Our City Festival is Cambodia’s first and only public festival to bring together creatives from Cambodian cities to focus on urbanism and it’s influences on contemporary culture.

OCF activates Cambodia’s urban environments through art, architecture and ideas that is characterized by a spirit of accessibility, learning and innovation for all.

We believe that creativity is essential to a diverse and vibrant city making it a better place to live.



Initiated in 2008 by Java Arts, Our City Festival acknowledges Cambodian cities accelerated urban changes and its intersection with the surge of activity in contemporary arts. Presenting art and architecture themed exhibitions, events, performances, screenings, educational talks and tours and workshops, OCF examines Cambodia’s present, remembers its past and envisions its future through a creative vision.

In the past five years, it has operated as a creative and critical exploration of the city’s urban trajectory whilst seeking to reflect on change and document them through artistic response and expression.

It is a platform for Cambodian creatives to celebrate their own voice, create their own vision, ignite their imaginations and be exposed to a diverse and engaging audience.



Link to digital catalogue 2012

Links to Festival archives



Cultural partners work with the festival collaboratively to build the program by contributing their own creative projects.

Advancing Engineering Consultants

Amrita Performing Arts



Bophana Audiovisual Resource Centre

Cambodia Knits

Cambodia Living Arts

ChildSafe International

Epic Arts

Institut français


Khmer Architecture Tours

Komitu Architects

Meta House

Mith Samlanh

Phare Circus

Royal University of Fine Arts

Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT)

Sa Sa Art Projects

Sa Sa Bassac





If you have any questions, comments, enquires or would like to know more about the festival please do not hesitate in contacting us.

General email: bepartof@ourcityfestival.org

Dana Langlois, Director and Founder: dana@ourcityfestival.org

Daen Kelly, Marketing and Communications Manager: daen@ourcityfestival.org

Olivia Wynne, Sponsorship and Volunteers Manager: olivia@ourcityfestival.org

Michelle O’Brien, Events Manager: michelle@ourcityfestival.org

Hang Sokunthea, Assistant Producer: sokunthea@ourcityfestival.org

Sok Kimheng, Assistant Producer: kimheng@ourcityfestival.org

Sovan Philong, City Curator for Phnom Penh: philong@ourcityfestival.org

Oun Savann, City Curator for Siem Reap: savann@ourcityfestival.org

Sasha Contable, City Curator for Siem Reap: sasha@ourcityfestival.org

Mao Soviet, City Curator for Battambang: soviet@ourcityfestival.org



When is the festival?

For a full ten days OCF will launch its sixth edition in Phnom Penh, following with a 3 day city focus on Siem Reap and Battambang.

The festival dates for all three cities are:

Phnom Penh   17th – 26th, January 2014

Siem Reap   31th January – 02th February 2014

Battambang   7th – 9th February 2014


Where is the festival held?

The festival will be held across the three cities in our partner locations, public spaces and main exhibition space that will be confirmed with the final program.

Please click here to see the program


Do you need to buy tickets to attend the festival?

The festival is a free festival with no ticketed events.


How do I become involved as a creative?

The submission deadline for OCF, 2014 has passed. We will not be looking for submissions until OCF, 2015. Please check our website closer to the next festival date for Open Call Releases. Thank you for your interest in the festival and we look forward to hearing from you then.


How do I become involved as a volunteer?

The submission deadline for OCF, 2014 volunteer program has passed. However, OCF is interested in hearing from volunteers with special skills who are available any time between December 2013 and January 2014.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact us at: bepartof@ourcityfestival.org


How can I support the festival?

You can support the festival as either a private or public sector. Please visit our Support page to learn more ways of how you can contribute.


What type of events can we expect?

OCF offers a wide range of events through projects that innovate, challenge and enrich Cambodia’s urban environment.

We offer art and architectural themed:

-      Workshops

-      Exhibitions

-      Performances

-      Educational talk and tours

-      Screenings

Created by selected international and local artists working in the following media formats:

-      Photography

-      Painting

-      Mixed Media

-      Animation

-      Drawing

-      Digital Media

-      Interactive Displays

-      Sculpture

-      Film


Will events be held at different times in each city?

