OUR WORK: Conferences

PROGRAM: Knowledge, Networks, and Policy
AIMED AT: Artists, students, academics, arts managers, researchers, supporters, and more.


As part of CLA’s Knowledge, Networks & Policy Program, we organize conferences in Cambodia, as a  way of exchanging and developing knowledge, skills and experience in key areas. So far our 2017 program has included:

  • 11- 12 March: Arts and Memory,
  • Venue: Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh
    This conference was run in partnership with students from Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia, and included discussions about art’s ability to heal and its role in transforming societies. Thanks to Robert Bosch Stiftung, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Amrita Performing Arts for their support and partnership of this program. Read the report (in Khmer) here.


  • 12-13 June: Arts Management Workshop and Conference
  • Venue: Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh
    The workshop element of this two-day program gave arts managers and academics from Cambodia and around Asia an opportunity to discuss the current and future state of arts management in Cambodia. The aim of the workshop was to set a foundation for developing training and education on arts management in the future.The conference was aimed at students and people working in the sector who want to learn more about arts management. We heard from experienced arts managers in Cambodia, as well as learning about models of arts management degree programs around the world.Thanks to RUFA, Amrita Performing Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts, LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore and Tony Miccoci for their participation.

In 2016, our program included:

Over 100 arts managers, cultural leaders, cultural researchers, and policymakers from 20 countries spent three days in Phnom Penh exploring ‘Vitality and Viability: Arts Ecosystems in Asia’

50 people from 22 countries working in the fields of cultural renewal and development, youth resilience, and social innovation came together in Phnom Penh to discuss the role of arts in peace​ building.

  • April: Sustainability in the Performing Arts
  • Venue: Institut francais du Cambodge

In partnership with Phare Performing Social Enterprise, we organised a conference as part of the Tini Tinou Circus Festival. The theme was sustainability in the performing arts, and the participants were mainly young artists and students. This program was funded by the European Union ‘Culture as a Vector for Democracy & Economic Growth’ and UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity.

  • November: Cambodian Puppetry Working Group
  • Venue: Heritage Hub, Siem Reap

A two-day session in Siem Reap in which 28 people from 19 arts troupes and organizations discussed strategies to strengthen and develop Cambodian puppetry as an art form. Download the report here.

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