Changing Lives through the Arts


Phare Ponleu Selpak – meaning the Brightness of the Arts – is a non-profit arts and circus school located in Battambang, Cambodia that empowers children, youth, and communities through artistic, educational, and social support programs.

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What we do

Over 1,000 students are empowered every year through our schools and programs in performing, visual, and applied arts. Both leisure classes for children and vocational training for young adults develop their creativity, communication, and concentration skills, and give them access to a sustainable artistic career while preserving and promoting Cambodian arts and culture.

Support us

Help us spread a passion for the arts across Cambodia. We believe that all children, regardless of their background, deserve to have access to the healing powers of the arts. Our artistic training provides art therapy as well as professional skills that lead to lasting employment. Your donation directly supports these programs.

Come see a circus show!

Phare Ponleu Selpak circus schedule June 2024, English

Circus shows

Experience a circus show by our talented students. Shows take place on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays starting at 7 p.m. Buy your tickets online or on campus!

Visit the campus

Mornings and afternoons, Monday to Friday, we welcome you on free guided tours of our vibrant campus.

Sponsor a Child


When you join our child sponsorship program, your monthly gift gives our most at-risk students the aid and support they need to stay in school and pursue their passions.

Volunteer with Us


We welcome committed and passionate volunteers who have specific expertise or experience which fills a current need. Those needs change over time, but some examples of skills often needed are in social media, communications, IT, lighting, sound design, merchandising, and customer service.

Job Openings


Do you believe in the power of the arts as a tool for human development and social change? If this is you, join our team! Check out our open positions here.

News & Stories

Khmer New Year: How Phare Kindergarten Celebrated Songkran

Khmer New Year: How Phare Kindergarten Celebrated Songkran

Every year in mid-April, Cambodians celebrate the traditional holiday known as Khmer New Year – or Songkran – over the course of three festive days. The holiday is rooted in Buddhist traditions and is an important time for Cambodians to get back together with their...

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Happy World Circus Day from Phare Ponleu Selpak!

Happy World Circus Day from Phare Ponleu Selpak!

From all the teachers, students, and staff at Phare Ponleu Selpak: Happy World Circus Day!  World Circus Day was founded on 17 April 2009 by the Federation Mondiale du Cirque to celebrate and promote traditional circus arts all over the world – and that includes...

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Responsible Volunteering: What Is It & Why Does It Matter?

Responsible Volunteering: What Is It & Why Does It Matter?

Volunteering demonstrates the best of our shared humanity. Whenever we donate time, talent, or specific skills to a community organization, we have the chance to make the world a better place and impact real people in a responsible and meaningful way. And as our...

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