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Bangsokol: Using the Arts & Cultural Renewal to Rebuild a Fractured Society

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The Ames Free Library/Queset House

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North Easton, MA 02356

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The Friends of Cambodian Living Arts Boston-Lowell Chapter invites you to a concert and conversation with Arn CHORN-POND in support of Cambodian Living Arts


Arn CHORN-POND is a renowned human rights activist and musician. He survived the Cambodian genocide as a refugee to the United States, founding non-profits serving the Cambodian community in Lowell and returned to Cambodia to found two organizations: Cambodian Living Arts and the Khmer Magic Music Bus. Today, Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) serves as a catalyst for rebuilding arts and culture in Cambodia and a role model for other post-conflict societies.

Arn returns to Massachusetts to share his experience of surviving the Khmer Rouge regime and inspire us with his incredible stories of hope, endurance, and survival through the power of music. Arn will play his flute and perform songs with Cambodian singer THORN Seyma.

CLA Director Phlouen PRIM will introduce us to the powerful new performance piece of Cambodian Living Arts, Bangsokol: A Requiem of Cambodia, which is making its world premiere in December. Bangsokol is a groundbreaking composition fusing music, voice, film and movement. Bangsokol tells an important and meaningful story about conflict and healing, with resonance around the world, and will be performed in at ArtsEmerson in Boston this December 19th and 20th.

Phlouen will also share ways to participate in bringing this major symphonic work to life and building a community-engagement program. Donations will be invited to support Bangsokol’s global impact and ensure it legacy, and draw attention to the art being created in Cambodia.

Light refreshments and a chance to mingle will be offered directly following the program.


There will two repeating events to join, one in Belmont in northwest of Boston on September 23, and one in North Easton south of Boston on September 24. Both events are free but seating is limited.

Details and RSVPs for the Belmont event on the 23rd can be found on a separate EventBrite event here: bangsokol-belmont.eventbrite.com



Saturday, September 23 7-9 PM

The First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist

404 Concord Avenue, Belmont MA

For more information on the Belmont event, email Liz KEATING (lkeating@uubelmont.org)



Sunday, September 24 1-3 PM

The Ames Free Library/Queset House

51 Main Street, North Easton, MA

For more information on the North Easton event, email Marion WINGFIELD (mwingfield@amesfreelibrary.org)

RSVP at bangsokol-northeaston.eventbrite.com




For performance information on Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia, visit bangsokol.cambodianlivingarts.org or email Eliza STAMPS (campaign@cambodianlivingarts.org).


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