Home for Phare

Please help us secure a permanent venue for our artists to earn a living and support themselves and their families.

Phare artists captivate audiences

Since February 2013, Phare artists have come to Siem Reap and astonished audiences at nightly shows with their passion, emotion, enthusiasm, dedication and talent. They perform in an authentic, traditional red big top in the center of Siem Reap that seats over 300 people.

Photo: J.F. Mousseau

Enter: Phare the Cambodian Circus. What better place in Cambodia for a daily circus show than the home of the World Heritage Site and Wonder of the World, Angkor temples. The results are overwhelming, becoming the top-rated Siem Reap activity on TripAdvisor (see HERE) and Lonely Planet (see HERE).

? ?Exceeded expectations massively? (TripAdvisor review, August 9th, 2014)
? ?We attended this circus last night and were just overwhelmed with how talented these performers are and how passionate they are about their art.? (TripAdvisor review, August 8th, 2014)
? ?The actors were talented but the best part was their smile! Professional artists many time became just professionals without the passion or the love of their art but these young guys were smiling all the way.? (TripAdvisor review, August 7th, 2014)

Phare Performing Social Enterprise

A permanent home means a secure, stable future

The big top in Siem Reap is on rented land, which means high cost and an uncertain future. Rent is increasing dramatically, terms are becoming difficult and rent contracts are easily broken. To provide a more secure, stable source of employment for the artists, Phare needs to purchase land for a permanent site. Owning our own land protects against cost increases, which means more income goes to the artists and to the children of the school.

Land prices in Siem Reap are astronomically high and increasing fast, as a result of booming tourism industry. As a modest social enterprise, we can?t compete with huge real-estate projects. In addition, we need well situated land in town, easily visible and accessible to tourists who only stay in town for a couple of days, but will cost a little bit more. With your help, a permanent site can be purchased and continued success and sustainability assured.

Phare Ponleu Selpak
Photo: Quinn Ryan Mattingly

Finding land: The challenge

Siem Reap: growth of a tourist town: Booming tourism transformed a small, sleepy village into the tourism capital of Cambodia. The beautiful river passing through the city is now lined by restaurants, boutique hotels and the old central market, which acts as the town center. Traffic now jams the few roads that connect the city center with Angkor Archeological Park. A recently built ring road now circles the town and is used by travelers on their way to temples, the airport, Battambang and onward to the Thai border

Location, location, location: Land on this ring road presents the best location still within financial reach. Land there is not as costly as in the city center, but it is still visible and easily accessible. Utilities such as electricity, water and sewage are also available there. Most of the land in that area are actually rice paddy fields and will need to be filled with dirt to be raised to the level of the road, flattened and delimited.

Land size matters: 6,000 to 8,000 square meters is needed to set up our big top with a backstage training and dressing area for the artists, a restaurant, a gift shop, customer service area and enough parking space to accommodate coaches, cars and tuk tuks during the performance.

You can help: Your gift means the difference between a more certain or uncertain future for these young Cambodian artists. A permanent site assures them stable, gainful employment through the viability of the social enterprise. Any contribution large or small will bring them one step closer. Please donate today and share this page with your friends, family and co-workers. Please share the story on your blog, social media page and in personal emails to your network.

Tipping Point Goal: $50,000
Total Funding Goal: $200,000

Reaching our tipping point
US$ 50,000 will allow us to make the first payment on a permanent, secure home for the performance venue! The artists who pour so much of their passion, effort and emotion into their craft will have more certain job prospects and a brighter future. The money raised will be solely dedicated to buying the land. You can be sure that your donation will have maximum impact on artists and children throughout the organization.

Our total goal
The total cost of the land purchase and site construction will be slightly over US$500,000. The difference between donations received and total cost will be made up for by loans with interest. The less that has to be borrowed means more can go to those who need it the most; the artists, their families and the children educated by the organization.

Video by Lauren Shaw from Angkor's Children:

- Make your contribution at: http://startsomegood.com/homeforphare (From September 1, 2014)

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Last chance to see "Chills"

Last chance to see "Chills"

Tonight (Wed, Feb 19) is the last night of "Chills", the funniest ghost story you'll ever see. If you're in Siem Reap, you can't miss this. 

Here's the synopsis:

?Preu? (Chills) addresses the fears and anxieties of human beings. In a poetic and symbolic way, the show conjures up the nightmares that haunt everyone?s mind.

?Preu? presents the reaction of a student?s class towards supernatural events. Immerse yourself in the universe of ?preu? without worry, because to overcome your fears, you?ll need to face them first.

?Preu? is a modern Cambodian circus play performed by Generation 5 student artists of Phare Ponleu Selpak Artistic and Social Center. The performance mixes theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling, aerial acts, contortion and other circus skills to portray this beautiful story about Cambodian culture and beliefs.

The artists are some of the kindest, funniest, most talented friends I've made since moving to Cambodia. Hope you can come give them a big send off.

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Flight of the Gibbon Angkor and Phare, The Cambodian Circus Join Forces

Flight of the Gibbon Angkor and Phare, The Cambodian Circus Join Forces

Siem Reap's most unique daytime adventure and it's most unique evening entertainment are now available in one package!

