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What's Happening: February 2008
Speed Dating on Valentine's tops the list, but Chinese New Year, performances at Angkor Wat, an arts festival in Phnom Penh, and other notable performances make February an eventful month.
Nights of Angkor
Angkor Wat; Jan 31 - Feb 2
The 8th annual performance of "Angkor Nights" is born from collaboration between France and Cambodia. During three nights, the Angkor Wat temple will be illuminated. On this breathtaking site, classical and contemporary dancing spectacles from Asia and Europe will be performed, creating a unique cultural and artistic interaction. Tickets available at the FCC Phnom Penh and FCC Angkor. Visit http://www.ccf-cambodge.org/
for more information.
FCC Angkor: Feb 3 - Mar 2
Myanmarese photographer Nyan Win explores life in rural Myanmar, the little-known yet fantastically beautiful country.
Chinese New Year Special Menu
FCC Angkor: Feb 4 - 10
♥ Valentine's Day Menu Special ♥
FCC Angkor; Feb 14
The Tragedy Pantomime of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Chaktomuk Theater; Feb 2-3
The Phnom Penh Players retake the stage in February with an old British standard: the pantomime. In the Players version of Shakespeare's masterpiece, Hamlet is played by a woman, Hamlet's mother is played by a 7-foot expat in drag, the king is The King of Rock 'n' Roll Elvis Presley, and no one, the audience included, is safe from the biting satire. At the Chenla Theater at 12 noon and 7 p.m. on Feb 2 and 4 p.m. Feb 3. Tickets are available at Talking to a Stranger, Java Café, Garden Center 1 & 2 and the Chenla Theater before performances.
♥ Speed dating ♥
FCC Phnom Penh; Feb 14
Speed dating returns! The last event attracted more than 100 people. This year seats are limited to 30 boys and 30 girls. Pre-register at firstname.lastname@example.org. The party starts at 6:30 on the FCC rooftop terrace with complimentary drinks and canapés. Speed dating goes from 7:30 to 9:30. $10 cover. A special bachelor auction will be held afterwards to raise money for the Starfish Foundation, and then DJ Nivet will take over the music and open the Valentine's party to the public.
French Cultural Center; Jan 22 - Feb 24
French artist and photographer Bob Passion returned from a dirt bike trip around Cambodia with a stack of photographs and a helmet full of inspiration. Striping together elements cut from his photographs -- apsaras, flooded streets, temples, casinos and other abstract details -- and dosing the montages with liberal splashes of candy colors, Passion's "Photomontage" is a psychedelic whirlwind joyride down Cambodia's tourist trail and beyond.
Various locations; Feb 23- Mar 1
Disabled and able-bodied artist from around Asia will converge on Phnom Penh in February for the Spotlight Asia Arts Festival, a week-long event highlighting Asian art, photography and dance.
The festival begins February 23 with a parade along Sisowath Quay and special performances at Chaktomuk Theatre. Highlights of the week include a performance by the critically acclaimed contemporary Vietnamese dance troupe Together Higher in "Stories of Us"; the shadow puppetry and dance show "Sabai Sabai" performed by Cambodian's own Sovanna Phum; and the "The Box Experiment," an interactive multi-media installation that "explores what it's like to live every day with a physical disability."
Admission to all events is free. For more information visit the Spotlight web site at http://spotlight-inclusiveartsasia.org/, or visit Gasolina, #56-58, Street 57, Phnom Penh.
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