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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.

NHEK Kosal

Province: Kg Thom
Birth Year: 1970
Skill: Deputy Director of Department of Culture and Fine Arts Kampong Thom Province

“I have spent so long on my journey with the arts that it's not even an option for me to stop or turn back, I have to keep moving forward. My goal has been to learn from the old masters, to preserve their knowledge in a way that is strong enough that I can teach it to future generations even after they are gone. I think artists should keep creating new work, relevant to the contemporary social context. Young people and arts organisations should do more to promote the arts to youth. Cambodia's arts are full of purity, integrity, strength and ideals.”

Researcher: AN Raksmey

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