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Wearing a pink hijab, Eng Aisha works away at a newly commissioned painting inside her bamboo home in Sambuor commune, on the outskirts of Siem Reap.

Romcheik 5 collective artist Bo Hak works with wood in his outdoor workspace behind the gallery.
Fri, 17 November 2017

The flower on the Sangke River: Tracing the history of creativity in Battambang

For well over a century, Battambang has stood out in Cambodia as a cradle of culture, producing renowned artists, writers, poets, musicians and thinkers. Why this provincial city is a hotbed for creativity is somewhat of a mystery – but the answer may lie in a fortuitous combination of history, politics and geography. The stable of artists and eccentrics includes golden age singer Ros Sereysothea, writer and poet Kong Bunchhoeun, master mason Tan Veut, painter and writer Vann Nath, and more recently acclaimed sculptor Sopheap Pich, among many others. Singer Sinn Sisamouth, despite hailing from Stung Treng, made Battambang his home, and composed countless songs referencing the town and its relation to the arts. Perhaps most famously, the song Flower on the Sangke River – which describes a beautiful woman – has become a moniker for ...

An interior view of the newly opened Museum Cafe in Phnom Penh.
Thu, 16 November 2017

Odd collections a draw at Museum Cafe

“You can call me the crazy man of Cambodia,” laughs Lee Peng Heng, sitting among around 100 of his vintage coffee grinders, dozens of teapots and a phonograph from 1888, at a table fashioned from a recycled garment factory sewing ma

Cross Transit performers rehearse for their show today at the Department of Performing Arts.
Thu, 16 November 2017

Amrita team up for a cross-cultural performance

A mix of the traditional and contemporary, and photography and dance, will be on the stage for two performances tonight and Friday, in a unique collaboration between Japanese choreographer Akiko Kitamura, photographer Kim Hak and lo

Author Kenneth T So holds copies of his books chronicling the history of Khmer civilisation.
Fri, 10 November 2017

A scientist’s love of history

On April 17, 1975, Kenneth T So – born So Khong Thay – saw the breaking news that Phnom Penh had fallen to the Khmer Rouge on a television in the canteen of the University of Tennessee, where he was studying chemical engineering.

Thu, 9 November 2017

‘Eclectic unity’ is served up at Intégrité café

Over the last five months, Sabrina Wong and Paul Sitai have been building a stylish and eclectic new café, restaurant and bar with a key component as its foundation – integrity.

From left: Thathiny Tep, Kimseng Suon and Soliday Yon at the Liger Learning Centre.
Thu, 9 November 2017

Liger students show White Building projects

The White Building may have been torn down months ago, but its story is not over yet.

Seavling Lim (left) and Theanchhay Bun, co-winners of the Emerging Writers Competition.
Mon, 6 November 2017

Traditional, modern very much on the mind at Kampot literary fest

Theanchhay Bun is only 21 years old, but he has always been attracted to things from a bygone era.

Spectators attend the Kampot Readers and Writers kick-off event hosted last night at Chinese House restaurant in Phnom Penh.
Thu, 2 November 2017

Writers fest ready to kick off in Kampot

Serey Vicheka, a 19-year-old student of foreign languages at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, had no regrets about not winning the young writer’s contest that marked the launch of the Kampot Readers and Writers Festival last nigh

After working at fine dining restaurants in South Africa, Inès Samaai has taken over as executive chef at Chinese House.
Wed, 1 November 2017

Meeting the new chef taking risks at Chinese House

It's clear from the opening salvo that Inès Samaai has decided to take some chances on her new menu when a savoury squid-ink macaron with basil cured trout, chive and lemon crème fraiche, topped with caviar, hits the table.