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arts4peace Festival

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
November 14-24, 2019

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Unsung Heroes

The Unsung Heroes Project aimed to identify people from around the country who have dedicated their time to reviving, preserving, and developing the arts. We wish to express our gratitude for the work that they have done. We worked with nine local researchers, who traveled to every province to identify and interview artists and cultural practitioners. For the past 6 months, they have met and interviewed people who have dedicated their lives to the arts. During the festival we featured stories from 25 of the Unsung Heroes that we discovered on that journey. This exhibition was created by TAN Vatey and Sinta WIBOWO.


Province: Prey Veng
Birth Year: 1945
Skill: Chapei Dong Veng Artist

“I started learning Chapei when I was a child. It was around the time of Cambodian independence, 1953. I survived the Pol Pot era thanks to Chapei. They kept me because they could use me to serve their regime. I have never even considered giving up arts; the arts are my life. I once entered a contest in Phnom Penh, and earned a certificate of appreciation from the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. Art is a symbol of peace. Arts have a calming influence, and create a truly deep sense of peace. To ensure the the arts keep flourishing, I call on institutions to join together to raise the profile of the arts and expand opportunities within the field, so that more people want to study the arts.”

Researcher: KONG Gne

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