Phare Ponleu Selpak - Battambang Circus, Battambang

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Phare Ponleu Selpak is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a nurturing and creative environment where young people can access quality arts training, education and social support, and to restore the destroyed culture and identity of Cambodia.

Inspired by drawing workshops organized at the Site 2 refugee camp on the Thai and Khmer border, 8 evacuee students established Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS), “the brightness of arts” in 1994 on the outskirts of Anchanh village, Battambang.

PPS’s purpose is to improve the development of local communities. The association welcomes more than 1000 students through different classes and workshops.

Phare Ponleu Selpak offers a holistic approach to children’s needs in the area of social action, education, and the practice of the arts and culture. Social Action consists of Child Protection Program (Child Care Center) and Kindergarten (Leisure Center). The education program includes formal education: elementary school through high school, and a set of informal programs including literacy, math, life skills, and language classes.

Arts are known as a key to empower individuals to improve their livelihood. A multitude of artistic and cultural activities are carried on everyday free of charge to more than 500 students. Trainings include music, contemporary and traditional dancing, visual arts, theater, circus, animation, graphic design and illustration.

Students from both the visual and performing art schools have many opportunities to gain exposure and prepare themselves to enter the workforce as professional artists, both nationally and internationally. These opportunities will promote their professional careers and provide them with international recognition.
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  • I had not expected. Although at first glance, everything seems a bit improvised - the presentation was not. With an incredible enthusiasm and impressive acrobatic performances, lot of heart and a lot of fun, we were very well entertained this evening. Although is not everything, but this is not really necessary. And great live music accompaniment, smaller mishaps be elegantly incorporated. All in all a splendid evening and if you consider the charity shop worth even a look at the unique souvenir.
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  • The show we saw was awesome! Beautiful demonstrations, acrobatic and without a net. The circus trains young artists who offer a quality, modern and funny show. I recommend everyone to go at Battambang Circus (must do!)
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  • I absolutely loved this circus !! These youth are so talented and study /train every day for 10 years! They are training to become professional through their company in Siem Reap, so there it's a bit ...  more »
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  • Great, fun show. Don’t go in expecting to have your mind blown; that’s not the point. These local artists have real passion and it makes for a worthwhile spectacle. A bit on the short side (around an hour), but I was smiling and laughing the entire time, which is worth so much more.
  • It is an interesting way to spend an evening. The actors and performers are good, and happy.
  • Where can I start? After a day touring Battambang, the circus made the whole experience unforgettable. A great, entertaining performance. The circus performers were confident and charismatic and their energy and enthusiasm levels blew me away! It is a family friendly event so it's great for the whole family. The only negative was the fact that we were sitting next to some drunk people- so people with families - just be mindful that there is alcohol on the premises. Other than that, - really great event - looking forward to coming back and seeing more of their performances 😊
  • It's the good place for education in Performance Art Skill and Graphics Design.
  • I could use many words or sum it up quickly - brilliant. World class. Must go. Do yourself a favor. It’s a really fun experience filled with classic clown behavior and acrobatics woven into a cool storyline. We watched Chill - the one about ghosts - but even the kids were laughing.
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