Archive for May, 2007

Java Arts Presents: June Art/Cultural Events

Thursday, May 31st, 2007



Photography by Stephane Janin

> Opening Friday, June 1 from 6:30pm> Popil PhotoGallery

Talk with artist June 2 at 6:30pm; showing until June 30, 2007

DRAWINGS BY Chanintorn Plasai

> Opening Friday, June 1 from 6:30pm > Two Fish Gallery

CAMBODIAN JOURNAL by Valentina DuBasky

> Opening 6 – 9pm June 6 > Showing 6 June – 1 July > Java Café & Gallery

A portfolio of drawings of Cambodia since 1994, exhibited in the U.S. and Cuba. The Cambodian Journal is an album of drawings that traces a woman artist’s journey living in Cambodia among survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide that claimed over a million lives. The Cambodian Journal takes place between 1994, after the cease fire ended the long civil war and established a fragile democracy, and the first Cambodian national elections of 1998. Through her artwork, the artist bears witness to the trauma of war as well as the journey of recovery as seen through the visual observations of daily life. As Cambodians rebuilt their shattered communities, the artist discovered the resiliency of the human heart and learned that the grace of the Cambodian spirit thrives even under extraordinary circumstances.


> Opening 7th of June > Showing 8th to 30th of June > French Cultural Centre “Rotess Ploeung” means “train” in Cambodian… Stephane Janin was born in France in 1968. He has a masters in Cinema and Audiovisual studies and started photographing Cambodia in 1990.

“For Cambodia, I don’t have much of Angkor temples pictures, or nice smily kids or nice dirty street kids sniffing glue, or orange monks with umbrellas, buffalos in rice fields, nice sunsets on the Mekong, I don’t know much how to do these kind of pictures. I mostly work on other topics. I am not really concerned by making nice pictures but most of all keeping documenting this country with new views and eyes as I have been taking pictures here since the early 90ies and I try not to get bored doing this again and again. If you appreciate my sharing these works with you, then it’s perfect…” –Stephane Janin


> Opening Friday, June 22 > Showing 20 – 27 June > Sala Artspace

Paintings, drawings and installation by Denise Scott. Denise’s work lies somewhere between figuration and abstraction. By taking ready-made objects, found or purchased, and assembling them in unexpected ways, she displaces them changing their original meaning. The total image then relies on ideas of association or an evocation of other forms in our memory.

DENIS MIN-KIM, Paintings and drawings

> Opening Thursday, June 28 > Hotel De La Paix, Siem Reap


> Opening Saturday, June 30 > Khmer Arts Academy and Sala Artspace

4 – 7pm Saturday, June 30th, the public is invited to explore a series of sculptures, videos and installations prepared on the bucolic grounds of the Khmer Arts Academy’s pavilion-style theater in Takhmao (11 kilometers south of Phnom Penh city center—maps will be available at Sala Artspace, Java Cafe and online at At 5pm two performances will be made by the Khmer Arts Ensemble featuring both an ancient and modern piece. The “after-party” from 7pm on at Sala Artspace will be the opening of an exhibition featuring some selected pieces from the artists as well as photos and videos of the project.



> From Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th of June > French Cultural Centre Cinema

Organised by « Conservation Internationale », the purpose of the festival is to communicate to a wide audience, especially young Khmers, the work being done to promote the sustainability of Cambodia’s natural envi-ronment. An award – the Golden Arowana – will be presented to the most popular film as decided by an audience vote.


> From 14th to 20th of June > Cinema of the French Cultural Centre

Organised by The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, in collaboration with the French Embassy in Cambodia and the French Cultural Centre in Cambodia.

This third edition of this festival will features movies, documentaries made or about refugees. The purpose of this event is to get the public acquainted with refugee issues.


