Feb 16 2011
This March 5, Kep’s sleepy atmosphere will make way for a musical collaboration as Eastern and Western performers come together for the 1st Kep Beach Festival.
The show kicks off with DJ Hoxup playing Khmer rock ‘n roll from the 1960s and 1970s, with other artists ranging from the famous Khmer chapei player Ta Kong Nay through to European DJs including French DJ Stephane Arii, one of the organisers of past dance events atop Bokor Mountain.
We had a quick Q&A over email with one of the festival’s organisers, Stefaan Lambrecht. Stefaan has been living in Cambodia for the last five years, running the decidedly charming Botanica Guesthouse in Kep. He explained that he and his co-organisers, including the Kep Ministry of Tourism, settled on Kep for the festival because they see great potential in the area and they’re “striving to create an annual intercultural event where Khmer meets Western and where music, arts and culture bring people together.”
The festival is supported by Kingdom Breweries, Ezecom and Asian Trails and a portion of the proceeds (drinks and food will be on sale) will be donated to Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE), a child-protection organisation in Cambodia.
They’ve got no idea how many people will show up as this is the first time something like this has been attempted in Kep, but they’ve got their fingers crossed for 500 people. So, if you’ve got nothing planned on March 5, head down to Kep, take in the tunes and support a worthy cause while you’re at it.
The Kep Beach Festival kicks off at 14:00, running through till midnight and will be happening right on Kep beach.
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