KCDI Annual statement 2014-15

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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 www.kampotwritersfestival.com
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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.
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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.
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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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