Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Curtain time

A very rare performance of the Glass Box classical solo piece graced the stage, by Khmer Arts Ensemble
An eclectic line-up of acts brought down the curtain on the 5-day long Cambodian Youth Arts festival tonight. Traditional songs, a rare classical dance solo, chapei music, disabled artists, hip-hop breakdancers and large shadow puppets were amongst the artistic talent on view from diverse groups such as Khmer Arts Ensemble, Tiny Toones, Children of the Bassac and Epic Arts. It was a fitting finale for a festival that has been well supported by the Phnom Penh public over the past five days and has brought a wide range of talented artists into the public view. Even Pou Khlaing's appearance near the end couldn't spoil it, as he nearly did with the recent Dengue Fever concert. I know the youngsters like his 'style' but it's definitely not my cup of tea. That aside, I attended three of the five night's of entertainment inside Chaktomuk Theatre and witnessed a great diversity of arts that bodes well for Cambodia's future. Arts are alive and well, and thriving, and deserve the support of the public, both in the capital and across the country. Spread the word.
4 groups of Sbek Thom (large leather puppets) got together this week to produce Sa Neakabas
The closing moments of the CYA festival at Chaktomuk tonight as everyone takes a bow



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