Sector: Art & Craft, Education & Training, Non profit
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META HOUSE is Cambodia’s only independent non-profit arts and media center with an educational focus. We actively promote the development of Cambodia’s new arts movement through exhibitions, festivals, workshops, communitybased projects, artist exchange programs and by fostering links with South East Asian and international universities, galleries, curators, non-governmental and governmental organizations.
The META ground floor accommodates a large gallery space (open to public from 10AM – 10PM, except Mondays), which displays Cambodian and international fine arts. Dance, theatre and music events are announced in our monthly program and our website www.meta-house.com. The gallery also functions as a meeting room, which can be rented for various third party events. A school with three classrooms caters to everyone, who want to study German language.
On its second floor, META HOUSE operates a rooftop cinema, which regularly shows independent films and English-language documentaries (4PM & 7PM, except Mondays; free entrance). Most films are about Cambodia or the region; screenings are often accompanied by presentations. The adjacent restaurant ART CAFÉ offers a full bar and German/Cambodian and international food. On the weekends, DJ parties attract a mixed crowd of music fans. All revenues directly benefit the cultural development work of META HOUSE.
Khmer culture was dealt a devastating blow during the ugly years of the Pol Pot regime. Performing arts were totally banned and artists, artisans, dancers and musicians who were flag bearers of a rich and old tradition, were executed or died.
The destruction extended well beyond the unconscionable taking of human lives– books, statues, musical instruments, artifacts and any reminders of a past were erased. There were fears that Khmer culture had been lost forever. Now, young Cambodian artists strive to reflect a rapidly normalizing society.
META HOUSE was established in January 2007 in the capital Phnom Penh. The founder, German journalist Nico Mesterharm, and his local team wanted to contribute to the revival of the Cambodian art and media scene after decades of turmoil. Since 2012, META HOUSE operates under the umbrella of the international NGO “Cambodian-German Cultural Association”, in partnership with the German Goethe-Institute. The NGO has signed “Memorandums of Understanding” with the “:Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts” and the “Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports”
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