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Pursat will host this year’s Khmer Literature Festival.

by Surya Narayan
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The 5th Khmer Literature Festival will take place in Pursat Province on the grounds of Pursat High School for three days from October 21 to 23.

The primary reason for planning this event was disclosed by managing director Sokhoeun, is aiming to build a love for Cambodian literature. They also strive to preserve the dignity and values of Khmer writers. Finally, they want to give writers a chance to network and interact with other people in the field.

The history of Khmer literature goes back thousands of years. The art is flourishing after a tragic pause during the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s.

The importance of the publishing industry has increased along with writing opportunities. However, the area requires ongoing support, primarily through book fairs, conferences, and seminars.

This was the idea behind the first Khmer Literature Festival, which was started in 2017 by writer and poet So Phina. She gathered a large number of writers to support the Kingdom’s literature while working with the Khmer Collaborative Writers.

Khuth Sokhoeun was given the position of managing director of the festival for 2022–2023 by Sophina, who had previously led it four times. Phina will continue to serve as an adviser on the committee.

The festival intends to put on some programs, but its overall goal is to promote literature and host events that will encourage people to take part. The festival will also have a variety of co-events, including an exhibition of breathtaking artwork that was commissioned as book covers for Khmer novels before 1975.

Tim Many is a veteran writer who wrote “Khloklech Ambeng Andet,” “Saom Srolanh Khnanch Aneth,” and “Domnok Phleang Chamreangsne.” He has been a volunteer for the festival since its beginning and is well-liked among the most modern generation of writers. He works as a consultant to make sure every aspect of the event is a success.

The festival also educates young people about the importance of Khmer literature and encourages younger Cambodians to read more since it increases their knowledge. Additionally, it enhances their Khmer writing, as the younger generation frequently writes less accurately.

The first edition of the festival took place in Siem Reap in October 2017 and included discussions on major topics, book releases, and workshops in writing and performance art.

The second was held in 2018 in the province of Battambang The event’s topic was “The Past, Present, and Future of Khmer Literature.”

The 2019 festival, held in Phnom Penh, which included a two-day book fair and an exhibition at the National library.

The Covid-19 pandemic forced the event’s cancellation in 2020, while it was entirely online in 2021.

Sokhoeun claims that the growth in participation at the Khmer Literature Festival has happened as a result of increased media awareness and support.
Source: The Phnom Penh Post

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