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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: Kampong Chhnang
Birth Year: 1942
Skill: Lyricist and composer

“I was a musician and composer during the golden era of Khmer music. I started to play guitar in 1963 and have composed around 120 songs. After the Khmer Rouge, my friend who knew that I my talent for composing music tried to find ways for me to get a job and make music my career. Professor Chheng Phon also invited me to work for the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. Later on I retired. Even so, I still continue to teach students. As an artist I think its necessary to maintain general knowledge and awareness of wider culture, in order to keep developing.”

Researcher: CHHUN Kimly

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