From Battambang to Cirque du Soleil: SOK Dina’s Journey to Becoming Cirque’s First Cambodian Performer

If you haven’t already heard of SOK Dina, then prepare to be amazed. Dina is the first performer from Cambodia to join Cirque du Soliel in Montreal, Canada. Dina is also a circus alumnus from Phare Performing Arts School. From 2005 to 2011, Dina – and his friend and...

Pride Month Interview: How Trans Student Sarann Found Her Place as a Khmer Dancer at Phare Ponleu Selpak [Video]

As a trans woman who is a Khmer traditional dancer, YOU Sarann faces endless discrimination. The 23-year-old Battambang native has dreamed of becoming a dancer since childhood, but many times, she’s wanted to give up. Fortunately, Phare Ponleu Selpak provides Sarann...

Meet the Volunteers of Phare Ponleu Selpak: Soree KIM, Communications & Marketing Intern [Video]

This past academic year, Phare Ponleu Selpak received two student volunteers from the United States. They have spent around 7 months at Phare and will be leaving soon to start their first year of university. As a farewell, we asked a few questions about their...

Phare Alumni Success Story: Meet LY Vanthan, the Music Pop Star of Cambodia

It is always a joy to get to interview Vanthan, the music alumni from the Performing Arts School of Phare Ponleu Selpak Vanthan is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist. The well-known singer of “Khmer Gentleman” at Baramey...

Meet the Volunteers of Phare Ponleu Selpak: Eliot WITHERSPOON, Communications & Marketing Intern [Video]

This past year, Phare Ponleu Selpak received two student volunteers from the United States. They have spent around seven months at Phare and will be leaving soon to start their first year of university. As a farewell, we asked a few questions about their internship...

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...

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...

Prepare Yourself: Tini Tinou International Circus Festival Returns to Battambang This November – for Its Biggest Edition Yet!

Tini Tinou is back! And this year it’s going to be the biggest, boldest, and brightest edition of Tini Tinou ever!  Mark your calendars from 22nd to 27th November 2024 for this week-long circus festival extravaganza right here in Battambang – the arts and cultural hub...

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...

Meet CHHAI Bunsorng, Student Services Supervisor on the Phare Social Support Team

The Social Support program of Phare Ponleu Selpak is dedicated to improving the living standard of Cambodian children and their families in the community while engaging them in safeguarding children's rights and well-being. This is made possible by the Social Support...

From Battambang to Cirque du Soleil: SOK Dina’s Journey to Becoming Cirque’s First Cambodian Performer

If you haven’t already heard of SOK Dina, then prepare to be amazed. Dina is the first performer from Cambodia to join Cirque du Soliel in Montreal, Canada. Dina is also a circus alumnus from Phare Performing Arts School. From 2005 to 2011, Dina – and his friend and...

Pride Month Interview: How Trans Student Sarann Found Her Place as a Khmer Dancer at Phare Ponleu Selpak [Video]

As a trans woman who is a Khmer traditional dancer, YOU Sarann faces endless discrimination. The 23-year-old Battambang native has dreamed of becoming a dancer since childhood, but many times, she’s wanted to give up. Fortunately, Phare Ponleu Selpak provides Sarann...

Meet the Volunteers of Phare Ponleu Selpak: Soree KIM, Communications & Marketing Intern [Video]

This past academic year, Phare Ponleu Selpak received two student volunteers from the United States. They have spent around 7 months at Phare and will be leaving soon to start their first year of university. As a farewell, we asked a few questions about their...

Phare Alumni Success Story: Meet LY Vanthan, the Music Pop Star of Cambodia

It is always a joy to get to interview Vanthan, the music alumni from the Performing Arts School of Phare Ponleu Selpak Vanthan is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist. The well-known singer of “Khmer Gentleman” at Baramey...

Meet the Volunteers of Phare Ponleu Selpak: Eliot WITHERSPOON, Communications & Marketing Intern [Video]

This past year, Phare Ponleu Selpak received two student volunteers from the United States. They have spent around seven months at Phare and will be leaving soon to start their first year of university. As a farewell, we asked a few questions about their internship...

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...

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...

Prepare Yourself: Tini Tinou International Circus Festival Returns to Battambang This November – for Its Biggest Edition Yet!

Tini Tinou is back! And this year it’s going to be the biggest, boldest, and brightest edition of Tini Tinou ever!  Mark your calendars from 22nd to 27th November 2024 for this week-long circus festival extravaganza right here in Battambang – the arts and cultural hub...

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...

Meet CHHAI Bunsorng, Student Services Supervisor on the Phare Social Support Team

The Social Support program of Phare Ponleu Selpak is dedicated to improving the living standard of Cambodian children and their families in the community while engaging them in safeguarding children's rights and well-being. This is made possible by the Social Support...

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Battambang Water Festival: What It Is & How to Celebrate

Battambang Water Festival: What It Is & How to Celebrate

If you’re ever traveling to Battambang in October, you might hear people talking about the water festival – or you might find yourself caught in the middle of it unknowingly if you’re down by the Sangker River and surrounded by racing boats and cheering crowds. ...

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The Top 5 Videos on the New Phare Ponleu Selpak TikTok Profile

The Top 5 Videos on the New Phare Ponleu Selpak TikTok Profile

Did you know that Phare Ponleu Selpak has a TikTok account? Yep, you’ve been missing out this whole time!  You might have already seen us on your “For You” page, but in case you haven’t, our new TikTok channel has got everything from interviews to “day in the life”...

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Don’t Miss the Battambang imaginée Art Festival This Month

Don’t Miss the Battambang imaginée Art Festival This Month

It’s time to celebrate art, culture, and development in Battambang!  Phare Ponleu Selpak and AFD – Agence Française de Développement – have joined forces to bring a new art festival to Battambang Province, Cambodia entitled:   បាត់ដំបងក្នុងក្តីស្រមៃ / Battambang...

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Artist Talk: Understanding Khmer Contemporary Art [Video]

Artist Talk: Understanding Khmer Contemporary Art [Video]

The tension between Khmer art preservation and development has been growing recently. During the 2023 S'Art Urban Art Festival, there were several discussions about arts and shared cultural heritage. This discussion with artists attempted to explain and understand the...

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Podcast: Hope of Lokru Srey Bandaul, the Smiling Hero

Podcast: Hope of Lokru Srey Bandaul, the Smiling Hero

Earlier this month, on 4 August 2023, was the commemoration of two years since the passing of Lokru Srey Bandaul, one of the beloved teachers and co-founders of Phare Ponleu Selpak. We remember the great meaning, purpose, and vision he gave to the Phare Ponleu Selpak...

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How Does My Circus Show Ticket Support Phare Ponleu Selpak?

How Does My Circus Show Ticket Support Phare Ponleu Selpak?

When you purchase a ticket to the Phare Battambang Circus, did you know you’re supporting an entire community? It’s true. The funds from your ticket impact a wide variety of people and programs throughout Battambang Cambodia. But First… Before we dive into specifics,...

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