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Cheers for OTC

Cheers for OTC

Editors:

Telstra/OTC deserves every congratulation for its launch of Sally Ingleton's film

"The Tenth Dancer" and its establishment of a fund to assist the National

Dance Company and the School of Fine Arts.

Save the Children Fund Australia has been supporting the School of Fine Arts since

1988 when we helped to build and equip a workshop for the production of traditional

musical instruments.

We have been pleased this year to provide funding for Bill Lobban, the ethno-musicologist

placed in the School by the Overseas Service Bureau, and several of his students

to make field trips to various parts of Cambodia to record traditional music still

remembered by older Cambodians.

Many of your readers will have seen the 1993 Calendar "Children in Dance in

Cambodia" produced by SCFA and OSB which featured young dancers from the School

of Fine Arts. This sold very well in Cambodia and in Australia and Canada and because

of that support from the public, we have been able to donate U.S. $10,000 to the

School of Fine Arts to purchase costumes for the School.

With so many pressing needs in Cambodia, it is easy for cultural activities to be

overlooked or not receive priority, but the preservation and strengthening of traditional

Khmer dance and music is a legacy for the future generations of Cambodia.

Sandy Hudd

- Program Manager, SCFA

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