Outreach & Events

Create Cambodia Arts Festival

Tin doing what she does best

On the weekend of the 21st, Skateistan Cambodia’s fulltime skate instructors Tin, Pheakna, and Nup, and 8 selected students from Cambodian Women’s Development Agency (CWDA) along with our open sessions had the opportunity to participate in the Peace Corps’ 3rd annual Create Cambodia Arts Festival in Takhmao, Kandal province. Our selected students were coming along to participate as volunteer assistants to the skate instructors.

Create Cambodia is an event that joins together Cambodian students, educators and professional artists with Peace Corps Volunteers to celebrate and encourage the creative capacities of Cambodian youth.

Kep Skate Jam 2013

Srey Pich doesn't mess around.

Last weekend Skateistan Cambodia packed up 11 girls and 7 boys, all our staff, plus a whole car full of speakers, luggage, DJ equipment, and enough boards and gear for everyone and made the trek down to the coastal town of Kep to skate a now-infamous bowl in the middle of the Cambodian Jungle.

This was the second of what we hope to be annual Skateistan competitions at Jasmine Valley Eco Resort, and we were blown away by the amount that everyone has progressed since this time last year.

International Women's Day at Skateistan Cambodia

"The people that think of skateboarding as a sport only for boys are wrong. I think the word sport means that girls and boys can play together." -Tin, 20, Skateistan Cambodia Teacher and Youth Leader

Skateistan Cambodia celebrated International Women’s Day this March with 70 youth. Around 55 girls and 15 boys attended the event, which focused on female participation in sports, and provided an opportunity for the small but growing number of girls who skate in Phnom Penh to meet one another to make art, relax, play games and show off their talent at skateboarding.

Khmarnaval in Sihanoukville

Cambodian youth skate down the street in Sihanoukville during the sixth annual 'Khmarnaval' parade.

This was the second year Skateistan Cambodia participated in “Khmarnaval”, an arts and music festival inspired by the Latin tradition of Carnaval, founded in Sihanoukville six years ago. In March Skateistan brought 12 Khmer youth on a three day journey to the seaside town of Sihanoukville (also known as Kampong Saom), to join a parade and cultural festival, shred the streets, and swim in the ocean. All firsts for many of  these kids.