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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: Tbong Khmum
Birth Year: 1973
Skill: Ayai artist and Comedian

“In 2014 and 2015, I won second and third place awards at the Kampong Cham provincial competition. It was the festival that included Ayai, Chapei and a piece of music to which I had to improvise lyrics on the spot. The singing part was 30 minutes. In 2015, I started to work in the Department of Culture and Fine Arts of Tbong Khmum province. Through this work, I became instrumental in improvising, directing performing troupes and coordinating arts events in the province. In addition to my existing skills, I am teaching myself to sing Mohaori at home. I think art is a mirror that reflects society. If the arts flourish, the society will grow accordingly.”

Researcher: UNG Channy

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