Phare: The Cambodian Circus
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Phare: The Cambodian Circus is a nightly circus performance blending contortion, juggling, acrobatics and aerial arts with theatre and modern dance forms. The organization began in 1986 as a way to help Cambodian children process trauma from the war. They began shows in Battambang, and in February 2013, Phare the Cambodian Circus presented its first outdoor show in Siem Reap for visitors from around the world. Since then, they have grown to be the number one non-temple attraction in Siem Reap. The Phare Circus was developed by Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS), an organisation born out of a strong belief in the arts to transform the lives of young people.
The uniquely Cambodian performances are infused with Cambodian history and culture; belief in the supernatural, the hardships faced by Khmer children as their homeland struggles to develop, or the risqué drama present in the Phnom Penh bar scene.
There is a cafe on site where you can enjoy authentic Khmer food before the performance.
PPS provides training for local young people in performing arts and visual arts, and the Circus provides professional performance opportunities for these young people aspire to.
Nightly shows at 8PM, doors open at 7:30PM. It is essential to book tickets in advance.
Cafe open from 6pm.
Phare Circus Ring Road, south of the intersection with Sok San Road, Siem Reap