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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.

NOB Saet

Province: Kampong Speu
Birth Year: 1964
Skill: Wedding

“I started working in the arts sector in 1987. I am too passionate to stop, or even to slow down my work on the arts. What I can do is to help, support and share to students as much as I can within my means. The thing that keeps me going is the motivation from my wife. She is not an artist, yet she is an art supporter and enthusiast. I teach students either at my house or department; I may or may not make money from this work since a lot of students are poor. If they start performing, they often offer me some money in return. Although some of them cannot offer me, I am still happy to teach them.”

Researcher: LUN Chomneth

More Unsung Heroes

NHEK Kosal
PIN Phon
POUV Eang