Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 13 October, 2015


Kumnooh notes the sad news this past week of the fire at the rear of Java Café, affecting many families living in the building, and the destruction of art works, archives and equipment. Efforts are being made to assess the losses; look out for upcoming fundraising activities to assist the artists.

After a quiet Pchum Ben week, it’s a busy Sunday 18. At Meta House at 6 pm, London based Performance Exchange presents Shakespeare’s Kings and Clowns, a romp through royalty and buffoonery via a number of familiar characters. Entry $8.   Reservations: 023-218 987 or 010-312 333.

For a more laid back and artistic approach, at 7 pm Show Box offers Drink and Draw – as ever, $3 gives you two hours with a life model. Let the booze be your muse. B.Y.O drawing materials
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And at 8 pm, at Meta House, ArtPlus Foundation and The Piano Shop present Masterpieces of Romanticism, as part of their 2015 classical music concert series. Pianist Poom Prommachart performs works by Frederic Chopin and Nikolai Medtner. Entry $10/$3.
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On an uplifting note to end this week, with the support of UNESCO, Phnom Penh is getting a floating arts centre. Dana Langlois of Java Arts and entrepreneur Alexis de Suremain are planning to convert an old boat currently docked on the Tonle Sap into a cultural icon for the city. They want your help to christen it – there’s still a few days before entries close on – yes, of course – Sunday. Name the Boat.

For a more rock’n’roll musical flavour of Phnom Penh, make sure you follow weekly gig guide LengPleng.com as well.

Fabian Hipp



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In brief: new and returning…

Sunday 18 at 6 pm at Meta House, Performance Exchange presents Shakespeare’s Kings and Clowns, a romp through royalty and buffoonery via a number of familiar characters. Entry $8.   Reservations: 023-218 987 or 010-312 333.

Sunday 18 at 6 pm, Drink and Draw at Show Box. $3 for you two hours with a life model. B.Y.O drawing materials
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Sunday 18 at 8 pm, at Meta House, Masterpieces of Romanticism – pianist Poom Prommachart performs works by Frederic Chopin and Nikolai Medtner. Entry $10/$3.
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At Meta House, an exhibition by a visual artist, visual DJ and designer Antoni Grzybek, 288 Square Centimeters, featuring a series of aluminium plates with round corners.
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At Bophana Center an exhibition of photographs and archival materials by Prum Ero, Phnom Penh’s Corner Architecture, focusing on areas around the city’s markets.   Runs to 30 October.  
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Tuesdays, 6.30 – 7.30 pm, body music classes at the Music Arts School (#14, St 360, BKK1) presented by Eric Ellul.
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The Insider Gallery at the InterContinental Phnom Penh presents Inside/Out, a group show featuring the work of eight artists: Chhan Dina, Chhim Sothy, Frederikke Tu, Bernadette Vincent, Anna Sudra, Marcel Wanders, Christopher Bryce Morris and Ouk Chim Vichet, each tackling the theme in their own style. Gallery is open Monday to Saturday 10 am – 6 pm and by appointment.
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SaSaBassac hosts a new solo exhibition by sculptor and installation artist Svay Sareth, entitled I, Svay Sareth, eat rubber sandals.
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Java Café Independence Monument presents In the City by Night, an exhibition of photographs by Sovan Philong.
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The Lotus Pond Art Gallery at The Plantation hosts the Kok Thlok Ensemble’s exhibition of shadow puppets, Lights & Shadows.
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Sammaki Gallery in Battambang presents Life is Suffering, featuring sketches by Lous Piseth.
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ARTillery Cafe in Siem Reap, near Wat Bo Street, presents My City, a collection of paintings by young artist Chheang Rena, showcasing the brokenness of the city due to poverty and corruption.
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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.
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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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