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Angkor International Festival of the Arts 2021

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) is delighted to announce that a portion of the Angkor International Festival of the Arts 2021 will be held at the CKS conference hall in Siem Reap.

Date & Time: December 11, 2021, from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM (December 10, 4:00 PM – December 11, 2:00 AM)

Livestreamed on the CKS Facebook page!

This festival will be organized by the Cambodian Arts and Festival Enterprise Co. Ltd., with the authorisation of the Royal Government of Cambodia in collaboration with UNESCO, the EU Delegation, the Swiss Cooperation Office, the Center for Khmer Studies and the American University in Phnom Penh. It aims to be an annual art festival in Siem Reap which includes performances and contributions from a variety of artists including musicians, painters, writers and dancers.

CKS is proud to be presenting a special panel for this program featuring Dr. Toni Shapiro-Phim, a leading expert in cultural heritage and peacebuilding, and a number of Cambodia’s classical dancers and choreographers (Hun Pen, Huy Phousita, Mam Kanika, Mao Tipmony, Menh Kossony, Pen Sokhuon, Proeung Chhieng, Sam Sathya, Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, Voan Savay) in a discussion concerning the transmission of classical Cambodian dance heritage. Dr. Shapiro-Phim took hundreds of hours of footage, documenting dance training, rituals and performance at the Site 2 refugee camp in 1989, which housed displaced Cambodians, and inside Cambodia in the early 1990s. For this event she will be joined by some of those dancers from the original project 30 years ago to discuss the current digitization of these audiovisual records which will soon be made public. They will discuss the contribution of these tapes to the transmission of Cambodian heritage in light of the Khmer Rouge period and today’s Cambodian cultural arts landscape. Professor Shapiro-Phim is an Associate Professor of Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation and Assistant Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University. We invite you all to attend this remarkable collaboration of art, preservation, and transmission of heritage.

Schedule (in Cambodian time):

9:00-10:30 AM: Panel Discussion on Archive and Documentation of the Cambodian Dance with Prof. Toni Shapiro-Phim and Cambodian Artists

11:00 AM-12:30 PM: Launch of Wikipedia 2022 with Father Will Conquer

2:00-3:30 PM: Presentation on Black Ginger by AgriSud

4:00-4:45 PM: Book Launch and Discussion of Mekong Solitaire – A Writer’s Journey in 4 Pictures with Wayne McCallum

5:00-5:50 PM: Conversation on A Reporter’s Cambodia with Sebastian Strangio

6:00-7:00 PM: Book launch with Elizabeth Becker “You Do Not Belong Here” Re-writing the Role of Women ‘In Media’, in America’s Indochinese War.

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Dec 10 - 11 2021


Time stated in HST.
4:00 PM - 11:00 AM

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