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Artists Illustrate the Lost World of Ratanakkiri’s Hill Tribes

A year ago, artists Poy Chhunly and Koeurm Kolab decided to visit Ratanakkiri province to paint hill tribes living in the forests before development and rubber plantations claimed the wilderness and pushed them out.

Experts Convene 2nd Council on Preah Vihear Temple

The International Coordinating Committee (ICC) for Preah Vihear held its second meeting in Siem Reap City on Monday to discuss ongoing efforts to preserve the 12th century Hindu temple and turn the majestic but remote site into a popular tourist destination.

Remote Angkorian Monument Ready for Makeover

Long beset by looting, theft and mismanagement, the sprawling 12th century Banteay Chhmar temple complex is about to get a second life as an international training ground for future archeologists and monument restoration specialists.

Choreographer Looks to Life for Inspiration

Seasoned choreographer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro has turned the story of her cross-cultural courtship into a Khmer classical ballet, with original music by composer Him Sophy.

Two Artists Take Their Ardor For Rare Birds to the Canvas

A new exhibition hopes to make a case for the protection of Cambodia’s rare birds and other threatened wildlife through vivid paintings.

Musicians Rehearse for Mozart Performance

The “Mozart at Angkor” project entered its second phase this week with a major challenge: integrating traditional Khmer music into the score of Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute.”

Students Paint Phnom Penh Scenes for Posterity

When students in the Royal University of Fine Arts’ class on outdoor landscape painting decided to do a project that captured the changing landscape of Phnom Penh, they immediately knew where they wanted to go.

Book Tells Story of Cambodia’s First Photographs

One hundred and fifty years after the first photographers of Cambodia arrived in Siem Reap province in 1866, a new book describes their journey and showcases their work.

Dengue Fever Relishes Cambodian Homecoming

After 14 years on the road, re­turning to Phnom Penh still feels like a homecoming for Cambodian-American alternative rock group Den­gue Fever.

Exhibit Shows Shared Experiences of Cambodians

The exhibition “Futurographies” at the Sa Sa Bas­sac art space in Phnom Penh showcases French photographer Roland Neveu’s images of Phnom Penh as the Khmer Rouge were taking over the city, as well as photos by Pete Pin, who was born in a refugee camp in Thailand in 1982 and grew up in the U.S.

French Brass Troupe Brings Eclectic Show to Phnom Penh

An engineering university is not where you would imagine a multi-instrumental brass troupe forming. However, upon meeting at the Ecole Centrale Paris in 2014, a group of 11 musicians bonded over their love of brass and formed the Soundtrek Project, a group that breaks the mold of more traditional bands in the genre.

Dance Troupe Makes Phnom Penh Debut With Khmer Ballet

The 25 Khmer classical dancers in Sacred Dancers of Ang­kor, which will preform for the first time in Phnom Penh tonight, have deep roots in Khmer culture: they grew up in the shadow of the Banteay Srei monument in the Angkor Archae­ological Park.

Statue’s Head, Body Reunited After Generations

The head and body of a seventh-century Khmer statue were at last reunited on Thursday in Phnom Penh after an international agreement was brokered that allowed the head to be brought home to Cambodia from Paris, where it had spent the last 126 years.

‘Bamboo Shoots’ Move to Make Classical Dance Relevant

The performance that choreo­gra­pher and dancer Prumsodun Ok will present at the Khmer Arts The­ater in Takhmao City on Sat­­urday night is grounded in Khmer classical dance, but with a twist.

Svay Sareth Wins Prize at Regional Arts Contest

Cambodian artist Svay Sareth was named Overall Best Emerging Artist at the 2016 Prudential Eye Awards for Contemporary Asian Art in Singapore on Tuesday.

Gov’t Aims to Have Bokator Added to UN Cultural Heritage List

The government is aiming to have the ancient martial art of bokator added to Unesco’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, a goal that was the focus of a two-day seminar on preserving and developing the sport that concluded on Tuesday.

Delegates Gather to Discuss Future of Cambodian Arts

Some 100 delegates from 20 countries gathered in Phnom Penh this week to discuss the role and future of the arts in the region.

Artist’s Live Installation Inspired by City’s Architecture

Kong Vollak expects to be tangled in steel wires and wrestling with plaster as he spends the next month working on his newest installation, “Silhouettes of Tomorrowland.”

Public Boards ‘The Boat’ for First Look at Art Space

Phnom Penh’s floating art project, “The Boat,” saw its first public visitors on Saturday afternoon, when 24 people joined project co-founders Dana Langlois and Alexis de Suremain aboard the 6,000-square-meter structure.

Work Begins on New Cambodian Circus Location

Work was underway on Friday to erect the big top of Phare, The Cambodian Circus, at its new location on the outskirts of Siem Reap City.