Kumnooh: arts guide for Cambodia, week commencing 3 November 2015

Greetings,

From Thursday 5 to Sunday 8, the inaugural Kampot Writers and Readers Festival promises a range of literary activities sprawling across multiple topics and venues in the centre of Kampot town, including panel discussions, launches, salons, concerts … too much, indeed, to cram into one paragraph. Check it all out here, and see you down there. A wrap party will be held in Phnom Penh on Monday 9 at The Exchange, featuring a rare performance by the Cambodian Space Project.
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Dance World Cambodia welcomes renowned Belgian based choreographer and dance teacher Jeremy Lepine to Phnom Penh for three days of contemporary and modern dance workshops, Thursday 5 to Saturday 7. This is both preparing local dancers for a European tour in 2016 and an opportunity for expatriate dancers to learn from a master.   Email dance [ at ] danceworldcambodia.com for enquires.
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At Samaki Gallery (#87, Street 2.5) in Battambang on Thursday 5, from 2 pm to 5 pm, three young Cambodian artists, Chov Theanly, Yim Maline and Eng Rithchandaneth, are hosting an artists talk to discuss their recent residency at the Vermont Studio Centre under the auspices of Cambodian Living Arts.
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On Thursday 5 from 6.30 pm, as part of their Living Together series of events focusing on the city, architecture and housing, the French Institute presents Connaître Le Corbusier, a collection of drawings, photographies, quotes and comments examining the works and influence of the modernist architect Le Corbusier, on the 50th anniversary of his death. Runs until 30 November.
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Also on Thursday 5 at 7 pm at Meta House, prolific German experimental filmmaker Michael Brynntrup presents a talk and screening of a selection of his short films. As a companion event, this will be followed on Saturday 7 by Professor Brynntrup’s presentation of 11 short films from last year’s Film Class at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste art school at Braunschweig, Germany,. “The film/video works produced here are original artworks, equivalent and comparable to (for example) sculptures, paintings, or musical compositions.”
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Phnom Penh resident, ambient music composer and WASH collaboration member Warren Daly is pleased to announce the release this week of a new EP, The Stones Are Awake . The work includes excerpts from longer compositions written for the multi-faceted live performance The Stones Are Awake performed at Meta House in July and August of this year, and features text by Scott Bywater read by Bernadette Vincent.  Available for pre-order now at Bandcamp, then on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify and other digital stores on Monday 9.

On Friday 6 from 6 pm, Bophana Centre hosts the opening of a children’s drawing exhibition, Wildlife and Forests in the far North-East of Cambodia, which “invites you to visit the world of Kavet and Lao Montagnards’ children living in the heart of this exceptional forest. None of them had ever held a pen before, so these unique drawings are also an expression of their extraordinary knowledge and sensitivity to the environment.”
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On Sunday 8, Khmer Architecture Tours hosts a two hour public walking tour of the Front du Bassac, starting at Chaktomuk Conference Hall and ending at the White Building. $8 per person. Reservations required, email contact [at] ka-tours.org. Starts at 8.30 am. The same tour will be offered on Sunday 22; separate tours by cyclo will be offered on Sunday 15 and Sunday 29.
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Note that every Tuesday, 5.30 – 7 pm, a chakra sounds meditation class is offered by Inner Healing, utilising the vibrations of musical sounds.   Limited seats available so please register before coming at charlene [ at ] innerhealing-therapy.com.
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The Phnom Penh Writers Workshop is a regular gathering of Phnom Penh writers who are interested in discussion and critique of their works in progress. The next workshop will be held Sunday 15 – if you would like to be involved, please contact Carly Nugent (cnfrizzle [at] gmail.com). Submissions of works for discussion are called in by Monday 9 for prior distribution.

Opening yesterday at The Mansion, for a brief week long showing, is Never Forget, a photographic exhibition organised by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, as part of a campaign highlighting impunity in Cambodia: ten victims of impunity of Cambodia are profiled. The show runs until Sunday 8.
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The Governor’s House Boutique Hotel, (near the corner of Mao Tse Toung Bvd and Norodom – the external wall of the hotel bears the inscription Iguazu), presents a double photographic exhibition by Vincent de Wilde. The first, Between Salt and Earth (Entre Sel et Terre), looks at labours in the Kampot salt fields; the second, Supervivere: Cambodia Today“) is made up of over sixty black and white photographs covering various aspects of the life in Cambodia, and is permanently displayed in the staircases and hotel bedrooms. An opening is planned for November.

