Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 17 October, 2017

Greetings,

Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. Neverland Artspace will be hosting events for Inktober in Phnom Penh, including weekly Drink and Draw, weekly Sketch Circle, and an exhibition that will open November 1. There is an open call for submissions for the exhibition – closing date 31 October. Check it all out at Inktober Cambodia.

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Tonight, Tuesday 17, at Meta House from 6 pm, a photographic exhibition, Pailin 1974, from Colin Grafton’s travels in Cambodia in the early 1970s. “In 1974, when he was living in Phnom Penh, he made a brief helicopter trip to the little town of Pailin near the Thai border. He was astonished to find hundreds of people searching for gems. It was a far cry from the war zone. He only had one film for his camera, but managed to capture some of the excitement and drama in these black-and-white photographs.”
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Also tonight, Tuesday 17, at Neverland Artspace, an arts talk by independent arts manager Meta Moeng, founder of arts space Kon Len Khnhom, which is dedicated to connections in arts community and operating the Contemporary Art Space Tour (CAST), building new audiences and fostering networks among artists and the arts community. Entrance is free but seats are limited. 7 pm – 8 pm.

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Wednesday 18, at For Arts’ Sake in Siem Reap, Elders of Kulen, photographs by Tram Lyrattanak, an exhibition of portraits and stories of Cambodian elders. “Deep in the forest beyond the waterfall, villages have long existed on the sacred mountains of Kulen. Their elders are the keepers of cultural heritage, traditional medicinal knowledge, and survivors of a long and difficult history.”  6 pm – 8 pm.
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At The Plantation, on Wednesday 18, from 7.30 pm, is the monthly meeting of the Literati Society of Phnom Penh, a gathering for writers and readers with guest speakers – new performers are encouraged to attend and contribute.
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This coming weekend, Friday 20 to Sunday 22, the first Khmer Literature Festival will be held in Siem Reap, including literary panel talks, writing workshops, a mini book fair, book launches, performances, and film screenings.
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Photo Phnom Penh festival, one of South East Asia’s major international photographic events, kicks off at the French Institute on Saturday 21, continuing through the month to November 21.   A packed calendar of exhibitions, workshops and more.
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N o w h e r e Gallery offers a Multicolour Monoprint workshop on Saturday 21, from 3pm. Places limited, bookings essential. 
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The Kampot Readers and Writers Festival has launched a Cambodian Emerging Writer’s Prize, with the chance to win a trip to Australia. Simply submit your entries to krwfestival@gmail.com before midday Oct 30. Open to Cambodian nationals aged between 13 and 25 for writing in Khmer or English.

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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

If you are a venue or artist and would like to receive a weekly reminder to provide Kumnooh with an upcoming event or activity, please contact fabianhipp@kumnooh.com and ask to be added to the venue/artists list.


In brief: new and returning…


Tuesday 17, 6 pm at Meta House, a photographic exhibition, Pailin 1974, from Colin Grafton’s travels in Cambodia in the early 1970s.
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Tuesday 17, 7 pm, at Neverland Artspace, an arts talk by independent arts manager Meta Moeng, founder of arts space Kon Len Khnhom, which is dedicated to connections in arts community and operating the Contemporary Art Space Tour (CAST). Entrance is free but seats are limited.
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Wednesday 18, 6 pm, at For Arts’ Sake in Siem Reap, Elders of Kulen, photographs by Tram Lyrattanak, an exhibition of portraits and stories of Cambodian elders.
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Wednesday 18, 7 pm, at Neverland Artspace Drink and Draw for Inktober
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Wednesday 18, 7.30 pm, at The Plantation, the monthly meeting of the Literati Society of Phnom Penh, a gathering for writers and readers with guest speakers.
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Thursday 19, 7 pm, at Neverland Artspace Sketch Circle for Inktober
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Friday 20 to Sunday 22, the first Khmer Literature Festival will be held in Siem Reap, including literary panel talks, writing workshops, a mini book fair, book launches, performances, and film screenings.
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Saturday 21 at the French Institute, Photo Phnom Penh festival, one of South East Asia’s major international photographic events, kicks off, continuing through the month to November 21.   A packed calendar of exhibitions, workshops and more.
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Saturday 21, 3 pm, N o w h e r e Gallery offers a Multicolour Monoprint workshop. Places limited, bookings essential. 
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Ongoing….


At Meta House, a photographic exhibition by Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon of the Phnom Penh Post, Smoke on the water, documenting the Prek Toal bird sanctuary that suffered severe burning in recent years due to a climate change driven El Nino effect.
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At Java Tuol Kork, the latest in the Creative Generation series The Blocks, an exhibition of paintings by recent Zaman University digital arts and design graduate Sun Lymei.
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SaSaBassac presents two solo exhibitions, Klah Klok by Than Sok and New Khmer Architecture, vessels by Albert Samreth.  Runs until December 9.
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At Cloud, Phnom Penh 69, an exhibition of paintings by Bruno Levy, recalling the city in its heyday at the end of the sixties.   Runs until November 3.
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At Tini Café, (St 450, Tuol Tom Pong), A Small Part, paintings by Battambang artist Nov Cheanick.   Until November 3.
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Java Independence hosts Invisible Conversations, installation and images by Kong Vollak. “As an artist and a teacher, Vollaks artistic impulse often coincides with an educational tendency. […] Through a collaborative project Jorng Jam (2014 – 2015) Vollak took the opportunity to interview his own family, collect their stories and to develop a deeper understanding of their experiences through his artistic work. This led to two ongoing bodies of work, one with salvaged photographs and another with clay figures, that explore memory, loss and resilience.”
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At Sa Sa Art Projects,When the River Reverses, a mixed media exhibition by Chu Hao Pei, Hsu Chia-Wei, Piyarat Piyapongwiwat and Than Sok, taking “environmental ecology as a means and metaphor to navigate and explore intersections of various forces” using the direction-changing Tonle Sap as an example.
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At Java Tuol Kork, Ancient Legacy and an Uncertain World, architectural drawings by Chhum Limhay, part of Java’s Creative Generation series continues. The exhibition “explores imaginary cities of the future, inspired by real cities around the world and their historical legacies while employing science-fiction aesthetics. The formation of cities and urban culture is rooted in its ancient heritage which, as a result, affects the design of buildings, infrastructure and how people live in them.”
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Every Saturday at 5 pm, Bophana Center presents Cine Saturday. Programme changes every week, across a wide range of cinema experiences.
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Every Saturday morning at 10 am Coin Café presents free apsara dance classes for children.
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Most Sundays (and occasionally Saturdays) Khmer Architecture Tours presents a range of the architectural wonders of Phnom Penh. 8.30 am start, reservations essential.
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The Phnom Penh Writers Workshop holds events every second Sunday afternoon for Phnom Penh writers who are interested in discussion and critique of their works in progress. If you would like to be involved, please contact Claire (clairemarchantcollier [ @ ] gmail.com or John john.christopher.brown [ @ ] gmail.com.
Performing arts courses at Brighton International School (#79 street 310) for ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 11 – singing, dancing, acting, every Saturday.
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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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The Traditional Dance Show, presented by Cambodian Living Arts, takes place at the National Museum stage. The hour-long performance showcases classical and folk dances from across Cambodia, including the famous Apsara. Every night Monday-Saturday (October-April) and every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (May to September).
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