Thursday, June 21, 2007

Arts update

This a painting of Prasat Kravan, in the Angkor temple complex, taken from the blog of Poy Chhunly, one of the winning filmmakers in last weekend's Cambofest Film Festival, held in Phnom Penh. Poy, 28, is primarily an artist, originally from the PHARE School of Arts in Battambang, and now living in Siem Reap. He co-directed with Yannick Zanchetta to win the Best Local Showcase Award for their film, 'Little Boy Drinking Bad Water.' Another winner was 'The Golden Voice' in the category Best Short for director Greg Cahill, who attended the festival. It was the first festival of its kind in Cambodia and will be repeated, with some new additional movies, in Siem Reap in late October. Link: Cambofest.

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Loung Ung will make a rare appearance in the UK to speak about her second memoir, After They Killed My Father (aka Lucky Child) at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Sunday 19 August (7-8pm). Tickets are now on sale and the Festival will run from 11-27 August. The Edinburgh International Book Festival began in 1983 and is now a key event in the August Festival season, celebrated annually in Scotland's capital city. Biennial at first, the Book Festival became a yearly celebration in 1997. Throughout its 23-year history, the Book Festival has grown rapidly in size and scope to become the largest and most dynamic festival of its kind in the world. Link: Book Festival.

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