The Importance of Events Like These

by Murray Polglase | 11 September 2018

I was amazed at the relationships built amongst the performers and artists and how quickly they developed.

On 2nd March 2018 the International School of Phnom Penh hosted its first ISTA festival. The festival’s starting point was Power: past and present. ISPP was host to a number of international students coming from the Canadian International School in Hong Kong, Good Hope School in Hong Kong, Mont Kiara International School in Malaysia, Dubai American Academy, Harrow International School in Hong Kong, St Joseph’s Institute International School and the American Embassy School in New Delhi. The festival involved over 80 students and teachers.

The students were led by both local artists from Phare Ponleu Selpak and Epic Arts. Phare Ponleu Selpak is a non-profit Cambodian association using art schools to improve the lives of children. Their vision is that they believe in the power of the arts as a tool for human development and change. Epic Arts, who are based in Kampot, encourage the integration of disabled and able bodied people through the medium of dance, drama, art music and puppetry. In addition to the local artists there were a number of international artists including Jonothan Neelands from Warwick Business School and Dinos Aristidou who was the festival’s artistic director.

In addition to the festival Dinos worked with our faculty discussing the ‘art of reflection’. His session discussed how reflection plays an important role not only in learning but also in how we learn. It’s the bridge between external experiences and their internal impact and is key to our development as learners and as active global citizens. Aristos gave a talk to our parent group about the ‘importance of acting in uncertain times’.

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