Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 28 July, 2015

Greetings,

On Wednesday 29, Java Café presents Scar, the result of an impromptu residency by Chath Piersath that involved the reworking of old paintings and creation of entirely new pieces. He also kept a journal during the process, “offering an insight into his artistic process from the very practical challenge of finding decent paint in Phnom Penh to his philosophical struggle with nihilism.” Until September 4
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Also on Wednesday 29, New Leaf Book Café in Siem Reap hosts a poetry reading and launch by Scott Bywater of his most recent volume of work from thesilverpepperofthestars, Fog on the Loire. Plenty more info here. Starts at 7 pm.
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On Saturday 1 at 7 pm at Meta House, the second performance of a brand new original work, The Stones Are Awake: a collaborative, multi-faceted art performance blending poetry, sound, and images. Based on an original text by poet Scott Bywater, with accompanied music and light by Warren Daly, and the voices of Bernadette Vincent, Greg Bem and Natasha Marin. This is a limited seating event: $10 entrance, $5 for students, collected at the door. Ticketing/RSVPs via attendance list. To secure a seat, please email scoddy67@gmail.com with your preference of chair or floor cushion.
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VICE TV will be in town this week doing interviews for a report on the rise of art, music and film in Cambodia, to feature Sticky Fingers Prints at Space Four Zero (#40, St 118) and the Bokor Mountain Magic Band.


In brief: new and returning…


Wednesday 29, Java Café presents Scar, the result of an impromptu residency by Chath Piersath that involved the reworking of old paintings and creation of entirely new pieces. Until September 4
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Wednesday 29, 7 pm, at New Leaf Book Café in Siem Reap, a poetry reading and launch by Scott Bywater of his most recent volume of work from thesilverpepperofthestars, Fog on the Loire. Plenty more info here.
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Saturday 1, 7 pm at Meta House, the second performance of a brand new original work, The Stones Are Awake: a collaborative, multi-faceted art performance blending poetry, sound, and images. This is a limited seating event: $10 entrance, $5 for students, collected at the door. Ticketing/RSVPs via attendance list. To secure a seat, please email scoddy67@gmail.com with your preference of chair or floor cushion.
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Ongoing….


Bophana Center presents a photographic exhibition Cambodia Green Will, raising awareness and encouraging the idea of green economy.
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Artillery Café, on Street 240 ½ presents a new exhibition by cartoonist John Weeks, Kingdom of I Wonder.
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At Palm Tours and Travel Café on St 278 (opposite the old Equinox), rookie painter Anthony Mrugacz’s exhibition Imperfection – Flowers in Motion – unsold works still on the wall.
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The Plantation presents a new exhibition by well-known Cambodian painter Chhim Sothy, Consuming Passion, inspired by the on-going environmental degradation seen all around us.
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The Asia Foundation Community Art Gallery (#59, Street 242) hosts No Boundaries, featuring the work of ten artists, five Cambodian (Kong Vollak, Chhin Taingchhea, Prom Vichet, Pen Robit, Nov Cheanick) and five Indonesian (Antonius Kho, Diyano Purwadi, Ipong Purnama Sidhi, Lenny Ratnasari Weichert, Tiarma Sirait), a co-display with Java Café. Until September 22.
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Romeet Gallery presents Phare Celebration; last but not least, a group exhibition of work by several Phare Ponleu Selpak artists, designed in the form of a family album. Until August 14.
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The French Institute presents an exhibition featuring illustrators from L’Ecole des loisirs, the French children’s book publisher celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Until July 31
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At Sammaki Gallery in Battambang, Meet the neighbours, featuring photographs from Ben Valentine and drawings, paintings and sculptures by local children.
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Lotus Gallery in Battambang (#53, St 2.5) presents Women by Women featuring artworks by Chhan DinaBernadette Vincent and Anna Sudra.
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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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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 1995-2014. Now exhibiting in two McDermott Galleries located at FCC Angkor 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. Friday is a dance show, Saturday opera, and Sunday large shadow puppets. 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, yoga and Bollywood style.  For more info contact dance@danceworldcambodia.com

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