The idea, the concept
What is Rom Bak ?
Rom Bak is the first Hip Hop competition/show (event) in Cambodia where local dancers can test their levels by competing with international dancers. After organizing the first Rom Bak events, many people wanted more ! The Hip Hop performers and spectators were searching for a gathering in Phnom Penh that was Hip Hop like anywhere else around the world.
When and Where ?
Rom Bak will take place on Saturday November 16th at Slur Bar, in the heart of Phnom Penh. Heaps of artistic performances will follow one another : breakdance, poppin’, rap and beatbox…
The main focus will be the « Battle » rounds, during which professional dancers and Hip Hop savvy will compete.
Rom Bak is foremost a time to gather people sharing the same passion. The event features free entrances so that everyone can take part in this initiative. Further than throwing artistic performances, we look forward to federate a strong Hip Hop community where everyone can step in regardless their social background.
Who is the team behind Rom Bak?
Small remnants of Hip Hop expats from France and America gathered around charismatic DJ Peanut, the most renowned Hip Hop DJ in Phnom Penh. The Rom Bak team gathers various folks all passionate about urban culture, with backgrounds in dance, music, or non profit and cultural project management.
Strenghten by their previous experiences, this team decided to collaborate and bring Rom Bak event to the next level, more professional, and useful for Cambodia.
Main Rom Bak leaders :
Bboy Peanut : Member of the Massive Monkees crew in the US, Bboy Peanut has worked with underprivileged children and brought them his passion for music and dance. Acomplished DJ artist now renowned in Southeast Asia, he took part in various events such as « Cracks », promoting contemporary art in Cambodia, or concerts organized by MTVExit to take a stand against human traficking.
Melski : Melski Mel is an Australian Dancer who regularly organizes cultural exchanges between Australia and Cambodia. Among other achievements, she managed to take talented Cambodian dancers on a trip to Australia so that they can take part in various local festivals.
Vibol : French-Cambodian danceur originally from Sarcelles, Vibol has settled in Cambodia almost 3 years ago, and has developed the Rom Bak project since its early stage. After being part of the french urban dance scene for years, Vibol now gathers renowned dancers across the globe and engage them into showing their support to Rom Bak through photos and videos.
Initiatives Interculturelles Non Profit Organization : IIC is a french NGO created in 2009, developing intercultural exchanges. Since 2010, the organization started to implement dance workshops for unpriviledge children in Madagascar.
What are the main goals of Rom Bak?
Creating social ties
Cambodia is an emerging market with strong social divisions, housing a lot of unpriviledged kids. Rom Bak aims at gathering young people around a fun and engaging medium such as urban dance, creating social ties between them regardless their social background.
A positive impact for Cambodian youth
Rom Bak participants come across various provinces, and have the opportunity to develop their artistic skills, showcase their talents, and open themselves new perspectives in this way
Rom Bak’s achievements :
Our team has already organized 3 events with the support of Meta House, german cultural center located in Phnom Penh. This first step allowed us to confirm how eager people were to see this initiative growing, as the events gathered up to 43 dancers and around 70 spectators. The positive feedbacks received so far reinforced our will to keep growing this project.
• Some dancers had the opportunity to assert their professionalism by taking part in local commercials.
• Some local social initiatives were able to take part in the previous events, and therefore gain visibility.
• Partnerships are being developed with venues and local media who already support our next event happening on November 16th.
Our current sponsors and supporters :
Rom Bak team would like to thank our generous sponsors who already support this project :
The Slur Bar will host next Rom Bak edition. Slur is a trendy bar located in the heart of Phnom Penh, welcoming local artists and performers.
Initiatives Interculturelles (IIC) is a french NGO developing a similar project « Dihy : Dance and resilience in Madagscar », fro which the organization raised more than $15 000 in few months only.
Numerous renowned dancers show their support to Rom Bak event through photos and videos, in order to spread the word about this project across the globe.
But YOU are the most important because you believe in our profect and our experience. Help us and become one of our sponsors from today ! Thank You !