Cambodia’s Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts is ready to host the Asia-Europe Cultural Festival from Nov. 22 to 26 with a view to enhancing and deepening the cultural ties between Asia and Europe.

At a press conference held here at the ministry this morning, H.E. Dr. Kim Pinun, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, and Vice Chairperson of the National Organising Committee for the 13th Asia-Europe Summit (ASEM13) and ASEM side events, said the forthcoming Asia-Europe Cultural Festival will be held under the theme “Asia-Europe Culture Connect”.

It is a side event to ASEM13 which features different forms of performances, exhibitions, film screening and discussions, he continued, stressing that the Festival will enhance dialogue between the 51 countries in Asia and Europe members of ASEM.

For his part, Mr. Tihamer Czika, Head of Political, Press and Information at the EU Delegation to Cambodia, pointed out that the Asia-Europe Cultural Festival will strengthen solidarity and cooperation between countries of the two continents.

The upcoming event will show the cultural richness and diversity between countries in Europe and Asia, as well as the creativity of artists from both continents, he said, adding that the festival will take place virtually in Brussels, Belgium from Nov. 15 to 26 and Cambodia from Nov. 22 to 26.

According to Mr. Ek Buntha, Deputy Director General of the General Department of Cultural Techniques, during the five-day festival from Nov. 22 to 26, artistic events representing more than 20 Asian and European partners, including dance and theater performances, concerts, visual arts, exhibitions and discussion forums with artists, will be officially presented on www.ASEMculturelfestival.com. The festival’s physical programme include six art exhibitions held at the National Museum and four film screenings at Major Cineplex in Phnom Penh.

Other side events of the ASEM13 include Asia-Europe Forum on Women, Peace and Security, the 11th Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting (ASEP11), 1st Asia-Europe Economic and Business Forum (AEEBF1), ASEF Young Leaders Summit, and the 10th ASEF Editors’ Roundtable (ASEFERT10).

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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