Monday, November 05, 2007

Forthcoming events

Apsara Dancers - by Charles King
The 5th annual Khmer Heritage Celebration, hosted by the Cambodian-American Community of Oregon, will be held on 29 December in Portland, USA with cultural dance performances by the Apsara group above, and much more. Find out more about it here.

Next weekend the University of Hawaii and the East-West Center will host a series of Cambodia events, including round-table discussions, public lectures, music and an exhibition titled 'Living Angkor' with images by National Geographic photographer Paul Chesley which will depict both the monuments and the contemporary Cambodian people, several 13th and 14th century sculptures and motifs found in traditional textiles, puppets, and masks that are found within the 13th century friezes will be displayed. Find out more here.

Closer to home, Phnom Penh that is, an exhibition of comic art by Em Satya will open tomorrow (6 November) at the Meta House on St 264. Artist Em Satya has worked for decades in almost every field of illustration. He has drawn for children's magazine 'Mom' and 'Mab', been a cartoonist for 'Rasmei Kampuchea', and a cover artist for novels. Foreigners have seen translations of his cartoons in the pages of Cambodge Soir under the pen name 'Nono'. Cambodians know him from his popular comic adaptations of stories 'Sovannasam' and 'Sopaset' and more recently, his paintings for the Buddhist Institute's series of folktales. His most recent book is the graphic novel 'Bopha Battambang' (Flower of Battambang) begun over a decade ago, and completed this year. He is currently working on painted art for children's books.

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