| May 1, 2023
Kampot Arts Festival
Kheam Dance by KCDI Students
Dear Kind Donors,
Thank you for your wonderful donations and constant support and kindness.
At the beginning of April this year, our School, together with the wonderful Epic Arts and other groups, hosted the Kampot Arts Festival. A Festival to celebrate Cambodian Artists and Cambodian Arts. The opening ceremony was given at our School and we also held workshops open to the public.
Our small Children performed Traditional Yike Dance, which is an ancient Sung Dance- form, deriving from the Cham and era of the Kingdom of Champa (2nd -17th C.a.d). They also performed the Khèam Dance. This features the Khèam instrument, a rare wind instrument now almost lost to Cambodia. Our Blind Students also performed Mohori and Yike Music.
During the Workshops, our Blind Students who have now created a Professional Traditional Cambodian Orchestra entitled "Vichak Santapheap" - The Path of Peace, and who continue to perfect their skills with our Mohori and Yike Masters, gave lessons in Mohori Musical instruments to local Cambodian Children during the Arts Festival in Kampot Town, Southwestern Cambodia where our School is based, further enhancing their self-confidence and skills.
Our Day Students who come from the TaPream Primary School are going strong and have learned two full Pin Peat Music Pieces.
After this, we celebrated Khmer New Year and we wish everyone many Blessings for the Cambodian New Year!
I Thank you all and my beloved staff for their immense dedication, kindness and love.
*Photographs by Loak Kru Sothy, Loak Kru Sambo and Neark Kru Tara: Made with permission of KCDI students
An official photograph of our KCDI Students!