OUR WORK: Ethno Cambodia

PROGRAM: Heritage Hub
AIMED AT: Young traditional musicians from Cambodia, the Mekong region and the world


Ethno Cambodia is a week-long music workshop for young musicians and singers. It’s open to applications from Cambodia, the Mekong Region, and beyond – as long as you have a passion for sharing, learning, and teaching traditional music.

At Ethno Cambodia, you will be living and learning together with 30 young musicians, sharing your music and cultures to each other. Every participant is a student and a teacher at the same time.

Through a combination of workshops, jam sessions and performances, you will get to know a variety of musical styles and, supported by artistic leaders, will arrange and invent new tunes of your own.

Join us for a celebration of the world’s intangible cultural heritage!

Where: Siem Reap, Cambodia
When: 7-14 January 2019
Who: 30 young musicians from Cambodia, the Mekong Region and beyond
What: Learn traditional music from each other and arrange the tunes as one global music orchestra


What is Ethno?

Ethno is JM International’s program for folk, world and traditional music. The program, founded in 1990, is aimed at young musicians with a mission to revive and keep alive global cultural heritage amongst youth. Present today in over 20 countries, Ethno engages young people through series of annual international summer music camps, as well as workshops by working together with schools, conservatories and other groups of youth. Ethno provides a unique opportunity for young people from across the globe to come together and engage through music in a manner that is characterised by respect, generosity and openness.

Read more about Ethno here


PLEASE NOTE: Ethno New Zealand takes place straight after Ethno Cambodia – could you apply to both and combine the trip?

Find out more about Ethno New Zealand here


Video credit: Peter ALHBOM | Taken at Ethno Sweden in 2017


Hear from the artists:

KEAT Sokim took part in Ethno Germany in 2017. He will be one of the artistic leaders of Ethno Cambodia. He says:

“In Germany last year, it was great to meet other artists from around the world. We played the music and songs that each of us brought from our home country. We communicated and learned from each other, understanding more about each other’s countries and cultures. Here in Cambodia and in the Mekong region, we have a huge variety of cultures and arts – some similar, some very different from each other. I hope that Ethno Cambodia will be a platform where local, regional, and global artists can come together. and learn more about each other. I’m very excited to see what happens in the exchange sessions, rehearsals, concerts, and just chatting and sharing with other artists.”

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