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Drakkar Band: Rockin’ the boat

Named after a Viking dragon ship, Drakkar has well and truly lived up to its namesake. Since its conception in 1967, the band has ridden waves of soaring successes and survived the crushing power of the Khmer Rouge regime. With members now in their 60s and 70s, Drakkar is ready...

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After midnight

The number of dance floors at Pontoon, a long-time late-night Mecca for the capital’s dance club set, grew to three with the recent opening of Pontoon Vibe, the club’s new after-hours hip-hop room. The main action is still at Pontoon, and Vibe, like its sibling Pontoon Pulse,...
Posted On Mar 26, 2015
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Audio Mainline: Soma for the soul

Phnom Penh has a musical dynamic duo that has been flying either under, over, or off the radar for some of you out there for some time now and today we’re going to correct that oversight on your part and shame you out of your abject ignorance. Sound like fun? Good attitude. The...

A sweet ending

“It ends today,” I remind myself as I enter through the crystal door of Dessert Story, a Taiwanese/Hong Kongese-style café on Street 51 whose small and inconspicuous sign outside makes it almost invisible to the unknowing eye. To my left, a wall covered by a huge poster of...

Fear and cooking in Cambodia

If you meet one of those tourists who complains that there is nothing to do in Phnom Penh, one thing you can suggest is an insect cooking class. The class, taught on the other side of the Monivong Bridge, gives visitors a chance to fry four types of crickets, silk worm larvae,...

Drakkar Band: Rockin’ the boat

Named after a Viking dragon ship, Drakkar has well and truly lived up to its namesake. Since its conception in 1967, the band has ridden waves of soaring successes and survived the crushing power of the Khmer Rouge regime. With members now in their 60s and 70s, Drakkar is ready...

After midnight

The number of dance floors at Pontoon, a long-time late-night Mecca for the capital’s dance club set, grew to three with the recent opening of Pontoon Vibe, the club’s new after-hours hip-hop room. The main action is still at Pontoon, and Vibe, like its sibling Pontoon Pulse,...
Posted On Mar 26, 2015
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Ghost city

FRI 27 | Mak Remissa, a photojournalist for the European Pressphoto Agency, is considered one of the most successful Khmer photographers of his generation. A survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime, his latest series, Left 3 Days, draws upon his memory of the evacuation of Phnom Penh...
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Dancing in the moonlight

FRI 27 | Despite its suggestive title, Milky Way unfortunately isn’t the chocolate bar appreciation evening it might seem. But keep those fat little hopes raised high, as The Creem’s Milky Way party is set to deliver a night of music and good vibes that are sure to be just as...
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Rock it like it’s 1967

FRI 27 | Many of us most closely associate the golden era of Khmer music with the nostalgic vocals of Sin Sisamouth and Pan Ron, perhaps accompanied by some cute visuals of bopping teens in their Sunday best. While this is a likely scene from a ‘60s dance club, a different, less...
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Lights out

SAT 28 | Anyone who thinks caring for the environment is just for tree-hugging hippies belongs in the Stone Age and should duly be torn a new one by a sabre-toothed tiger. As for the rest of us, it’s that time of the year where we all come together to express our appreciation for...
Posted On Mar 26, 2015
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Cruising for a boozing

SAT 28 | It’s time for another potent mix of poetry and drinking on the Tonle Sap. As usual, participants are required to bring along their poem to recite, an alcoholic beverage to share and a fiver for the boat. Standard procedure requires alcohol to be imbibed pre-recital for...
Posted On Mar 26, 2015
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Culture clash

SUN 29 | In conjunction with its US premiere on the same day, Romeet will screen Paper Garden for the very first time. The film follows the story of JP Neang, a young Khmerican artist born into a traditional family who lives with the daily struggle of rejection, yet uses her...
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One-man wonder

TUE 31 | The Sofitel presents Wonders of 1929, an exhibition showcasing the works of theatre actor and director Georges Portal. Alongside his acting career, Portal pursued photography using the most technologically advanced equipment of the time. This exhibition will showcase 84...
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Humpday harmonies

WED 01 | The Piano Shop Concert Series 2 presents an eclectic group of talented musicians to celebrate the midweek mark. Jazz vocalist Kae Lhassan brings her quartet to the stage for a Manouche special. Featuring Sebastien Adnot on guitar, Toma Willen on percussion and Nono on...
Posted On Mar 26, 2015
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Guilty Pleasures

Earlier today I made a cheeky 200 smackers flogging old jam jars in the heartless snakepit that is the Phnom Penh Buy, Sell, Haggle, and Troll Pathetic Uber-Thrifters With Uncalled-For But Hilarious Passive Aggressive Comments Group Facebook Page. As I pocketed the cash and...

Travels along the fringe

A new book offers a tantalising insight into China’s lesser-known regions. Wayne McCallum reviews The Emperor Far Away: Travels at the Edge of China and talks to its author, David Eimer.

Excellent vegetarian and a mysterious envelope

“The Corn. Terrace. Table No. 2. White envelope under left corner. Signed, Meagor.” In the company of two young Dutch travellers, I enter The Corn on a torrid March evening. Sitting at the terrace, under the candour of the ceiling lamp, we are sporadically relieved from the heat...

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