As festivals season continues, next week, from November 12 to 16, the 12th International Music Festival Phnom Penh will be held with a series of concerts at the InterContinental Hotel and Meta House. The theme this year is The European Dream of Progress and Enlightenment, the period of 1700 to 1900, and works of the heavyweights such as Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Liszt feature alongside lesser known composers, performed by ensembles and soloists from the region and beyond. Seating is limited, and advanced purchase is encouraged. The full programme is available here.

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…


Thursday 5 to Sunday 8, the inaugural Kampot Writers and Readers Festival promises a range of literary activities sprawling across multiple topics and venues in the centre of Kampot town, including panel discussions, launches, salons, concerts. Check it all out here.
More info

Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 Dance World Cambodia hosts workshops by renowned Belgian based choreographer and dance teacher Jeremy Lepine. Email dance [ at ] danceworldcambodia.com for enquires.
More info

Thursday 5, from 2 pm to 5 pm, at Samaki Gallery (#87, Street 2.5) in Battambang, an artists talk by Chov Theanly, Yim Maline and Eng Rithchandaneth, about their recent residency in the USA under the auspices of Cambodian Living Arts.
More info

Thursday 5 from 6.30 pm, the French Institute presents Connaître Le Corbusier, as part of their Living Together series of events focusing on the city, architecture and housing.
More info

Thursday 5 at 7 pm at Meta House, prolific German experimental filmmaker Michael Brynntrup presents a talk and screening of a selection of his short films.

Friday 6 from 6 pm, Bophana Centre hosts the opening of a children’s drawing exhibition, Wildlife and Forests in the far North-East of Cambodia.
More info

Saturday 7 at 7 pm at Meta House, Professor Michael Brynntrup presents of 11 short films from last year’s Film Class at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste art school at Braunschweig, Germany.
More info

Sunday 8, Khmer Architecture Tours hosts a two hour public walking tour of the Front du Bassac, starting at Chaktomuk Conference Hall and ending at the White Building. Reservations required, email contact [at] ka-tours.org.
More info

Monday 9, the release of a new EP, The Stones Are Awake, by Phnom Penh resident and ambient music composer Warren Daly. Available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify and other digital stores or pre-order now at Bandcamp.


Ongoing….


Every Tuesday, 7.30 pm at Tim’s Greasy Spoon in Siem Reap, the Spoken Arts night invites writers and readers to share.
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Every Tuesday from 5.30 – 7 pm, a chakra sounds meditation class is offered by Inner Healing, utilising the vibrations of musical sounds.   Limited seats, please register at charlene [ at ] innerhealing-therapy.com.
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Every Tuesday, 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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Meta House presents Netflix and Chill, by Nathan LaFrenais Vidler.
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Mito Hotel (formerly Mittaheap Hotel, Monivong Blvd, near Wat Koh, south of Psar Thmei), presents Art Night: The Bridge, the third of Remy Hou’s series of artistic events, featuring the works of Cambodian artists Din Borin and Ouk Chim Vichet. Exhibition continues until 28 November.
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Lop Loy (Street 182, near Psar Orussey, entrance off Street 107) celebrates its opening with an international group show Species Spaces, that examines the idea of relationships between species as shared inhabitants of our planet.
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At Java Café, Mé Maï, an exhibition of watercolor paintings by Mil Chankrim, a graduate from Phare Ponleu Selpak, an especially talented young artist whose work draws inspiration from resilience and the emotional complexity of tragedy.
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The Lotus Pond Art Gallery of The Plantation hosts David Richard’s latest exhibition Yangon in Transition: Past & Present, featuring over 60 paintings of Burmese heritage buildings and contemporary life scenes.
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Samai Distillery presents Psychedelic Jungle, featuring works by emerging Indonesian contemporary artist SONI Irawan.
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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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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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