K HMER culture and cuisine will be on full display this New Years at the Hotel
During the four day festival to run from April 10-13,
pottery, painting, wood carving and silk weaving displays will take place
nightly, as well as exhibitions of Khmer traditional and folk dances put on by
dance troupes from the National Theatre.
Organized by the Cambodiana's
recently-hired Public Relations Executive Queguiner Chantamony, an expatriate
Khmer who just returned home to Cambodia after 22 years in Europe, the
celebration of Khmer culture will also bring together 14 cooks from different
provinces around the Kingdom to demonstrate the varieties of Cambodian
"Its going to be great. I'm really excited," says
Festivities will begin nightly at 6pm. The highlight of the
evenings may well be the demonstrations of two traditional Khmer games - Angkunh
and Chhoung - which, according to one accicionado, "give boys and girls an
opportunity to woo each other".
All those who attend will be invited to
participate in the subtle forms of flirtation practised for centuries throughout
The public is also invited to attend two lectures on "The
Angkor Civilisation" and "The Evolution of Khmer Architecture" to be delivered
by Under Secretary of State for Tourism H.E. Sam Promonea, which will take place
on April 10 (2pm) and April 11 (4PM) respectively.
Chantamony says that
on April 13 prizes will be given out including cash awards and free vacations.
Sponsors of the four-day extravaganza besides the Cambodiana Hotel
include Khaou Chuly MKK Co., Ltd., Khmer Consultant Engineering Corp., LBL
International and the Power Investment GroupCo., Ltd.