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Mission


Season of Cambodia was initiated by Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) in 2012, with a mission to illuminate and to advance Cambodian arts and culture, driving international support and attention to the creativity and diversity of cultural expressions in Cambodia today.

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Mission


Season of Cambodia was initiated by Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) in 2012, with a mission to illuminate and to advance Cambodian arts and culture, driving international support and attention to the creativity and diversity of cultural expressions in Cambodia today.

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Season of Cambodia (SOC) is a platform for presenting Cambodian arts and culture to international and national audiences. 

SOC was initiated by Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) in 2012, with a mission to illuminate and to advance Cambodian arts and culture, driving international support and attention to the creativity and diversity of cultural expressions in Cambodia today.


History

Cambodia has a long and rich cultural history, which was abruptly disrupted by the Khmer Rouge regime. An estimated 90% of the country's artists perished between 1975 and 1979. 

Since the end of the conflict, there have been sustained efforts from the national and international community to revive, preserve, and develop the country's arts and culture. The goal of SOC is to showcase the successes of this work, and to develop global awareness and understanding of both the history and the present-day situation of arts and culture from Cambodia.


Our approach

SOC is committed to presenting Cambodian arts and culture with integrity. The platform exists to present high quality, cross-disciplinary work from Cambodia, and to provide context and understanding by accompanying arts programming with humanities events and discussions. 


SOC projects

The SOC platform is a brand of Cambodian Living Arts, but is designed to support the wider arts community and offer exposure to both established and upcoming artists. For these reasons, SOC projects will always:

  • Include two or more contributors from Cambodia
  • Feature multiple, diverse pieces of content
  • Aim to reach both international and national audiences
  • Include dialogue around the programming, through humanities events
  • Open opportunities to develop and grow funding sources for Cambodian arts

SOC projects can be presented anywhere in the world, and can be physical or virtual events. What is important is that they serve the mission: to illuminate and advance the arts sector.


Support SOC

If you would like to support SOC, please contact CLA via: development@cambodianlivingarts.org.

Donations to SOC can be made directly to the current SOC project, or to the CLA 'Vision Fund'. We are currently growing this fund, and from 2017 aim to begin running an annual small grants program to support local arts. In this way, the SOC platform will continue to give back to the community and serve the development of a vibrant and dynamic arts sector in Cambodia. 

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Media & Press


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Media & Press


The Phnom Penh Post 11 April 2015
Oral history project marks 40 years since Phnom Penh's fall

The Aspen Institute 11 July 2013
Art in a Post Conflict Society (Full Session) [Video]

CBS News 27 May 2013
Cambodian flutist gives back to war-torn homeland [Video]

ABC News 21 May 2013
Musicians rebuild Cambodia's lost ancient harp

VOA 18 May 2013
New York Celebrates the Arts of Cambodia

VOA Cambodia 16 May 2013
After Royal Ballet Performance, Pride for Many Cambodians [Video]

VOA Cambodia 15 May 2013
A “Season of Cambodia” in NYC Showcases Classical, New Arts [Video]

Community Arts NYC 14 May 2013
Season of Cambodia Takes NYC

BBC News 6 May 2013
Cambodian played flute to escape death in Khmer Rouge labour camp

Blouin Art Info 3 May 2013
Season of Cambodia Festival Explores Themes of Forgiveness and Renewal

The New York Times 2 May 2013
Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich

Queens Chronicle 2 May 2013
Delicate works from a time of terror

Examiner 30 April 2013
Dancers perform centuries-old Cambodian monkey dance at Guggenheim

NY1 25 April 2013
NY1 Your Weekend Starts Now! 4.25.13 [Video]

Playbill 29 April 2013
PHOTO CALL: Season of Cambodia Presents Sor Neakabas Shadow Puppet Performance

Broadway World 29 April 2013
Photo Flash: Cambodian Shadow Puppet Troupe Wat Bo Visits SPIDER-MAN

