Thursday 1, Bophana Center, in collaboration with the Center for Khmer Studies, presents a conference entitled King Sisowath’s Dancers featuring Dr Lucie Labbé and Samedy Suong. English language event. 6.30 pm – also will be streamed via Facebook Live.
Beginning on Thursday 1 at Ikigai Arts Center is Cycle of Screenings: a sensitive look at Asia, a fortnightly event that until mid-November present a collection of documentary films, many being shown in Cambodia for the first time. “These films also have in common a certain space, the Asian continent, undergoing radical transformations and gathering heterogeneous identities. From spirituality to virtual love, through the industrial agrarian revolution, or the condition of ethnic minorities in Southeast Asia, this selection offers a vast panorama of these ongoing upheavals.” Tickets $5, booking required.
Also on Thursday 1, Apple Tree Productions International event in conjunction with SpeakEasy Theatre at The Box Office present a aight of theatrical poetry with Nupur Saraswat, aka The Sanskari Girl, from India/Singapore. “A passionate and theatrical stage performer who brings an electric energy on stage with her bold, brave and volatile words. She uses spoken word, theatre and music in her performances to tell personal stories of love, identity and Sanskars.” Tickets $5. 7 pm sharp.
Friday 2, 7 pm at Meta House is a special pop up exhibition of the work of photographer Tim Page – until Sunday only, when there will be an additional presentation of three documentary films featuring Page.
Also on Friday 2, Sra’Art holds a happy hour from 7 pm for a last look at the exhibition Painting Hope by Van Chhovorn which closes on Saturday.
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4, Rong Cheang presents workshops by Leang Seckon on making collages. Khmer language event, spaces limited to 15.
Saturday 3 at 8.30 pm at Hometown Hangout is Wurrrd, a spoken word/rap event featuring Initial G, Fatima Hata, Gareth Bawden, Carl Hunter and more.
Monday 5 at Footprints Café in Siem Reap, an evening of books – Snakes, Dancers and Dangerous Lives – featuring author talks by Colin Grafton, Nicholas Coffill and Doug Gordon (for Hang Achariya).
Tuesday 6 at Meta House is the opening of Mekong Trashures, a collection of artworks made from rubbish collected from the rivers surrounding Phnom Penh. “If you are an artist based in Phnom Penh and interested in participating don’t hesitate to contact email@example.com.” 6 pm start.
Ikigai Arts Center is making a general call for poetry, in English or Khmer, to be displayed in their shop and distributed through social media, between now and the end of the year. Find out more here.
Apsara Angkor Art Gallery in Siem Reap is hosting an exhibition of the work of Phnom Penh artist Nyart.
The Phnom Penh Literati Society is resuming monthly meetings on Tuesday 6 September at The Box Office – an informal gathering for readings, presentations, poetry and prose. For more info contact Roberto Longo.
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.
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Ongoing…. exhibitions, dance performances and others
Apsara Angkor Art Gallery (Siem Reap)
An exhibition of the work of Phnom Penh artist Nyart.
Chhan Dina Gallery
An on-going display of Chhan Dina’s work from throughout her career is augmented, on a rolling schedule, with works of contemporary masters and up-and-coming painters.
A continuously rolling collection of works by mostly Cambodian artists.
Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh / Tribe Art Cambodia
The work of Nak Noy. Media: Khmer Times
Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong
Memory House is a photo series by emerging Cambodian-Australian artist and film-maker Allison Chhorn. The series explore traces and shadow memories of the family plastic house the artist worked in with her Cambodian refugee parents when she was younger. Until 11 September.
In Collaboration: Lars Breuer and Koem Kosocheat, “a new and ambitious installation.”
New location: #52C, St 240
Reflections, Kak Sokphirom’s photographs of Phare Ponleu Selpak circus as an art form. Until 25 September.
Abstract Escape, an exhibition by Stan. “There are vibrant colours, joyful colours and spleen colours, stripes that hide and scratches that reveal shapes, then more colours appear.”
Romchiek 5 Art Space
Battambang contemporary art studio. Rolling exhibitions.
Sa Sa Art Projects
Ti Prasap: The Larry Strange Cambodia Collection. “In Khmer, Ti Prasap means a place where things converge or come together, but it is more useful to think of it as a place where things transform each other in an active confluence over the course of time. It is a place where a process or a journey occurs – one that is full of varied actions and is still in development, with new possibilities continually forming. Acknowledging this course of time and journey enables us to consider the factors and forces that facilitate such transformation.”
Shophouse Studio Gallery
What’s Your Gold, an exhibition by art therapist Hiratsuka Niki and Miguel Jeronimo, based around the Japanese craft of kintsugi as a process of healing after experiences of sex trafficking. 10 am – 6 pm, Monday to Sunday, until 10 September
Space Four Zero
Prints, paintings, vintage posters, pop art, CDs and vinyl. Open daily.
Painting Hope by Van Chhovorn. Until 3 September.
Regular events, classes, sessions:
Improv Cambodia now offer weekly improv classes, Wednesdays from 7 pm at Ikigai Arts Center.
Ikigai Arts Center offer life drawing sessions on Thursdays, with teacher), 6.30 pm
Regular on Saturdays at Sra’Art offer classes in art history and techniques: 9 am for children and 11 am for adults.
Also regular on Saturdays mornings at Botanico, presented by Sra’Art, hour-long kids’ art sessions, 10 am and 11 am.
N o w h e r e Art Studio
A range of arts and crafts workshops at different times.