Sunday, June 3, 2012

Filippi's Phnom Penh

I recall writing about Dr Jean-Michel Filippi's proposed book, Strolling Around Phnom Penh as long ago as mid-2010. It didn't see the light of day at that time, but it has now. The author will host a book launch of the English edition of his new book at the Open Wine restaurant from 4.30pm on Thursday 7 June, with a launch of the French version the day before. Dr Filippi is an expert in quite a few things. Forgotten minority languages (he speaks more than a dozen languages himself), Cambodian history in general, absolutely anything to do with the Kep and Kampot region of Cambodia and the buildings and history of Phnom Penh. Corsican-born, he's a regular contributor to local newspapers and magazines, and has designs on building a Kampot Regional Museum, just outside Kep, when funds and time permit. More about the book when I have my copy. 

I've penciled in a visit to the Sovanna Phum Theatre on Street 99, where they host performances every Friday and Saturday evening from 7.30pm onwards. I'm told a new version of the fabulous big drums performance on 22 and 23 June is being lined-up. The couple of times I've seen them before and the Hanuman and the Giant Drums show has been simply stunning. So another visit is long overdue. Other shows this month include large and small shadow puppets, traditional dance, a Khmer music orchestra and Apsara dancing. Entrance fee for adults is $5 each.

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