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Cafe Cultivates a Playful, Thoughtful Space for Young Artists

Four years after hatching an idea to nurture and preserve Cambodian culture through a coffee shop, Sakada Sam opened K.E Cafe and Lounge in Phnom Penh with the tagline “Coffee with memory.”

History on the Rocks

A remote cave’s cherished ancient paintings withstand the elements, but face an uncertain future.

A Modern Prayer Echoed on Angkor’s Walls

One of the first Khmer poems to be inscribed in stone—an ode to the Buddha’s enlightenment carved into the walls of Angkor Wat in 1702—it turns out, contains snippets of a traditional prayer, the “Lotus Flower Offer­ing,” which is still sung in Cambodia today.

Looking at Angkor Through an Artist’s Archives

The exhibition “The Singapore Art Archive Project”, organized by a group of museum curators, includes a vast array of materials, ranging from magazine articles on Southeast Asian arts in the early 1960s to photographs of Cambodian villages.

Artist Explores Human Nature in Series of Nude Paintings

About five years ago, Cambodian artist Heng Ravuth embarked on a journey—exploring human nature through the naked body.

The Peacemaker

War destroyed Chea Vannath’s world. Then, through faith, she redefined her future.

Composer Seeks to Merge Western, Khmer Musical Traditions

Chinary Ung is one of the foremost contemporary composers in the U.S. He also happens to be a Cambodian-American with a passion for encouraging the development of links between Western and Khmer music.

Cambodia’s ‘Krom’ Submitted for Two Grammys

Krom, a bluesy five-piece that formed in Phnom Penh in 2010, has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year, founder Christopher Minko confirmed on Friday.

Kem Ley’s Final Fables

In the two weeks before political analyst Kem Ley was shot dead in a gas station convenience store last weekend, he posted 19 political “jokes” to his Facebook page, having announced plans to write 99 and then publish them in a book at the end of this year.

Fields & Fresh Blood—The Songs of Angkar

The songs of the Khmer Rouge served as the inescapable soundtrack to the regime's brutal reign, but also acted as a failed attempt to inculcate the proper revolutionary mindset, according to new research.

Children—A New Defense Against Looting?

A program by Heritage Watch trains children to appreciate their archeological heritage in hopes of inspiring their efforts to prevent it from disappearing.

Film Festival to Tackle Trafficking, Migration

Organizers of this year’s Chaktomuk Short Film Festival are encouraging the submission of films addressing human trafficking and migration.

Risqué Business

On a street lined with girlie bars, Phnom Penh’s first Hooters stands apart in orange hot pants.

With Unusual Format, Young Directors Debut First Feature

Kon Khmer Koun Khmer, an association of young Cambodian filmmakers, is taking a major gamble this week: presenting its first feature-length film in a commercial cinema, and trusting that the Phnom Penh public will support a movie with an unusual format.

Cambodia’s Art Stars Align in Exhibit at National Museum

An all-star lineup of Cambodian artists and photographers will open next week in Phnom Penh at an uncommon venue for modern art: the National Museum.

Indian Film Festival Brings Bollywood Back to Phnom Penh

While Indian film is synonymous with Bollywood for many casual moviegoers, the second edition of Indian Cinema Week in Phnom Penh seeks to highlight the diversity of productions from a country that makes more than 1,600 movies every year.

Metal Findings Give New Perspective on Angkorian History

New archeological dating is helping to settle two old mysteries: the story behind Baphuon monument, and why King Suryavarman I does not appear to have built his own temple.

Cambodian Artist Expresses Social Ills Through Paintings

Artist Hour Seyha's latest exhibition depicts the ravages of heavy alcohol consumption on Cambodian society.

In US, Cambodian Artists Reflect on Refugee Pasts

“Interlace,” an exhibition that opened in New York City on Friday night, features the work of three Cambodian artists who grew up in the U.S. after fleeing the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s and early ’80s.

With New Book, Quest to Recover Stolen Battambang Statues Begins

The Ministry of Culture released a book on Monday about 68 Khmer sculptures that were stolen from museums in Battambang City during decades of war and conflict, and intends to use the publication in a global search to recover the artifacts.