Thursday, August 5, 2010
The Cambodian Youth Arts Festival 2010 kicks-off in earnest this Saturday and will include 5 nights of performances both inside Chaktomuk Theatre as well as an outdoor stage next door. Saturday and Sunday night in particular will see me in attendance to enjoy this very welcome arts festival. The ceremony to open the festival begins at 6.30pm on Saturday (7 August) and then from 7pm performers will include chapei master Kong Nay, the young dancers of the Children of the Bassac troupe, circus acts from Phare Ponleu Selpak, contemporary dance from Epic Arts and a short re-run of the opera Where Elephants Weep. It promises to be a great opening night. Then on Sunday you can see the young dancers from Apsara Arts, Amrita's excellent Breaking The Silence play and finishing off with Sarah O'Brien's Winds of Angkor musical highlights from 8pm. There's a lot more besides and you can see the full programme on the CYAF website here. Tickets are $5 for foreigners and $2.50 for Khmers for each evening for the Chaktomuk shows, whilst the outdoor stage performances are free.