Embracing our Community and Culture: the Chub Met Music and Art Festival
An important element of Angkor Hospital for Children’s strategy and vision is to be an integral part of the Siem Reap community – an essential service for the people that they can always rely on and feel connected to. Being involved in Siem Reap’s lively cultural and arts community is a natural extension of this community engagement.
In February and March this year, we have the chance to truly participate at a personal level with the arts community of our lively city as well as the thousands of music and arts lovers who will be attending. The Chub Met Music and Arts Festival runs from 17th February until 2nd March and will be a chance for people from all walks of life to come together and enjoy a unique blend of Khmer and international music, exhibitions and performances. This is the 2nd occurrence of the yearly festival, which brings together young and old, as well as a blended audience of Cambodians, tourists and expatriates.
Kicking off with a carnival in the hip ‘Kandal Village’ locale, the festival includes a schedule of seven eclectic events, such as the impressive, family-oriented Giant Puppet Parade combined with Cambodian celebrity pop acts, a Battle of the Bands competition, Hip Hop and Urban Street Art evening and other unique Khmer and international music acts. The festival will end on a particularly high note with the inclusion of Grammy award-winning UK soul sensation, Joss Stone, playing at the newly opened Jaya House Riverpark Hotel. Joss Stone is including Siem Reap in her current Total World Tour which will include every UN listed country.
AHC will participate by providing a first-aid medical team for many of the events – essential for any large scale event where the fun can get out of hand! We will have doctors and nurses on hand, ready to help out in case of any medical emergency. We will also have a physical presence at some of the bigger events, allowing us to get our name and message out to the thousands of people in attendance. We will very proudly be welcoming Nikki Nikki and Khmeng Khmer to visit and tour Angkor Hospital for Children, giving our young patients the chance to meet and chat with some of biggest names in Cambodian pop music!
Lastly, and very importantly, the festival is giving back to the community by donating a portion of ticket sales for two of the biggest events to Angkor Hospital for Children. $1 from every ticket sold for the Foreign Correspondents Club gig and $5 from every ticket sold for the Joss Stone show will come back to the hospital, where it will be put to good use, providing free services to sick children in need, developing our facilities and services and purchasing necessary goods and equipment.
Events like the Chub Met Music and Arts Festival are such a brilliant background for true community spirit and collaboration – we can’t wait to be part of it!