DJs and circus tricks at fourth handicraft fair

DJs and circus tricks at fourth handicraft fair

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
Friday 13
4pm-9 pm: Circus from Phare Ponleu Selpak, Battambang, featuring acrobatics, juggling, theatre, and live painting.
4pm-9pm: DJ
7pm: Live Band (Jazz acoustic)
Saturday 14  
4pm-9 pm: Circus from Phare Ponleu Selpak, Battambang Magician
Video performances
4pm-9pm: DJ

Sunday 15

4pm-9 pm: Circus from Phare Ponleu Selpak, Battambang
6.30pm: Fashion show
7.30pm: Live Band – Cambojam
8.30pm: DJ & Fire show

MOST VIEWED

  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group