Suon Bunrith (TRANSLATOR) is an advisor to the Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, developing a performance programme at the Chaktomuk theatre. He is a former Director of Phare Ponleu Selpak, a local non-profit organization which uses the arts in human development projects. Prior to this post, he worked as Country Director for Amrita Performing Arts, a US non-profit and a pioneer in promoting creativity in Cambodian music, dance and theatre. He was also Head of Production of Cambodian Living Arts, overseeing the performance series at the National Museum, Phnom Penh. The first Cambodian to win an award from the Asian Scholarship Foundation, he conducted a research project on arts management in Indonesia in 2003. He also attended the Kennedy Center Arts Management Institution’s Summer International Fellowship Program (2010). In 2014, Norodom Sihamoni, the King of Cambodia, awarded him the Gold Medal of the Royal Order, for his contribution to the restoration, preservation and development of the Cambodian performing arts. Previously, he worked for UNESCO’s Phnom Penh Office as an Intangible Cultural Heritage Specialist and assisted the Royal University of Fine Arts and other arts organizations with numerous projects.
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