Thursday, October 25, 2012

Celebrating the King Father

Get your dancing shoes on and be ready to celebrate the music of King Father Norodom Sihanouk. It seems suitably fitting that the Cambodian Space Project had already decided to do a tribute gig to the King Father, before the sad events of the last couple of weeks. His impact on Cambodian culture and art was already firmly fixed in their headlights and so the gig at Equinox this Saturday, is about as timely as you can get. Hats off to CSP and I hope the gig, free and starting at 9pm, will be absolutely rammed full. Earlier in the evening, at 6pm, the circus is in town, at the Beeline Arena, as the Phare Ponleu Selpak circus folk are popping down from Battambang for their monthly show. With tickets at just $3.50 a pop, you can't go wrong. PPS always put on a terrific show, as I witnessed in Battambang myself.
Monday is another Cambodian public holiday. Not for me but it is for the schools, etc. To keep the children amused, Phnom Penh Crown are holding a Festival of Football at their RSN pitch in Tuol Kork and inviting all children between the ages of 8-12, boys and girls, to join in the fun. Its part of the club's community engagement program and we've invited all the local schools to send us their kids for the afternoon (2-5pm), with the emphasis firmly on putting the fun into playing football. Its the idea of new coach Sam Schweingruber, who has been doing this in Battambang for the past six years. The first team players will be in charge and assisted by the U-15 girls national team, who are coming down from Battambang for the event. Sounds like a blast.

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