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Phare, The Cambodian Circus

Intersection of Ring Road and Sok San Road | South of intersection with Sok San Road, Siem Reap, Cambodia
+855 15 499 480
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Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap
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Phare, The Cambodian Circus "Amazing vibe & energy, transforming the lives of Cambodian youth" Experience Siem Reap's most unique, authentic top rated (TripAdvisor & Lonely Planet) evening entertainment. More than just a circus, Phare, the Cambodian Circus performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent. Phare artists are students and graduates from Phare Ponleu Selpak's vocational training centre in Battambang. The association was formed in 1994 by 9 young men coming home from a refugee camp after the Khmer Rouge regime. They were greatly helped during that time by an art teacher using drawing classes as 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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Intersection of Ring Road and Sok San Road | South of intersection with Sok San Road, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Reviewed today

I had such a fun evening at the circus - great to see these talented individuals perform and with bags of personality and humour!! Wonderful that it is for a good cause and changing lives.

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Reviewed yesterday

Excellent show with very talented individuals. Kept us entertained for the full 90 mins. Definately worth a visit.

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Reviewed yesterday

All I can say is go and support this group. They're extremely talented and they folks running the show are doing it right in Cambodia. I wish there were more options like this in Cambodia to be entertained and feel good about supporting the performers....More

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Reviewed yesterday

I really loved this circus, especially be cause no animals were harmed. The one I saw was called 'same-Same' about the diffenerncebetween tourists and locals. It was good, funny and well rehearsed. There were a couple of 'scenes' I found boring or that didnt think...More

Thank David S
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I really had no idea what to expect going to this but it completely blew me away. Amazing talent, wonderful show, light, funny, great music. If I'm anywhere near this performance again I am 100% going and would recommend to anyone. I sat in C...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Absolute highlight of my trip, enjoyed every minute. I feel like this was an interaction with Cambodia that we would have missed if we had just walked around the temples. If you can afford it go for the seats at the front of the stage,...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It is very great show for kids, we very enjoy at the theater and all of our family very love Phare. We would strongly recommended.

Thank Sok C
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Amazing and entertaining display of strength, balance, agility, and acrobatics! This program also helps local youth develop their artistic talents.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

If I were to do the event again, I’d purchase the A or B level ticket. With my C ticket, my view was obstructed. Also, the circus was heavy on storyline / musical performance and light on acrobatics. I would prefer the opposite. Overall, a...More

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Dear marcuspeasley, Thank you for sharing your experience of Phare, The Cambodian Circus. It's a useful tip for future guests to be aware that there are some spots in Section C with views partially obstructed by the big top support pillars. Section C guests often...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very talented performers that were enthusiastic and having a great time. Would definitely recommend. Very entertaining.

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Hi sans_gh, The synopses pages give a fair idea, with photos and video, but understandably difficult to choose. "Khmer Metal" is very contemporary, edgy, provocative set in a rock bar (with all that entails). "Eclipse" is... More
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There was nothing inappropriate about the show whatsoever. I would recommend for a family to go see it, it was exceptional.
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Phare, The Cambodian Circus is not a conventional circus, but original Cambodian story telling using circus, dance, drama and live music. The themes come from recent Cambodian history, folklore and modern society. The music... More
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