OUR WORK: Creative Writing



តែឯង (“you’re one of a kind!”) is often heard when an individual express himself or an idea that stands out or differs from others. តែយើង (“our kind”), on the other hand, is used when a group of people accept a person who has common interests and consider different voices. Combined together, “តែឯង តែយើង” (“Your Kind, Our Kind”) can be interpreted as an individual who is isolated from a clique of people who only accept people of their own. It can also mean that even if someone is different, they are still part of the group. Furthermore, it can reflect society’s views of individuals: are they independent bodies or parts of the same body? What issues do individuals face for differing from the social norm? 

Cambodian society starts to open up wider space for individual expression. Yet, conservative views and social pressure that co-exist in the system, can still lead to uniformity, lack of creativity, and even mental disorders. Furthermore, it can limit individuals’ initiatives to make change in their life, in their community or in society in general. Likewise, even though there is a trend in the world today to celebrate diversity and inclusion, discrimination and bullying towards people still exist. 

All in all, we want to hear stories, experiences and expressions from the voices of artists, writers, thinkers as well as youth in general:

  • What would be the risks and advantages to allow more diverse expressions in Cambodia?
  • How can individuals find balance between their own thinking/actions and social norms?
  • How does one cope up with emotional state when facing peer or social pressure?
  • How can youth find a way of expressing themselves?
  • How do you see global trend to celebrate diversity and inclusion fit in Cambodia’s today context?
  • What future do we see for Cambodia society and how can we take part to shape it?

Under the theme “Your Kind, Our Kind”, this year Cambodian Living Arts will be selected FOUR ​​new creative writing.


FOR CULTURAL SEASON 2023 THEME: “Your Kind, Our Kind”


Since 2018, CLA has been running a regular Cultural Season. The Cultural Season is a collection of performances, workshops, exhibitions and talks, which are presented over 2-3 months. The target audience is young people, especially university students. The season will run in Phnom Penh during February 2023, and some works will be invited to go on the province tour during March, where we will present performances and workshops at 4 provinces. You can learn more about Cultural Season 2022 HERE.

The new artwork produced and presented during the season is created via CLA’s ongoing program of creative workshops (of script writings, directing and staged readings), residency, small-medium grants (commission) for and by young artists.

Every year, we give the Cultural Season a theme. This theme is used to give artists a starting point for creating new plays, dances and music. It is also used by the CLA team to guide us in putting together an interesting program that can showcase different angles to consider the same topic, and will inspire new perspectives and interesting discussions from the audience. We share the theme with the audience in our marketing materials, so that when they come to see the performances or to join a talk or workshop, they can connect their experience back to the big picture question. This year’s Cultural Season 2023 theme is “Your Kind, Our Kind”. Which is chosen by the Curatorial Fellows, a team who design, and develop the program for Cultural Season 2023. This fellowship is supported by CLA and you can learn more about the program HERE.

The goal of the projects, activities, and performances in these programs is to encourage expression and creativity, give artists and administrators opportunities to develop new skills and experiences, and build strong human resources and audiences for arts in Cambodia.

Values of Cultural Season:

  • Celebrating difference and diversity
  • Inclusion
  • Allow for interpretation (not educational, right or wrong…etc.)
  • Connect the local and the global; make links to other global contexts


To be eligible the work MUST:

  • Be relevant to the theme of the cultural season 2023
  • Those works could be a short novel, short story, or poems.

You must also:

  • Be resident in Cambodia at the time of application 
  • Hold Cambodian citizenship or a K-Visa 
  • Be able to be fully attend the Cambodian Living Arts Cultural Season in February 2023 in Phnom Penh and fully attended cultural season tour in March 2023 for reading events up to 3 times. 



The application deadline is September  19th  by 5pm.  

You may submit your application materials by delivery to the CLA Office (128G9 Sothearos Boulevard, Phnom Penh) or by  email  to  sakun@cambodianlivingarts.org

Your application must include:

  • Completed application form
  • Resume / CV which summarizes your works related to writing fields e.g. published or translation the book…. etc. (If applicable) 
  • Completed work with carefully spellings checked 

Beneficiary & payment 

  • Each selected applicant will be awarded $500 USD
  • Opportunity for writing and chances to read for diverse audience both in Phnom Penh and provinces

Applications should be completed in Khmer or English for K-Visa holders or in indigenous language. If English or indigenous language, the works need to translate into Khmer.


CLA will host a Qs and As session on August 5 from 5:30pm-6:30pm  via this ZOOM LINK (Meeting ID: 837 4050 1488, Passcode: 047250). If you are interested, please call to register with PO Sakun at 012 432 201. 

