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3 March 2015: Music Saved My Life, a talk by human rights activist and musician Arn Chorn-Pond

Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture (BIRMAC) presents in collaboration with the Guilt Group at the Birkbeck Institute of Social Research (BISR) a talk by human rights activist and musician Arn Chorn-Pond.

In his talk Music Saved My Life, Chorn-Pond will highlight the power of the arts to give a voice to individuals and bring peace to societies. From the Khmer Rouge genocide, to his latest venture, the Khmer Magic Music Bus, Chorn-Pond will explore how music has helped him, and how he now uses music to help others.

When the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia in 1975, Arn was sent to a children’s labor camp. There, he learned to play the Khim and played propaganda music for the Khmer Rouge generals, escaping death. He later reached a refugee camp in Thailand, where Reverend Peter Pond adopted him in 1980. In the U.S., Arn began a series of community rebuilding projects and founded several organizations. In the mid-1990’s, he returned to Cambodia to find his family and his music teacher. He 'discovered' other artists who had survived the war and were living in difficult conditions. Cambodian Living Arts was born.

The talk will be followed by a small reception afterwards. Tickets to this talk are free but registration is required. Please register on Eventbrite.