Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 14 November, 2017

Greetings,

Tonight, Tuesday 14, at 6 pm, the opening of a photographic exhibition by Steve Porte, Kampot Salt 2017, a look at the salt farms of Kampot and Kep and the people that work the fields. “For me, it is the people that make Cambodia special. Their friendly and gentle manner is unique in our fast-paced world, and makes this a wonderful place to live.”
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Wednesday 15, 6 pm at Sa Sa Bassac, a talk by artist Yu Ji, in English with Khmer translation. “Yu Ji (b. 1985, Shanghai) is known for the diversity of her practice, dealing chiefly with sculptures and installations, as well as performances and videos. Her long-term interest has been an ongoing investigation into specific loci that are charged with geographical and historical narratives.”
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Thursday 16, from 6.30 pm, Java Independence hosts the opening of Reverie, an exhibition by paper cut artist Lauren Iida. “Lauren transforms the flat surface of paper to a multi-dimensional sculpture, constructing layers, textures and accentuating the play of light and shadows.”   Runs to 4 January.
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Saturday 18 and Sunday 19, the International Phnom Penh Music Festival, Pianomania (The Piano: A European success story), continues at the InterContinental Phnom Penh – a wide range of international performers and works, each introduced with a pre-concert talk. Tickets: $9 any time before the day of the concert, $12 on the concert day, $3 students and children.
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On Saturday 18, 6 pm, N o w h e r e Gallery hosts the opening of Tales of Borneo, woodcuts by Rico Leong, from Borneo. “Rico translates his work through woodcarving and curating woodcut workshops to share with others on the traditional process of woodcut printing on both fabric and rice paper. Many of his illustrations can be found as cover art for Malaysian musicians in the punk scene, which is a subculture that holds an important position for what he stands for alongside personal experiences and opinions.” As a companion piece, two Woodcut Printmaking workshops are offered, on Saturday 18 and Wednesday 22. Bookings essential, spaces limited.
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Saturday 18, 6pm at the ISPP Black Box, the community dance division of the English Ballet Theatre Cambodia (formerly Central School of Ballet, Phnom Penh) will be presenting an original work created and performed by Khmer students, Hien and Bopha based on Romeo and Juliet.  Free entrance.
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On Sunday 19 at 8 pm, Meta House hosts a performance by France-based Australian drummer and percussionist Will Guthrie, a master of composition and improvisation, using combinations of drums, percussion, objects, junk, amplification and electronics.
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Photo Phnom Penh festival, one of South East Asia’s major international photographic events, continues through the month to November 21.   A packed calendar of exhibitions, workshops and more.
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coming soon:

  • Angkor Photo Festival in Siem Reap, December 3 – 12
  • The annual pantomime by The Phnom Penh Players, Unsleeping Beauty, will run at the Department of Performing Arts, 8 – 10 December. Tickets at Kwest Restaurant, DJ Guesthouse, Lot 369 Cafe & Bar
  • Kampot Arts Festival, January 3 – 7

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 14, 6 pm, the opening of a photographic exhibition by Steve Porte, Kampot Salt 2017, a look at the salt farms of Kampot and Kep and the people that work the fields.
More info

Wednesday 15, 6 pm at Sa Sa Bassac, a talk by artist Yu Ji, in English with Khmer translation.
More info

Thursday 16, 6.30 pm, Java Independence hosts the opening of Reverie, an exhibition by paper cut artist Lauren Iida. Until 4 January.
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Saturday 18, 6 pm, N o w h e r e Gallery hosts the opening of Tales of Borneo, woodcuts by Rico Leong, from Borneo.
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Saturday 18, 10 am at N o w h e r e Gallery hosts aWoodcut Printmaking workshop, with another on Wednesday 22 at 6 pm. Bookings essential, spaces limited.
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Saturday 18, 6 pm at ISPP Black Box, the community dance division of the English Ballet Theatre Cambodia will be presenting an original work created and performed by Khmer students, Hien and Bopha based on Romeo and Juliet.
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Saturday 18, 7 pm, day four of the International Phnom Penh Music Festival, Pianomania (The Piano: A European success story) at the InterContinental Phnom Penh. Pre-concert talk at 6 pm.
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Sunday 19, 7 pm, day five of the International Phnom Penh Music Festival, Pianomania (The Piano: A European success story) at the InterContinental Phnom Penh. Pre-concert talk at 6 pm.
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Sunday 19, 8 pm, Meta House hosts a performance by France-based Australian drummer and percussionist Will Guthrie.
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Photo Phnom Penh festival, one of South East Asia’s major international photographic events, continues through the month to November 21.   A packed calendar of exhibitions, workshops and more.
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Ongoing….


At Neverland Artspace, an art exhibition showcasing the daily ink drawings completed during Inktober Cambodia 2017, a month of celebration of illustrative art.
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At Meta House, 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. ”
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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.”
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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 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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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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