OUR WORK: Exchanges

PROGRAM: Arts Development and Knowledge, Networks & Policy
AIMED AT: Artists, arts managers, cultural leaders


Exchanging knowledge, practices, and experiences is one of the best ways for artists and other professionals to develop networks, skills and new inspiration. We set up and coordinate exchanges of all kinds, from artistic collaborations, to research and networking trips, in Cambodia, around Asia and in the USA and Europe.


Call for Scholarship Applications

Cambodian Living Arts is offering up to 2 full scholarships to attend the traditional music camp Ethno Sweden in 2019. This is taking place in cooperation with Folkmusikens hus (FMH) in Sweden. For more details and application form, please download below.

Deadline: 1 April 2019

Submit your application form to sokhorn@cambodianlivingarts.org



Artist Fellowship (USA)

The Artist Fellowship (USA) is an opportunity for  Cambodian visual artists and writers to take part in a four-week residency at the prestigious Vermont Studio Center, the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency program in the United States. Following the residency, Artist Fellows take part in a program of arts, culture, and networking in and around New York City.

We run this program once every two years.


  • TAN Vatey
    TAN VateyVisual Artist
    • TOR Vutha
      TOR VuthaVisual Artist, co-founder of Phare Ponleu Selpak
      • HANG Sokharo
        HANG SokharoIndependent Filmmaker


        • CHOV Theanly
          CHOV TheanlyVisual Artist
          • ENG Rithchandaneth
            ENG RithchandanethVisual Artist
            • YIM Maline
              YIM MalineVisual Artist

              “The residency changed my life forever. I now see the world beyond my home and my perspective has become much broader” – CHOV Theanly

              “I hope the new environment, the people, the nature, the style of life and the blue sky of hope can be a source inspiration for my creation.” – YIM Maline

              “The residency at Vermont Studio Center will help me more to learn about new ways of thinking and new ideas, and develop myself both personally and artistically” – ENG Rithchandaneth

              ONGOING EXCHANGES:

              Young Cultural Innovators

              The Young Cultural Innovator Forum is an initiative of Salzburg Global Seminar.  It is is a ten-year project launched in 2014 to engage fifty of the world’s most dynamic young creative changemakers every year. The aim is to build a global network of 500 changemakers in “hub” communities who design collaborative projects, build skills, gain mentors, and connect to upcoming innovators in their cities and countries.

              In collaboration with regional partners, CLA works to select Young Cultural Innovators from Cambodia and around the Mekong region, and to support their participation in the annual forum in Salzburg, Austria.


              • SOUS Sinath
                SOUS SinathDirector of HR and Community Engagement, Phare Performing Social Enterprise
                • Minh Duc HOANG
                  Minh Duc HOANGYouth Activist
                  • Lattanaxi SENKITCHANULUCK
                    Lattanaxi SENKITCHANULUCKEntrepreneur and Mentor


                    • AJ PHOTHISANE
                      AJ PHOTHISANEFounder of Laobagfai breakdancing crew
                      • Arlette QUYNH-ANH TRAN
                        Arlette QUYNH-ANH TRANWriter and Curator
                        • RITHY Lomorpich
                          RITHY LomorpichFilmmaker and Founder of Plerng Kob
                          • YENG Chheangly
                            YENG ChheanglyWriter and Poet


                            • SO Phina
                              SO PhinaWriter and Researcher
                              • MOENG Meta
                                MOENG MetaArts Manager and Independent Curator

                                “I found a lot of potential people that do fantastic work…now I need to make the string that connects everybody’s work together”

                                -YENG Chheangly

                                “You find yourself in another world where you have time to talk, think, and answer a lot of questions you had never thought of before”

                                -RITHY Lomorpich

                                “We’ve met exceptionally talented people from many parts of the world. They are young, talented, inspiring, and do their work as a positive force for their society and community.”

                                – SO Phina

                                2017 Exchanges


                                Arts Development Senior Coordinator YON Sokhorn joined TPAM (Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama) in Japan. This is a space where professionals from around the world can explore contemporary performing arts exchange through performances and meet


                                Culture & Arts Education Manager SUON Bun Rith joined Salzburg Global Seminar’s session ’The Art of Resilience: Creativity, Courage and Renewal’, in Austria. View the report here.


                                We hosted a cultural leadership workshop, attended by five Cambodian arts managers, and five participants from Taiwan, Vietnam, and Laos. Charlene RAJENDRAN, a Malaysian writer and theater teacher based in Singapore, facilitated the workshop.


                                Executive Director Phloeun PRIM joined a seminar held in Berlin by the Robert Bosch Academy about the meaning and relevance of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Download the report here.


                                3 Living Arts Fellows Alumni from Cambodia, and 2 Young Cultural Innovators from Laos and Vietnam, conducted a roundtable on “Cultural Leadership & The Mekong Region” during ICAS 10, the annual convention of IIAS (International Association of Asia Scholars).


                                Heritage Hub Manager SONG Seng and artist TITH Kanitha attended the Asia Discovers Asia Meeting (ADAM) in August 2017. Kanitha took part in a two-week artist residency, and Seng exchanged ideas and practices with arts managers from around the region.


                                Heritage Hub Manager SONG Seng attended the 3rd Southeast Asian Collaborative Meeting on Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in Penang, Malaysia.

                                2016 Exchanges


                                Four alumni from our Living Arts Fellows Program visited Taiwan, in an exchange we organized in partnership with Bamboo Curtain Studio. As well as learning about the situation of the arts and culture sector in Taiwan, the fellows taught a university class, ran a workshop on leadership, gave a presentation about Cambodian culture at a primary school and co-hosted a Cambodia night for friends of the Bamboo Curtain Studio network.


                                Artists and CLA staff member SONG Seng joined the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) Study Group for the Performing Arts of Southeast Asia in Malaysia, and gave workshops, performances, and presentations about Cambodian shadow puppetry and Smot chanting.


                                Lomorpich RITHY and YENG Chheangly from Cambodia, AJ PHOTHISANE from Laos, and Arlette QUYNH-ANH TRAN from Vietnam joined Salzburg Global Seminar’s Forum for Young Cultural Innovators in Austria, where they met 50 creative leaders from around the world. They are the third generation of YCIs to be nominated and supported by CLA to join this global program.


                                Our founder Arn CHORN-POND and Executive Director Phloeun PRIM joined the World Summit of Arts and Culture in Malta, organized annually by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies (IFACCA). Arn delivered the keynote speech, to 350 delegates from delegates came from more than 80 countries, representing cultural agencies from all over the world.


                                Master of Kantoaming SENG Norn travelled to New York, to become part of an international art project at the Park Avenue Armory. Taryn Simon’s work “An Occupation of Loss” brought together 30 ‘professional mourners’ from around the world.


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