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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: Banteay Meanchey
Birth Year: 1941
Skill: Multi skill artist

“Since my parents were artists, I started to work in the art sector in 1963, when I was just 12 years old. To start with, I learned to play traditional music and music for Lakhon Bassac. During Khmer Rouge, they told me to lead an art troupe to serve the regime. Life was very dangerous; I would have been killed had I made any mistake. After Pol Pot, I became an art director of the Department of Culture and Fine Arts of Banteay Meanchey province. I also taught youth and people in the village, free of charge. I do not want to give up on this career. I want to preserve Khmer arts, and prevent them from the threat of dying out.”

Researcher: TOCH Borin

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