OUR WORK: Festivals

PROGRAM:Arts Development
AIMED AT: Performers and audiences in Cambodia and the Mekong Region


We produce festivals that give new audience the chance to experience living arts first-hand. Past festivals have included Jolana Jongjam I and II (2015 and 2016), Amatak Festival (2014) and Cambodian Youth Arts Festival (six editions from 2003-2012). Coming up in 2017:

October 2017: REPFest World Music Festival, co-presented with World Culture Open and the Mekong Cultural Hub, will bring artists from around Asia to Siem Reap, for three days of world music and cultural exchange.

October 2017: 25 artists from our Heritage Hub will join the Asia-Pacific Traditional Performing Arts Festival (APTAF) in Taipei and Yilang

July 2018:We will hold Jolana Jongjam 3, the third edition of our contemporary dance festival on the theme ‘Movement Memory’.

Full details on these festivals and more will be posted here as soon as they are released!

In 2017 so far, we have participated in:

January: Our 2015 Living Arts Fellows organized the I Love Arts Festival at Preah Sisowath High School. Students saw an exhibition of visual arts, live painting, and watched a performance by Miss Sarawan.

February: Krom Monster, a group that blends traditional Cambodian instruments and melodies with contemporary electronics, and came of of a previous CLA workshop, performed at the second edition of the Chub Met Festival, held in Siem Reap.

April: With Bonn Phum (Village Festival), we co-commissioned a re-interpretation of traditional Khmer opera Yike Kakei, by UY Latavan and Yike Amatak troupe. They performed this at the popular Bon Phum festival before Khmer New Year.

May: we worked with Reek Sai youth group to bring demonstrations of folk dance, masked dance, sculpture, photography, and Chapei Dang Weng, to the Create Cambodia festival at Sisowath High School, organized by Peace Corps Cambodia.

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