THE Cambodian Youth Arts Festival
(CYAF) is a festival bringing together master artists, students, and visiting artists from allied arts organizations across Cambodia and around the world in order to generate arts renewal through the sharing and learning of a variety of traditional and contemporary art forms.
Even more, it is the keystone of a movement to revitalize Cambodia through the arts.
The festival is also a way to encourage and honor Cambodian artists by recognizing their accomplishments and building hopes for the future.
CYAF increases awareness about arts revival in Cambodia among educators, students, artists and observers from around the world by providing opportunities for all participating groups to demonstrate the mastery of their art by leading workshops and demonstrations and participating in public performances.
CYAF was initiated in 2004 by Cambodian Living Arts as the “Mohaosrop Silapak Khmer Amatak” in Khmer or the “Cambodian Living Arts Festival” in English.
At the time, the participants were only the master artists, teachers and students of Cambodian Living Arts along with a troupe from the Department of Culture and Fine Arts of Siem Reap province.