Our City Arts Festival in Cambodia

  • A shadow puppet performance by Sor Neakabas will take place in Siem Reap.

    A shadow puppet performance by Sor Neakabas will take place in Siem Reap.

  • A photo series by Rafael Winer and Sasha Constable shows a traditional religious ceremony in Angkor Wat.

    A photo series by Rafael Winer and Sasha Constable shows a traditional religious ceremony in Angkor Wat.

  • Kim Hak will lead a photography workshop in Battambang.

    Kim Hak will lead a photography workshop in Battambang.

  • Chhim Sothy (left) will examine perspectives on waste disposal in Phnom Penh through art.

    Chhim Sothy (left) will examine perspectives on waste disposal in Phnom Penh through art.

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With an open call to creatives across Cambodia, Our City Festival organizers asked for “ideas for our city”, focusing on the betterment of urban environments in Cambodia’s largest cities. Now in its seventh year, the Our City Festival will present a selection of ensuing creative visions from artists, architects, and educators hoping to address issues stemming from the rapid modernization of the country. Follow the festival trail as it kicks off in Phnom Penh on January 17 to 26, followed by stints in Siem Reap from January 31 to February 2 and Battambang from February 7 to 9. While the final roster of events remains under wraps, highlights include the opening day multimedia exhibition held in Phnom Penh’s The Mansion curated by photographer Sovan Philong that explores the context of space as it defines relationships in the city. The ongoing “Ideas for our City” exhibition in Phnom Penh sources directly from the Cambodian public consciousness with strategies for improved public transit, affordable housing, and even waste management. Meanwhile in Siem Reap, performance art including Sor Neakabas’ Shadow Puppets and a ballet by NKFC Sacred Dancers will touch on the importance of cultural preservation. And, what’s more, the entire festival is presented free of charge, all that is required is patrons’ engagement.

For more information, visit Our City Festival.

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