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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.

CHEAV Chorng

Province: Oddor Meanchey
Birth Year: 1968
Skill: Prern Singer

“People know me as 'Grandmother Prern' [after the art form I perform] 'Grandmother Chong' 'Sangvapech' (a singer for alms or donations) or 'Grandmother Samvang' (after a famous Prern vocalist in Surin). I write songs inspired by what's going on around me, and how I feel inside. I also improvise lyrics. I get a sense of satisfaction from singing at funerals, I know my music helps the bereaved family. I want young people to spread the unique magic of the arts, starting from villages and taking it far and wide.”

Researcher: AN Raksmey

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