3 places to explore Cambodian Culture

The culture of Cambodia has had a rich and varied history dating back many centuries and has been heavily influenced by India. In turn, Cambodia greatly influenced Thailand, Laos and vice versa. Throughout Cambodia's long history, a major source of inspiration was from religion.

While you're visiting Cambodia, and would like to explore more about Cambodia's culture, These 3 places would be great for you to do and explore it.

1). Sovanna Phum (sovannaphumtheatre.com)

Sovanna Phum (meaning Golden Era) is an independent and self-financed Khmer association working at the forefront of performing arts in Cambodia. First established in 1994, we offer real opportunities for Cambodian artists to make a living through their art by organising performances, as well as nurturing, preserving and promoting the treasures of Cambodian culture through various projects.

Today, Sovanna Phum has a dynamic network of 120 energetic professional artists, mainly graduates from The Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh. Since the renovation of the open air stage in 2002, we offer a theatre space that allows not only Cambodian people to re-discover their culture but also for foreigners to discover the rich diversity of Cambodian performing arts. We are also active in promoting intercultural exchanges by collaborating with artists from other countries.

2). Phare, The Cambodian Circus (www.pharecambodiancircus.org)

An astonishing immersion into Cambodian Modernity. Phare, The Cambodian Circus is the only venue in Cambodia featuring a daily theatrical circus show of international standard. Modern Cambodian tales are embodied by a new generation of talented artists trained in Battambang.

Modern Cambodian tales are embodied by a new generation of talented artists trained in Phare Ponleu Selpak Artistic and Social Center- Battambang. The performances mix theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling, aerial acts, or contortion with an explosion of virtuosity and sensitivity and very strong Cambodian story and identiy. Our performers transmit emotions and excitement, blowing away the audience by their integrity and power. Phare artists are graduates from Phare Ponleu Selpak's vocational training center in Battambang

3). Champey Academy Of Arts (Caa) (https://www.facebook.com/champey.org)

CHAMPEY ACADEMY OF ARTS (CAA) is one of local professional and non-profit schools in Phnom Penh working on Cambodian traditional performing arts training program. Established in January 2013 with the idea of keeping up our traditional performing arts work, it exists with its sharp vision to see such knowledge passed through to next generations. Through our Fast-Free-Professional (FFP) training program on traditional dance, music and drawing/painting classes, it strongly believe its students spend approximately 50% of their time shorter than usual training period but with very good results.

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