Tonight, Tuesday 7, as part of the event Once upon a time … the city of Phnom Penh at the Institute Francaise, a mini-conference entitled An Urban History of Sangkum, focusing on the architectural achievements of the post-independence period; two lectures and a panel discussion will take place in the IF screening room, starting at 6.30 pm. Simultaneously presented in French, English and Khmer.
Dance troupe Sophiline Arts Ensemble returns to Chaktomuk Hall, Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 at 7 PM, then Sunday 12 at 4 pm, presenting Thunder and Lightning, based on Ream Eyso & Moni Mekhala, the traditional dance-drama of fertility that describes the origin of rain and the creation of thunder and lightning. Tickets are available at the theatre ($15, $10, $5 and $3 for students). For information and reservations, contact tickets [at] khmerarts.org or call 092 275 073.
This week, Cambodia Living Arts’s Plae Pakaa, performed at the National Museum of Phnom Penh, changes from off season to on season. From Thursday 9, through until the end of March 28, rotating shows will be presented six nights a week, Monday to Saturday, between 7 and 8 pm: Children of Bassac (classical and folk dance), The Story of Mak Therng (Yike theater), and The Spirit Within (theater & music). The link below tells all about the all-weather venue and performances.
On Friday 10 at 6 pm, a new exhibition XiLiTLA opens at Sasa Bassac (2nd Floor, #18 Sothearos Boulevard), their second presentation of work by Albert Samreth, a show inspired by the Mexican town Xilitla, home to Las Pozas, a scultpure garden founded by English surrealist Edward James. This intruiging sounding exhibition runs until November 29.
Saturday 11 at 7 pm, Meta House presents the opening of a new exhibition, Tape That, which will also include live performance and a DJ set by to follow by Cambodian Documenta 13 artist Sopheap Pich. And, well, it’s all about tape. Artworks using tape as their medium, from the complex to the colourful, a kind of sticky grafitti that finds a home in underground nightclubs and abandoned buildings as well as showrooms and galleries. Two young German artists Stefan Busch and Nicolas Lawin present this art for the first time in Cambodia. To get a better idea of what is happening, try this and this.
It’s time for the fortnightly Drink and Draw at Soul TEA’se on St 240 on Sunday 12. BYO materials, two hours worth of life model provided. $3 entry. 6.30 pm start.
An advance notification on a couple of events in the coming weeks. Next Tuesday 14 at 7 pm, the Orangutan Swing crew are hosting a conversation on the topic of Beauty. Check the links here, here and here. And Phnom Penh Community College is running another midweek art class series, commencing on Wednesday 22, on acrylics and oils. And a little further ahead, Ragamuffin Cambodia is running a series of specialised art therapy training workshops – no skills, experience or previous training is required – in November. More details here.
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|Tuesday 7 from 6.30 pm at the Institute Francaise, a mini-conference entitled An Urban History of Sangkum, focusing on the architectural achievements of the post-independence period; two lectures and a panel discussion.
Wednesday 8 at 8 pm at Meta House, German filmmaker Enrique Sanchez Lansch presents his documentary The Promise Of Music, on young Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel, with Q&A after the screening.
Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 at 7 PM, then Sunday 12 at 4 pm, Sophiline Arts Ensemble presents Thunder and Lightning at Chaktomuk Hall. For information and reservations, contact tickets [at] khmerarts.org or call 092 275 073.
Friday 10 at 6 pm, a new exhibition XiLiTLA opens at Sasa Bassac (2nd Floor, #18 Sothearos Boulevard), by Albert Samreth, a show inspired by the Mexican town Xilitla, home to Las Pozas, a scultpure garden founded by English surrealist Edward James. Until November 29.
Saturday 11 at 7 pm, Meta House presents the opening of a new exhibition, Tape That, which will also include live performance and a DJ set by to follow by Cambodian Documenta 13 artist Sopheap Pich. Two young German artists Stefan Busch and Nicolas Lawin present tape art for the first time in Cambodia. To get a better idea of what is happening, try this and this.
Sunday 12 the fortnightly Drink and Draw returns at Soul TEA’se on St 240. BYO materials, two hours worth of life model provided. $3 entry. 6.30 pm start.
|At the Institute Francaise, as part of the Once upon a time… Phnom Penh City event, two parallel exhibitions, running until November 9, take different views on the development of the city, one via archival documents, the other a contemporary photographic view through the works of Chhay Kanha and Jean-François Perigois.
More infoMeta Housepresents Transitions, an exhibition curated by Tith Veasna that looks at the political, economic and social change brought about in Cambodia during the UNTAC period, featuring Chan Vitharin, Chhhim Sothy, Ouk Socheaty, Suos Sodavy and the curator herself.
More infoSamai Distillery (St 830 & Sothearos) presents Age, works by Thai artist Padungphon Rincom on the nature of time.
More infoChinese House hosts Aranya, works by Thai artist Aranya Khunchawattichai, dwelling on childhood and growing up.
More infoUpstairs at Java Cafe: Inverted Sewer comprises new paintings by Meas Sokhorn, a bright red return exploring the surface and the undercurrents of Phnom Penh life.
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Romeet Gallery (St 178 near St 19) presents a multi-disciplinary exhibition Time to think featuring work by Anida Yoeu Ali, Sou Sophy, Oeur Sokuntevy, Linda Kert, Tes Vannorng, Khchao Touch and Sao Sreymao.
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.
Passion for Arts exhibition at Palate Angkor Restaurant and Bar in Siem Reap, is comprised of 45 paintings by 14 students of the Small Art School. Runs until October 31.
The Shinta Mani Market at Shinta Mani Hotel in Siem Reap features lots of arts, crafts for sale, as well as traditional performances. Every Saturday and Sunday 4pm – 9pm.
3 NGO’s 1 teacher exhibition at Joe to Go cafe and restaurant in Siem Reap. A super cute exhibition of children’s artwork from three different NGOs.
Old Retold at 1961 CoWorking Lab in Siem Reap. An eclectic exhibition of contemporary artworks and South East Asian antiques.
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.
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