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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: Takeo
Birth Year: 1956
Skill: Writer and Performance Director

“In Takeo province, there are many art forms as such Yike Opera, Lakhaon Bassac, classical and wedding music and more. As one of the artists, I have to endeavour to promote and learn the arts; and I hope to create a document about it. After listening to my professor's theory, I am intrigued to think critically and deeply moved to love culture and arts. On top of that, I am engrossed to find out the root of nation's heritage. These are the factors that keep me continuing to document and archive although it does not give me profit personally.”

Researcher: LUN Chomneth

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