Hay there! I'm back from another trip to Cambodia. I travel there regularly for work and feel so lucky that I do because I love the people, colour, craziness and the magic that comes with discovering something new. It was in my last week, when travelling to Siem Reap when we came across a curious sight. In a large open field were people weaving, stacking and creating large scale sculptures out of hay bales.
Huh? Hay bales? We managed to get only a short explanation from one of the weavers "Oh this is for the hay bale festival"
After a little research (thanks Cambodia Daily
) what I saw was the set up of the first Hay Bale Art Festival
held in the lowlands of Banteay Meanchey province. Festival organisers hope this is the start of an annual agriculture tourist attraction in a province that needs the tourist dollars. The families living within this province are usually under prepared for the annual flooding in the region and, as part of the festival's preparation, organisers are encouraging villagers to use hay for
flood barriers, animals, maintaining healthy soil and to help rehabilitate the land after heavy flooding.
An arts festival that aims to improve the quality of life of local communities; awesome! I'll get behind that! Sadly I wasn't in the country to attend the 3 day festival but hopefully it's on again next year.
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