Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 7 April, 2015

Greetings all,

Wednesday 8 sees the launch of the Acts of Memory: Learn the past; Create the future, a programme jointly developed by Bophana Center and Cambodian Living Arts to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1975 fall of Phnom Penh. Activities will commence at 5 pm with a prayer ceremony and smot singing, followed by an official opening with Rithy Panh, CLA Executive Director Phloeun Prim and artist Leang Seckon, and then a lecture by Father François Ponchaud, author of Cambodia: Year Zero. This is Khmer language event. An exhibition, Transmissions 2015, will also be open to the public until the end of May. The Acts of Memory programme will continue throughout the year.
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Also on Wednesday 8, Java Café’s monthly Open Stage poetry night features poet and songwriter Scott Bywater, recently returned from France, and comedians Scotty Muldoon, Sam Thomas and Aidan Killian. The night begins, as usual, with the 6 pm writers’ meet-up, followed by featured readers at 7 pm, and an open mic to finish.
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And also also on Wednesday 8, ShowBox Gallery presents Black and White, a group exhibition curated by Conrad Keely, celebrating the beauty and power of exclusively monochromatic works. From 7.30 pm to 9 pm, runs until April 19.
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On Thursday 9 at 7 pm, Meta House hosts the launch of Robert Carmichael’s new book When Clouds Fell from the Sky: A Disappearance, A Daughter’s Search and Cambodia’s First War Criminal. “The book recounts the lives of five key people to tell the story of five decades of Cambodia’s history.” The author will hold a Q&A.
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On Saturday 11 from 2 pm, Develop Boeng Kak Art are opening the doors at Art Collective House at the Boeng Kak Lake. This is an initiative to create a diversified music and arts space – and the afternoon event will provide an opportunity to share the vision, to begin to gather resources and equipment, and get interested people involved.
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Tickets are now available for the upcoming Phnom Penh Players production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at The Mansion. Tickets will be strictly limited to 100 seats for each of the four shows, 24/25 April and 1/2 May. It promises to be quite a special event.
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Also looking ahead, Ragamuffin are holding a three day arts therapy workshop for women at the end of April, facilitated by Carrie Herbert. The workshop is designed for therapists, counsellors, social workers, teachers, health professionals, and women supporting those who suffer.
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For a more rock’n’roll musical flavour of Phnom Penh, make sure you follow weekly gig guide LengPleng.com as well.

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com

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In brief: new and returning…
Wednesday 8 at 5 pm at Bophana Center, the launch of the Acts of Memory: Learn the past; Create the future, with a prayer ceremony and smot singing, and a lecture by Father François Ponchaud, author of Cambodia: Year Zero, at 6 pm. This is Khmer language event. An exhibition, Transmissions 2015, will also be open to the public until the end of May. The Acts of Memory programme will continue throughout the year.
More info

Wednesday 8 at 7 pm, Java Café’s monthly Open Stage poetry night features poet and songwriter Scott Bywater, recently returned from France, and comedians Scotty Muldoon, Sam Thomas and Aidan Killian. Writers’ meet-up starts at 6 pm; featured readers will be followed by an open mic.
More info

Wednesday 8 at 7.30 pm at ShowBox Gallery, Black and White, a group exhibition curated by Conrad Keely.
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Thursday 9 at 7 pm, Meta House hosts the launch of Robert Carmichael’s new book When Clouds Fell from the Sky: A Disappearance, A Daughter’s Search and Cambodia’s First War Criminal. With Q&A.
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Saturday 11, 2 pm – 6 pm, Develop Boeng Kak Art are opening the doors at Art Collective House at Boeng Kak Lake.
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Ongoing….

Asia Foundation Community Art Gallery (#59, Street 242) presents Phnom Penh: Open City, Open Mind, featuring the work of Chhunly Poy and Kolab Koeurm (animation), Davit Pum (architecture), Chansi Voung (art and architecture), Prom Putvisal (painting and etching) and Kim Philley(fiction).
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Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra hosts Wonders of 1929, a collection of vintage photographs of Cambodia, the work of Georges Portal, a French actor and director.
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At Metahouse, Jews in Asia: Traces of Jewish Migration, an exhibition by Phnom Penh based photographer Anna Clare Spelman.
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Java Café presents Innermost II, a collection of new paintings by Heng Ravuth, “in which he continues to explore self-portraiture and the body as a medium for expressing the human condition.”
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Romeet Gallery (St 178 near St 19), presents Undivided Nature; the death within life / the life within death a new solo exhibition by Battambang based artist Sin Rithy.
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At the French Institute, an exhibition entitled Photography, space and architecture, focusing on Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports.
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At The Plantation, Manu, a new exhibition by painter and sculptor Thang Sothea, a set of 30 sculptures representing the cycle of life and the development of humanity.
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At Meta House, Khmer, A Portrait, an exhibition by Canadian photographer Blair McDougall.
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McDermott Gallery Old Market Siem Reap hosts the Southern Spirits, a new exhibition by Kampot based artist Vincent Broustet.
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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.
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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 theNational 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 adult ballet and yoga. For more info contact dance@danceworldcambodia.com

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