Cambodia Town Culture Festival to Highlight Rich Cambodian Culture While Avoiding Controversy


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307093 144403405646403 5957589 nRing in the Cambodian New Year of the Monkey with Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews and Cambodia Town, Inc., as they co-host the eighth Annual Cambodia Town Culture Festival on Sunday, April 10, from 10:00AM to 4:00PM at MacArthur Park.

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“This is one of my favorite events in the City of Long Beach,” stated Andrews. “It offers a window into the magnificent culture that makes the Cambodian community so vibrant and respected.”

Among the arts and culture exhibits on display will be Cambodian classical dance and costuming, drawing, shadow puppets, music, musical instruments, textiles, dressmaking weddings, gardening and cooking, according to the release. Attendees can also grub on authentic food, participate in hands-on demonstrations with local Cambodian artisans and all the while gain insight into one of the city’s richest and most influential cultures.

A separate event from the Cambodian New Year Parade hosted by the Cambodian Coordinating Council on the same date, the culture festival announced in response to the recent controversy that Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s son, Hun Manet, might attend the parade, that Manet was not invited to participate in the MacArthur Park event.


“Cambodia Town, Inc. wishes to inform the public that Hun Manet was not invited to participate in the Culture Festival at MacArthur Park,” the release stated. “Although there is concern about protests at the parade, we do not anticipate the same since Hun Manet is not attending the Culture Festival.”

The cultural festival is co-sponsored by Andrews, Cambodia Town, Inc.., Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, Arts Council for Long Beach, Edison International, BNSF Railway, and The Children’s Clinic. The festival will follow the ending of the Long Beach Cambodian New Year Parade on Anaheim Street and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 562.570.6816 or click here.  

MacArthur Park is located at 1321 East Anaheim Street.


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