Saturday, October 24, 2009

Explosion of events

I'm gone for a few days and Phnom Penh explodes with more cultural events than I can shake a stick at. Tonight at Chinese House on the riverside, there's the closing ceremony of Golden Awakening, a week of 1960s Cambodian films as well as a party with suitable music. A host of famous Khmer names will be present and it begins at 6pm. At Meta House tonight, Tiara Delgado's Bitter Mekong film will get a 2nd showing at 7pm, whilst over at Chenla Theatre, tonight and tomorrow will see a new contemporary dance creation by Peter Chin called Transmission of the Invisible, and will involve Khmer and Canadian dancers performing together. The folks at the Bophana Center are busy too. At 4pm today they are showing a series of documentaries on Kong Nay, Sapoun Midada and the Kreung minority amongst others. On Tuesday (27 October), as part of World Audiovisual Heritage Day, they will repeat the screenings amongst a series of events including an array of varying musical styles. On Wednesday at the French Cultural Center there's an exchange in Khmer and French with Pin Yathay, author of the excellent memoir Stay Alive My Son.

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