Dance Troupe performing traditional Cambodian Dance

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Timings : Dance Show - 7 PM to 8 PM every day Dance workshop - 3 PM to 4:30 PM weekly once

Time Required : 2 to 3 hours

Entry Fee : 15 to 25 USD per person for the Dance show 50 to 75 USD per person for the Dance workshop

Cambodian Living Arts, Phnom Penh Overview

Cambodian Living Arts is an institute performing cultural shows in the city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This private institute is a famous attraction among the tourists visiting the capital city for their vibrant, impressive dance performances that depict Cambodian heritage and culture narrated by a combination of storytelling with traditional art, dance and music. It is highly recommended to visit the centre while traveling in Phnom Penh.

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Cambodian Living Arts History & Significance

Cambodian Living Arts were established in 1998 by a Cambodian Arn Chorn Pond, a musician and a Khmer Rouge genocide survivor. After mass killings of civilians, the country's art was in grave danger, which Arn Chorn realized, and founded this institute with no support to focus on endangered art forms of Cambodia. It was only after a decade that the full-fledged centre was born, after gaining support from multiple local and international non-profit organizations.

Cambodian Living Arts Dance Shows

A theatre in the institute is open to the public,  where the students perform entertaining dance shows involving brilliant storytelling combining arts, music and dance. This show is quite popular among the tourists who are interested in getting to know about Cambodian culture and heritage. Dance shows are available in Khmer and English.

There are periodic Living Arts Tours called Pinpeat ensemble class, where tourists can learn to play traditional musical instruments that were used in the royal courts of Angkor kingdom. Also, they will get an introduction to dance forms, different ceremonies and masked plays in this tour. All the tickets can be bought online on their website or directly walking into the Arts centre.

Cambodian Living Arts Dance Training & Workshops

The centre has tie-ups with top schools all across Cambodia, where they identify young talents and train them to offer opportunities in the field of arts. Also, by providing various scholarships and fellowship programs to young artists, Cambodian Living Arts focus on providing careers to the country's students in the fields of arts, music and dance. Through several collaboration projects with neighbouring countries like Thailand and Vietnam, the institute aims to promote and develop Cambodian art and dance culture.

How To Reach Cambodian Living Arts

Cambodian Living Arts are located about 45 minutes from the city centre of Phnom Penh. The best way to reach is by hiring a Tuk-Tuk for about 15 USD for a round trip including waiting charges, that can be shared as well. You can also get there by renting a motorbike for about 8 USD per day.

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