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December 2011

Newsletter of Phare Ponleu Selpak

Friendship Festival 2011:
more than 5000 people during the week end!
9th and 10th December, Phare Ponleu Selpak hosted the 3rd edition of the Friendship Festival. Two days of entertainment for everyone: community members, Cambodian citizens from Battambang and abroad, expatriates, tourists, young and old people. On these 2 days, famous and rising stars shared the stage with well known artists. Thanks to all artists who were involved: Preap Sovath, Pou Klaing, Khemara Sereymon, Dub Addiction, Mr Kroen, PPSs artists, DJ DTonn, Dj Chase, Dj Matoo, Dj Edwardowski, Dj Gorimaa and many more. Thanks also go to all volunteers and staff members who helped us make this event possible. A special mention to the PPS musicians who accompanied during 2 days and without much preparation the biggest pop stars of Cambodia. See you next year for the 4th Friendship Festival!


Circus Schoo l

December our artists did a lot of outside performances: several shows at the Paul Dubrule Tourism School in Siem Reap, our long-time partner, in Phnom Penh at Sparks, with a new aerial silk number choreographed by John-Gunnar Field, and at the French school Lyce Descartes, where our show Happy Time was the Christmas event offered to the amazed children. On New Years Eve, we will have shows both in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh with performances created for these events at Victoria Hotel, while other students from the group 5 will perform at Raffles under the stage direction of our teachers Huot Hieng and Kim Tina. of our students got scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of Cambodia for a 3 month training in the Vietnam National Circus School started the 10th of December. Cheam Vanny, Kong Tida, and Neam Mann participated to this workshop with artists from 2 others countries: Laos and Vietnam. The Ministry covers all costs dedicated to this project which aims to improve exchanges between these 3 countries.



Music Schoo

tion Music for One ( During December, we had the visit of Lee Sang Joon, Director of Culture and Tourism of the city of Geochang, Professor Mijung Im, Executive Director of Music for One, and members of the Music for Ones board of directors. This new partnership includes: - training for Phare Ponleu Selpak musicians - production of concerts in Cambodia by Korean and Cambodian musicians - production of concerts in Korea by Korean and Cambodian musicians The first step of this project will lead to concerts in Battambang in February 2012. PPS will prepare a memorandum of understanding to finalize this partnership.

Phare Ponleu Selpak is very proud to start a new partnership with the South Korean Founda-

Visual art Sc h


Exhibition at University of Battambang

tion opening of 25 artworks of PPS visual arts school students, with live painting, music, and sponsoring gift. This exhibition stayed until the 20th of December. It was seen the first time during the Friendship Festival by a large audience on the 9th of December. Those artworks are a part of an awareness campaign called Masculinity, violence against women and gender, commissioned by Paz y Desarrollo ( and produced by Phare Ponleu Selpak. Because this campaign is dedicated to a young audience, PyD chooses the University of Battambang to encounter students aged from 15 to 24. This is the first step of this 9 month project which includes this exhibition in 11 different cities, theatre performances in 24 provinces and the creation of a calendar and comic books.

The 12th December, more than 300 students of Battambangs University attended the exhibi-

Training abroad
rak Ke, an illustrator at Sonleuk Thmey studio and Lon Lao, co-founder and visual arts teacher, left on the 28th of December to follow a 3-month training at the Ecole Pivaut in Nantes, France. 5 of our students have already participated in this training which enables professional development. Sou Sophy and Pen Robit came back from Ecole Pivaut on the 23rd of December 2011. After their 3 months training, they were also able to spend some time in Paris to visiting museums and friends. Sophy is a teacher in PPS Visual Arts School and specializes in perspective and structure. Robit is a young artist with exhibitions planed in Phnom Penh and Singapore.
Thanks to Ecole Pivaut for their help!

Exhibition in France

more than 80 persons attend of this event and a lot of artworks were sold. The exhibition held at the Gallery Pierre-Franois Garcier between the 8th and the 11th of December.

For the first time, we had an exhibition of PPS artists at Paris! This event was a great success,

Exhibition at Romeet Gallery

n exhibition by Hour Seyha called Waiting for sunrise in currently being held at Romeet Gallery. It opened on the 7th of December with more than 70 people in attendance. This was followed by a question and answer session where the audience was able to learn more about this talent PPS artists work and ideas. CollectorsfromSingaporeandBangkokboughtartworks.Wealsohadpresscoverageinnationalandregional newspapers. Dont miss the first solo Seyha exhibition at Romeet which runs until the 18th of January.

and check-out what is coming up at the gallery please visit

Romeet is currently constructing a website with the help of Hugo Muller. To see its beginning

Exhibition Man & Wife by Mao Soviet and Phin Sophorn

on the 15th of December. The idea is to get these 2 artists for an exhibition, not only to create art together as a newly married couple but paint as 4 hands.

