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Bittersweet Scars

The trees bursting with red flowers lining Phnom Penh’s Sihanouk Boulevard—giving a vibrant hue to the view from Java Cafe’s balcony—are reflected in “The Flame Tree of Knowledge,” Chath Piersath’s favorite painting in his current exhibit, “Scar,” showing at Java.

Spreading Sounds

After growing up in South Central Los Angeles, graduating from college and starting a family, Seak Smith began seeking a better understanding of her heritage, one that extended beyond the horrors of the Pol Pot regime.

Temple on High

From the very start, this temple was meant to be special. Why else would people build it on top of a mountain that, more than a thousand years after the first structure was erected, is still a long and arduous climb to reach?

Simple Stories

Over the seven minutes of Polen Ly’s short film “Colorful Knots,” the characters begin a friendship—moments stolen at red lights and cut off once the window rolls up as the car drives away.

Old Made New

Just across the street from the Sangke River in the heart of Battambang city, a small building of traditional Khmer style stands in the shade of tall trees.

Kingdom of Queens

Krin Sopheap says the most difficult part of his transformation into Gaga Rainbow is applying his makeup. “I’m not yet an expert at putting on makeup,” the 22-year-old native of Pursat province admitted. “I only know [how] to do about 50 percent of it.”

Staging Grace

The magic starts from the very first note of traditional music and, during the next 80 minutes, the Khmer classical dancers in the ballet “Pamina Devi” transport the audience into a saga punctuated by conflicts, fierce battles and, also, love.

Breaking Bread

Prom Vichet’s painting entitled “Braised Beef and Bread” depicts a table with barely touched bread, a nearly full bowl of beef stew, a plate of rice paddy herb called “ma’am” and a half-full glass of water: a typical Cambodian breakfast.

Global Show

Circus companies from five countries performing in three Cambodian cities over 10 days. This is what the Tini Tinou International Circus Festival is offering this month starting Thursday in Phnom Penh and ending May 16 in Battambang City.

Moving Tales

The contemporary dancers of Amrita Performing Arts presenting three of their latest works Saturday night have turned daily-life themes into dramatic pieces that appear effortless and are beautiful—as well as being profoundly Cambodian.

Paint This Town

On streets, alleyways and rooftops, look out: Nine street artists have unleashed their paintbrushes and spray cans for the first Cambodia Urban Art Festival, covering walls with art at various sites around the capital.

Women on Canvas

An art exhibition opening in Battambang City on Saturday represents a rare story of women artists. Rare because there still are so few female painters and sculptors in the country, whether Cambodians or foreigners.


When Charles Fox began documenting old Cambodian family photographs, his initial aim was to capture the country’s social transition through the lens of these intimate snapshots.

Collective Hopes to Inspire Appreciation of Graphic Design

When 12 young graphic designers decided to team up for a recent exhibition, it was less about their art and more about introducing locals to the concept of design.

Graphic Novel Depicts the Years Before Zero

A graphic novel by Ing Phousera depicts the events that led to Cambodia being taken over by the Khmer Rouge forces in April 1975—40 years ago this month.

Fashion Forward

In its fourth iteration, Phnom Penh Designers Week considers the theme “Now is the Future,” inviting avant-garde experimentation along with ready-to-wear basics from eight local and international labels.

Lens Romance

The photo exhibition opening Tuesday at the Sofitel hotel in Phnom Penh gives an insight into Cambodia as it appeared to visitors in the late 1920s.

New Film Seeks to Revive Forgotten Monument

The short film “What if the Stones could speak,” shown at Bophana Center Saturday afternoon, could be described as a cry from the heart on behalf of historical monuments in the country.

Far From Zion

“I felt like nobody knew there were Jews here in Cambodia. And people might be curious to see pictures of how they were living,” photographer Anna Spelman said of her exhibit, “Our Diaspora: Jewish Migration to Asia.” Showing at Phnom Penh’s Meta House until April 19, the images explore Jewish identity and community in Cambodia, India and Singapore.

A New Hero

In a politically daring new comic book, “Captain Cambodia,” a cartoonist uses a classic comic-book clash of good versus evil to comment on the country's politics.