Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 20 May, 2014

Greetings all,Tuesday 20 sees the return after holidays of Spoken Arts in Siem Reap. This is a semi-regular collaborative, interactive, spoken word event with few rules. If you’re in SR, head down to Siem Reap Party House on Soksan Road with a book, some papers, or your smartphone in hand from 8.30 pm.
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In Phnom Penh on Tuesday 20, a similar but more visual arts-related event at Cōnekla (St 51, between St 352 and St 360) presented by Orangutan Swing. It’s drawing, it’s talking, it’s improvising. Guest host Henrik Akesson will share some exercises in collaborative drawing he’s come across in Paris and Barcelona. BYO materials, from 6 pm.
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Quietly opening at Meta House on the evening of Tuesday 20 is a mini-exhibition by Sokuntevy Oeur. “Her paintings openly tell the story of the conflicts women of this generation face, whether emotional, familial, social or financial, in trying to be themselves, in a place where restrictive conventions and values have long-existed and mapped out the path for women.” The show includes both new and older works.
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Sokuntevy Oeur

On Wednesday 21 Phnom Penh Community College is running the last in the recent series of evening art workshops by Adrianna Snochowska, this one entitled Negative Space in Abstract Painting, 6:15-8:15pm.
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On Thursday 22 the monthly Open Stage Poetry Night at Java Café returns, the last of these nights to be coordinated by Greg Bem, who has done a fantastic job bringing together young writers from all walks of Phnom Penh life during his tenure. Unfortunately he is returning to his homeland next month; consequently he is keen to find someone to take the reins of this cool monthly event, which as usual includes a meet up and talking space for writers from 6 pm to 7 pm, followed by featured readings, and finally an open mic from 8 pm until 9 pm. Pop along and make it a good one.
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Greg calls in a poem.

Also on Thursday 22 at Sa Sa Bassac, the opening of a new exhibition Rubber man, by Khvay Samnang, from 6 pm. No further details at present, but the show runs until 12 July.
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And finally, also on Thursday 22 at Meta House from 7 pm the three new student short films at the Raffles College Student Film Night. Film students Romane Poidet, Keo Mankean and Hui Seung will hold Q&As after the screening.
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At Bophana Centre (St 200, between St 63 and Monivong) on Saturday 24, Cineclub screens a number of short films from the recent Chaktomuk Short Film Festival in the presence of the jury, to provide some insight and advice for budding film makers. Guest speakers: Chhay Bora, Sok Visal, and Ian Master. From 2 pm.
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And on Sunday 25, you can get both your culture and your dance on with Phnom Penh Community College’s Khmer Traditional Dance Workshop.  9:30 am start.
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In brief: new and returning…
Tuesday 20 from 8.30 pm, collaborative, interactive, spoken word event Spoken Arts in Siem Reap at Siem Reap Party House.
More infoTuesday 20 from 6 pm at Cōnekla (St 51, between St 352 and St 360) presented by Orangutan Swing, interactive drawing and conversation. Henrik Akesson will share some exercises in collaborative drawing. BYO materials.
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Commencing Tuesday 20 at Meta House is a mini-exhibition by Sokuntevy Oeur including both new and older works. Until 8 June.
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Wednesday 21 Phnom Penh Community College is running the last in the recent series of evening art workshops by Adrianna Snochowska, this one entitled Negative Space in Abstract Painting, 6:15-8:15pm.
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On Thursday 22 the monthly Open Stage Poetry Night at Java Café, hosted for the last time by Greg Bem. Writers meet up from 6 pm to 7 pm, followed by featured readings, and finally an open mic from 8 pm until 9 pm.
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Thursday 22 from 6 pm at Sa Sa Bassac, the opening of a new exhibition, Rubber man, by Khvay Samnang. Until 12 July.
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Thursday 22 from 7 pm at Meta House is the Raffles College Student Film Night. Film students Romane Poidet, Keo Mankean and Hui Seung will hold Q&As after the screening.
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At Bophana Centre (St 200, between St 63 and Monivong) on Saturday 24 from 2 pm, Cineclub screens a number of short films from the recent Chaktomuk Short Film Festival in the presence of the jury, to provide some insight and advice for budding film makers
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Sunday 25 from 9.30 am, Phnom Penh Community College holds a Khmer Traditional Dance Workshop.
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Ongoing….
Cages torn open, new sculptures and paintings by Chhan Dina at Meta House. “We are reminded of what we share with other living beings, and what we forget and deny. The paintings explode with colour, a confident assertion of the shared liberation theme. In paint, line and colour blur the distinctions between species, all swimming in the same soup; in fired clay, disparate characteristics are fused into one body.” Absolutely not to be missed. Finissage and meet the artist on 10 June.
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Even more infoCambodian Living Arts presents the exhibition Chhnang! about traditional and contemporary pottery making. CLA is located on Sothearos Blvd just south of St 294.
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Re-housing of Non Houses by photographer Fani Llauradó and artist Chhan Dina, combining photography and painting to explore the use of public and social space; plus a collection of large format paintings by Chhan Dina, reflecting her ongoing themes of life, music and everyday activities, at The Mansion (Sothearos Blvd, near St 178).
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DownTown Collective presents a new photographic exhibition opening at Equinox Bar (St 278 near Wat Lanka) entitled Phnom Penh Streets. You can view a preview at YouTube.
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Em Riem’s latest exhibition, Nature II, at Design la Galerie, #13D, St 178.
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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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