Ministry rolls out new strategy to revitalize arts

The Ministry of Culture on Tuesday introduced the country’s first strategic cultural policy, an ambitious plan that includes setting up provincial cultural centers, launching arts education in schools, holding annual cultural events and promoting individual artists. Speaking to an audience that included representatives from the leading ...

Kuch Naren and Michelle Vachon

Temple may be heritage site

Sambor Prei Kuk, the seventh-century temple of the pre-Angkorian Chenla Kingdom built by Isanavarman I, is to be submitted for consideration as a World Heritage Site to UNESCO. The announcement came yesterday at a seminar on research and conservation on the temple complex, the most important ...

Chhay Channyda

Shops unfazed by annual bootleg DVD crush

The Ministry of Culture steamrolled 300,000 bootlegged DVDs Monday in its annual celebration of efforts to stamp out piracy. But at DVD shops across Phnom Penh, where pirated movies are sold for $1.50 or less, owners said they see little threat to their businesses. ...

Sek Odom and Alex Consiglio

Ministry Says no to CNRP ceremony at Tuol Sleng

The Ministry of Culture on Tuesday rejected the opposition CNRP’s request to hold a ceremony at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum for those who died under the Khmer Rouge. In a letter dated Monday to the CNRP, Chamroeun Vantha, director general of the Culture Ministry’s administration ...

Aun Pheap

New Association to Take on Illegal DVD Sales

The Motion Picture As­sociation of Cambodia (MPAC), an independent body that aims to protect intellectual property, officially opened its doors Wednesday, vowing to put an end to the sale of pirated DVDs in Phnom Penh as its first order of business. “We are goingto serve everybody ...

Ben Woods

DVD Shops Raided by Police At Local Distributor's Request

Police in Phnom Penh yesterday raided nine DVD shops at Tuol Tom Poung market in Chamkar Mon district, confiscating hundreds of illegally reproduced movies at the joint request of the Ministry of Culture and local movie distributor Westec Media Limited. Sao Bunthoeurn, deputy director of ...

Khmer Cakes, Desserts Make a Sweet Display

The annual Khmer Cakes and Desserts Exhibition was launched yesterday with a ceremony on Phnom Penh’s riverfront near Wat Ounalom attended by officials from the municipality and Ministry of Culture. Noting that it was the second year the event had been held, Phnom Penh Governor Kep ...

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