The Kampot Writers & Readers Festival: mark your calendar!

The second Kampot Writers & Readers Festival to celebrate Cambodia’s literature lovers is happening from 3 November – 7 November 2016. Mark your calendar, writers and readers! You may be surprised that Kampot may be a new town to nurture and spotlight Cambodia’s rising artists and writers.

According to the organisers, “this year’s festival explores themes of ‘Peace, Freedom, and Prosperity’ (Santipheap, Seripheap, Pheap Roungrueng) as our festival marks the 25th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords. The Paris Peace Accords were signed on October 23, 1991 and marked the official end of the Cambodian–Vietnamese War.”

The Kampot Writers & Readers Festival hopes to bring community to spearhead discussions, conversations, poetry readings, music concerts, cooking classes, gourmet lunches, children’s events, architecture, salt & pepper tours, art exhibitions, book launches, book swaps, guided tours, workshops, literature. This is an official sister festival of Ubud Writers & Readers Festival.

This Kampot festival has attracted a lot of sponsors this year:
Australian Embassy in Cambodia, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, USA Embassy in Cambodia, KAMA Kampot Arts & Music Association, Canby Publications, Leng Pleng Cambodia’s Gig Guide, Two Moons Hotel, Space Agency Asia, Monument Books, Space Four Zero, South Port Community Centre, Mad Monkey Hostels, Nataya Resort, Epic Arts, Khmer Cultural Development Institute, Kampot Traditional Music School for the Orphaned and Disabled, Ecran Movie House, Le Flamboyant, Strange Fruit Café Gallery Bar, Mango Tango Marketing & Media, Armands the Bistro, Feel Good Coffee, La Plantation, Red Lemonade, K4 Media, Dreamtime Tours, Auberge du Soleil, Riki Tiki Tavi, Links to the Muse, Association Ponleu, The Quay, Kayak Café, Ellie’s Café, Open Space, One Louder, Circus Kampot, Couch Potatoes, Slippry Sirkus, The Mekong Review, Tantrei Guesthouse, Chez Saline, Baraca, Cambodian Space Project, Our Books Cambodia, Sticky Fingers Art Prints Cambodia, Quest Travel, Kampot Dreamtime Tours, Wayne McCallum, and The Exchange

Read this blog post by Phina So to get a sense of what’s last year’s festival was like.

To get the ticket, check out the festival website: http://www.kampotwritersfestival.com/

How to get to Kampot from Phnom Penh by bus? You can quickly a book a bus ticket online via BookMeBus.

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