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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: Ratanak Kiri
Birth Year: 1954
Skill: Head of Yeak Laom Lake Community Arts

“Whatever era we are in, and whatever the situation, one cannot separate arts and peace. Arts enable peace. Engaging with arts strengthens people's inner resources, and helps build community. We must all join together, with artists and arts organizations, to nurture the arts in Cambodia, for peace and the well-being of society.”

Researcher: PHON Sotheara

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