05 Jul 2011

Apsara Arts Association (AAA)

Apsara Arts Association (AAA) is a local non-governmental organization created in 1998. Cambodian culture is one of the oldest ones in Southeast Asia. Centuries of war, especially over the last three decades, have destroyed much in Cambodia, including arts and culture. The popularity of the traditional arts seems to be weakening and they are threatened by non-Cambodia cultural influences coming from the outside as well. Therefore, artists from the Royal University of Fine Arts led by Mr. Chhay Sopha and Mrs. Vong Metry collectively decided to establish the Apsara Arts Association (AAA).

AAA's Vision:
To see Cambodian arts and culture become more valued and popular in Cambodia as a whole, as well as in the world in general, thus sustaining and developing our culture.

AAA's Goals:

  • Study and research, establish and disseminate arts and culture of Cambodia.

  • Develop human resources to accommodate the culture of peace.

  • Disseminate to the people of Cambodia, as well as foreigners, the value of our arts and culture.

  • Cooperate with national and international organizations as partners.

  • Promote the rights of the children in conformity with the international convention on children's rights.

  • Promote and preserve the accomplishment of the old teachers in order to be able to provide experiences to the next generation.

  • Contribute to poverty reduction in Cambodia, especially by helping children from poor families, and orphans.

  • To assist the children to have the opportunity to get knowledge and skills that is best for the nation.


  • Education and training:

  • Provide training of the performing arts (dance, music, classical and traditional theater)

  • Give foreign language lessons, part time classes to students, other vocational skills

  • Provide accommodation, food and everyday necessities to orphans and poor children, sending them to the state-run-school.

Training Courses:

  • Classical dance and music

  • Folkloric dance and music

The site is mostly in French with the “about us” section in English.

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