12th Cambodia Town Virtual Parade and Culture Festival is online and free this year

A global coronavirus pandemic isn’t stopping organizers from hosting their annual Cambodia Town Parade and Culture Festival, which will take place virtually this Sunday morning, Sept. 27, organizers announced.

The event, which will be live-streamed on Cambodia Town Inc. website and their social media platforms (Facebook, YouTube, Instagram), will begin at 10 a.m., and celebrate Cambodian culture and traditions.

Kicking off the virtual celebration will be a virtual parade honoring the Art of Apsara through Apsaras—celestial dancers whose fame is depicted on the walls of the ancient Khmer temple Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Dancers, dressed head-to-toe in authentic Apsara’s regalia will perform a graceful, accentuated, delicate dance of hand gestures, organizers described.

The event will also showcase cultural art and have local Cambodia artisans share their expertise through demonstrations. Additionally, other performances will include shadow puppets, traditional Khmer music, cooking, a romvong (dance), a singing contest and more.

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