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Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts Holds “Memory Night 2021” on 28 November

PHNOM PENH: The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts organizes a big art event called "Memory Night 2021" on 28 November to celebrate the tangible and intangible cultural heritage that has been inscribed on the Heritage List. The World and the Intangible Heritage of Humanity, in particular, celebrate the third anniversary of the inclusion of the Cambodian Puppet Theater as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity Online.

“Memory Night 2021” aims for the national and international audience to see more clearly the prestige of Cambodian culture as the Wat Svay Community Puppet Theater represents the Cambodian Puppet Theater, recognized by UNESCO three years ago as an abstract culture of humanity.

The Secretary of State of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts Heu Virak has added that this important event will be broadcast live through the official page of the MCFA and on a number of TV-news-social media stations that will jointly broadcast widely for the world to see. From the value of Cambodian puppetry, which is the value of humanity, the ancient art of puppetry, or sbaek in Khmer, has been performed in Cambodia for thousands of years. With this event, everyone can have a glimpse of Cambodia’s ancient art history. The secretary of state of MCFA has also called on the Cambodian people, especially the youth, to continue their support on all activities in order to preserve the rich cultural heritage that the Cambodian ancestors left.

The Undersecretary of State and Deputy Chairman of the Permanent Working Group Mr. Tith Thavrith is in charge of organizing the event and Chairman of the Technical Working Group for Event and Performing Arts, further confirmed that this is the second time that the MCFA has organized this, after organizing the first memorial night event in the territory of Angkor, Siem Reap province, which was attended by more than 20,000 people. However, this year, due to Covid-19, the 2021 Memorial Night event will still be held online, same as last year. Well-known artists, dancers, musicians and actors are expected to join which also shows the willingness of young people to work together to promote Cambodia’s national cultural heritage.

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