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Man About Town: Peter Olszewski

PIX AT LA PAIX
The Angkor Photo Festival and Hotel de la Paix will hold a joint photo exhibition from November 3 to December 8.

The hotel will host two exhibitions that “provide very different yet complementary insights into aspects of Cambodian life and environment.”

The Arts Lounge will feature an exhibition titled Water is Life by Mak Remissa, a photojournalist for the European Pressphoto Agency.

He is widely regarded as one of the most successful Khmer photographers of his generation. In 1997, he claimed both first and third place in a national photojournalism competition, and since then has exhibited in Cambodia, France, Canada and the US.

Seven of his works are part of the permanent collection of the Singapore Art Museum.

The hotel’s recently-opened Thev Gallery and the courtyard Fire Garden will host an exhibition entitled Crickets, by up-and-coming 25-year-old photographer Sovan Philong.

He has been a professional photographer for less than three years, and studied under Remissa. He has already exhibited at the Les Rencontres d’Arles international photography festival and the Musee du Quai Branly’s Biennial Photoquai in France.

Both Remissa and Philong have been members of Isabelle Lesser’s Asia Motion photo agency, based in Cambodia, since 2010 and 2011 respectively.

BAK KHENG TEMPLE LIMIT
Tour companies are debating the move by the Apsara Authority to limit the number of tourists at the mountaintop Bak Kheng temple to 300 at a time.

Chhoeuy Chhorn, administration chief of the Siem Reap Provincial Tourism Department, told Xinhua news agency that “The Bak Kheng temple attracts hundreds or some days over a thousand to see the sunset at the same time.”

But one tour operator told Manabout that often crowds well above the thousand mark visit the temple at peak sunset times.

It is unclear whether the move is permanent or temporary, to allow for renovation work at the temple and the building of a wooden staircase.

On October 17, Apsara announced, “The measure is to preserve and conserve the dilapidated Bak Kheng temple and to avoid any eventual incident to tourists. To facilitate the process of renovation and to keep safety for tourists, the Authority decided to contain the number of visitors to stay on the temple to maximum 300.”

NORWEGIAN POP
Famed Norwegian singer-songwriter Hanne Sørvaag is in town for a fundraiser by Babel Guesthouse, and she’ll play in The Warehouse bar tonight with Babel’s resident songstress, student supervisor, Hilde Marie Kvalosoter.

Hanne has a new single and album on the Norwegian pop charts, and she is having big success with a song she’s written, Say Hello to Goodbye. The song sits on the Billboard’s Top29 charts, sung by Rihanna’s childhood friend from Barbados, Shontelle.  

Sørvaag made history when she became the first woman with two songs in the international finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 with My Heart is Yours, sung by Didrik Solli-Tangen of Norway and Shine for singer Georgia.

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