FOR the first time, the French Cambodian Chamber of Commerce, under the auspices of the French Embassy, is organising a French Week in Phnom Penh from 29 October to 7 November.
Thirty-five participants, mainly restaurant owners and distributors, will organise special evenings and offers to benefit charities.
Gourmets will, for instance, enjoy a special dinner at Atmosphere restaurant on October 30, with all proceeds to be given to the Khanta Bopha Children’s Hospital. A table-decorating workshop and cooking classes, among other activities, will also be organized at Van’s restaurant and at the Raffles Hotel Le Royal.
“This event claims to be cultural before commercial, even if the participants are hoping for results,” explained Iris Parrot, project manager.
To this end, the French Cultural Centre (CCF) will organise a week of French cinema showing thrillers and detective films from the last 60 years.
Sustainable development will also be highlighted. The Energy Environmental Impact Commission of the French Cultural Centre will host a cruise and seminar on the French entrepreneurial contribution to Millennium Development Goals. Models of Cambodian environmental houses built with French and Cambodian materials will also be displayed at the CCF.
“French businesses often work by word of mouth, so this event aims at introducing them and their culture to more people,” said Parrot.
Presentations and sales of French luxury goods will be a highlight of the week in several city stores.
French fragrances, cosmetics, wine, cheese and other specialties will be showcased around the capital, giving a comprehensive introduction to French culture.
For more details about the schedule, booking and prices, visit www.sousdaylafrance.com