For over a year, Skateistan Cambodia has held mobile sessions in Phnom Penh, travelling around the city to skate with our partner NGOs or in public areas. We have been working towards opening a space of our own where we can include more children and provide a higher quality of programming for some time now. We have finally done it, and our new facility is officially open!
In the new space we will be running skateboarding sessions and arts classes for students who enroll in our regular programming. The new facility includes an awesome area for our students to skate in, as well as a DJ and arts classroom, a recording studio, and an office space for staff.
To commemorate the opening, we held an event with all of our partners, friends, and the neighborhood in Phnom Penh.
Tin and Pheakna kicked off the festivities, demonstrating their newly acquired DJ skills with our partners from Turning Tables– their hours of diligent practice certainly showed as they mixed tracks with ease during a set they developed specifically for the opening event. This was followed by a fantastic skate demo by the kids from PSE, a breakdancing show by our partner organization Tiny Toones, and finally a mind-blowing demonstration of the Cambodian martial art, bokator.
We had a wonderful time at the opening event and would like to thank everyone for coming to celebrate with us, as well as all the people who helped us to get this far. We look forward to operating out of the new facility for a long time to come.
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The crowd eagerly awaits the cutting of the ribbon
Country Manager Benji shared the honour with a number of others
Pheakna drops in for his fans
Bunthay rock fakies the extension
Pheakna with some Rodney Mullen style
Turning Tables Director, Martin, discussing the new partnership between Skateistan Cambodia and Turning Tables
Tin and Curly rock out
Some of the Tiny Toones crew
The bokator demonstration was incredible!