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9 May 2011

Cambodia celebrates 3rd pride festival May 9-17 in Phnom Penh

Cambodia's third annual pride festival is underway from today till May 17, scheduled to coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO).

Cambodia LGBT Pride 2011 is organised by Rainbow Community Kampuchea (RoCK), a voluntary non-profit group that supports Cambodian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) by recognising and promoting the need for equality and respect regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI).

Due to local regulations, the festival will not feature a street parade or public rally. Planned events include art and photography exhibitions, a film festival featuring Cambodian and foreign films on LGBT themes, various drag shows, karaoke nights, parties and other social events at gay-friendly venues. Other activities include daily "pride aerobics" workouts at Wat Botum Park, a pool tournament, a quiz night, roller skating, a family and community day with a visit to a local pagoda, and a workshop on LGBT issues.

A full, up-to-date schedule of events can be found at the following websites: Mstylekhmer.com (Events section), MStyle Facebook page and Cambodia LGBT Pride Facebook page. For the first time, a bilingual ‘Guide to Pride’ booklet that features a list of LGBT friendly venues and additional information about events during Pride week is being distributed.

Program at a glance:

Mon 9 May

7pm | Opening Of Walk With Pride Asia Photo Exhibition | K’ynay

8pm | Screening Of ‘Priscilla Queen Of The Desert’ | The Flicks

 

Tue 10 May

6-7am | Pride Aerobics | Wat Botum Park

2-5pm | NGO Stakeholder Workshop

6-8pm | Opening Of ‘Proud Out Loud’ Art Exhibit | Meta House

8pm | Launch Of LGBT Film Festival | Meta House

 

Wed 11 May

6-7am | Pride Aerobics | Wat Botum Park

11am-1pm | Roller Skating | Sorya Shopping Center

6:30-10:30pm | LGBT Film Festival | Meta House

6-9pm | Pride Karaoke | Rainbow Bar

 

Thu 12 May

6-7am | Pride Aerobics | Wat Botum Park

6-8pm | Pink Pub Quiz | The Local 2

6:30-10:30pm | LGBT Film Festival | Meta House

8pm-Late | Ladies’ Night | Circa 51

9pm-Late | Hoochie Mama’s Party | Pontoon

 

Fri 13 May

6-7am | Pride Aerobics | Wat Botum Park

7:30am-3pm | Blessing Ceremony & Family Community Day

5:30pm | Flash Mop Performance | Sorya Shopping Center

6:30-10:30pm | LGBT Film Festival | Meta House

8pm-Late | Pride Party And Drag Show | Blue Chilli

 

Sat 14 May

6-7am | Pride Aerobics | Wat Botum Park

3pm | Pool Tournament | The Local 2

6:30-10:30pm | LGBT Film Festival | Meta House

6:30-9pm | The Empire Strikes Back Party | The Empire

8pm-Late | Classic Night - M-Style Party | Classic Night

9:30pm-Late | Drag King And Queen Competition | Rainbow Bar

 

Sun 15 May

6-7am | Pride Aerobics | Wat Botum Park

2-7pm | Pool Party | Manor House

6:30-10:30pm | LGBT Film Festival | Meta House

7-11pm | Pre Pontoon Party | The Local 2

11pm-Late | Club Night | Pontoon

 

Mon 16 May

6-7am | Pride Aerobics | Wat Botum Park

4-8pm | Kdfo M-Style Party | Kdfo M-Style Club

6:30-10:30pm | LGBT Film Festival | Meta House

6-9pm | Pride Karaoke | Rainbow Bar

 

Tue 17 May

6-7am | Pride Aerobics | Wat Botum Park

6pm | Opening Of ‘Thoamada’ Art Exhibition | Sa Sa Bassac

7pm | Screening Of ‘Courage Unfolds’ | Meta House

9:30pm-Late | Pride Finale Party | Rainbow Bar

 

Addresses:

Blue Chilli | #36, St 178

Circa 51 | #155, St 51 (On The Corner Of Street 222)

Classic Night | Corner St 63 & St 288)

K’ynay | #25, St 268

Kdfo M-Style Club | #58, St 369, Khan Meanchey

Manor House | #21, St 262

Meta House | #37, Sothearos Blvd.

Pontoon | #80,St 172

Rainbow Bar | #73, St 172 (Behind Wat Ounalom)

Sa Sa Bassac | 2nd Floor #18, Sothearos Blvd. (Above Scuba Nation)

The Empire | #34, St 130 (Formerly Bauhaus)

The Flicks | #39b, St 95

The Local 2 | #8, St 144 (20m From La Croisette, Off Riverside)

Wat Botum Park | Corner Sihanouk And Sothearos Blvd.

Cambodia » Phnom Penh

Reader's Comments

1. 2011-05-09 20:06  
Quote: "Due to local regulations, the festival will not feature a street parade or public rally."

Questions: Do these local regulations pertain to ALL street parades, and public rallies? Or only the GAY ones?
Comment edited on 2011-05-09 20:06:48
2. 2011-05-09 21:02  
So dissapointed that i can't join this year parade. Would be great if it happen during June.
3. 2011-05-09 21:08  
i also want to go leh...
who wanna be a taravel buddy ??
shoiuld be awesome
Comment #4 was deleted by its author on 2011-05-10 01:50
5. 2011-05-10 01:51  
Given that parade or rally seem to be prohibited (or not advisable) according to laws and regulations. What else would guarantee the participants that the festival is safe to join in; a bunch of gay might get arrested for it on this Anti Homophobia day!
6. 2011-05-10 08:49  
Prouder and prouder, Cambodia!
7. 2011-05-10 08:59  
Comparatively to Malaysian position, this sounds interesting ! Louder !
8. 2011-05-10 17:54  
caesar2003, according to a festival organiser, protests and parades of any kind aren't allowed in Cambodia.

petit_nat17, I'm guessing indoor events are safe since the festival is in its third year. Other than that, there's really no guarantee for anything is there?
9. 2011-05-10 19:34  
hopefully no pol pot kind of ppl there this time
10. 2011-05-11 02:08  
wonderful, congratulations to Gay Cambodian men/women and transgenders and bi. "Haakun Chareon!"
11. 2011-05-11 22:22  
too bad i can not join this year. maybe next year, then :)

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