Ministry Organising Chapei Dang Veng Festival 2023

The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts is organising a three-day Chapei Dang Veng Festival themed the “Culture of Peace” from Oct. 2 to 4 in Phnom Penh.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the festival on Oct. 2, H.E. Hab Touch, Permanent Secretary of State at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, underlined the significance of the festival in the conservation and enhancement of Chapei Dang Veng (a Cambodian two-stringed, long-necked guitar), which is Cambodia’s intangible cultural heritage.

The event provides a good opportunity for relevant artists to further strengthen their understanding and contribute to preserving Cambodia’s Chapei Dang Veng for the next generation, said the secretary of state.

Chapei Dang Veng was listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding on Nov. 30, 2016, at the eleventh session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Cambodia has so far registered Angkor Archaeological Site, Preah Reach Troap Dance (Royal Ballet); Lakhon Sbek Thom (big shadow puppet); the 11th-century Preah Vihear Temple; Teanh Prot (tug-of-war), a popular recreational game; Chapei Dang Veng; Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex; Lkhon Khol Wat Svay; Kun Lbokator; and Koh Ker Archaeological Site on the World Heritage List.