Leonard Cohen is to perform a historic concert in Cambodia in November to help restore the city of Phnom Penh. The legendary singer/poet will play at the Olympic Stadium on November 27 to benefit the Cambodian Red Cross and other local charities.
The concert will be held under the patronage of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen and Lok Chumtuev Bun Rany Hun Sen, the president of the Cambodian Red Cross. An ordained Buddhist monk, Cohen hopes the concert will be a "spiritual experience" at an "architecturally significant" stadium.
The Canadian star's manager, Robert Kory, tells WENN, "Leonard is deeply honoured by this invitation, and we hope that, in our small way, we can both assist in cultural restoration and personal healing."
"The world is aware that Phnom Penh, once a cultural mecca, and its people, suffered a brutal genocide 35 years ago, which ended lives and altered that magnificent city. We are hopeful that the concert may become a first step in the celebration of the city's rebirth as a vibrant cultural center and serve to aid those who have suffered."