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28 March, 2019

Northbridge Nagas spirit celebrated in 10 meter high Naga by French urban artist

Northbridge Nagas spirit celebrated in 10 meter high Naga by French urban artist In December 2018, Northbridge International School Cambodia was a proud sponsor of the 4th annual Cambodia Urban Art Festival, and is the now the proud owner of a 10 meter high school Naga by talented Phnom Penh-based, French urban artist Chifumi.

In December 2018, Northbridge International School Cambodia was a proud sponsor of the 4th annual Cambodia Urban Art Festival, and is the now the proud owner of a 10 meter high school Naga by talented Phnom Penh-based, French urban artist Chifumi.

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Created four years ago by French street artists Chifumi and Théo Vallier, the Cambodia Urban Art Festival aims at promoting the work of young Khmer creatives by inviting them to collaborate with international artists, producing a colorful blend of styles and generations.

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Every year since 2015, the Festival has invited a dozen local and international artists to paint in several locations across the city, where over three days local and International audiences are invited to discover urban art in all its various guises, through concerts, exhibitions, painting battles, workshops and a tuk-tuk tour.

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The Naga was chosen for the Northbridge artwork as it is the sporting mascot of Northbridge International School Cambodia - our teams are known as the Nagas - and for its symbolic protection.

In Hindu, Buddhist and Jain mythology, a naga is a half serpent and half human, semi-divine creature. Its image is commonly found guarding Buddha, usually in the form of a three, five or seven-headed cobra, and can be seen across Cambodia at Buddhist temples, often at the end of staircases and entrances.

Chifumi is a French artist who has lived and worked in Phnom Penh since 2012. He was one of the first international street artists to make their mark in Cambodia.

Chifumi is regularly invited to paint walls all around the world, including in France, Denmark, and India. He found in Cambodia inspiration from traditional Khmer art and culture.

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