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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.

KLOTH Sameth

Province: Phnom Penh
Birth Year: 1955
Skill: Singer and art instructor

“I won first place in the 1968 National Congress singing competition. I sang a song called 'Sarika Kamsot' (The Sorry Myna Bird), with lyrics by Has Salon and a melody composed by Ma Samon. I was a singer with Pen Ran and Thet Sambath's group. In 1979, I gathered and supported artists who had survived Pol Pot to unite again; and raised funds to repair the national radio after it had also been destroyed by Pol Pot. I still keep sharing my artistic knowledge to children in my village. I teach them according to their personalities. I design and sew dresses by hand for them. Aside from that, I raise funds to help elderly artists.”

Researcher: UNG Channy

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