30 Years of Phare Ponleu Selpak: How We’re Celebrating 30 Years of the Brightness of the Arts All Year Long

Grab a slice of birthday cake and prepare the fireworks, because it’s time to celebrate. This year, 2024, is the 30th anniversary of Phare Ponleu Selpak!  The idea for Phare began in 1986 when French humanitarian Véronique Decrop worked as a drawing teacher in the...

Meet the Volunteers of Phare Ponleu Selpak: Olivia AUDO, Communications & Marketing Intern

At Phare Ponleu Selpak, we are fortunate to work with volunteers and interns from across Cambodia and around the world. It’s one of the best parts of being on our team – you get to form friendships and meet people from everywhere! This week we’re proud to interview...

Celebrating 30 Years of Phare Ponleu Selpak: A Weekend of Festivities in Phnom Penh

You are cordially invited to join us for Phare Ponleu Selpak's 30th anniversary celebrations in Phnom Penh from 1-3 March 2024. In addition to our annual charity gala – graciously hosted by Rosewood Phnom Penh – we are proud to co-produce and co-present two new...

Why Do the Arts Matter? A Conversation with the Co-Founders of Phare Ponleu Selpak

Arts are at the center of everything we do at Phare Ponleu Selpak.  Phare’s mission, vision, values – and even its name – are all based on the idea that creativity and artistic expression are inherently valuable. We also believe that the visual and performing arts...

Thank You for Making the First-Ever Sangker River Run a Smashing Success!

Wow! What a strong finish to the first-ever Sangker River Run, and thank you to everyone who made it such an incredible success! On Saturday 20 January 2024, Phare Ponleu Selpak hosted the inaugural Sangker River Run, welcoming 140 runners and cyclists from (at least)...

Another Year of Shining Bright: Highlights from 2023 at Phare Ponleu Selpak

With another year gone by, it’s time to reflect on everything that’s happened at Phare Ponleu Selpak in 2023. This past year, Cambodia has still been recovering from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, and while international tourism numbers have been...

Sneak Peak: Korea-Cambodia Circus Collaboration Coming to Tini Tinou International Circus Festival 2024

If you’re a fan of circus, then you know that one of the biggest circus festivals in Southeast Asia is returning this year to Battambang, Cambodia: the Tini Tinou International Circus Festival. In preparation for the 12th edition of Tini Tinou, circus artists from...

The Rich Cultural Heritage of Khmer Traditional Dance Taught at Phare Ponleu Selpak

When you think of Cambodia, it’s easy to think about its amazing temples and ancient ruins – especially Angkor Wat – along with its rich cultural heritage.  Khmer traditional dance is a key part of Cambodian arts and culture. In fact, the beauty and softness of...

The Top 10 Phare Ponleu Selpak Blog Posts of 2023

It’s that time of year when everything from music to movies is arranged in a list and counted down. At Phare Ponleu Selpak, we’re doing the same. The past year has been quite busy at Phare Ponleu Selpak with art festivals, volunteers, star alumni, and more all making...

Meet the Volunteers of Phare Ponleu Selpak: Eva Xiste, Teacher Assistant & Graphic Designer

The campus of Phare Ponleu Selpak is home to volunteers from Cambodia and all around the world. This week, we’re proud to interview Eva Xiste who is from France but doing her university studies in London.   During her time at Phare, Eva helped change lives through the...

30 Years of Phare Ponleu Selpak: How We’re Celebrating 30 Years of the Brightness of the Arts All Year Long

Grab a slice of birthday cake and prepare the fireworks, because it’s time to celebrate. This year, 2024, is the 30th anniversary of Phare Ponleu Selpak!  The idea for Phare began in 1986 when French humanitarian Véronique Decrop worked as a drawing teacher in the...

Meet the Volunteers of Phare Ponleu Selpak: Olivia AUDO, Communications & Marketing Intern

At Phare Ponleu Selpak, we are fortunate to work with volunteers and interns from across Cambodia and around the world. It’s one of the best parts of being on our team – you get to form friendships and meet people from everywhere! This week we’re proud to interview...

Celebrating 30 Years of Phare Ponleu Selpak: A Weekend of Festivities in Phnom Penh

You are cordially invited to join us for Phare Ponleu Selpak's 30th anniversary celebrations in Phnom Penh from 1-3 March 2024. In addition to our annual charity gala – graciously hosted by Rosewood Phnom Penh – we are proud to co-produce and co-present two new...

Why Do the Arts Matter? A Conversation with the Co-Founders of Phare Ponleu Selpak

Arts are at the center of everything we do at Phare Ponleu Selpak.  Phare’s mission, vision, values – and even its name – are all based on the idea that creativity and artistic expression are inherently valuable. We also believe that the visual and performing arts...

Thank You for Making the First-Ever Sangker River Run a Smashing Success!

Wow! What a strong finish to the first-ever Sangker River Run, and thank you to everyone who made it such an incredible success! On Saturday 20 January 2024, Phare Ponleu Selpak hosted the inaugural Sangker River Run, welcoming 140 runners and cyclists from (at least)...

Another Year of Shining Bright: Highlights from 2023 at Phare Ponleu Selpak

With another year gone by, it’s time to reflect on everything that’s happened at Phare Ponleu Selpak in 2023. This past year, Cambodia has still been recovering from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, and while international tourism numbers have been...

Sneak Peak: Korea-Cambodia Circus Collaboration Coming to Tini Tinou International Circus Festival 2024

If you’re a fan of circus, then you know that one of the biggest circus festivals in Southeast Asia is returning this year to Battambang, Cambodia: the Tini Tinou International Circus Festival. In preparation for the 12th edition of Tini Tinou, circus artists from...

The Rich Cultural Heritage of Khmer Traditional Dance Taught at Phare Ponleu Selpak

When you think of Cambodia, it’s easy to think about its amazing temples and ancient ruins – especially Angkor Wat – along with its rich cultural heritage.  Khmer traditional dance is a key part of Cambodian arts and culture. In fact, the beauty and softness of...

The Top 10 Phare Ponleu Selpak Blog Posts of 2023

It’s that time of year when everything from music to movies is arranged in a list and counted down. At Phare Ponleu Selpak, we’re doing the same. The past year has been quite busy at Phare Ponleu Selpak with art festivals, volunteers, star alumni, and more all making...

Meet the Volunteers of Phare Ponleu Selpak: Eva Xiste, Teacher Assistant & Graphic Designer

The campus of Phare Ponleu Selpak is home to volunteers from Cambodia and all around the world. This week, we’re proud to interview Eva Xiste who is from France but doing her university studies in London.   During her time at Phare, Eva helped change lives through the...

Catch up on everything that’s happening at Phare Ponleu Selpak we work to change lives through the arts in Battambang, Cambodia.

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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Join Us at the S’Art Urban Arts Festival 2023!

Join Us at the S’Art Urban Arts Festival 2023!

The S’Art Urban Arts Festival is back! Join us on the streets of Battambang from 12 to 17 June 2023 for this biennial festival that introduces the public to urban art forms like hip-hop music and dance, as well as graffiti and mural painting. After cancelling the 2021...

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A Year Gone by: Highlights from 2022 at Phare Ponleu Selpak

A Year Gone by: Highlights from 2022 at Phare Ponleu Selpak

2022 has come to a close, and it is with both pride and gratitude that we look back on all the things we have achieved in this first full post-lockdown year. The highlights are too many to count, but here – in words and in pictures – is our attempt.  Guinness World...

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