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Phare, The Cambodian Circus  

Uniquely Cambodian, Daringly Modern  

Experience one of the highlights of Cambodia and meet talented young performers in breathtakingly entertaining and original Cambodian shows.   Phare, The Cambodian Circus (www.PhareCambodianCircus.org) tells uniquely Cambodian tales using modern circus arts and high energy music, touching on themes strong in Cambodian tradition, ethos and spirit. The performances mix theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling, aerial acts, fire and contortion with an explosion of virtuosity and sensitivity. During the hour-long shows, the Phare performers share their emotions and excitement, blowing the audience away with their integrity and power.  

Phare artists are students and graduates from Phare Ponleu Selpak's (www.phareps.org) vocational training centre in Battambang. The association was formed 20 years ago by 8 young men coming home from a refugee camp after the Khmer Rouge regime. They were greatly helped by art therapy and wanted to share this new skill among the poor, socially deprived and troubled youngsters in Battambang. They founded an art school and public school followed to offer free education. A music school and theatre school were next and finally, for the kids who wanted more, the circus school. Today more than 1,200 pupils attend the public school daily and 500 attend the alternative schools. Phare Ponleu Selpak also has extensive outreach programs, trying to help with the problems highlighted in their own tales.  

Phare The Cambodian Circus offers these students and graduates somewhere to hone their skills and a place to earn a decent wage. Money that will take them out of poverty and give them self-respect and freedom.

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Flight of the Gibbon Angkor: A World Class Zipline Eco-Adventure Tour at a World Heritage Site© - Angkor Archeological Park!

Nestled in the rainforest, not far from the majestic temples of Angkor, prepare to soar on ziplines, traverse suspended sky bridges, abseil from towering trees, be amazed by the majesty and magic of the rainforest, and fly like never before. Flight of the Gibbon has built its famous zipline courses in the most remote and beautiful real rainforest locations in Thailand?until now! Angkor, 30 minutes from Siem Reap, Cambodia is home to the 7th Wonder of the World, Angkor Wat and dozens of other ancient ruins, temples and compelling religious historical artifacts spanning centuries of Hindu and Buddhist influence. 

World Class Course Features:

  • 21 platforms high in the treetops
  • 10 thrilling ziplines
  • 4 sky bridges spanning hundreds of metres
  • Spiral staircases circling trees
  • A 50 ft. abseil finish
  • The longest single zipline in Cambodia
  • 6 hectares teaming with exotic wildlife
  • Re-introduction of wild-gibbons
  • State of the Art Safety Equipment

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Phare, The Cambodian Circus

Not to be missed if you ever come to Siem Reap.

An astonishing immersion into Cambodian Modernity. Phare, The Cambodian Circus is the only venue in Cambodia featuring a daily theatrical circus show of international standard. Modern Cambodian tales are embodied by a new generation of talented artists trained in Battambang. The performances mix theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling, aerial acts, fire or contortion with an explosion of virtuosity and sensitivity. During one hour, Phare performers transmit emotions and excitement, blowing away the audience by their integrity and power.Set in the heart of Siem Reap City, Phare circus tent can comfortably accommodate 360 spectators and is specially designed to fulfill the acoustic needs of the live music performances. On site, spectators enjoy 3 course set meals before and after the show with prior reservation in our cozy Phare Cafe.Phare artists are graduates from Phare Ponleu Selpak's vocational training center in Battambang. Coming from vulnerable households they gained international recognition through their art practice. The Cambodian Circus is a tool to build the careers of Cambodian artists, to contribute in the reviving of the Cambodian art scenes and to sustain the artistic, educational and social programs of the association.Come and enjoy the show every day at 7:30 PM

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2013 Ride for Hagar

2013 Ride for Hagar


A 14-day cycle tour through beautiful Vietnam and Cambodia. Join us on an adventure of a lifetime, as we cycle 500km through some of South East Asia’s most stunning scenery including rice paddies, remote villages, large river deltas and 15th century temples. You will be challenged both physically and emotionally as you connect with the local culture, learn about justice issues, and witness Hagar’s life-giving work first hand – all with a group of passionate like-minded individuals.


To support Hagar! An opportunity to become educated in the complexities of human trafficking and exploitation and raise awareness and funding for the work of Hagar, an international NGO dedicated to the restoration and empowerment of victims of human trafficking and other human rights abuses in Cambodia, Vietnam and Afghanistan.

WHEN: February 16 – March 2, 2013

COST:  Early Bird Pricing: $1700 (USD) before November 15 + $2500 (USD) fundraising goal After November 15: $1850 (USD) + $2500 (USD) fundraising goal

Included: All Accommodation (Twin Share) English speaking local tour guides Air Conditioned support vehicle Drinking water and snacks Food (detailed in itinerary) Bike hire and Mechanic Crossborder Cycle Shirt Trafficking Curriculum

Not Included: International Flights Travel Insurance Visas Discretionary Tips Note: Participation is strictly limited to 24 riders!

For more details, email crossborder@hagarinternational.org 

If you are not up for the ride, your donation is very welcome!


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