PHNOM PENH, 13 November 2015 – Over 20 artists from ASEAN Member States and Japan will be bridging their national cultures through a collaborative, multilateral workshop and performance on 15 to 23 November in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

This ASEAN Puppets Exchange (APEX) is part of a three-year plan to help develop One ASEAN Heritage, where ASEAN puppet artists co-create a series of puppet performances to help ASEAN people recognise and understand all ten Member States’ cultures, stories and languages. The goal of APEX is to create a One ASEAN puppet show and tour in 2017 to celebrate ASEAN’s 50th anniversary.

The weeklong exchange in Cambodia will begin with an opening ceremony at Chaktomuk Conference Hall, Phnom Penh, on 16 November and conclude with a final performance at Wat Bo Temple, Siem Reap, on 23 November. This month’s programme is the second of three exchanges this year and is based on the theme of “Fire.”

It also represents the first time an exchange programme was co-managed by a collective of Cambodian puppet artists across the kingdom including those of Sovanna Phum Art Association (Phnom Penh) and Wat Bo Puppet Theatre (Siem Reap).

APEX aims to develop a long-term relationship of collaboration and understanding among artists within and outside of ASEAN as well as develop the work of the artists. By doing so, APEX demonstrates ASEAN’s interconnected traditions and cultures, provides an overview of ASEAN as a region and helps develop new and wondrous art.

APEX’s 2015 programmes are supported by the Japan ASEAN Solidarity Fund which is administered by the ASEAN Foundation. Its work was previously featured at the 48th ASEAN Day celebration in ASEAN Secretariat. The next cultural exchange will be held in Brunei Darussalam.

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Link to APEX full programme

Link to “One ASEAN” information

Further queries and details can be directed to Mr. Terence Tan (terence.tsp@artsolute.asia) or Facebook page www.facebook.com/ASEANPuppetry.