Cambodian Living Arts

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About us

Arts for Transformation!

By 2020, we envision a vibrant and dynamic cultural sector throughout Cambodia, with the arts as the country's national and international signature.

Cambodian Living Arts will be a catalyst for this development.

Our work

CLA has 3 main programs:

Community Arts - for students.

We employ over 40 teachers, to teach traditional Cambodian performing arts to over 500 students in 9 provinces of Cambodia. Many of these forms are rare, and if it weren't for programs like CLA's, would be at risk of dying out. In this program, a new generation of young Cambodian's learn basic skills and knowledge about the rich culture of Cambodian dance, music and theatre.

Capacity building - for emerging artists, technical professionals and the leaders of the arts sector.

We provide skills development for those wanting to (or already) working in the arts. We do this through: scholarships, a leadership development program for arts managers, and ad hoc technical and managements trainings, e.g. sound and light skills, legal rights. We also find local and regional opportunities for young artists to get their first performance experiences, and organise workshops and exchanges (nationally and internationally) so participants can increase their knowledge and experience of artsglobally.

Creative Industries - for arts professionals.

We find paid performance work for troupes and artists, have created a program of traditional arts performances at Phnom Penh's national museum that gives regular paid work to over 120 arts professionals, and generate income for cultural ambassadors and to support CLA's work through cultural tourism. We also produce and sell CDs of Cambodian music, giving income to artists, supporting CLA's programs, and promoting the arts worldwide.

Some major projects we work on apart from these core programs, include:


In April and May 2013, Season of Cambodia Festival, New York City. Taking 125 Cambodian artists to present work in 30 different venues around New York City.

Every two years since 2003, we organise a Youth Arts Festival in Cambodia. In 2012, over 20 arts organisations and troupes joined the festival, with 28 performances, 50 workshops, a visual arts program and a seminar for arts managers.

Preservation of traditional arts

With the support of the Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation, CLA has recently completed a project to record 4 rare art forms for archive. As part of the project we are producing 5000 CDs, 3 documentaries and have a created a listening station for the public to come and enjoy the arts.

In 2013, we are working with Ethnomusicologist Patrick Kersale, to forma group to play instruments depicted on the bas-reliefs of the temples of Angkor, which Patrick has recreated.



Contact information

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Phone: +85523986032

No. 128-G9, Sothearos Blvd,, Tonle Bassac, Chamkamon, Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, 855, Cambodia

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