Green journey is going
Source from Impact Hub Phnom Penh
Interview by Tong Hour, Ambassador of Impact Hub Phnom Pen
For our Youth With Impact interview series, we had the chance to interview Mr. Sok Lak, one of the founders of Writing Alliance and Cambodia Green Will.
Cambodia Green Will, founded in August 2012, is one the projects initiated by Writing Alliance, a student-run association made of many young Cambodian writers hoping to promote better lives and green practices through writing.
Why Was Cambodia Green Will Formed?
We see that our economy is growing very fast- at about 7% each year- with new buildings and infrastructure popping up constantly. We also see new issues such as waste management, health problems, air pollution, and other environmental hazards. This is why Writing Alliance initiated this project- to help address and raise awareness about these.
What is the vision of Cambodia Green Will?
Our vision is to see Cambodian youth living sustainable lives and caring about the environment. Along with this vision, we have 3 objectives including; promoting urban environments, helping people see different angles of green ideas and encouraging them to practice those ideas in their daily life, and finally activating the potential of Cambodian youth.
What are some of the activities that Cambodia Green Will has carried out or is planning to do?
We have accomplished around 20 activities including presentations, photo competitions, workshops, photo exhibitions, green youth training programs, and youth forums. All of these activities focus on green practices.
Moreover, we are planning a relaunch all of the activities mentioned earlier including green youth training programs and a green ideas competition which mainly focuses on urban environment.
As Cambodia Green Will is a social project, is there any direct supporters of this project?
Actually, we do not have any long-term supporters, but we do have a fair amount of short-term partners. There is, however, one German non-profit organization, named Heinrich Boll Stiftung Cambodia, that we still keep in touch with. This NGO provides us technical support such as training, human resources and advice. They even provided us financial support for the publication of our photo book. Other support comes from young people who come to us and pay fees for the workshops and training programs, including photography skills, leadership skills, technological skills, and project management. We also receive short-term sponsorship from different private companies such as Ezecom, and CJCC.
As a founder of Cambodia Green Will, what is your advice to young people regarding sustainable living?
Most people only think about money, whilst some only care about social activities. I believe that the most sustainable thinking is to focus on both. In other words, make profit out of businesses that also care about the environment which can lead to a more sustainable, healthy and productive life.
How can we keep in touch with and follow up with what your community is doing?
People can reach us through our Facebook page, Cambodia Green Will , or Writing Alliance . We are also working on our website, however it is not completed yet. Another means that the public can approach us is via our emails. There are 2 emails- email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org .
While organizing Khmer cultural art exhibition called “Achievement and Future”, Sok Lak, who led Writing Alliance in the event, also interviewed by a Cambodian newspaper, Khmer Times. Below is article written by Khmer Times:
PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – Mark your calendars – the third annual Khmer Cultural Art Exhibition will be held at Chaktomuk Theater this year.
Promoting Khmer art and culture through innovative research on ancient communities, the theme of “achievement and future” will encourage the growing movement to protect and take pride in Khmer identity by preserving its heritage.
The festival, which will run from Mar. 28-29, begins at 9 am and runs until 8 pm on both days.
The main event during the two day festival will be the cultural performances, at $3 a ticket, featuring rare and classic performances like “Lbok Ktor”, “Chrout Srov”, “Chapei Dorng Veng” and the famous “Lkon Khoal”– an ancient dance usually only performed for the King in ancient times. The dance is notorious for being made of up of only men.
The “Reek Sai Dey” group performed the “Lkon Khoal” last year at the Royal University of Fine Arts and it was lauded in positive reviews.
“Around 6,000 people came to the event, and we hope to see more in 2015, because we are planning something bigger,” Proumchin Vicheth, the set designer and organizer for “Reek Sau Dey” explained.
This year, they will perform with other troupes from all over Cambodia in an hour-long epic. They hope to raise awareness within the younger generation about rare and diminishing art forms.
“The 50 member production will include beautiful costuming that can cost up to $1,000 per outfit,” said Sok Lak, one of the organizers of the festival from the organization Writing Alliance.
Both men suggest the audience will appreciate how the glimmer of real gold plays into the performance as well as the skills of the male dancers and singers who can play both genders.
The “Lkon Khoal” is also known as Khol drama – a masked dance drama also featuring male performers. The plot is usually based on the Reamker or Ramayana. Styled similarly to the Royal Ballet of Cambodia, it is performed with narrators and a traditional musical ensemble.
