• Continuity and Knowledge

    Continuity and Knowledge

    We move forward like the branches that grow bigger and longer, yet we never forget where we are from. – NGET Rady, dancer and choreographer, Root Rady shared the reflection above with Dr. Amanda ROGERS and YEAN Reaksmey for their new research, “Creative Expression and Contemporary Arts Making Among Young Cambodians,” while discussing his new […]

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  • Reflections – Khmer New Year, the Pandemic and Myanmar

    Reflections – Khmer New Year, the Pandemic and Myanmar

    Dear Friends, One year ago I put pen to paper to reflect on the impact of COVID-19 on Cambodia’s arts sector and our work at CLA. Spring is a special time in Cambodia. Last month we celebrated our New Year, Vesak – a day commemorating the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha – and […]

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  • A Weekend in the Woods

    A Weekend in the Woods

    On the 10th anniversary of the Arn Chorn-Pond Living Arts Scholarship the 2021 cohort visit Jombok Hoas Adventure Learning Center with Arn Written by Danielle KHLEANG and photographed by THORN DikaQuotes have been edited lightly for length and clarity. Before the latest wave of COVID-19 infections rattled daily life in Cambodia again, the 2021 cohort […]

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  • A Conversation on gender, sexuality, society and the arts from the Cultural Season

    A Conversation on gender, sexuality, society and the arts from the Cultural Season

    To contextualize the new works commissioned for the 2020 Cultural Season, the  Knowledge, Networks and Policy  (KNP) team at Cambodian Living Arts designed interactive programs to open dialogue between the public, community stakeholders and artists about the meaning and messages behind the works and their implications for Cambodian society. I sat down with SO Phina, […]

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  • Your #ArtsHealing2020 Submissions!

    Your #ArtsHealing2020 Submissions!

    Earlier this month, in collaboration with Arts Emerson, we held the Arts & Healing: Bangsokol Virtual Festival as a response to the global crises of 2020. Inspired by Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia — the first major symphonic work to address the traumas of late 1970s Cambodia which acts as a visible memorial for peace […]

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  • Young People, Center Stage pt. 2

    Young People, Center Stage pt. 2

    Impressions of Dark: University Students’ Reflections Amidst the Cultural Season’s exploration of identity, in this two part interview series, we feature reflections from young people shaping the boundaries of tomorrow, today. In a country where 47 percent of the  population is under the age of 25 and another 41 percent was born after 1976, all eyes […]

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  • Young People, Center Stage pt. 1

    Young People, Center Stage pt. 1

    CHOUNG Veasna: An Interview with one of Phnom Penh’s Emerging Choreographers Amidst the Cultural Season’s exploration of identity, in this two part interview series, we feature reflections from young people shaping the boundaries of tomorrow, today. It was four days before the full performance of Dark when I met CHOUNG Veasna on a sunny afternoon […]

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  • Sampeas Kru & The Cultural Season

    Sampeas Kru & The Cultural Season

    DIVERSE MEETINGS: SAMPEAS KRU & THE CULTURAL SEASON Across the world, every culture has its own ways of paying respect to the past. Sampeas Kru, in Cambodia, is a blessing ceremony typically done at the beginning of a performance to honor the spirits of teachers passed who transmitted their knowledge to the next generations. This […]

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  • Bringing Down the Lights on “Earth and Sky”

    Bringing Down the Lights on “Earth and Sky”

    On March 18th, the Cambodian government delivered clear instructions that all performing arts venues, cinema, and KTV must temporarily close in an attempt to stop the rise of Coronavirus in the country. That evening, the lights went on for Cambodian Living Arts’ last performance of “Earth and Sky,” a traditional Cambodian dance performed at the […]

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