Tuesday, November 2, 2010
There's a fair bit happening around Phnom Penh during the month of November. Here's a quick whizz around the events that caught my eye. This Thursday (4 Nov) is the Children of Bassac dance performance and Anders Jiras photo exhibition at the National Museum, by invitation only. No invite, no entry, boo-hoo. Artist supreme Chhim Sothy has a new exhibition, Beauty of Nature, opening at Equinox on St 278 on Friday 12th, and will run until the end of the year. The following evening, Saturday 13th, you have to choose between the Cambodian Space Project playing at Sharky's Bar in a fundraiser for Wildlife Alliance, or I Should Be So Lucky at Chenla Theatre, a mixed media and dance performance by some of Cambodia's top artists. Both kick-off at 7pm. On Wednesday 17th and the following night, Lost Loves by Chhay Bora will be shown at Meta House, a story set during the Khmer Rouge regime, and well worth attending. Meta House are also re-running the documentary by Theth Sambath and Rob Lemkin, Enemies of the People, on Tuesday 23rd and 25th after its initial run screened to packed houses at the same venue a couple of months ago. Bruno Bruguier will launch his new book, on the archaeological sites surrounding the Tonle Sap, at the French Cultural Center on the 25th too. How can anyone forget that Leonard Cohen will be performing his intimate show indoors at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday 27th and there's a freebie for Khmers only the following night. STOP-PRESS: Actually neither show will be taking place anytime soon as the visit of Cohen to Phnom Penh has just been called off due to "logistical issues". Meanwhile, Sunday 28th will see the start of Photo Phnom Penh with numerous exhibitions taking place around town. If you are in Siem Reap between 20-27 November, the 6th annual Angkor Photo Festival will be out and about as well in various locations.