Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 11 August, 2020


Tonight, Tuesday 11 at Meta House, the opening of a joint photographic exhibition, Cambodia before COVID, featuring the work of Steve Porte, Jean Francois Perigois, Thomas Hommeyer and Raphael Pech.  “This exhibition offers a selection of random images by four local photographers, all made prior to March 2020. The goal is simply to illustrate daily life across the country before the onset of COVID-19.”  From 6 pm.
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On Thursday 13 Howl Cambodia is hosting a poetry night/word jam at Miss Wong’s in Siem Reap , featuring Phnom Penh poet Scott Bywater’s northern launch of his new volume the dream orchestra keeps playing the same tune, plus many other contributors.  7 pm start.
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On Friday 14, the second edition of #MIRAGEinsight at Mirage Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap, a projection night showcasing work submitted in response to an invitation to digital artists in Cambodia.  “Join us and be moved, surprised, amused, and inspired.”  7 pm and again at 8.30 pm.
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Saturday 15 at Meta House, a night of cinema, poetry and music with RJ Marshall and Antonio Pineda.  “RJ Marshall will premiere a pop video titled Hey You from his new LP 1042 Express, recorded and produced in Phnom Penh at North Sea Music mobile sound studio.   Antonio Pineda will screen a short movie that features him entitled Bumdog and the Bargirl directed by Bumdog Torres, and read from his new novel.   RJ and Frisco Tony will also perform psychedelic rock and originals.”  8 pm.
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Saturdays in August, Java Tuol Tom Pong presents A new dawn, by dance troup New Cambodian Artists.   Doors open 6.30 pm, tickets $15.  “This piece reflects the past two years of NCA – the travels and performances in and outside of Cambodia. The international teachers and fellow artists we have worked with made us realize contemporary dance is an international language with people from all over the world cooperating together. This piece is an ode to our teachers and influences from Japan to Germany, from Britain to Holland. NCA, the world is our stage.”
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An Arts and Environment Festival is being held this weekend in Battambang – featuring presentations, workshops and performances.
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YouTube channel Cambodia’s Beauty of Life has just released this short multi-language video featuring master painter Chhim Sothy.

Coming soon:

  • The next Thursday Tales event upstairs at The Exchange will be held on August 20
  • Photo exhibition People of the Wakhan by Joaquin Barata opens at The Plantation on August 27.  “This exhibition portrays a unique journey over high-altitude passes and through colourful nomadic settlements in one of the most remote areas of Afghanistan. In this part of the world, little has changed over the last centuries and the harshness of life is reflected onto the faces of the people.”

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.

Are we missing something?  Let us know at fabianhipp@kumnooh.com.

See you about…

Fabian Hipp




At Good Times X, the new gallery/hostel/rooftop bar on the corner of Sts 19 and 172, a photographic exhibition, Before the Fall: Phnom Penh 1973 – April 7th, 1975, selected photos from Dancers 1973 and Phnom Penh Before the Fall: Snapshots From a Besieged City by Colin Grafton.
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Java Creative Café has declared its Open Walls on-line exhibition open, with works by a variety of artists from the Phnom Penh community.  You can view it here

As part of the Sra’Art Human Interaction cycle, the gallery presents work by Kok.  “Kok created his pieces by starting from a small dot of paint, putting the thousand of small dots together to create unique pieces full of color and pleasure to the eyes!”
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Kampot Art Gallery presents Chan Phoun and Vodka in one exhibition.  “Besides the exhibition there’s a fish room to dive through and a gift shop with Mathilda Graphic designs, upcycled jewellery, comicbooks by Nicolas C. Grey, greeting cards and art supplies.”
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Transit, an exhibition by Marie Le Mounier and Studio Images, at the French Institute.  “It enters into her concerns regarding the portrayal of reality, in which she shows people questioning the inner working of their urban environment, which they constantly keep passing through.”
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Every Wednesday at Azure Bar & Grill, Sip and Draw with Olga Shkylar – $20 for a two hour workshop; includes drawing materials and a drink.
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Also on Thursdays, Sra’Art is holding a kids’ art club, with art-based activities for kids of different ages through the day.
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