Village fair offers taste of ASEAN

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The Cambodian Youth Assembly will organise the ASEAN Village Fair from November 25-27. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Following the success of the Cambodia-hosted 41st ASEAN Summit and related meetings, the Cambodian Youth Assembly have organised a special event which will bring together the art, culture and culinary traditions of all of the varied ASEAN member states.

The “ASEAN Village Fair” event will enhance Cambodian citizens’ understanding of the unique traditions of their regional neighbours.

The ASEAN Village Fair will be held for three days at the National University of Management in Phnom Penh. The event is the result of collaboration between the Svay Rieng provincial branch of the Union of Youth Federation of Cambodia (UYFC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts and the embassies of the ASEAN members.

Members of the public who would like to learn about the diverse cultures, arts and traditional dances of the region – without purchasing an airline ticket – can attend the fair for free from November 25-27.

“It is a food and cultural fair that will present the diversity of ASEAN member states’ cultures and traditions – including popular games, music, performances and fashion shows – in one place,” said Ly Sopheakra, public relations officer for the event.

“The event’s main purpose is to celebrate Cambodia as chair of the 2022 ASEAN Summit, to initiate cultural exchanges between our people and those of other member states and to promote cultural diversity, as well as strengthen ties between the youth of the member states.

“We want the Cambodian people to be able to understand and become acquainted with the diversity of cultures and traditions of ASEAN member countries.”

Cambodia is a country known for its rich civilisation, especially in terms of culture, traditions, art – both ancient and modern – and has a long history, she added.

“This event will also celebrate the Kingdom as the hosts of the ASEAN Summit, and will remind the Cambodian people of their own cultural treasures. Visitors will learn about many ancient Khmer art forms. On November 25, there will be chapei dang veng concert, a shadow puppet theatre, and performances of the chaiyum dance and Lakhon Khol, the masked Khmer theatre,” she said.