Phnom Penh gets its first International Jazz Festival


Cambodia capital Phnom Penh will host the first edition of the Audi International Jazz Festival, an event that its organisers, Meihua Consulting, hopes to turn into an annual event capable of rising the cosmopolitan side of the capital city. Phnom Penh still needs to better define its image and the hosting of international festivals is a way to give a more cultural identity to the city.

During four days, from December 14 to 17,  renowned jazz artists specially invited from Europe will participate to this first edition. According to local artists and producers, Phnom Penh is poised to revive its golden cultural age, much alike in the sixties, when Cambodia under Prince Sihanouk embraced and blended Asian and European cultures in a unique way. The Khmer Rouge period then put an end to this cultural blossoming time.

Today, Cambodia and particularly Phnom Penh enjoy this cultural revival through private and public initiatives, both local and international. The new international jazz festival is due to bring back Cambodia’s musical reputation overseas in parallel to the international fetival of classical music, which has been in existence for already 12 years. Meihua hopes also that the festival will help to showcase Phnom Penh. That is why the city of Phnom Penh as a decision-making and economic centre- is  is an integral part of the festival logo.

Audi cars’ financial support guarantees to the festival some of European best musicians.
For this first edition, Phnom Penh International Jazz Fezstival will then welcome the  Christian Brenner trio accompanied by renowned Danish saxophonist Martin Jacobsen. Among the performing guests are also singer F
lora Faja as well as the world known trio Giovanni Mirabassi, which will perform for the closing concert in the prestigious Raffles Le Royal Hotel.