BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA
More than 500 Cambodian artists from 24 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and 10 provinces will attend the “Cambodia Youth Arts Festival 2010” from the 7th to the 11th of August 2010 at the Chaktomuk Hall Theatre in Phnom Penh.
The Cambodia Youth Arts Festival 2010 is organized by the Cambodian Living Arts with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, together with over 20 other arts organizations from provinces and Phnom Penh.
Mr. Phloeun Prim, Director of the Cambodian Living Arts and Organizer of the Cambodia Youth Arts Festival 2010, said that the tournament marked the 5th year of the competition because his organization has organized this event in Cambodia after the two youth arts festivals were held in Siem Reap and other two events held in Battambang provinces in recent years.
The purpose of the youth arts festival is to raise and promote Khmer identification, traditions, cultures and Khmer forms of arts as well as to promote Khmer cultures and arts for other countries in the region and in the world.
“The festival includes workshops, demonstrations and performances at different venues in Phnom Penh where artists from all around Cambodia and the world will have the chance to share their skills and present a great variety of art forms. On display at the festival will be traditional Cambodian contemporary and modern art forms,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an interview on August 4th.
He added that the festival will be honorably joined by the Minister of Culture and Fine Arts during the opening ceremony on August 7th and it will open the curtain to let Cambodian citizens, artists and observers enjoy, understand and learn the importance of the cultural heritage as well as local and international modern arts.
“Since the festival began in 2004, we have hosted exhibition booths and an outdoor stages that the public are invited to cover,” he said. “Also open to the public, for a minimal ticket fee, also there are evening performances starting at 7:00pm in the Chaktomuk Theatre.”
He added that over the course of five days’ festival, their are some forms of art which are not to be missed, including the nearly extinct “music performance” by am ethnic minority “Kreung” called Memme, currently preserved by Cambodian Living Arts with the support of UNESCO and the Department of Culture and Fine Arts in Ratanakriri province. It is followed by Tevak Srey Sou dance, recently invented by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts.
Regarding to the entry fee, he said that the ticket costs $ 5 for foreigners, $ 2.50 for Cambodians and 5,000 riel (about $ 1.19) for local students.
Kong Nay, a Master of Chapei Dang Veng (Khmer Traditional music entrustment) who has attended the Cambodia Youth Arts Festival 2010, said that he was pleased to perform his Chapei Dang Veng for audiences in Phnom Penh. He added that it marked his third times he has been invited by the Cambodian Living Arts to perform his Champei Dang Veng Skills for young people in Cambodia.
“I am very pleased and honored to participate in the youth arts festival in Phnom Penh. I hope that through this event we cam promote and preserve our arts, traditions, cultures and all forms for the next generation,” he told reporters at a press conferences at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC) in Phnom Penh on August 3rd. //