Meet the resilient people creating contemporary arts and culture in Cambodia.
We are far more than our ancient temples and our dark past.
There is something encouraging going on in Cambodia. In 1980, a mere nanosecond ago in history, the nation was in complete wreckage from America’s bombing during the Vietnam War and the annihilation of its people by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. Cambodia now welcomes millions of visitors a year, attracted by the many temples and the vivid and unique arts that it is creating.
Here, the agents of social reflection tend to be brave young people and those that bonded in their youth in the refugee camps who have become musicians, artists, historians, dancers, teachers, and leaders. They have been assisted and encouraged by many of the barangs (foreigners) who call Cambodia their home.
Collectors, curators, and international eyes are now on Cambodia’s growing cultural scene and more visitors are coming to discover new artists, music, special spaces, and performers.
“Art is not able to change the world, but art can show the future and the past. We had to come back and deal with identity. You can’t rebuild a country without rebuilding identity.” – Filmmaker Rithy Pahn, whose engrossing and mournful film about his family under the Khmer Rouge entitled The Missing Picture was nominated for an Oscar in 2015.
History, heritage, and hindsight are powerful teachers.
This is what our stories are about. Cambodia is magical, and it is re-imagining itself. We will welcome you when you come.
We tell the stories of the people who are exploring themselves and their culture. The bold stories of street artists, performers, artists, spaces, journalists, writers, photographers, businesses and social enterprises – all creating a conversation about what Cambodia can be. The stories that bring understanding, promise, and encouragement. The stories that tell visitors what to look for beyond the ancient temples.
We hope you get excited. Despite all of our challenges, we are full of incredible energy and delight.
We are certain you will fall in love with our people, food, entertainment, art, and culture.
Magical Cambodia – a cultural rebirth is a project by the Living Arts Corporation, a non-profit organization supporting the arts.
In everything we do, we try to connect. The arts help shape personal and global culture. They provide clues to tackle challenges and engage in improving the state of the world, whether in a small neighborhood or on a grand scale. We trust in the potential of experience to elicit more empathy, birth new ideas, shift our perceptions and lead to action. We understand that the role of art is to make discomfort more comfortable.
Cambodia is rich with vibrant art and performance.
The arts are healing a nation and offering new visions of possibilities.
It is language and its twin – the arts – that build voices that can both speak and hear, acknowledge and respond, and ultimately connect. A culture that emerges from a violent past must both account for the past and create a future.
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