The week begins tonight, Tuesday 24, 7 pm at Meta House, with a double feature film screening with Q&A with both directors. Boundary (2013, 70 min), by unconventional filmmaker Nontawat Numbenchapol, looks at the dispute over Preah Vihear; followed by Invasion or misunderstanding (2010, 42 mins, English subs) by Cambodian director Panna Chheng.
Starting on Wednesday 25 at Phnom Penh Community College, more in the series of Wednesday evening art courses hosted by Chhan Dina: abstract acrylic painting and cubist oil painting. Contact Phnom Penh Community College for reservations.
Java Café’s busy week starts on Wednesday 25 with the opening of Rain, new works by Nov Cheanick. The works use rain as a metaphor for sorrow and trauma, leading to apathy and lethargy. “In this poetic, introspective work, he calls for action—not the storm-the streets kind of action, but the kind of action that transforms the spirit.” From 6 pm.
Then Thursday 26 at Java Café, the monthly Open Stage poetry night as usual offers some new performers. As usual the night opens at 6 pm for a writers meet up, then from 7 pm performances by Zac Kendall, including the presentation of an excerpt from his play Perfect Match, followed by a solo reading; readings by Mak Soung from his work Missing Boy, and Luke Young; with the evening ending, as usual, with an open mic. This is the first Open Stage organised by new coordinators Carly Nugent and Bryan Humphry.
On Friday 27, in the JavaArts Gallery, the soft launch of the JavaArts Archive, 5 – 7 pm, marking the completion of the first phase: the creation of a library of hard copies of materials from the many and varied exhibitions, events and projects initiated by JavaArts since 2000, supplemented by other materials from the Cambodian art scene. The event will also be a farewell to Daen Lia Kelly, who has been working on this project over the last several months.
Sunday 29 at 7 pm, Meta House screens Story of a Gangster (2013, 20 min) by Cambodian filmmaker Chiev Soth, a story that draws on his own experiences of growing up amid youth gang culture. The filmmaker will present and hold a Q&A after the screening.
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|Tuesday 24, 7 pm at Meta House, film screenings Boundary (2013, 70 min), by Thai filmmaker Nontawat Numbenchapol; and Invasion or misunderstanding (2010, 42 mins, English subs) by Cambodian director Panna Chheng.
Even more infoWednesday 25, 6.15 – 8.15 pm at Phnom Penh Community College, more in the series of Wednesday evening art courses hosted by Chhan Dina: abstract acrylic painting and cubist oil painting. Contact Phnom Penh Community College for reservations.
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Thursday 26 at Java Café downstairs, the monthly Open Stage poetry night as usual offers some new performers. Writers meet up at 6 pm, performances from 7 pm, followed by open mic.
Friday 27, 5 – 7 pm, in the JavaArts Gallery, the soft launch of the JavaArts Archive.
Saturday 28 at 7 pm, Meta House presents a screening of the neo-noir Dark Bridge (2011, 90 min) by Argentinian director Marcelo von Schwartz, who will be present and hold a Q&A.
Sunday 29 at 7 pm, Meta House screens Story of a Gangster (2013, 20 min) by Cambodian filmmaker Chiev Soth, who will present and hold a Q&A after the screening.
Artwatereness’ Through Waters Cambodia project has come to Phnom Penh after development in Siem Reap, at the Canon Exhibition Hall, 146 Sihanouk Blvd (between St 63 and Monivong). “This exhibition gathers all the artworks that we have collected during our journey in the artistic workshops about water that we have been developing around the Kingdom, the outcome of local artists Vollak Kong and Taing Chhea Chhin, and Through Waters’ photography exhibition.” Until 27 June.
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Lightbox, in Kampot, hosts Move Kampuchea, featuring photographic portraits, with local students of Mayibuye Cambodia acting as photographers and subjects, in a large-scale, black & white format is produced collaboration with international street art initiative, the Inside Out Project. Currently open by appointment: please contact Katharina at k.glynne [ at ] lightboxart.org to visit.
Meta House presents , Eternity, by Cambodia’s Crazy Community Group, dedicated to the weird and wonderful world of pre-wedding photographs.
L’Institute Francais features an exhibition by artist and graphic novelist Virginie Broquet featuring works created in collaboration with students from the Phnom Penh University of Fine Arts.
At Sa Sa Bassac, a new exhibition, Rubber man, by Khvay Samnang. Until 12 July.
Cambodian 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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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.
New Leaf Book Cafe in Siem Reap, has a continuous exhibition for Small Art School, featuring the work of young aspiring Cambodian artists.
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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