The time and locations of events will be confirmed once the program is finalised and released to the public.


How can I get the most recent updates on the festival?

We will be using our Website, Newsletter and Social Media outlets to make live updates on the festival, post festival announcements and share festival event details.

Click here to get connected to OCF.


Who are the festival sponsors?

Gold Sponsor: The U.S. Embassy

Silver Sponsor: ANZ Royal

Bronze Sponsors: UNESCO, Cambodia Living Arts, Tengbom, Golden Gekko


Who are the festival media partners?

The Advisor

South East Asia Globe


Who is the major donor?

Joe Development Ltd


Does the festival have a child protection policy?
Festival team members and Youth Ambassadors complete child protection training with Friends International and must comply with a child protection agreement available in both Khmer and English.


Who organizes OCF?
OCF is organized by JavaArts, a cultural non-profit enterprise that was launched in partnership with Java Cafe & Gallery in 2000 in Phnom Penh, where it operates a gallery and arts lab.


What is OCF’s legal status?
OCF operates as a non-profit with an external Advisory Committee that reviews all process. Currently, it does not have official non-profit status but we are in the process of registering as a 501(c)(3) in the United States of America.


Who are the different types of partners who work with OCF?
- Sponsors are businesses or organizations that make a financial investment to support the festival and cultural development in return for marketing benefits.
- Donors are individuals, businesses or organizations who make a donation to support the festival and cultural development.
- Cultural Partners are non-commercial institutions who donate content and / or space.
- Venue Partners are commercial venues who donate space.
- Contributors are people or organizations who donate expertise, time and materials.


Who are the different types of people who work on OCF?
- Team Members work on festival operations, marketing and production. Team members receive a stipend.
- City Curators work on developing and producing the city programs. City Curators receive a stipend.
- Youth Ambassadors are student volunteers who complete a 3 month internship style program and provide production and event support.
- The Advisory Committee are two arts practitioners based overseas who provide voluntary strategic support.
- Participants are people and cultural organizations who receive small grants to produce creative content for the festival programs.


Festival Facts

  • Our City Festival began in 2008 as a response to the shifting urban environment in Phnom Penh
  • There have been over 610 creatives/participants participate in OCF since its activation in 2008
  • A majority of the festival creatives are locally based with an invitation being extended to international creatives
  • Since 2008, OCF has grown immensely from supporting 10 projects, with 30 creatives/participants and being based in 1 city to OCF 2014 supporting 45+ projects with 200+ creatives/participants and being based in 3 cities across Cambodia
  • For OCF 14 we have received over 50 creative applications
  • This year OCF has 19 Cultural Partners
  • OCF 2014 will span across three of Cambodia’s largest cities for the first time thus making it the biggest OCF festival yet! These three cities include Phnom Penh, Battambang and Siem Reap
  • OCF emphasizes participation, public access and youth activation.
  • OCF founded the Youth Ambassador’s program. A volunteer opportunity to help engage and empower young people so they can make a valuable and practical contribution to the festival, learn and have fun along the way
  • Since its initiation in 2011, the Youth Ambassador’s program has empowered over 50 young people
  • OCF’s Assistant Producer, Sokunthea Hang was originally an OCF Youth Ambassador before joining the team in her new role full time.
  • OCF works with artists, designers, architects, youth and students to launch first-time events and exciting projects through exhibitions; workshops; performances; educations talks and tours; screenings; spontaneous happenings
  • Projects and events are created by selected international and local artists working in the following media format: photography; painting; mixed media; animation; drawing; digital media
  • OCF offers a wide range of events through projects that innovate, challenge and enrich Cambodia’s urban environment.
  • OCF was initially developed as an annual festival however following 2014 it will be a biannual festival that works locally in Cambodia
  • OCF is initiated and powered by JavaArts
  • OCF Director and Founder, Dana Langlois has focused on contemporary Cambodian art for more than a decade