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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: Pailin
Birth Year: 1981
Skill: Leader of art troupe of Department of Culture and Fine Arts, Pailin

“After spending many years learning about the arts, I went to attend many short courses relevant to directing and choreographing performances. Studying arts has made me more confident and courageous. I started from nothing, and today have a traditional music ensemble. Most of the people know me as a traditional musician. I was very excited to join an arts festival in Phnom Penh for the first time. It was one that was organized by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. I chose a story named, 'I am guilty, mom!' for the competition and then I got a reward representing Department of Culture and Fine Arts of Pailin province. I want to teach arts to young people because the arts are the nation's spirit.”

Researcher: TOCH Borin

More Unsung Heroes

KHA Sros
KLOTH Sameth
MAO Sophorn