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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: Kep
Birth Year: 1942
Skill: Artist and traditional music instructor

“I learned to play music with my two uncles and I have played with some ensembles for income. During Khmer Rouge, I did not use my musical skill. After that, I became a farmer just like everyone else. From time to time, people started to realize that I can play traditional music so then they invited me to play. In the meantime, I formed a music ensemble and played music in exchange for rice. I don't give up on this job because it has helped me to survive until now. Art can create peace, for example Cham people and Buddhists can create performances together which leads them to deeper understanding. I think art is a global platform; we can learn from others and others can learn from us.”

Researcher: Ou Buntheng

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