The inaugural Kampot Writers and Readers Festival will launch on 5 November with the four-day event bringing together a a range artists to celebrate contemporary Cambodian culture, according to Julien Poulson, event organiser and founder of the Kampot Arts and Music Association (KAMA).
A sister festival of the hugely popular Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, the Kampot festival will bring workshops, panel discussions and concerts to the riverside town and Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly will be one of the headline acts on the festival schedule.
‘We can see that Cambodia has always been a place of stories and storytellers and while literacy is very low when compared to our ASEAN neighbours, there’s all the more reason to celebrate “the word” and create a platform for discussion, ideas [and] interaction,’ said Poulson.
Once this year’s festival wraps up, KAMA — itself a new addition to Kampot’s art scene after Epic Arts and the Kampot Traditional Music School — hopes to produce music and art shows as well as grow the writers and readers festival from strength to strength.
When asked why make Kampot the whole of this new writers and readers festival, Poulson said ‘It’s an easy place to live and work as an artist, the town has a particular charm and quality that seems like an ideal place to build the creative community…. It’s a young place where arts opportunities can really make an impact.’
All sessions and events for the Kampot Writers and Readers Festival are free. See more details on the KWRF website.