DAVID STIRLING ON NOV 29th, 2017 AT 12:37pm , Siem Reap Things…Arts, Performance & Galleries.
STRETCHING OVER SOME 400 SQUARE KILOMETRES, INCLUDING FORESTED AREA, ANGKOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK CONTAINS THE MAGNIFICENT REMAINS OF SEVERAL CAPITALS OF THE KHMER EMPIRE OF THE 9TH TO THE 15TH CENTURIES.
WHETHER ON BICYCLE, TUK-TUK OR VAN, OR EVEN GETTING THE BIRDS EYE VIEW OF ANGKOR WITH ONE OF THE AMAZING HELICOPTER RIDES, IT CAN BE FORGIVEN TO BELIEVE THAT SIEM REAP (THE GATEWAY TO ANGKOR) CAN HAVE LITTLE ELSE TO OFFER OUTSIDE OF THE ANCIENT WONDERS JUST DOWN THE ROAD.
Us here at The Little Red Fox know that there is so much more! We have been spending time over the past few weeks listing down all our favorite things to do around town and we can promise that unless needed, idle time will not be upon you should you add a few of these truly unique experiences to your itinerary!
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT.
There is certainly no lack of an arts scene here in Siem Reap. In fact one could say you could base a whole experience just exploring the arts scene alone! Start of by visiting the New Cambodian Artists an all female Cambodian dance troop.
Since 2012, The New Cambodian Artists have been developing a culture of contemporary dance throughout Cambodia believing in female empowerment through expression. Their studio is nestled into the beautiful back streets of Siem Reap and it is here you will find the five female dancers who train in a fusion of traditional and contemporary dance. Shows happen on a weekly basis and you can make a reservation by contactingnewcambodianartists@
Next we highly recommend the incredible crew behind Bambu Stage, a social enterprise and workspace that gives a platform for the performing arts in Cambodia. Shows happen regurly and feature a wide scope of Cambodian Culture. Most of all don’t miss the incredible ‘Angkor Temples Decoded’ & ‘SNAP – 150 Years of Photography in Cambodia’ evenings giving visitors a more in-depth knowledge into Cambodia. Another reason we love them so much is their passion towards educating their guests with engaging and informed experiences about Cambodia – helping to understand the history, culture and issues of this grand Kingdom – believing ‘when we’re more informed, we become better travelers’.
You can contact Bambu Stage at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, do not miss out on seeing the incredible Phare, Cambodian Circus, easily Siem Reap’s most popular attraction when it comes to the performing arts! Phare is truly unique and full of heart, their really is nothing quite like it. Incorporating dance, theatre, original live music and incredible circus acts all used to tell an incredible stories from Cambodia’s recent history, modern society and tradtional folklore! Phare artists are graduates of Phare Ponleu Selpak, an NGO school and professional arts training center in Battambang (Cambodia’s second largest city). Phare, The Cambodian Circus holds two shows daily during busy season (November – March) so you can be sure that you won’t miss out on this incredible show.
We highly recommend securing your ticket well in advance as Phare tends to book out nightly during high season. You can contact their bookings here.
If an relaxed afternoon is needed why not enjoy exploring some of Siem Reap’s best galleries by tuk tuk ride!
First stop is Theam’s House, the home-come-gallery of Cambodian artist designer Lim Muy Theam. Born in Takeo Province (Southern Cambodia). Theam was nine when Vietnam toppled the Khmer Rouge regime in the late 1970’s. Amidst the widespread famine and the trauma caused by the genocide, hundreds of thousands of Cambodians fled the country. Theam was among the refugees who arrived in France in 1980 and received an artistic and technical education in interior design at the Ecole Boulle and also in Painting at the Fine Art School both in Paris. Returning to Cambodia with a passion to support and grow what the Khmer Rouge regime tried so hard to wipe out – it’s artisans, cultural artifacts, statues and books. Time spent at Theams House is pure tranquility. Take the time to to soak up their beautiful gardens, museums and galleries as a single incense stick sends its sweet smoke floating through the property.
Theam has a strong passion for a long term sustainable and fair development for crafts offering young artisans and villagers jobs-on-site allowing them to have a space where they can practice their skills with dignity and respect.
Next, find your driver and head back into town to visit the McDermott Gallery, an aesthetic photographic experience! John McDermott first came to Cambodia in 1995 to photograph a total eclipse of the sun and was inspired by incredible light that surrounded the temples during the eclipse and returning to Cambodian many times over several years creating an impressive collection of portraits of the ancient Khmer temples untouched by tourism.
Mcdermott’s photography shows a passion and love for ancient temples and cultural heritage sites throughout Southeast Asia mainly focusing on Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and of course Cambodia. Mcdermott’s black & white images are surreal and seem to be “bathing in light”.
John McDermott is now based here in Siem Reap with his wife and son founding three galleries exhibiting exciting work of Cambodian artists and photographers.
Your next stop is Siem Reap’s latest gallery, the Strangefruit & Jam Gallery located upstairs from The Village Cafe. The gallery displays a variety of work from all genres engaging local artists from Cambodia and abroad. The contemporary New York-loft-style gallery aims to give their visitors a space where they can enjoy a coffee in quiet and just take a break to look and enjoy the art.
Owners Stewart Kidd and David Ramjattan both share a tremendous passion for supporting the arts in all it’s forms and have their fingers on the pulse of young Cambodian artists who are about to make it big time in the local art scene. Strangefruit & Jam Gallery is truly a space that all fashionistas & hipsters alike will adore giving you the opportunity to view Cambodian art in its latest & rawest forms.
This is just the tip of an iceberg that is the incredible arts scene that is here in Siem Reap. if you would like to know more about whats happening in Temple Town you can send us an email at admin@thelittleredfoxespresso.