BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA
The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts in collaboration with the Office of the Council of Ministers, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, Ministry of Tourism, the General Decorate of the Bayon Radio and Television have organized The “Universal Khmer Songs Festival 2010” sponsored by Canadia Bank.
Sixty-eight singers including 34 males and 34 females from cities and provinces and from abroad have attended the “Semi-Final” competition of the Khmer Song Festival 2010 on July 13 at the Diamond Island Convention and Exhibition Centre in Phnom Penh.
The “Universal Khmer Song was financial supported by the Canadiana Bank Plc which is the main partner who has provided the financial support for the preparation and management of the festival process, according the government officials.
H.E. Him Chhem, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, said that the event was made possible with strong attention and support from Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen.
The purpose of the Khmer Song Festival 2010 is aimed to preserve, prevent and promote the Khmer culture, customs and traditions in strengthening Khmer identification towards encouragement and movement of Khmer artists both traditional singers and pop singers from inside and outside Cambodia to participate in this competition.
The Minister stated that the Khmer traditional and pop music or songs are the soul of the Cambodian people. It influences and relates to people and their daily lives.
“I would like take this opportunity to encourage all traditional and pop singers to continue to preserve and develop our traditional music and pop songs so that we can contribute to the progress and development in accordance with the slogan ‘Cambodia, the Kingdom of Culture’ or ‘Cambodia, the Kingdom of Wonder’,” he said.
He added that this “Universal Khmer Songs Festival 2010” has shown a new progress of the human resources development in cultural sector both traditional music and pop songs in accordance with a right way of Cambodian government’s rectangular strategy and goal’s “Cambodia, the Kingdom of Culture”.
H.E. Khim Sarith, Secretary of State in Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, said that it marks the first time the government has organized the “Universal Khmer Songs Festival 2010” in Cambodia in order to promote Khmer traditional and pop music in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
The main purpose of the Festival is to promote as well as to preserve the Khmer traditional culture, traditional and pop music for next generation in Cambodia and in the world, he said, adding that the Festival is also aimed to encourage and promote musical artists to strengthen the capacity and quality in their careers in order to compete with the other countries in the region and the rest of the world, especially to build up the tie of society and friendship between the native Cambodian artists and Cambodia that live abroad.
H.E. Khim Sarith stated that that the final competition of the Universal Khmer Songs Festival 2010 will be held on the 22nd of July and the results and the awards and other prizes will take place on 23 July 2010 at the Diamond Island Convention and Exhibition Centre and the event will be presided over by H.E. Dr. Sok An, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister in Charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers. The entry is free of charge for all Cambodian and foreign people.
The singers who win the first place (both Khmer traditional and pop music) of the competition will receive one trophy, along with 6 million riel prize; the second place (both Khmer traditional and pop music) receive a trophy with 4 million riel prize; third place receive a trophy with 3 million riel; the friendship award receives 1 million riel; and the complementary award is 500, 000 riel (only apply o the contestant involves in the final round).