Applications will be reviewed by the Season Curation Team, an independent group who will make decision on the selection.

Selected applicants​ & Unselected applicants will be notified on 2nd  week of October 2022 

Further info, please contact: sakun@cambodianlivingarts.org OR calling 012 432 201 during ourworking hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-12pm, 1:30pm-5:30pm.





Cultural Season Theme: “Action Today, Consequences Tomorrow”

Cambodian Living Arts is excited to open the announcement for 4 new commissions: 2 Stage Performances & 2 Digital Performances.

Your actions have consequences. Collectively, these choices make the realities of our lives — and for the lives of future generations. For the 2022 Cultural Season we’re asking artists and audiences to explore and reflect on how everything that we do today, changes tomorrow. Whether you decide to talk to your mom before bed, get on a moto-taxi with a runny nose — or at the national level, urban development is prioritized over wetlands preservation, tree planting and heritage building preservation — every action, small or big, makes an impact.

Artists are invited to imagine the future by thinking critically about the millions of choices you and society make every day. Some questions to explore are:

  • Regarding our national context, how do we imagine the future of Cambodia – socially, spatially, politically, and environmentally? What choices are being made, and by whom, that impact this future? How is today active in the future tomorrow? What is the impact of your actions? Can you ever really know or predict the impact of actions?
  • How do your actions -​ with friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, shopkeepers – change the future? In 30 seconds, 30 minutes, 1 year, 10 years, 200 years?

Introducing the theme and what cultural season is

The world is changing and so is Cambodia. With these changes and development (globalization, immigration…etc.), some view this as a threat to “Cambodian Identity/Pure Culture”. With this current context, what do we mean by “Cambodian Identity, i.e. to remain the same or to extend the definition to respond to changes with time and space and who has a right to (re)define it? With 90% of Cambodia’s population being Khmer Ethnicity as majority, so how are different minorities (including indigenous people, Vietnamese, Cham, Chinese and Lao) integrated? Does the emergence of the diverse expressions (contemporary arts form, visibility of LGBT…etc.) necessarily mean an opposition to dominant culture? How are they represented and from which point of view? Can all these different groups be together as “us” or should be separate from each other as “them”?”

CLA is excited to invite all artists who are interested to explore these questions and explore the theme “Expressing Identity: Them and Us” through our cultural season, a 3-month program from Jun-Aug, in Phnom Penh.

Download the application form bellow and submit to sokhorn@cambodianlivingarts.org or facebook Sokhorn Yon

Supported by:


Giving artists the chance to create work is one of the best ways to encourage creativity and expression. We regularly “commission” new projects. Some recent projects include:

Commission: Kakei
Form: Yike (opera)
Artists: UY Ladavan & Yike Amatak
This was co-commissioned with Plerng Kob. Kakei is a traditional piece of Yike repertoire. However the troupe wanted to present it with a new angle, to question society’s expectations of women. The production premiered Bon Phum (Village Festival) in April, and has since been performed at locations around Phnom Penh in June – August.

Commission: Prolung Skor Chey
Form: Percussion and dance
Artists: Female artists from Sounds of Angkor troupe, with SUON Sopheak

Female artists from Sounds of Angkor created a 20-minute piece demonstrating leadership roles from women in the arts. This was performed at Pannasastra University of Cambodia, Siem Reap, in January.

Commission: Traditional Dance
Form: Classical and folk dance
Artists: PHAL Saravuth, with Yu Vek Selapak

Yu Vek Selapak performs regularly in our Traditional Dance Show at the National Museum. In January we commissioned them to develop three new pieces: Melody of Drums, Tbal Kdoeurng, and The War of Pinunjit & Hanuman.

Commission: Pin Panchapor
Form: Dance and music
Artists: HANG Rithyravuth

This was our first collaboration with RUFA’s Faculty of Music. HANG Rithyravuth directed this piece which mixes contemporary and classical dance, with traditional music and martial arts. The dynamic story was inspired by Professor. HANG’s research into the well-known episode from Reamker, The Churning of the Milk Sea. The piece was first performed in May 2017 to a packed crowd at the National Museum of Cambodia

Commission: Healing Workshop
Form: Contemporary Dance
Artists: CHEY Chankethya, with Amrita Performing Arts

In March 2017, we commissioned a therapeutic project aiming to use dance as a way to heal trauma. The audience watched a solo performance by CHEY Chankethya on the theme of body memory, before taking part in an interactive and creative workshop.

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