Thru the looking glass

27 Nov , 2016   Gallery


Thru the Looking Glass; IPA Winners Reiko Yagi and Nino Jim Bacalso
11 Dec 2016, 7.30pm at The 1961 Gallery. Link to FB event page


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Mirage Collective

17 Nov , 2016  


Exhibition Launch event on 19 November, 7pm at The 1961 Gallery

The 1961 Gallery will host Mirage Collective, a unique international collaboration between five street photographers.

Reiko Yagi, b. Shiga, Japan.
Nino Jim Bacalso, b. Cebu, Philippines
Max Tremblay, b. Montreal, Canada
Serey Siv, b. Montreal, Canada

Mirage members shoot with the pinhole camera, digital mechanics, or on 120 medium format film with a Rolleiflex, or 35mm film with a Leica, using a variety of labor-intensive methods in their work.

Mirage collective resurrects film from the chemical or silicon bath. Some members choose to employ darkroom ritual passed over or neglected in the now pixilated field of photographic art.

Others wade through a systematic sea of memory, manipulating a spectrum of images stored to the modern camera’s quantum motherboard.

Their efforts reveal for you, the natural viewer, the pedestrian, an eerie often gutting photo-narrative which documents the habitual yet wildly unknown behavioral aesthetic of the back street.

Mirage Collective works will display at the 1961 Gallery, November 19 through December 19, 2016.
Find out more on the Facebook event page

note: The Gallery at The 1961 is a public exhibition space. We provide free viewing and gallery tours for the public from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.

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Shake Up Your Summer!

2 Jul , 2015  


Looking for a way to shake up your summer?

Laura Joy Kiddle, founder of the Phnom Penh-based dance school, Dance World Cambodia, is offering a week of dance classes for adult learners in Siem Reap!

Laura founded Dance World Cambodia (DWC) after visiting Phnom Penh in 2009. “At this stage I had performed a lot in Australia and wanted to move somewhere with a new set of challenges. Actually, from age 10 I always wanted my own dance school in an exotic location somewhere, and here I am!”

When Laura first stopped by Phnom Penh there weren’t any Western dance styles present. “I really felt that I could make a difference and hopefully inspire, the way that I was inspired when I discovered dance,” she explained.


Laura has been dancing since a young age and decided dance was what she wanted to do with her life very early on. Her dream continued to grow as she placed high in competitions and was accepted into full time performing arts training at DW301 (Dance World Studios).

“My first dance teacher, Ms. Jenina Evans, had the biggest impact on my life. I trained with her 5 days a week for 10 years. Ms. Evans’ passion and love for dance and her students absolutely impacted my life in the biggest way, I wanted to be just like her. She was (and still is) one of my idols.”


You can definitely see that inspiration behind Laura’s work here in Cambodia.

“For me, there was nothing better than growing up a dancer. The confidence performing gives to a child is priceless.”

DWC was founded to transform children (starting at three years old) and adults into well-rounded dancers by provided courses in a variety of dance styles. The school also makes sure dance is available to everyone by offering up to ten full scholarships every term.


Laura and DWC are truly doing something different in Cambodia.

“We are the only school in the country to teach proper RAD syllabus ballet with internal examinations, while also branching our students into modern dance, contemporary, tap dance, jazz, and hip hop. We also proved two options for performance each year.”

Even with so many dance options, Laura has her favorites. She enjoys the way classical ballet’s disciplined training allows her to relax, but prefers the movement and expressive freedom found in contemporary dance.

Curious about which type of dance will speak to you?

Starting July 13 through July 16 Laura will be teaching a variety of different lessons so you’re sure to find a favorite!

  • Monday – Stretch and technique
  • Tuesday – Classical ballet
  • Wednesday – Jazz and modern dance
  • Thursday – Lyrical and contemporary

Classes are $12 per night or $40 for the whole week and run from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the 1961.

For more information about each night’s classes, visit the event page.

All photos provided by Dance World Cambodia.

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Why should you join Startup Weekend Siem Reap?

8 May , 2015  

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We’re glad you asked!

In a nutshell, Startup Weekend is an opportunity for anyone anywhere to workshop ideas, from small business ventures to innovative apps, and turn them into reality. If you want a refresher on what a Startup Weekend entails, check out our previous post, What is a “Startup Weekend anyway?” and take a look at the Startup Weekend Siem Reap About page.

No matter your background; designer, developer, tech guru, or just interested in being a part of something different, Startup Weekend Siem Reap is the perfect place to test your talents and gain valuable entrepreneurial experience. Even if you don’t have a business idea of your own you’ll be able to collaborate with others, sharing your skills to make something great.

Throughout the weekend you’ll get a crash course on how to take an idea and turn it into action. Mentors established in the startup community will provide tips and critiques to help you and your team shape a viable business model, which you will then pitch to a panel of judges. Over the 54-hour workshop you’ll also become a more empowered leader and further develop your creative and innovative thinking abilities, priceless skills in the social entrepreneurship world.

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Need some inspiration?

Check out these awesome ideas that launched from Startup Weekend Phnom Penh:

Joonaak – Delivery Services in Phnom Penh. Take a look at their really nice delivery motorbikes https://www.facebook.com/joonaak2u

Pmap – Stands for Promotion Map, a mobile application that allows you to easily find great promotions nearby https://www.facebook.com/pmap.official

So what are you waiting for? Register now and take advantage of early bird prices!

Startup Weekend Siem Reap 2015 | Friday 29 May 6pm until Sunday 31 May evening

Venue: The 1961 Coworking and Art Space

$22 (early bird) – includes all food and drinks for the weekend, coaching from our professional mentors, startup tools and lots of fun!

Visit our Startup Weekend Siem Reap page to register and buy tickets!

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What is a “Startup Weekend” anyway?

21 Apr , 2015  


For the first time ever Startup Weekend is coming to Siem Reap! You’re going to hear us talk a lot about it over the coming weeks (we can’t help it, we’re excited) and thought you might be wondering:

What is a “Startup Weekend” anyway?

According to the event’s handbook, the purpose of a Startup Weekend is to provide anyone all over the world the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship and develop the skills, connections, and confidence necessary to launch a company.

The hands-on experience will guide you from pitching your idea and forming a team to creating a working prototype while mentors and coaches help you turn your idea into reality, all in 54 hours.

Is Startup Weekend right for you?


Have you been mulling over an idea? Or perhaps you have a set of skills and want to be a part of something fresh? Then Startup Weekend Siem Reap is the perfect opportunity to flush out your thoughts, hone your talents, and finally get to work on that business venture.

Do you have what it takes to launch a startup in 54 hours? Join us and find out!

Learn more about what Startup Weekend Siem Reap entails and reserve your spot here: Startup Weekend Siem Reap

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