The fourth annual Angkor Handicraft Fair is on until late Sunday night, with more than 60 artisans' and producers' groups from all over the Kingdom, plus regional exhibitors, in attendance. The fair is billed as the biggest of its kind in Cambodia, and last year welcomed 12,000 visitors over a five day period. This year organisers are hoping the attendance figure will top 20,000.
A big difference this year is that artisans from most countries in the region have also been invited to participate, including guests from India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, The Philippines, Malaysia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Plus, more than 60 associations, enterprises and purveyors of Cambodian-made handicrafts will be displaying their wares.
As in the past, the Angkor Handicraft Fair, which kicked off on Wednesday, will be held in the beautiful Royal Garden in Siem Reap. The main objective is to promote Cambodian skills and unique “savoir faire’’ in handicraft and art.
The main Cambodian associations and social enterprises at the fair include Artisans d’Angkor, Samatoa, Senteurs d’Angkor, Afesip, Sentosa, Osmose, Friends International, Institute for Khmer Traditional Textiles, Nyemo, Cando, Ta Prohm, Goel, RehabCraft, Fileo, Mekong Quilt, Push Pull, Ilnodo, Cando, Woman for Woman, V Silk, Sam Orn, Magic Gecko, Peace Handicraft, Angkor Handicraft Association, Samorn Silver Handicraft, LorPok Khmer Ceramic Association, SaoMao, Bamboo Shoots, Khmer Art Heritage, Kamonohashi Project, Friends International, and Bodia Nature.
There will also be daily handicraft demonstrations from 2pm until 6pm, including fabrication of silk, lotus fabrics, water hyacinth weaving, palm leaves box making, wood and stone carving, recycled bag making, painting, lacquering, and recycled paper art.
In addition to the exhibition and various demonstrations, the fair will be host to circus performers, live bands, visual arts, live painting, kids entertainment, a magician and DJs.
A highlight will be an unusual fashion show, with clothing and accessories only made in Cambodia. It will be a collaboration between all the Cambodian exhibitors of the fair and a professional modelling team from Phnom Penh, Super Model’ managed by Ms Zorida.
ANGKOR HANDICRAFT FAIR PROGRAM
4pm-9 pm: Circus from Phare Ponleu Selpak, Battambang, featuring acrobatics, juggling, theatre, and live painting.
7pm: Live Band (Jazz acoustic)
4pm-9 pm: Circus from Phare Ponleu Selpak, Battambang Magician
4pm-9 pm: Circus from Phare Ponleu Selpak, Battambang
6.30pm: Fashion show
7.30pm: Live Band – Cambojam
8.30pm: DJ & Fire show