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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

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Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

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Discover the Kingdom’s newest gallery with a celestial exhibition

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Posted on: May 2, 2019 | Cambodia

Khmer Artist Savann Thav launches his latest art collection of colour-mastering canvas artworks related to the Celestial at his exhibition opened at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra on May 6th, 2019

Works by Khmer Artist Savann Thav

Phnom Penh, April 30th, 2019 – Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra launches a new exhibition today by Cambodian artist Thav Savann. The collection, entitled ‘Voûte Celeste’ will be on show for three months, with visitors and locals of the capital welcome to experience this unique collection of colour- mastering-canvas artworks.

Born in Cambodia, Savann has been living and working in France since 1980. His work cleverly reflects both his personal experience and a universal vision of humanity. As a young boy he liked to observe women doing embroidery and enjoyed creating assemblages with flowers and roots. He knew at an early age that he wanted to be an artist. Ever since 1999, he has been showcased in many solo and group exhibitions in Paris and Phnom Penh. He has artworks in the private collection of the King of Cambodia and at the Cambridge School in Cambodia.

“Voûte Celeste” translates to “Celestial Sphere.” It introduces the astronomical concept from Antiquity, which describes the hemisphere above the observer, allowing to position the different stars in the sky and give precise coordinates. His exhibition encompasses intriguing abstract paintings, which encapsulate his poetic vision of the world and a transcription of his emotions.

“I’m delighted to collaborate with Madeleine de Langalerie and Charles-Henri Chevet as they love art and respect the artistic work of each artist. To have the incredible support of such wonderful people is a true inspiration and motivation, artistically speaking. Being truly understood, both as an artist and as an individual is extremely important to me, and it is my honour to have the opportunity to exhibit my work in this dedicated art space at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra” – Savann Thav

Thav Savann’s work cleverly reflects both his personal experience and a universal vision of humanity

Local art organisation ‘Recreation’ assisted to curate the exhibition, with extensive history in Cambodia, promoting local artists to the international stage. This partnership was natural for the Hotel, which has just opened its brand new Gallery, strongly supporting the arts in the Kingdom. All Sofitel Hotels and Resort around the world do indeed make it a point of honor to promote art and culture, particularly inspiring local talents, and the Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra is no exception. Various Cambodian artists will be featured throughout the year. Charles-Henri Chevet, General Manager of Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra described the exhibition as “a beautiful opportunity to contemplate the stories behind each piece and enter into the mind of Savann”.

The exhibition will be open from May to July with free admission.

Thav Savann

Born in Cambodia, Savann has been living and working in France since 1980. His work cleverly reflects both his personal experience and a universal vision of humanity. As a young boy he liked to observe women doing embroidery and enjoyed creating assemblages with flowers and roots. He knew at an early age that he wanted to be an artist. Ever since 1999, he has been showcased in many solo and group exhibitions in Paris and Phnom Penh. He has artworks in the private collection of the King of Cambodia and at the Cambridge School in Cambodia.

Sofitel, World Class Hotels & French Elegance

Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra is the city’s only French Luxury Hotel. The award-winning Hotel boasts 201 rooms & suites, a health spa, modern sports club, grand ballroom, extensive meeting facilities and four gourmet restaurants for the ultimate culinary journey. A colonial-influenced aesthetic evokes a timeless refinement throughout the hotel which is renowned throughout the Kingdom of Cambodia.


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