> June 16, 17 > Meta House and Sala Artspace

Series of films from international filmmakers to be screened at the two locations on the weekend of the 16th and 17th of June. Details and schedule to be announced. More info at, contact: Jason Rosette,


> Wednesdays at 8pm > Scandinavia Hotel

  1. • JUNE 6th : “THE BAD SLEEP WELL” Directed by Akira Kirosawa
  2. • JUNE 13th: “GUMMO” Directed by Harmony Korine
  3. • JUNE 20th “EVEN DWARVES STARTED SMALL” Directed by Werner Herzog
  4. • JUNE 27th “HEARTS AND MINDS” The academy award winning Viet Nam documentary Directed by Peter Davis



> From Wednesday 13th to monday 25th of June

13rd of June – Chaktomuk theatre (to confirm): Pokemon Crew, one of the most titled crew in the world in the battle circuit (hip hop tour-nament).

21st of June – Street Keo Chea (184) (to confirm): Many Cambodian and French artists will perform concerts. High Tone, for example, is a French electro band. Their music is the alchemy of three key elements: 70′s dub, electronic music and ethnic music; a dub sub-merged in the jungle, somewhere between India and Tibet.

22nd of June : You play music, you belong to a band, you would like to make a concert? The French Cultural Centre offers you this opportunity, on Friday 22 June evening, where you could show your talent in playing in few bars of Phnom Penh. To organize this big musical event, please let us know your interest before the 15th of May!!!

Contact: Benjamin Genissel French Cultural Centre – 218 rue Kéo Chea (184) – Phnom Penh Phone: 023 721 212 (khmer) 012 875 074

22nd to 25th June – Raffles Hotel Le Royal: “Vis à vis” is a classical festival organised in collaboration with the German embassy in Cambodia and the Foundation for the Advancement of Western Classical Performing (FAWPC).

Some concerts will take place in many places all over the city. More information will come soon.


Wat Painting in Cambodia

Exhibition and Book Launch

Reyum Gallery

People Behind the Products: Garment Workers of Cambodia

Photography by Livingston Armytage

Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center

Until June 15

Free & Easy

Paintings on gay culture by Ouer Sokuntevy

Salt Lounge

Nowhere Fast

Photographs of Siberia by Andrew Pope

SCAN Gallery at the Scandinavia Hotel


ALTER COLLECTIVE: a group that meets monthly to get handed assigned art projects which are then shown the following month in a group exhibit in a special ALTER COLLECTIVE section of the SCAN Lower Gallery floor. Those interested in joining the ALTER COLLECTIVE should contact or via phone at 092791449

In PDF format: June07eventsJavaarts.pdf

Career Forum Cambodia

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

Career Forum Cambodia

June 1, 2007 from 9am to 9pm
June 2, 2007, from 8am to 6pm

National Cultural Center (Behind BBU; Opposite New National Assembly)

For more information:
Hotline: 012 345 819 or 016 655 450

(thanks to KH for info).

Word Up:PNH

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

Word Up:PNH

poetry + music + performance

invited writers + open mic

Word Up Penh

Great news, poetry and performance lovers!

Word Up:PNH is shaking some action again this Wednesday, 30th of May at Talkin to a Stranger.

Focusing on poetry, music and spoken word performance, Word Up:PNH is open to all interested writers, musicians and performance artistes.

Featuring an eclectic mix of invited literary luminaries combined with an open mic section, Word Up:PNH promises more intellectual stimulation than you can poke a synapse at.

If you are interested in becoming a Word Up:PNH feature artist in any of the lyrical disciplines, call plastic b on 012 695 188, or roll up to Talkin to a Stranger early on Wednesday night to sign up for our open mic session.

May the muse be with you,
Plastic B

wed 30 may * 8pm * free entry

Talkin to a Stranger

No.21 St.294 for more info call plastic b: 012 695 188

Word Up Phnom Penh Wed 30th

Friday, May 25th, 2007
Word Up at Talkin to a Stranger will take place on Wednesday 30th of May, 8pm.

Fw: Opera singing

Friday, May 25th, 2007
Friday night opera singing by Spiderman - 7 pm Barista Cafe, Street 215 # 146EO