Archive for the 'Events' Category

Jul 15 2013

Election build-up in Phnom Penh

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They're not campaigning for noise abatement.

If you’re in Phnom Penh, you’ve probably guessed that something political is afoot in the month of July. Your first big clue would be the motorcades of excitable party faithful beeping horns, waving flags and blocking traffic behind flat-bed trucks blaring music and playing election broadcasts on large screens. Banners and posters featuring the appropriate … read the full post

Feb 05 2013

King Father’s funeral weekend

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Crowds gather for a final view of the King Father

It’s been an historical weekend in Phnom Penh, as the King Father, former King Norodom Sihanouk, was finally laid to rest. Many of the rumoured 2 million mourners stayed at home and got a better view on the TV, but the streets were still full of Cambodians and a few Westerners dressed in sombre black … read the full post

Feb 01 2013

Photos: King Father’s funeral procession

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Many heads are better than one

On the first day of the former King Sihanouk’s funeral weekend, a procession of 2,000 people led the King Father’s coffin on a six kilometre-route around Phnom Penh. The streets were lined with mourners in black and white, who watched as the cortege made its way from the Royal Palace, via Wat Phnom and the … read the full post

Dec 27 2012

New Year’s Eve in Phnom Penh

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Fancy fountains at Wat Botom

Although the official Khmer new year doesn’t start in Cambodia until April, Cambodians and expats love a party and there’s plenty of celebrations planned for Western New Year. From gala dinners to largin’ it DJs with a few fireworks thrown in, you won’t forget your New Year’s Eve to welcome in 2013 in Phnom Penh. … read the full post

Sep 22 2012

Our City Festival

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A shy colonial mansion

Art, Architecture and Ideas. That’s the focus of Our City Festival, a celebration and examination of urban spaces in Cambodia. Running from 28 September to 7 October 2012 in Phnom Penh and Battambang, the festival uses photography, film, dance and installations to provoke discussion. Cambodia has been known to knock up some world-renowned buildings, and Phnom … read the full post

May 04 2012

Dancing the Madison in Cambodia

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Phnom Penh is doing a good job of getting noticed recently, sometimes via shameless self-promotion. So it was no surprise that on an overcast Saturday afternoon in April, more than 1,000 young people gathered at Wat Botom park to try and enter the Guinness Book of World Records by dancing the Madison. The Madison, in … read the full post

Mar 29 2012

Five years of Meta House: Continuing Conversations

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This week a contemporary art exhibition, Five Years of Meta House: Continuing Conversations, opened at Meta House in Phnom Penh featuring work from their permanent collection. While I have previously only mentioned Meta House as a place to see a movie, they’ve also been exhibiting art from Khmer and foreign artists for the past five … read the full post

Feb 16 2012

Children of Bassac traditional Khmer dance performance

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While many visitors to Phnom Penh find themselves immersed in the many nightlife options the city has to offer, never fear, that’s not all there is to do on a Thursday evening! Why not take in a show of traditional Khmer dance, instead? Cambodian Living Arts sponsors dance performances every Thursday night until the end … read the full post

Feb 13 2012

A Reporter’s Dangerous Guided Tour Through Democratic Kampuchea

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Until the end of February, the Bophana Centre in Phnom Penh is showing an exhibition of Elizabeth Becker’s photographs and artifacts from her epic 1978 trip to Cambodia, “A Reporter’s Dangerous Guided Tour Through Democratic Kampuchea”. Elizabeth Becker, an American, was one of only two Western journalists allowed into Cambodia while it was known as … read the full post

Aug 18 2011

Rare Cambodian map exhibition in Phnom Penh

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Cambodia is funny in that its ninth century is better documented than its 19th, which is why the exhibition of rare Cambodian maps on display at the Centre Culturel Français, running through August 28, is especially interesting. The 54 maps are from between 1884 and 1892, during the period of King Norodom I’s reign under … read the full post

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