Hello again. It's been a while — a long while, and I hope this note finds you well!
The Season is a citywide celebration of Cambodian arts and culture produced by our friends at Cambodian Living Arts, and the calendar of events is amazing: http://seasonofcambodia.org/events. Cambodian culture has never had a platform like this before.
To support the Season, I've architected a monthlong program to fill Gowanus Loft with everything I've come to know and love through these years of connection to Cambodia's beautiful story & culture — and finally present the photography that your support rescued. It's called THE FORWARD FESTIVAL [http://vanderbiltrepublic.com/fwd ], and it begins this Thursday in Brooklyn (with food!). Details below.
With a sincere hope to see you soon + so much love,
CHAOS COOKING CAMBODIA — APRIL 11
Bring ingredients + utensils to create the dish of your choice (with drink to share) and enjoy an evening of spirited abundance, graciously hosted by the Gowanus Girls. Be inspired by Cambodian/international cultures when preparing your dish — think globally! Cook what you like and come prepared to experience a 100-course meal in an epic setting. Dive into a centuries-old cuisine; food is love, and the essence of culture. A spontaneous 100-course meal, rice wine, shuffleboard by the Royal Palms & tarot by Theda: $20. Advance registration here.
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE — APRIL 17
The “I Am Peace” Day of Remembrance will honor the departed with a candlelight vigil. Cambodians/all interested are invited to contribute names: firstname.lastname@example.org. April 15 is the submission deadline; all names offered will be included. This powerful installation will encircle forgiveness dharma teachings by Venerable Thor Buntheoun and open mic performance hosted by Phatry Derek Pan, CEO and Co-Founder of Khmerican. Free, admission limited to 100. Registration here.
MODERN ARTS FESTIVAL — APRIL 20
Pete Pin, curator: There’s a growing movement of empowered young Cambodians who use media and art to explore their cultural identity, political/historical circumstances, and experience. We carry the dual responsibility of decoding complex personal histories while contributing to the narrative of a people just one generation from the horrors of genocide. I am convinced that justice and healing must emerge first and foremost from the collective will of the people. Admission & open bar at the Cambodian party of the year is $15, advance tickets here.
“MASTERS” — APRIL 27
Imagine 90% of your culture’s artists, exterminated... Then consider the significance of the 10% remaining. From 1975-1979 the Khmer Rouge enslaved and killed 1.7 million Cambodians in an all-out assault on culture. “Masters” are the professional artists who survived this persecution, and it is my profound honor to introduce them to you. Admission, open bar, BBQ and a few surprises: $25.