Phare Ponleu Selpak - Battambang Circus

Phare Ponleu Selpak - Battambang Circus

Phare Ponleu Selpak - Battambang Circus
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Phare Ponleu Selpak - The Brightness of the Arts - is a Cambodian non-profit arts school located in Battambang, offering support to children, youth and the surrounding communities through artistic, educational and social support programmes. Circus shows: November-March: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday April-October: Monday, Thursday and Saturday Adults: $14 - Children: $7 Show at 7pm, doors open at 6pm! Arrive early to grab a cold drink, visit our art exhibition hall and shop in the Boutique! Campus tours ($5): Monday to Friday 9am, 10am, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.
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Hannah P
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Friends
AMAZING!! I was gripped through the whole performance. The performers are incredible and show a real raw talent with every lift and move they do. I would 10000% recommend this to anybody, it’s such an enjoyable and amazing experience for a really good cause.
Written September 22, 2022
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MJintheWorld
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Phare Ponleu Selpak is an amazing organization providing wonderful education to so many children and youth, which not only build skills, but also enhances their mental and emotional well-being. The campus is beautiful, and I would definitely recommend doing both the campus tour and the evening circus show. If you happen to only be in Battambang on a day the show does not take place, I would still recommend that you visit for the campus tour. They will explain to you how not to be disruptive and ensure child protection. The shows here are different than the one in Siem Reap, so even if you've been to the performance there or seen some of their special performances in Phnom Penh, I would definitely recommend visiting the Battambang campus and show.
Written February 3, 2020
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tea_n_see
Australia82 contributions
I saw the show "Influence" - the story telling came through loud and clear, and the performers were excellent as were the musicians who accompanied the performance. It's a great experience and I loved the reaction of the Cambodian kids in the audience. Tickets were easy to arrange through my accommodation and I think it was a bargain at $14.
Written January 8, 2020
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911bella
Mid Sussex207 contributions
Couples
We were sceptical when our hotel suggested a visit to a circus in Battambang. But we were persuaded and so pleased we did
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Firstly it’s not really a circus but a dance performance which includes some circus skills such as acrobatics and juggling. Secondly it has no animals. Thirdly it’s not a wholly polished tourist trap but is a little frayed around the edges (which gives it a real charm) and when a mistake is made the performers shrug it off or do it again.
What makes it so enjoyable is the enthusiasm and sheer joy of the performers. They disarm you leaving you willing them to do well and cheering them on. We’re quite weary, cynical travellers but this left us charmed by the big hearted performances of all involved. Just go.
Written January 9, 2020
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KGGFamily
Vernon, Canada780 contributions
Couples
This is such a fun filled hour long show. The performers appear to be having as much fun as the audience and engage the crowd very well. Make a point of going and supporting their efforts to help young people, you are guaranteed to walk out smiling.
Written February 12, 2020
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Tom C
Antwerp, Belgium3 contributions
This is an amazing place and we saw a pretty spectacular show! This whole project is inspiring and worthy of your donation alone, but the show we saw was easily worth its price. It had everything that modern circus needs: an awesome live band, impressive stunts, a fun story (which, despite it being in the local language, we were still able to follow) with plenty funny moments (great physical comedy!), and an awesome energy to the show overall.
And yes, they are students, so once or twice they had to try something again, but that only makes it so much more fun when they do succeed and it makes it SO much more scary when they attempt the dangerous stuff.
We had a blast of an evening without compromise. I cannot recommend this enough!
Written February 20, 2020
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Dom-n-Lin
Hong Kong, China30 contributions
Family
Well worth seeing. This is effectively a circus ‘school’ where the performers are given scholarships and will hone their craft before joining the main circus in Siem Reap. It has a great feel about it and the performers put so much passion into their performances. There is a bar onsite selling beers, soft drinks and snacks. Must-see if you are in Battambang. The kids loved it.
Written February 3, 2020
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Jillabs
Cambodia7 contributions
Friends
We have seen some world class circus performers over the last few years and and this group challanged some of the greats! Extremely entertaining. They have an entire art education programme here and have student exhibitions you can see before the show. There are very motivated performers at this circus. Please go please support this fantastic group.
Written January 7, 2020
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Sophie H
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Friends
Firstly, this circus is amazing as it helps children around Battambang and Cambodia to have better lives. The circus itself was INCREDIBLE!!! I expected it to be really good but it massive exceeded my expectations. There was one guy in the act (who's name I didn't get unfortunately) who was so hilarious and was making us belly laugh and cry with laughter thanks to his comic genius and stage presence! The music is all live and so well timed so it really makes the show! Thank you so much to everyone there for making it a rememberable experience for us!
Written February 18, 2020
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Joseph
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Couples
Such an amazing performance! This place is a non-profit circus school which provides free teaching to kids in need. The performance they give wit the pupils of their school is just breath taking. A must-see in Battambang
Written January 25, 2020
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