Jan 31 2012
February is another busy month here in Siem Reap, the absolute highlight of which is the Giant Puppet Parade on Saturday February 25.
*Emotional, a unique collection of clothes by Eric Raisina, will be on exhibition at the Hotel de la Paix from Saturday February 11. The Siem Reap-based designer’s electrifying designs have been shown at international fashion shows in Paris, New York and Bangkok — we’ve mentioned him before here.
*A double exhibition at The 1961 hotel, Velvet by Kampot-based artist Vincent Broustet, and Somewhere in Sudan by Heather Stillwell.
*Innermost is a series of challenging photographs taken by a young Cambodian photographer. Check them out upstairs at the ArtDeli on Alley West.
*Elegies of Angkor by John McDermott is at the McDermott Galleries, FCC and The Passage. John’s magical images have developed iconic status and The Passage gallery is also home to a number of rolling exhibitions that are definitely worth a look.
*At the new and stunning Mezze Bar, you’ll find a special collection of Mandalas created by Frenchman Bruno Lévy. Relying strongly on imagery from the Angkor temples, and blending other influences from East and West, you won’t find anything like these anywhere else. He also does commissions.
* Tuesdays at Chilli Si Dang: Live music and open mike night.
* Wednesdays at X Bar: Jam session, 18:00–23:00.
* Thursdays at the Heritage Suites Hotel sees talented live sax player Stevie Cadd during happy hour at the cocktail bar, 18:30–20:30.
* Fridays at the Warehouse: Open mike night with Richard Besley, rock, folk and blues, from 21:00.
* Fridays and Saturdays at The Station: A dance, music and comedy special with the Lady Boy Revue, from 21:00.
* Saturdays at Linga Bar: The fabulous Diamond Paradise Drag Show, from 22:30.
* Saturday 28 at the Warehouse: Karaoke Mayhem from 22:00, if you dare…
* Cooks in Tuk Tuks street food tours run daily from the RiverGarden Hotel at 16:00.
* Monday to Friday at Molly Malone’s: Early bird specials on the restaurant and steakhouse menus from 17:00 to 18:30.
* Wednesdays at Soria Moria: $1 training night. An excellent selection of special small dishes and drinks all available for $1, 19:00–23:00.
* Fridays at the Ivy 2: $1 tapas night, including $1 cocktails and a wide selection of vegetarian dishes, from 18:00.
* Valentine’s night special Poolside Gala Dinner at Heritage Suites Hotel, $60 pp.
* Tuesdays and Sundays screenings at the Siem Reap Film Society. Check out their facebook page for an update on what’s showing at this really special little art-house cinema.
* Mondays at Soria Moria is movie night on the rooftop bar with free popcorn. From 20:00.
* The Angkor Wat International Film Festival. From Friday 17 February to Sunday 19 February, the first film festival in Siem Reap aims to build awareness around the importance of preserving culture and the environment.
* Oscars’ Day at Rosy Guesthouse. To inaugurate their new film night, Rosy’s will screen the best of the Oscar winning films from 2012. Date not yet available, keep an eye on Rosy’s Facebook page.
Sports and leisure
* For information on the Hash House Run, check out the website of their local organiser.
* For information on yoga in Siem Reap, check out our comprehensive posting here.
* For information on Siem Reap’s famous pub quizzes, check out our guide here.
* Tuesdays at Siem Reap Hostel see salsa classes held from 18:00 to 19:00.
* Saturdays at the RiverGarden see Zumba classes on from 17:00.
*Shadow Puppet Theatre at the Angkor Hospital for Children on Wednesday February 22, from 18:45 to 20:30. A really gorgeous display of a once-lost Cambodian art form.
*Want to really help Cambodia’s kids? Then take part in the Blood Drive being held at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra hotel in aid of the Angkor Hospital for Children on Tuesday February 28 from 08:00 to 17:00.
The Giant Puppet Project: On Saturday 25 February, you can’t miss one of the biggest events of the year in Siem Reap! This is a massive street party showcasing the hard work of more than 500 kids from children’s organisations all over town. Check out our posting to come later this week for more info.
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