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“Absolutely Amazing”

Phare, The Cambodian Circus
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

I was in Cambodia volunteering and unfortunately waited until the last night to see this show. It was incredible. I wish I had gone earlier so I could have seen several shows. They are so talented and I have never seen anything like it. I would put this hogh on your list of things to do in Siem Reap!

Thank susan r
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Not to be missed. Amazing show...great talent!

Was unsure how it would be but we were so happy we went! Tickets are priced fair and the talent of the circus performers is beyond! Easy to get in and find seats. Once you sit, show begins and it high energy the entire time. Defintely fo if ever in Siem reap!

Thank maddiel451
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Phare is very awesome show in siem reap, I been there few times with my friends for see different show but just abit scary with some show.

Thank Pov N
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Amazing - albeit a tad relaxed about safety (a performer accidentally hucked a fire stick on a person in the audience, just grabbed it and kept going - nobody checked to see if she was okay!) Very very cramped seating (your feet will be under someones butt, and vice versa - unless you get a seat at back, which has same view as everyone else, plus that's where the air con is!) Performers excellent, a must-see.

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Reviewed April 4, 2018

The Phare Circus in words: love, enthusiasm, hard working. A meaningful, spectacular show from fantastic young talents!

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