Be quick about it
I'm still waiting to see a schedule of events for the Performing Arts Festival 2011 organized by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts this month. Like last year, I saw it at the very last minute as many groups come to the city from the provinces to showcase their talents. I know that the Khmer Arts Ensemble will be performing their Pamina Devi show during the festival, as will many others. But as yet, I don't have any detailed information in my grubby mits. Also later this month is the French Cultural Center's Dansez Roam! series. Some of Cambodia's best dancers will be part of the latter's Chenla Theatre production on Friday 25 February and the next day (free tickets from Amrita Arts and the CCF), with Street Dances taking place along Sisowath Quay on 27 Feb with some 20 dancers taking part.
On a completely different tack, a female stand-up comedian Kitty Kavanagh, all the way from Birmingham, UK will be taking part in the regular Java Arts On The Spot open mic session on Wednesday 16 February. Kitty is travelling in this part of the world and having given up her day job with The Times newspaper, she is reverting to her alter ego as a stand-up comedy artist. Find out more about her here. She will be sharing the event, which starts at 7pm, with Norwegian ambient composer Ingolv Haaland and Cambodian singer Ouch Savy, also known as one of the country's best chapei performers. Sounds like a very interesting combination.