Spent a few days visiting Kampot Arts Festival
in Kampot, Cambodia
By Adjjima Na Patalung, Festival Director of BICT Fest
Although the Kampot Arts Festival has been going on for many years, this was the first time it was co-organised by wonderful friends at Epic Arts and Khmer Cultural Development Institute. Their aim this year was to put the focus back to the community. There were showcases, open studios and workshops of traditional art forms, fun activities for young people, and a panel discussion of Epic Art-ists and a local painter, as well as a panel of local council and art organisations. Many congratulations for the success! The festival might have been mini in size, as Sokny described, but huge in spirit, in my opinion.
Had a chance to briefly do some sightseeing in the countryside around Kampot before traveling back to Phnom Penh. My last day was spent at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.
The trip in Cambodia this time was short indeed, but it was very full …
Thanks friends in Cambodia, old and new for having generously showing me your works and sharing with me your perspectives about the performing arts in the country. We have A LOT in common.