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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.

ROS Samoeurn

Province: Kampot
Birth Year: 1946
Skill: Artist and traditional music instructor

“My father was a musician. While growing up, I watched him rehearsing and playing with music ensembles all over the place. I feel inspired to love and moved to preserve Khmer arts and culture for people in future generations. Peace is the absence of obstacles; if we want something, to create new work, we can do it without fear. In another way, I think peace means openness to how knowledge can be used. Art has given me a professional career which allows me to have a good living standard and be a part of society. Artists should use their knowledge and skill effectively, put effort in teaching, share and continue to preserve.”

Researcher: Ou Buntheng

More Unsung Heroes

RIM Saosi
SEAN Sophal
SO Phuong