Tiny Toones

Asia, Cambodia, Phnom-Penh
Art discipline: Music
Participated in ICAF in: 2014

In 2005, Tuy Sobil opened his house to a group of young children who were living and working on the streets near him. Tuy himself had just returned to Phnom Penh after spending much of his life in refugee camps in Thailand and later in gang-infested parts of Los Angeles. After a criminal sentence in the US, he was deported back to Cambodia in 2004. Soon rumors started that he had been a break dancer in AmericaS and as a result more and more kids began to knock on his door for lessons. His house thus became an informal community center and the heart of a veritable hip-hop movement that involves hundreds of children and youth. Today, Tuy’s performance group is also beginning to attract international attention. With the help of the Prince Claus Fund, which supports the group, ICAF is proud to create space for Tiny Toones' European debut.