB this week screens six short films by young Khmer filmmakers, followed by discussions between the directors and the audience.
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Sunday 23 from 7 pm at Equinox (St 278, near Wat Lanka), the opening of a new exhibition by Chann Dina, The quiet half of the sky at 7 pm. The series of paintings depicts “the surface reality of the daily work of Cambodian women, and draws up unexpressed dreams and aspirations from the souls of these mothers, sisters and daughters. […] These eleven strong pieces remind us of the people that we see, that we know, and that we are.” Not to be missed.
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Ongoing….
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.
More infoIn 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.
More infoIn 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.
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Made in Battambang at the Institut français du Cambodge, featuring 113 works by 26 artists. Until March 15.
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In Siem Reap, Fading Faces at The 1961: a dual exhibition by Kakkada Chhai and Phok Sopheap.
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Chinese House presents the opening of El Campo by Martin Bandzak, a photographic journey into the lives of the Subtiava community in Nicaragua.
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A good friend is hard to find, an exhibition of paintings by the late Svay Ken at Meta House.
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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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