Events, Festivals and Exhibitions

There’s no better way to delve into Khmer culture than attending a traditional celebration – and there are plenty of festivals in Cambodia to be found packed into the annual calendar. From major religious festivals such as Pchum Ben to the traditions of Khmer New Year and the lively boat races of Bon Om Touk, there’s no shortage of celebrations and public holidays in Cambodia. As well as traditional and religious Cambodian festivals and holidays, the annual calendar presents a wealth of not-to-miss events. These include an international photo festival that sees Siem Reap spill over with creativity, readers and writers’ festivals in Siem Reap and Kampot, and an annual film festival that celebrates the work of a new generation of Cambodian filmmakers. Dotted in between are a series of noteworthy dates for the diary that stretch from gallery openings and the hottest new venue launches, to one-off performances and gigs, and a host of Phnom Penh events. Regardless, we’ve got it covered with our list of events, exhibitions and festivals in Cambodia.

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December 2022

Colour in Motion Art Auction

December 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Waterside, 313 Quayside, Sisowath Quay
Phnom Penh,Cambodia
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$45
Colour in Motion

A group of artists have come together to host an art auction in a bid to raise stacks of cash for Epic Arts while strengthening Cambodia's artist community with Colour…

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January 2023

Angkor Photo Festival 2023, Cambodia

January 6, 2023 - January 16, 2023
Siem Reap Siem Reap,Cambodia + Google Map
Angkor Photo Festival

Siem Reap, Cambodia, is set to be brought to life with powerful images from across Asia when the annual Angkor Photo Festival and Workshops...

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Chinese New Year Festival, 2023

January 22, 2023 - February 9, 2023
Worldwide
Free
Chinese New Year

While Chinese New Year isn’t an official holiday in Cambodia, locals love an excuse to celebrate and what better excuse than to mark Chinese Spring Festival?...

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April 2023

Khmer New Year 2023, Cambodia

April 14, 2023 - April 17, 2023
Cambodia Cambodia
Free
Khmer New Year Trot Dance with Kangcha, photo: Lyheng

Khmer New Year is the biggest festival on the Khmer calendar – and there are a lot, so prepare yourself for a solid three-day celebration countrywide. The date of Khmer…

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May 2023

Visak Bochea Day

May 4, 2023
Cambodia Cambodia + Google Map
Free
Visak Bochea Day Buddha Cambodia Begins at 40

As the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar, Visak Bochea Day is celebrated with great revere. It sees celebrators dress in white and dish out a form of rice…

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Royal Ploughing Ceremony

May 8, 2023 - May 9, 2023
Veal Preah Mein, Street 178
Phnom Penh,
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Free
Royal ploughing ceremony National Museum of Cambodia

The Royal Ploughing Ceremony, officially known as “Preah Reach Pithi Bonn Chrot Preah Neangkol”, is an ancient royal rite held in May to mark the end of the dry season…

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