The New York Times 29 April 2013
It’s Monkey See, Do and Dance: ‘Khmeropédies III’ and Amrita Performing Arts at the Guggenheim

Columbia News
Cambodia: The Memory Workshop [ Video ]

Voice of America 26 April 2013
Cambodia's Trauma, Rebirth Reflected in Khmer Sculptor's Work

The New York Times 21 April 2013
Cambodian Toe-Tapping Going Global: Kong Nay at the Season of Cambodia Festival

Digital Journal 20 April 2013
Remote Lands Co-Sponsors Season of Cambodia in New York City

WFMU 20 April 2013
Kong Nay Live from the Asia Society, New York + World Music Boston

Asian in NY 19 April 2013
Season of Cambodia: A Living Arts Festival Opening Ceremony

Broadway World 19 April 2013
OLD GHOSTS, NEW DREAMS Cambodia Program Set for Film Society of Lincoln Center, Now thru 4/25

NYC-ARTS 18 April 2013
Full Episode: April 18, 2013 [Video]

Cinespect April 2013
“Old Ghosts, New Dreams”: Cambodian Cinema at Film Society

Thirteen WNET New York 18 April 2013
Season of Cambodia: Preview [Video]

DNAinfo New York 16 April 2013
Ancient Art of Cambodian Shadow Puppetry Coming to Battery Park City

Broadway World 15 April 2013
Photo Coverage: Mayor Bloomberg Proclaims SEASON OF CAMBODIA Day at Festival Opening

AP News 12 April 2013
Cambodia fest in NYC weaves art over rough history

WNYC News 11 April 2013
Survivors of Cambodia's War, Now on NY Stages

The Financial Times 10 April 2013
A Bend in the River, Joyce Theatre, New York – review

StarTribune 8 April 2013
Khmer Arts Ensemble's first Twin Cities performance

The Cambodia Daily 8 April 2013
Cambodian Artists to Arrive on New York Scene

The Huffington Post 8 April 2013
Season of Cambodia. Ancient Traditions and Modern Artists

The Economist 6 April 2013
Arts of Cambodia: Out of adversity

The Wall Street Journal 5 April 2013
Cambodian Art Rises From the Ashes

The New York Times 4 April 2013
Dancing Well is the Best Revenge

Broadway World 28 March 2013
Rare Photos of Dancers From the Royal Ballet of Cambodia on View at NY Public Library for the Performing Arts, Now thru 5/11

The Commons 27 March 2013
Cambodian artist and activist Arn Chorn-Pond appears at Next Stage

ABC Radio Australia 27 March 2013
Emerging Cambodian artists prepare for New York showcase

Season of Cambodia 25 March 2013
Chairman John Burt [video]

Season of Cambodia 25 March 2013
Former Ambassador Schneider [video]

Season of Cambodia 25 March 2013
CEO Phloeun Prim [video]

Season of Cambodia 25 March 2013
A Conversation with Former Ambassador Schneider [video]

Season of Cambodia 25 March 2013
Promo [video]

New York Times 27 December 2012
All the Fizz in a New Year of Culture

The Boston Globe 8 November 2012
Cambodian brings story of genocide to younger audience

Broadway World 31 October 2012
THE SUIT, THE MASTER BUILDER, and More Included in BAM's 2013 Season

New York Times ArtsBeat 31 October 2012
Brooklyn Academy of Music Announces Winter/Spring Season

Broadway World 24 October 2012
SEASON OF CAMBODIA Festival Lights Up New York City's Cultural Scene, April-May 2013

New York Times ArtsBeat 24 October 2012
Cambodian Contemporary Arts to Be Showcased in New York Festival

Get Involved


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Season of Cambodia aims to serve as an international platform that not only highlights the extraordinary resilience of the Cambodian nation and its artists, but also sets the stage for other post-conflict nations seeking renewal through artistic expression.

If you are interested in working with Season of Cambodia, whether it be hosting an event or collaborating on a project, please fill out the following form. We will get back to you soon!

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