T hree days of celebration at Olympic Stadium are being organized for the Chinese
New Year. Cambodian, Chinese, Philippine and Thai entertainers will be featured
at the Feb 10-12 events.
Ticket prices are $10 for VIP seats, $5 for the
second tier and $3 for general admission. Khmer journalists at the Jan. 20 press
conference to announce the event expressed doubt that many Cambodian people
could pay for even the cheapest seats.
The Chinese New Year Celebration
at the Olympic Stadium will be the second such "concert." The previous one, held
before the May elections, attracted 5-6,000 people. It was the first concert
held in Cambodia since 1975. Marred by rain, many concert-goers were
disappointed that it failed to live up to high expectations.
a well known Cambodian actress attended the press conference with Yuas Bo Vanak
a Cambodian film star. They announced that Ma Neka, a Thai film star, would
perform at the event. Cambodians have seen her in a Thai show shown on IBC-TV in
which she played a selfish and evil woman.
The promoters of the event say
that a percentage of the funds raised will be given to the United Neutral Khmer
Students Association. Officers of the association declined to say what
percentage they expected to gain.
Leng Vannarat, an officer in the United
Neutral Khmer Students Association said that the organization was non-political,
it was neutral. According to Vannarat, the main goals of the four month-old
organization are "to increase understanding among students world-wide and to
help students in job placement." He said that the money raised would be used to
open a bookstore and to develop an AIDS program.
Chamroeun Vath, also
with the student association said that they have advisors from both major
political parties, and connections to In Tam, the President of the Democratic
Party, and former Prime Minister under Sihanouk.
IBC - TV is backing and
Angkor Beer is supporting the event.