WELCOME TO PHARE

Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPSA) or “The Brightness of the Arts” is a non-profit Cambodian association improving the lives of children, young adults, and their families with art schools, educational programs, and social support since 1994.

Phare Ponleu Selpak – in Khmer, 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, social and community outreach and engagement programmes.

Over 1000 students are empowered every year through our schools and programmes: performing, visual and applied arts leisure classes, and vocational training aid children and young adults to develop their creativity, communication and concentration skills, and to access a sustainable artistic career whilst 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.

Help our community escape the cycle of poverty and contribute to a modern cultural Cambodia.

Phare Music School

Let the music play!

Our music students need a new space to create, perform and collaborate! That is why we initiated the construction of a brand new building made of five classrooms and a central pavilion stage to perform and gather. All that made in a sustainable way by the famous architect Stuart Cochin, with two landscape garden corners, and covered by a bamboo canopy to protect our students from Cambodia’s burning sun and heavy rains.
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Ultra Trail Angkor 2020

Join us at the Ultra Trail Angkor and run as ‘Phare’ as you can!

Are you a running enthusiast? Or just want to see the breathtaking beauty of Angkor? If so, come to Siem Reap, Cambodia and run with us and for us! Plus, you can make your miles count. Run for arts and education on January 18th, 2020 to support us to renovate and refurbish our Dance School.
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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 and sound design, merchandising and customer service.

Sponsor a child

Do you want to 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 and sound design, merchandising and customer service.

News & Stories

Renovation and professionalization of the dance studio

Renovation and professionalization of the dance studio

Renovation and professionalization of the dance studio How did it all start? The Performing Arts School introduced dance to the curriculum at the end of 2013. The lessons began with traditional Cambodian dance and built from there. Advanced classes introduced students...

read more
Dear European volunteers

Dear European volunteers

Dear European VolunteersNovember marks the end of the European Union Aid Volunteers (UEAV) deployment after they have joined Phare team this past year. Arrived in November, January or June for a duration of respectively one year, 9 or 6 months, the 10 volunteers have...

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Meet Monisovanya Ry, artist and strategic product designer

Meet Monisovanya Ry, artist and strategic product designer

Meet Monisovanya Ry, artist and strategic product designer Monisovanya Ry studied in our Visual and Applied Arts School, where she attended the graphic design vocational training. With no previous arts literacy, her first motives to integrate into our program were...

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Meeting with Xavier Gobin – Phare Ponleu Selpak France manager

Meeting with Xavier Gobin – Phare Ponleu Selpak France manager

Meeting with Xavier Gobin – Phare Ponleu Selpak France manager Before joining Phare Ponleu Selpak, I had a successful career as a dancer, collaborating with great creators such as Maurice Béjart and Jiri Kylian. However, very quickly, I felt the desire to give others...

Exchange with the French Central Fund for Social Activities

Exchange with the French Central Fund for Social Activities

MEET PHARE CHILD CLUB MEMBERS, AMBASSADORS  OF CHILDREN RIGHTSPhare Ponleu Selpak is dedicated to upholding the rights of all children. Our Child Club has been created in february 2015, by 30 students from 16 different villages in the communes of Ochar, Chamcar...

S’Art Urban Art Festival

S’Art Urban Art Festival

S’Art Urban Art Festival: celebrating urban art and culture in Battambang for 5 days The quiet streets of Battambang came to life with concerts, workshops, exhibitions, mural paintings and the Giant Puppet Parade between May 28 and June 1. S’Art Urban Art Festival was...

Renovation and professionalization of the dance studio

Renovation and professionalization of the dance studio

Renovation and professionalization of the dance studio How did it all start? The Performing Arts School introduced dance to the curriculum at the end of 2013. The lessons began with traditional Cambodian dance and built from there. Advanced classes introduced students...

read more
Dear European volunteers

Dear European volunteers

Dear European VolunteersNovember marks the end of the European Union Aid Volunteers (UEAV) deployment after they have joined Phare team this past year. Arrived in November, January or June for a duration of respectively one year, 9 or 6 months, the 10 volunteers have...

read more
Meet Monisovanya Ry, artist and strategic product designer

Meet Monisovanya Ry, artist and strategic product designer

Meet Monisovanya Ry, artist and strategic product designer Monisovanya Ry studied in our Visual and Applied Arts School, where she attended the graphic design vocational training. With no previous arts literacy, her first motives to integrate into our program were...

read more
Meeting with Xavier Gobin – Phare Ponleu Selpak France manager

Meeting with Xavier Gobin – Phare Ponleu Selpak France manager

Meeting with Xavier Gobin – Phare Ponleu Selpak France manager Before joining Phare Ponleu Selpak, I had a successful career as a dancer, collaborating with great creators such as Maurice Béjart and Jiri Kylian. However, very quickly, I felt the desire to give others...

Exchange with the French Central Fund for Social Activities

Exchange with the French Central Fund for Social Activities

MEET PHARE CHILD CLUB MEMBERS, AMBASSADORS  OF CHILDREN RIGHTSPhare Ponleu Selpak is dedicated to upholding the rights of all children. Our Child Club has been created in february 2015, by 30 students from 16 different villages in the communes of Ochar, Chamcar...

S’Art Urban Art Festival

S’Art Urban Art Festival

S’Art Urban Art Festival: celebrating urban art and culture in Battambang for 5 days The quiet streets of Battambang came to life with concerts, workshops, exhibitions, mural paintings and the Giant Puppet Parade between May 28 and June 1. S’Art Urban Art Festival was...