Cambodia fest in NYC weaves art over rough history

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 12 at 9:04 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — The Southeast Asian nation of Cambodia has brought an unprecedented festival of its arts to New York City as it seeks to be defined by more than just the horrors of recent history.

Thousands died in the 1970s when radical Communists took over and proclaimed a "Year Zero," largely smashing the country's art and cultural ties.

Now more than 100 artists are in New York for the Season of Cambodia festival in partnership with dozens of the city's top institutions.

"Why would a Cambodian festival resonate any more than any other country?" asks festival CEO Phloeun Prim. "Because we can pose as a model of a post-conflict nation."

The festival continues into next month.

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Season of Cambodia: http://seasonofcambodia.org/

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