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“Authentic look at arts education” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cambodian Living Arts

Cambodian Living Arts
No. 128-G9, Sothearos Blvd. | Tonle Bassac, Chamkamorn, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Formerly Living Arts Tours)
+855 92 998 492
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Ranked #61 of 118 Activities in Phnom Penh
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Owner description: Visit our music, dance and theater classes in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap: Unique, culturally sensitive glimpses of Cambodia through hands-on experiences with our treasured artistic heritage. Our tours will take you for a visit of a traditional performing arts class: see how eager students are taught by aging Cambodian masters of the arts, try your hand at an instrument, or watch how it is made. These classes not only cater the passion of the students, but also help preserve endangered traditional culture, and create jobs for the teachers and guides.
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“Authentic look at arts education”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

I attended a Pin Peat class -- xylophone and drums -- with my daughter and her dad. We wanted to get a peek into the world of Cambodian arts, which is exactly what we got. The group of students performed a couple of songs for us before participating in their own lessons. We then had a chance to try the instruments -- my 11 year old daughter loved learning a little about the xylophone. They also answered our questions, and asked some of their own.

Our guide was Cambodian, and also a student of Cambodian music. His explanations and participation added to the sense that we were seeing a real piece of Cambodian life.

One of the best things about the experience was knowing that these tours financially support the reclamation of arts education in the country, so much of which was destroyed during the Khmer Rouge years.

Visited April 2012
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“Insightful, authentic, charming and truly Cambodia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Following a visit to the Children of Bassac earlier this year, I went to a Cambodia Living Arts (CLA)Tour this April. We went to see a music class that was held next to the NGO's office, in a run-down complex that was built in the 1960s by a famous Cambodian architect.

We met in the office (where bought another beautiful scarf ...) with a cultural ambassador, one of CLA's staff members, an intern as I understand. He was very, very sweet and nervous but did a great job of explaining us what we were going to see and what to expect.

Subsequently, we went next door and simply watched a group of about 5-7 Cambodian youngsters that were being thought some classical Cambodian instruments. Some of them also danced at the Children of Bassac show.

It was a very moving experience. These guys take classes every day and get ready to perform at various occasions. The lesson takes one hour, we of course where also invited to play the instruments ourselves and later had the opportunity to talk to their teacher and the students.

I really admired their determination and enthusiasm, you could see how much they enjoyed the classes. I was extremely happy to be part of this and witness how the arts are lived by young Cambodians, how the arts transform these young people and how CLA is putting its vision into action.

Definitely worth a visit if you want to witness true Cambodia!

Visited April 2012
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