4th Feb 2014

Sok San Street Festival 2014!

If you’ve been following my blog recently you will know that I was involved with the wonderful Sok San Street Festival that happened last Sunday…

Here is the Official Video that I have been working on. It was great to be involved in such a lovely, communal event, and to work with people with such love and compassion for what they do :) Thanks again to everyone involved, and to Mitch (Ancient Adventures Cambodia) for letting me borrow his camera for the day! Extra thanks to VideoCopilot for the Earth Zoom tutorial, and to all the musicians who put their music up for free download (see links below!)

And click here for a lovely selection of photos by Dara Pech!

Sok San Street Festival // Bringing art to the heart of the street…
Siem Reap Cambodia, January 2014.

https://facebook.com/SokSanFestival

Curated & organised by Tori Green – http://greenbyname.com
In association with The Hand in Heart Project – http://facebook.com/TheHandInHeartProject

Video by Max Palmer – http://max-palmer.com
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Music:
1. Auburn Orient [Draft 1] – Benny Aves // http://soundcloud.com/bennyaves/auburn-orient
2. Somethin’ Bout Your Love – Exmag // FREE DOWNLOAD @ http://soundcloud.com/exm4g/somethin-bout-your-love-feat-d
3. Expect Us – Gramatik // FREE DOWNLOAD @ http://soundcloud.com/gramatik/sets/gramatik-the-age-of-reason
4. It’s a Good Day – Kiss Me Yesterday // FREE DOWNLOAD @ http://soundcloud.com/kiss-me-yesterday/its-a-good-day-free-download

A massive thank you to everyone involved who helped co-create this amazing community event on Sok San Road. There are too many of you to list!

28th Jan 2014

Sok San Street Fest / Skateboarding in Cambodia

The Sunday just gone (26th of Jan), was host to Siem Reap’s first ever street festival, Sok San Street Festival. Curated and organised by English festival-goer & photographer, Tori Green (GreenByName.com), the day was a wonderful blend of communal activities, arts and crafts, skateboarding, singing, dancing, exhibitions, and of course, delicious food and cold beers.

Sok San Street Fest 14 Logo

The festival was put on in aid of The Hand in Heart Project:

 The Hand in HeART Project creates arts events and workshops that enable challenged artists to develop new skills, perform and gain international mentors.

I was more than enthusiastic to get involved with the skateboarding workshop up on X-Bar’s rooftop miniramp (previously skated by the Birdman himself!), where myself and ex-semi-pro Lee Voukanari gave some local children (and adults!) a little taste of the endless joy that can be attained through the art of skateboarding. Despite the intense heat from the 35 degree midday sun, the response was overwhelming; it was literally the most people I have ever seen up there, ever! Some of the kids picked it up unbelievably quickly, pumping up and down the ramp on their own within 10 minutes, while others tested the durability of the knee pads and helmets that were provided. It was amazing to see such a positive reaction from the locals, some of who had never even seen a skateboard before, and you never know, Asia’s next pro could come out of Siem Reap!

As with most “2nd world” countries in SE Asia, the skateboarding scene isn’t overwhelming (to say the least), but there are several projects and NGOs (non-government organisations) that aim to give greater exposure to skateboarding, and demonstrate how it can be used motivate children and help strengthen communities. There is a great post over on Ancient Adventures Cambodia with more information about the budding skate scene over here in Cambodia and SE Asia, so definitely check that out!

Anyway, the whole day was a smashing success, and I was on camera duty, so watch out for “The Official Video” of Sok San Street Fest 2014, coming soon! Meanwhile, here are a couple of snaps that have already surfaced on Facebook from the skate workshop (plenty more on their way!).

X-Bar Crew:

X-Bar Crew

Me doing a backside nosebluntslide nose bonk:

Max NoseBonk

Huge thanks to everyone involved who made the day such a great success, there will be much more content on the way (including some press coverage if I heard correctly!), so stay tuned :)

Namaste.

8th Jan 2014

Virtual Drugs at a Virtual Party

My main man Benny Aves (who produces all the beats for JPEG/Small Town Boredom) has just made a binaural piece of audio for a final uni project. Stick on a pair of headphones (it won’t work otherwise) and prepare to skat out!

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