Kazantip Rave Starts Wednesday: Organizers

Representatives of a wild Eastern European music festival said on Thursday they have received permission from authorities to begin the 10-day event on Koh Puos island off Sihanoukville on Wednesday.

The organizers of Kazantip—which originated in Crimea before relocating to Georgia due to conflict in the peninsula—said that both the Tourism Ministry and the Culture Ministry have given the festival the go-ahead.

“After examination and investigation, both Ministers have agreed to [the] request of Kazantip to make the performance as scheduled, dated February 18, 2015 to February 28, 2015,” the statement reads.

Plans for the festival seemed to be in ruins earlier this month after Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Chhit Sokhom said he had canceled it due to concerns over “sexy activities.”

Culture Minister Phoeurng Sackona confirmed a meeting between the ministries and Kazantip representatives on Wednesday but said she was still awaiting feedback from a colleague.

“I sent my secretary of state to attend the meeting but so far I have not got any reports back…. We will wait and see,” she said.

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