Be part of the Season of Cambodia in Spring 2013! The multi-disciplinary arts festival in New York City will feature the highest quality Cambodian music, dance, theater, visual arts, and film. Cambodian Living Arts, a Phnom Penh-based NGO, will produce this festival – the first of its scale anywhere in the world – in partnership with many of New York and Cambodia’s leading cultural institutions.
Discover Cambodia’s millennium-old cultural traditions, expressed in ancient religious ceremonies and rituals as well as in contemporary creative work, as new generations of artists draw upon the country’s rich history while exploring new ideas and artistic innovation. Thirty years after the genocide by the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia is emerging as a nation whose distinctive arts and culture are becoming its national and international signature.
Presenters such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Film Society of Lincoln Center, and Asia Society will showcase work ranging from classical dance and large-scale shadow puppetry (which bring ancient epics to life), to contemporary dance, circus arts/theater, music, and film, as well as host a conference featuring artists and scholars to provide context for the festival. Offstage activities will include peer-to-peer artist exchanges and outreach programs with community, teen, and cultural organizations.
Beyond 2013, Season of Cambodia will create a template for other cities around the world while serving as a catalyst for social and economic regeneration and growth in Cambodia. The festival will celebrate this transformative moment in Cambodia’s history, when a nation redefines itself through its arts and culture.
Season of Cambodia is produced by Cambodian Living Arts and is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts.