Every year at Phare Ponleu Selpak, July marks the opportunity to reward the hard work of our graduates, who have been studying for up to 4 years in the Visual and Applied Arts School. We are celebrating the graduates starting a new chapter of their lives and launching their careers in the creative industry. At the same time, we are celebrating and acknowledging the achievements of the teachers, staff and mentors who have invested years into teaching these graduates. Last but not least, we are celebrating their parents and families, who have supported their children through artistic education.

25th Anniversary of Phare Ponleu Selpak

This year is a special one for Phare as it marks our 25th Anniversary! Ithas been 25 years since we opened our doors to allow community children and youth to take art classes. Over the years, Phare founders and employees brought life to an organization grounded in values of solidarity, creativity, resilience, and above all compassion. Approximately 1000 lives are directly impacted for positive change every year through our free artistic and general education and individualized social support.

Phare Ponleu Selpak’s Open Days 2019 Event

Thanks to the dedication of the entire Phare Ponleu Selpak team, Open Days 2019 was a huge success! Over two days, we welcomed more than 350 primary school students from Battambang and beyond into our campus to share and convey our hope, our powerful history and all the bright years to come for Cambodian arts and artists.

These Open Days have been punctuated by a rich artistic program, featuring a mesmerizing contemporary dance show by Taiwanese and Cambodian artists and the poetic White Gold circus show. Our guests have been enthralled by the moves of our hip hop workshops and the reggae beats of Belo Vanthan live concert, while practicing their creative skills with our visual arts students. The 25 years anniversary party arrived right on time to crown the event, shining through the lights of its fire show, fireworks and lanterns release! Thanks to all the participants and emplyees who helped make Phare’s 25th summer so special!

Want to be part of exciting art festivals at Phare Ponleu Selpak in the future? Join the team as a volunteer and get first-hand experience changing lives through the arts.