Season of Cambodia – supporting bottom-up cultural diplomacy

Where
Cambodia
When
2016
Who
Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, ministry of Finance and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International cooperation
Key objectives of the measure:

Raising awareness about the Cambodian Arts in the United States of America.

Scope of the measure:
Regional, International
Nature of the measure:
institutional
Main feature of the measure:

Seasons of Cambodia Festival: a unique initiative by Cambodian Living Arts, brought over 125 artists from Cambodia to New York City for a major celebration of Cambodian arts, culture and humanities. Distinctive works from over 125 masters and emerging artists and scholars – in ritual, music, visual art, performance, dance, and show puppetry, film, and academic forums – were presented by more than 30 of New York’s most renowned arts and educational institutions, marking an unprecedented city-wide initiative to celebrate one of the world’s most vibrant and evocative cultures. The festival celebrated Cambodia’s artistic renaissance just one generation after the Khmer Rouge regime (1975 – 1979) and reflected on how important the arts have been in the country’s transformation. Season of Cambodia serves as an international platform that not only highlights the extraordinary resilience of the Cambodian nation and its artists, but also help pave the way for other post-conflict nations seeking renewal through artistic expression.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

The Season of Cambodia in New York was a very successful one. This success will inspire more of such festival and also help more artists and showcase of Cambodia arts and creative work as well. 

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

Government provide necessary administrative supports and exemptions of imports and exports of art work. 

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Cultural Value Chain
Distribution
Participation