An exhibition of artists who graduated from PPS was opened at Top Art Gallery, Phnom Penh

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new creation is under progress in the animation studio 1000 hands. The animation studio started in 2008 to work on an one hour animation fiction. Poy Chhunly wrote the synopsis and a workshop was organized with Ang Choulean and Preap Chanmara to explore the beliefs, rituals, costumes and customs of the 12th, 13th and 18th centuries in Cambodia. PPS starts to do the 10 first minutes of this long movie called Visit Angkor. A huge work in perspective: research in Khmer archives, design, creation of the story board, animation Nearly 10 students and professional from the animation studio will be involved in this

Sonleuk Thm


designers in different fields as professional software and creativity. His website:



he 7th of December, the troupe of theatre came back from tour in France where there played The Terrible but Unfinished Story of Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia, piece from Hlne Cixous. More than 30 artists spent one month and a half to perform this piece co produced with le Thtre du Soleil and in collaboration with the Festival Sens Interdit.This piece is directed by Delphine Cottu and Georges Bigot. It was a great success, a lot of good feedbacks from audience and artist, and also huge press coverage in the national newspapers.

Ministry of Culture and

Fine Arts

of PPS: Khuon Kimlon, circus artist, and Chim Kiry dance teacher and animator in the leisure center. Governmental and local organization from all Cambodian provinces participated to this workshop organized by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts in Phnom Penh.

December 5 to 15, a workshop was held about playwriting and directing and involved 2 members The 30th of December, the management team of PPS and the highest authority of the Ministry signed a

new 3 year Memorandum of Understanding. It is the renewal of an agreement signed the first time in 1994. PPS presented also an assessment of the last 3 year period, the new challenges and the perspectives of development.

La course des hros (The race of the heroes)

held June, 17 in Paris, France. The principle is that participants are running for a good cause and individuals give donation to support runners.

Phare Ponleu Selpak will be represented during the charity event la course des hros, which will be

What will happen next?

In January, the show Putho! will be reprised under the big top of PPS, with the now Sarosi Nay, the French-Khmer choreograph and co-director of the show Rouge is coming

professional artists of the Group 3.

back in Battambang for a month-long work session that will lead to the last step of the creation for the show Rouge that will leave on international tour next April. He will work closely with Sok Sopheak, circus teacher and co-director of this show and with all the students from the group 4.

opening is Thursday, February 2, 2012. This exhibition, called In movement, will show to the audience the wings of a 2D animation movie creation.

The animation studio of PPS, 1000 Hands, will have an exhibition at the Institut franais. The In 2012, you can sponsor a student of Phare Ponleu Selpak, Sponsoring a student is part

of a program supporting community development, and participating actively in the child protection program of Phare Ponleu Selpak.

Sponsor a student, is a privileged relationship with a young Cambodian artist and supports the new post-war generations creativity. Child sponsoring is easy for you, essential for them: t&view=article&id=289&Itemid=180&lang=an

Forecast for 2012

We wish you a happy New Year, development, solidarity and sustainability!

Ponleu Selpak will reposition itself in a very dynamic way in social issues in Battambang. New partnerships will lead to a huge work focus on the family support and fight against poverty. To do this, PPS will work closely with the Municipality of Battambang and all the social partners of the city, with a support of the European Commission, the World Childhood Foundation, UNICEF and Friends International. hare Ponleu Selpak will strengthen its vocational training programs. From this perspective, we will open an applied arts school especially with the support of CCFD and the Ecole Pivaut of Nantes, France. A new curriculum will be set for the Visual Arts School. New partnerships are also in progress for the music school, circus school, and acting school.


autonomy (financial and managerial) and to provide more work for Cambodian artists with a higher level of remuneration.

In 2012, Phare Ponleu Selpak will see its social business growing with the aim to reinforce its In 2012, PPS Deutschland will join the international network of Phare Ponleu Selpak. Contacts: In

Daniela Titze:

2012, more than never, Phare Ponleu Selpak wants to put culture in the heart of Cambodians, more than ever we want to put Cambodia on the map as a regional hub of culture.

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