International Writers and Readers Festival

The Kampot Traditional Music School – Khmer Cultural Development Institute (KCDI) is very happy to be a part of the very first International Writers and Readers Festival to be held in Kampot (KWRF).  The festival which runs from 5th to 8th November, aims to promote writing and reading in Cambodia and encourage Cambodian authors as well as international authors.  Come and visit our school as part of this extraordinary festival for the Opening Ceremony which will be held at our school on 5th November at 5pm. Events for the Opening Ceremony will include Traditional Cambodian music and dance in full costume performed by our students, a trio with Arn-Chorn Pond on the flute, KCDI’s founder Catherine Geach on the violin and Thouch Savang on guitar. There will also be a performance by guest star Paul Kelly who has very kindly agreed to come and perform at this amazing festival.
The KWRF is the idea of KAMA’s (Kampot Arts and Music Association) founder Julien Poulson and Wayne Callum and is supported by the UBUD Writers Festival in Indonesia. The festival is full of different events, foremost literary ones, but also artistic and musical (contemporary and traditional). Visit the festival website for further details on
Our school will also be hosting Arn Chorn Pond’s Magic Bus Performance Tour at 5pm on the 7th November and we will be giving our first ever Shadow Puppet Première on the same date at 7pm. On the 8th November also at our school we will be hosting Kampot Circus who will be giving workshops and performances from 10-12am in our main hall. The festival ends with a large street party outside KAMA
with Paul Kelly in a fusion with traditional Cambodian musicians from our school and many other groups. Please see full program on the website for details.


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Shadow Puppet Making Workshop

In July 2015 we did our first Lakoun Sabaik Toch – Shadow Puppet Making Workshop. Learning how to cure cow hide, dry and cut it out and create beautiful shadow puppets. Our course was sponsored by Cambodian Living Arts and the European Union. Our puppet master was from Sovannah Phum in Phnom Penh. This means that we now have the technical ability to create our own puppets both for our puppet troupe performances, but also to sell in order to raise funds for our school.
Our school was also invited by the Ministry of Culture to attend theASEAN Conference in Thailand “Art for All” on the occasion of Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindihorn’s 60th birthday.  Our Pin Peat teacher and one of our Mohori music students who is blind attended and performed at the Conference.
See our photographs of our Shadow Puppet Making Workshop and our ASEAN Conference   
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Lakoun Sabaik Toch

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Peace Notes Fund Raising

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Fundraising Day

Dearest Friends of Kampot Traditional Music School,


We are having a very important Fundraising Day on Wednesday March 18th on our Global Giving fundraising website.
Some of you very generously supported our Christmas Appeal in December, indeed thanks to your wonderful help, we have been able to continue running our school for the first quarter of 2015.
March 18th Fundraising Day is very important for us, because Global Giving will match each donation with 30% Matching Funds, taking each precious donation so much further! However the Fundraising Day starts at 09:00am Washington DC time and ends 23.59pm on the  same day, so it’s best to give early in the day to ensure matching funds. To check the right time in your part of the world, please visit this link:-
photo 4All donations go directly towards our program, because we have No expatriate overhead costs or salaries. Your donation will go directly towards helping orphaned children resident at our school, providing them with food, clothing, medical care, counselling, scholastic education and training in traditional Cambodian performing arts, donations will also go towards supporting our Mohori music program for our 10 blind children, for our free performing arts tuition for 400 local, disadvantaged children and for our 20 scholarship students who come from very poor and vulnerable backgrounds.
Donations can be made using Credit card or Paypal. For US citizens donations are tax-free. If you are not able to support us directly, please help us by telling your friends, acquaintances and family about our Appeal.
To Donate please click on this link:
We Thank You So Much!
From The Kampot Traditional Music School – Khmer Cultural Development Institute”
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