Anyone who reads my blog regularly (is there such a person?) will know of my love of the arts and culture to be found here in Cambodia. So I should be in for a treat this week, beginning with the Celebration of Cambodian Culture
taking place at the Chaktomuk Theatre tomorrow (Wednesday 10th December) night as part of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It starts at 6pm and will include classical dance from the Sovanna Phum group and much more. It's International Human Rights Day tomorrow, a public holiday here in Cambodia, though it's unclear whether there will be a parade to commemorate it [there was parade and over 2,000 people took part]. There's another classical dance at the Chaktomuk on Saturday 13th, again at 6pm. I don't have the details yet but my friend Savin will be performing. Before that, on Friday (12th), it's another of those busy days with the MTV Exit concert
at the Olympic Stadium starting at 4pm. It will be the 4th and final concert of this series, which has raised over $15,000 for charitable causes and which rocked Angkor Wat on Sunday. Preap Sovath will be performing so that'll set a few hearts swooning. Also on Friday, there's a lecture at Reyum Institute from Darryl Collins and Hok Sokol on the preservation of wooden houses in Cambodia from 6pm, and a couple of hours later, Meta House are showing the excellent documentary New Year Baby
by Socheata Poeuv. It's in Khmer at 7pm and English at 8pm. Don't miss it, it's a tear-jerker.
In my haste to talk all things cultural, I forgot that tonight is Cambodia's
final game in their Suzuki Cup competition, when they play Myanmar in Bandung. Both sides are already out of the cup having lost their opening two games, so its national pride at stake for this game. Myanmar (or Burma to most of us) will be without their first-choice keeper and coach who have been consigned to the stands after a fracas during their last game against Singapore. For Cambodia its an opportunity to play against one of the lesser SEAsean nations and if they play their proverbial socks off they may even get a result. The game is being shown on tv at 7.30pm I believe. Last but not least, Sam Lorn, the Cambodian film director of Forlorn Films has a new action-thriller movie currently showing at the Sorya Cinema (Screen 2, 5th floor of the Sorya Shopping Mall) called Far Cry
, adapted from the game of the same name. Four show-times each day and in both Khmer and English.