Unesco World Heritage Committee put the Royal Ballet and Lkhoan Sbek Thom, the big shadow puppet show, on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List, but Champei music, Khmer silk and Khol Drama are still in the nominating process.
Tickets can be bought at the IFL Institute of Foreign Language, The Royal University of Law and Economics, and Chaktomok Hall.
Since 2014, Sok Lak involved himself as volunteer in promoting culture and arts among young generation in Phnom Penh under his team, Writing Alliance, in the event called “Achievement and Future” organized a youth group, Reak Sai. He led his team to work as media coordinating team engage media including newspaper, television, magazine, radio and online news to cover the event both in 2014 and 2015. Below is article from newspaper covered the news and quoted him.
本届艺术节的主要活动为歌舞剧表演，只需支付3美元的门票就能欣赏到一系列罕见的传统舞蹈和歌剧，如古典舞Lkon Khoal，在古时只有帝王才能观看。Lkon Khoal还以Khol舞蹈剧闻名，通常由男性演员带着面具来表演，大多以罗摩衍那的神话作为戏剧背景，与皇家芭蕾舞剧的风格类似，都是伴着传统乐器合奏的背景音乐由演员来进行解说。
去年，Reek Sai Dey艺术团在皇家艺术大学表演了这支舞蹈，并获得了不错的反响。据布景设计师兼组织者Proumchin Vicheth透露，当时的表演吸引了6000名观众前来观看，希望今年能创下更高纪录，为此他们策划了一场更盛大的表演。
今年，Reek Sai Dey艺术团将偕同柬埔寨国内其他着名剧团继续为观众献上长达一小时的演出，希望引起柬埔寨年轻人对濒临失传的艺术形式的关注。
来自柬埔寨写作联盟（Writing Alliance）的Sok Lak，也是本届艺术节的组织者之一，他称：“本次的演出阵容和投入都十分庞大，共有50位演员参与，平均每套演出服装的费用就高达1000美元。”
Sok Lak和Proumchin Vicheth都表示，观众到时可以感受表演中所用真金发出的夺目光彩，还可以欣赏男性舞蹈员和艺术家同时反串男女角色的精湛技巧。
联合国教科文组织世界遗产委员会已把柬埔寨的皇家芭蕾舞剧和高棉皮影戏（Lkhoan Sbek Thom）纳入世界非物质文化遗产名录，但柬埔寨传统音乐Champei、丝织品和戏剧Khol仍在申请中。
In 2013, Sok Lak work as executive member in charge media and promotion for Fencing Federation of Cambodia (FFC). At the same year, he involved in General Assembly of FFC and engage many media to spread information about fencing sport across nationwide.
Green Will Day, one of many environment events of Cambodia Green Will project initiated and led by Writing Alliance and coordinating project by Sok Lak and Von Chhaysoneath.
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តាមរយៈការរៀបចំព្រឹត្តិការណ៍នេះ លោកជឿជាក់ថា៖«ប្រជាជនកម្ពុជាទាំងអស់ នឹងរួមគ្នាអនុវត្តនូវសកម្មភាពបៃតងក្នុងជីវភាពប្រចាំថ្ងៃ ដើម្បីជួយលើកកម្ពស់ ដល់ការអភិរក្ស បរិស្ថានប្រកបដោយបរិយាកាសស្រស់បំព្រងនៅក្នុងទីក្រុង»។ លោករំពឹងថា ព្រឹត្តិ្កការណ៍នេះ នឹងទទួលបានអ្នកចូលរួមជាង ១ពាន់នាក់ដែរ។
បើតាម លោក សុខ ឡាក់ យុវជននឹងរៀបចំសកម្មភាពស្តីពីការពារការបរិស្ថានជាច្រើន ក្នុងនោះ រួមមាន សកម្មភាពជិះកង់ការពារបរិស្ថាន ការប្រកួតពិព័រណ៍រូបថត និងសិក្ខាសាលា ស្តីពីទីក្រុងបៃតង ជាដើម ក្នុងគោលបំណងធ្វើឱ្យសម្រេចបាននូវការបណ្តុះផ្នត់គំនិតបៃតងដល់ប្រជាជនកម្ពុជា ជាពិសេសគឺ យុវជន។
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