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!
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