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 […]

3D Animation Comes to Phare

In 2013, our Visual Art School created its vocational training program, which includes a focus on Animation for interested students. But until now, those students could only study 2D animation with our curriculum. But that changed this March. Thanks to a visit from animator Mr. Dara Sydavid, we were able to host our first 3D […]

Flying Circus Academy Comes to Town

Campus is alive this month with sounds and music, circus, and many different languages. The sounds of drummers playing Brazilian inspired beats echo across the campus. Inside the circus school, artists from around the world are practicing in the sky and on the ground. This can only mean one thing: our Flying Circus Academy is […]

Modern Superwoman: Meet Kimleng Tiv

Meet Kimleng Tiv, former student and now our workshop and events coordinator; and a super woman. Born and raised in Battambang, Kimleng loves working for Phare and has a message to empower girls in Cambodia: “Don’t be afraid to be different.” Kimleng started working with her first NGO back when she was still in high […]

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. […]