Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 11 June, 2019


Friday 14 and Saturday 15, the Phnom Penh Players present The Great Theatre of the World!, a baroque play by Pedro Calderon de la Barca. “The play imagines the world as a Great Theatre. God wants to celebrate his greatness, and for that, he calls souls and assigns them roles to perform. In the end, when the work is finished, and everybody is dead, the actors receive a prize or punishment according to whether they acted well or badly.” Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 6 pm and 8 pm – then the same on the following weekend – at Sovannaphum Arts Association. Tickets $10, available from The Box Office – Phnom Penh, D2 Smokehouse, YK Art House or Mang Miguel Kainan.

On Saturday 15, the opening of the new season of performances by New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap.
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Monday 17, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
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Coming soon:

  • Music in the Sky at Sofitel for Fete de la Musique on June 21 featuring Miwako Fujiwara
  • A joint exhibition at the French Institute by Ouk Socheathy (ceramics) and Ou Vandy (sculpture), opens June 20
  • A solstice special media event at Number 26 Art Shop (St 118), June 20, 10 pm to 3.03 am by LEONEOART.
  • Exhibition opening and book launch for The dead eye and the deep blue sea, a graphic memoir and artwork of modern slavery by Vannak Anan Prum at Java Independence on June 26
  • At Bong the Gallery, Donvirao: spectrum of the multiverse, a painting exhibition by Douglas Victor Rahotan, opens June 29
  • Y2K Art House is hosting a yoga and art retreat, July 25-28

For a more rock’n’roll view of Phnom Penh and the wider Cambodian music scene, please check out our sister publication lengpleng.com, the long running live music gig guide.

Note: we are now accepting donations for the on-going work of Kumnooh, which can be made either via payment to fabianhipp@kumnooh.com at Paypal, or alternatively in cash which can be arranged by emailing to the same address. Your small contributions will help continue our free and advertising free service into the great, wide future of contemporary arts in Cambodia.
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Fabian Hipp


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…

Friday 14, 7 pm the Phnom Penh Players present The Great Theatre of the World!, a baroque play by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, at Sovannaphum Arts Association.

Saturday 15, 6 pm and again at 8 pm, the Phnom Penh Players present The Great Theatre of the World!, at Sovannaphum Arts Association.

Saturday 15, the opening of the new season of performances by New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap.
More info

Monday 17, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
More info

Ongoing…. exhibitions, dance performances and others


 At Chinese House, Life’s Celebrations by Elsa Boonzaaier. “Elsa gets her inspiration through the photos of time and the stories of people whom she met. She can find herself lost in wonders of art when even a single word whispered can trigger the urge to draw or paint. Art has opened the world to her anew, only this time through the eyes of an artist.”
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KBach ArtSpace at Factory Phnom Penh, as part of their KBach Arts Competition 2019, are showing finalists in last year’s competition and a judges’ gallery as well as their regular collection.

At Bophana Center, a painting exhibition, Life of Nature, by Sophorn Chan. “This exhibition aims to showcase the incredible importance and value of nature for all life on earth, as life is absolutely connected to it.” Until June 29.

At Bong the Gallery, Gco-Man! (self-satisfaction), an exhibition by Japanese digital artist and designer Kayoko Yonaga. “Find silence, peace, harmony in what you do, by and without achieving anything else than a purpose of creation, for the sake of doing it, which declares in her creative process a meditative state of happiness. Formats and tools are various, not less irrelevant, but more decisive how cultural and traditional heritage enfolds in its constant motion and transformation.”
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At the French Institute, Shadows and Lights, featuring works by renowned photographer Klavdij Sluban with the young photographers of the Royal University of Fine Arts and le Studio Images. “Considered as one of the most important French photographers of his generation, Klavdij Sluban’s work is regularly shown in the most important museums and international art centers around the world. In Phnom Penh, he chose to work on a theme he is particularly fond of – shadows and lights, the mystery of the places and the situations”
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At Java Independence, Micro Organics, an exhibition by Yim Maline. “Yim Maline’s artwork starts with walking. Walking through natural spaces, undisturbed by human intervention. The shapes and colors of flowers, roots, and trees that she observes form the basis of her compositions. It is in these quiet landscapes that Maline seeks a reconciliation with her personal history and the cycles and resilience of nature. This exhibition is included in the programme Landscape Afterwar(d)s.” Until 21 June.
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At the Kampot Art Gallery, Kampot: The Changing Landscape. “Neak Sophal and Kong Vollak have created a unique exhibition looking at Kampot and the impact of past, present and future.”
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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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New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap present weekly performances of contemporary dance every Saturday.
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Every Thursday and Friday, 6.30 pm at Counterspace Theatre, Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong, the dance company Sophiline Arts Ensemble presents performances of Cambodian dance. “Featuring a stellar cast dressed in fanciful costumes, The Lives of Giants is a contemporary meditation on bullying, cycles of violence, and the responsibilities of wielding power.” Tickets $18.
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Saturdays and Sundays, 6.30 pm at Counterspace Theatre, Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong, Prumsodun Ok and NATYARASA present performances of Vajramala – Spirit of Khmer Dance. Tickets $25.
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Dance Academy Cambodia has a wide range of dance classes through the week at Urban Tower, 5th Floor, #20 Street 51 (opposite Blue Dog, near The Place).
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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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The Kok Thlok arts organisation is presenting twice weekly shadow puppet and Khmer theatre performances at the National Library, St 61, every Friday and Sunday at 6.30 pm. Kok Thlok are offering a membership card, with an annual fee of $30, that provides unlimited access (including for family members or two friends) to the rolling programme planned over the next four years to present the 24 forms of traditional theatre.
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N o w h e r e Gallery presents frequent workshops such as Self Portrait Acrylic on Canvas, Bookbinding for beginners and Brush lettering for beginners. Bookings always essential, spaces limited. Mostly Saturdays and Sundays although occasionally midweek.

The theatrical group the Francophone Troupe of Phnom Penh is holding a theatre workshops at 6.30 pm every Wednesday at Restaurant 63 Bassac, on St 308. Sessions are in French but perfect French is not required. $10/session (2 hours).
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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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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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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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Fortnightly on Wednesdays, at Cloud, a poetry writing workshop hosted by Jessica of Feminist Voices Phnom Penh for anyone looking to expand their writing, find their voice and build confidence. Please bring something to write with.
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New art programmes for children from three years old and up is now underway at Ocarina School led by a certified art teacher, Océane. “Ocarina is the first and only French-speaking activities center offering French standard after-school music and art curriculums for children from 6 months to 17 years old.”
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A weekly gathering on Thursday night at Number 26 Art Shop Gallery on St 118, just off the riverside, 7 pm – 10 pm, with monthly changes of exhibitions, a place to exchange ideas.
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