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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.

SEAN Sophal

Province: Kampong Cham
Birth Year: 1960
Skill: Leader of Lakhon Bassac troupe (Neay Pengpos)

“I first got involved with Lakhon Bassac in 1985; I started as a clown. People started to know me as "the tomato clown". I have led art troupes and joined national level competitions, at which I won many awards and numerous certificates of appreciation. Competition at national level has given students and artists a way to understand the principles of competition. Art is beneficial for society, every performance transmits something we can learn from. Art should be modernised to maintain its relevance to contemporary society.”

Researcher: UNG Channy

More Unsung Heroes

ROS Samoeurn
SO Phuong
SORNG Prou