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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.

KHA Sros

Province: Stung Treng
Birth Year: 1951
Skill: Head of Kouy Ethic Arts Community (Tonsaong Village)

“Peace is tranquility of mind. Art, might be song and dance, drawing people together and lifting audiences' spirits. Art and peace are very much related; art makes people open to exchanging views, and can transform negative perspectives to positive. Take the case of Prey Lang community; art has brought peace, by connecting people emotionally to the natural environment and getting involved in environmental protection. To NGOs and government, I say, please work together to elevate the arts sector, and create productions that keep us all at peace. To young people, the next generation, I say please take your performing work seriously, and use your spare time to help the community.”

Researcher: PHON Sotheara

More Unsung Heroes

EN Saren
KHUNG Run
KLOTH Sameth