Phare Music School – Let the music play! ♪♫♪

Phare Ponleu Selpak is training the next generation of Cambodian musicians, sound designers and composers. In 2014, a section of the old music school fell apart and for safety reasons, the whole building had to be destroyed. Since they don’t have any dedicated space to learn and create, our young musicians find themselves forced to […]

The Movement That Is Transforming Lives Around The World

For nearly 25 years, Phare Ponleu Selpak has been using the arts to transform the lives of children. Originally, we helped refugee children cope with trauma through drawing. Over the years, we added more arts, including music, dance, and circus. Now, we’re part of the Asian Social Circus Association, a network that spans the globe […]

Girl Power: Battambang’s Girl Band Takes on Siem Reap

Throughout Cambodia’s rich musical history, women have played only a limited role, mostly as singers. Think of the 1970’s star Ros Sereysothea, or the more modern Srey Thy, lead singer of the Cambodian Space Project. But despite the prevalence of a few female singers, Cambodia doesn’t often see a rock band made up entirely of women. […]

Creating Puppets!

Strange, twisted creatures made of metal and cloth swooped and danced across the stage at Phare Ponleu Selpak this month… Our students are taking a puppet workshop! For two weeks, a group of performing arts students worked with master puppeteer, Leutmany Insisiengmay, from Laos. Mr.  Insisiengmay has worked in drama and puppetry for over 30 […]

Pride of Cambodia: Phare circus artists perform at the Intercontinental Hotel San Francisco

On September 30th, Phare Ponleu Selpak artists had the honor to perform at the Ignite Event in San Francisco, hosted by our partner Give2Asia. “Amazing performance”, “vibrant”, “impressive” and “incredible” were some of the comments we heard after our show. Phare’s friend Professor Muhammad Yunus was the key speaker of the event, and was granted […]

Healing Through Art: A New Collaboration

“Is forgiveness possible, is reconciliation possible? That’s what we’re exploring.” in this new Global Arts Corps project at PPSA. This is how Michael Lessac, the founder and artistic director of Global Arts Corps, sums up the goal of their project here at Phare Ponleu Selpak. Global Arts Corps (GAC) has been working with PPS artists […]