Man About Town: 29 Nov 2013

Man About Town: 29 Nov 2013

The Kings Road Angkor project has rescheduled its grand opening from December 14, 2013 to January next year for a variety of reasons. Not mentioned as a reason by the developers, but probably certainly a factor, was the sudden death earlier this month of wealthy Phnom Penh entrepreneur Alain Dupuis, director of Meas Development which will run several restaurants in the Kings Road complex.

Meas Development also partnered with Phnom Penh-owned Worldwide In­vestment Group to open a Hard Rock Café at Kings Road. The opening of this café has shifted over the past few months with some reports giving a February opening, other reports opting for an April launch.

Later, a Hard Rock Café will also open in Phnom Penh, again as the result of the partnership between Meas Development and the Worldwide In­vestment Group, which is chaired by Hun Kimleng, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s niece and the wife of Neth Savoeun, the national police chief.

X-Bar on Sunday played host to American skateboarding legend Tony Hawk who, according to the December 2011 issue of Transworld Skateboarding magazine, is the second most influential skateboarder of all time.

Hawk, a former professional skateboarder is also an actor, producer of a series of video games and a philanthropist having, among other things, established the Tony Hawk Foundation to build skate parks in underprivileged areas.

He arrived in town on Saturday and on Sunday he spent most of the day with people from the Starkey Hearing Foundation, an organisation that fits hearing aids for the underprivileged. At about 3pm on Sunday he showed up at X Bar with about 20 people including his wife and friends. X Bar owner Carlo Tarabini told Insider reporter Miranda Glasser that Hawk tried out the rooftop skateboarding ramp, seemed very happy, and said to Carlo that he loved the design and configuration of the ramp.

After his Siem Reap sojourn he went to Phnom Penh for matters regarding his Tony Hawk Foundation and also Skateistan, an NGO that uses “skateboarding as a tool for youth empowerment.”

A whopping 31-page press release invited humble scribes to a conference this week in Phnom Penh to outline details about the “Fondamentus Dream Event” concert to be held in the northwest side of Angkor Wat on December 5 and 6. This extravaganza is produced by a French company, Khloros Concert and features music by Handel, Perceau and Bach. As reported earlier in the Insider, the concert will feature the Royal Ballet of Cambodia and the Myanmar National Symphony Orchestra and the French quartet Quatour des Equilibres.

From what Man About can determine, no information has been given about availability of tickets, mainly because it seems there won’t be any tickets for the public – it’s exclusive invite only.

CTN will televise the concert on December 6 and apparently the concert will also be shown live on a big screen in Phnom Penh – little consolation for mere mortals in Siem Reap where the concert is of course being hosted.

Gingerbread festivities: Park Hyatt’s culinary and engineering teams have combined to make a ginger-bread replica of the hotel building. The lighting up of this special creation on Sunday afternoon will be a highlight of the hotel’s Christmas Holiday calendar. On Tuesday afternoon the hotel hosted kids from Anjali House, inviting them to decorate their own gingerbread houses.

Handicrafts galore: The Angkor Handicraft Fair will be held over five days from January 9-13, and will promote only “Cambodian skills and unique ‘savoir faire’ in handicraft and art. The fair will also feature traditional handicraft demonstrations, professional fashion shows, and many cultural and art performances from all over Cambodia: circus, live bands, visual arts, live painting, magician and DJs.


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