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What To Do In Phnom Penh THIS Weekend

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What To Do In Phnom Penh THIS Weekend

What To Do In Phnom Penh THIS Weekend

Your guide to the top events in Phnom Penh this weekend – including music, art, film, club nights, pool parties and more.

The New Year festivities have died down, work is back in full swing… and that can only mean one thing: you’re itching for the weekend to begin. Well, we’ve got you covered.


What’s On… The Menu?

Whoop! It’s the first Friday of the month, and thus the first TGIF of the year. Get down to the awesome craft brewery for unlimited beer and cider all night for just $8, or $13 including a hefty burger (7pm, Kingdom Taproom; More details here)

Whats On… Screen?

Feeling nostalgic? Jumanji is back with a modern reboot, starring The Rock and Jack Black (Major Cineplex, various times – more details here).

Or head to META House for the powerful documentary When the Mountain Calls, an account of Emmy award-winning filmmaker Tom Vendetti’s 30 year adventure in the Himalayas (META House, 4pm; More details here).

And at 7pm, the French Institute screens Le Potager de Mon Grand-Père (My Grandfather’s Garden), a gentle hymn to life and nature about a young man rediscovering his roots as he helps his grandpa tend his garden. More details here.

What’s On… Show?

Also opening at META House tonight is a new exhibition by urban artist Alias 2.0, who will unveil a collection of photographs created using light painting – moving a light source and very long exposure times to “paint” with gestures (6pm-Midnight, META House; More details here).

Light Painting

What’s On… Stage?

To unwind after work, settle down with a cocktail and exquisite jazz from flutist Gerard Evans and pianist Larry Martinez (6.30pm-9.30pm, Farm to Table; More details here), or check out Scott Bywater performing songs from his new folk-rock album, Shore to Shore  (7.30pm, Tacos Kokopelli; More details here).

Later, Hypnotic Fist Technique frontman / giant personality Mike Dynamo takes his new band 99 Boys to Bassac Lane. Expect this street party to be huuuuuuge. More details here. 

Plus, gigs from Road to Mandalay at Botanico and Boxchords at Alchemy.

What’s On… Late?

DIB’s legendary rooftop pool party takes on a Persian theme tonight. Thoung Bass Cahoot and DJ Moudy are on the decks, and there’s free punch from 7-8pm (7pm-1am, DIB Club; More details here)

And MadFridays kicks off at 11pm at its (newish) location across the road behind Spicy, taking you through on the dancefloor until dawn. More details here.


Whats On… Screen?

If you’re up early, head over to the French Institute to catch a special screening of the truly spectacular animated film The King and the Mockingbird, which took 30 years to create. (10am; More details here)

This is followed by brooding thriller Into the Forest, set in the Swedish woods (2.30pm; More details here).

Two great documentaries at META House today, too. First there’s Clothes to Die For, telling the story of Bangladesh’s corrupt garment industry and the series of failures that led to a tragic building collapse in 2014 (4pm; More details here)

… that’s followed by Angkor’s Children, telling the story of Cambodia’s cultural renaissance through three women that grew up in the shadow of the Khmer Rouge (7pm, META House; More details here).

Or, for a spooky Saturday cinema night, head to Flicks 1 to catch IT, the classic Stephen King chiller and one of the top horror films of 2017. (8pm; More details here)

What’s On… Stage?

The Wicked Harmonies bring their mellifluous vocals and impressive guitar work to Botanico (7pm-9pm; More details here).

What’s On… Late?

Former Miss Borneo turned superstar Malaysian artist DJ Felcy brings her brand of EDM from Sabah all the way to Phnom Penh’s EPIC Club tonight (9pm-3am; More details here)

And it’s all about the hip hop at Cloud’s Old Sounds to New Sounds night, hosted by US DJ Premo Sounds (9pm-1am; More details here)

What Else?

Pick up a bargain at Jungle & Jardin’s clearance sale today. If you get there early there’s also coffee and sweet treats, courtesy of Crumbs! More details here.


What’s On… The Menu?

Haven’t quite had your fill of hedonism over the festive season? If you’re feeling flush, there’s always the Intercontinental’s Sunday Brunch (details here) or Sunday Seafood Session at Chinese House (details here). 

Whats On… Screen?

Catch the excellent Khmer film The Last Reel this afternoon. The story follows a young woman’s attempt to find the truth after digging up a lost film under the Killing Fields (2pm, Flicks 1; more details here)

Set on a small Greek island, SUNTAN is a feature film about youth, beauty and decay, delving into dark social issues along the way (8pm, META House; More details here)

What’s On… the Agenda?

Keen to learn more about Cambodia’s history, as well as the country’s political climate today? The Greater Mekong Centre has begun a new book club, inviting participants to read, review and discuss works by prominent authors and experts in the field of law, economics and public policy. The group meets today at 2pm; see here for details and pre-reading.

Or for something completely different, join Britcham’s Scottish Dancing taster class (details here), teaching you traditional steps ahead of their Burns’ Night Ceilidh on January 27th. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to learn modern Scottish dancing, you can achieve this by drinking 12 pints of beer and stumbling about yelling insults at the English.

What’s On… Stage?

Round off your weekend with some laid back jazz, courtesy of Metta Legita, Cécile Dahomé and Antti Siitonen (7pm-9pm, Hops Brewery & Beer Garden; More details here)

What Else?

What’s a Sunday in Phnom Penh without a pool party? Chill by the water to the live band and let the sun soak up your hangover at Eighty8’s Sunday Session (3.30-11.30pm; More details here)

pool party 1

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