Our History

In a country where the artistic culture was destroyed through years of conflict, Phare Ponleu Selpak promotes a sense of Cambodian pride and identity.

Phare Ponleu Selpak Timeline

1994

Phare Ponleu Selpak is founded by 9 Cambodian art students and their French Art Teacher. Art classes for community children.

1996

Music Classes start with flute and piano being taught


Community Library Program starts

1997

Music School opens.
Start to teach modern music.

1998

Circus Training Program started


Leisure Center is set up. Learning program for community children.

1999

First circus show performed at the PPS campus in Battambang and Siem Reap

2001

Theater Education Program starts

2002

Show Creation for first interanational tour starts


Traditional Music Program is added to music school curriculum

2003

First International circus tour takes place in Paris


Phare Public Primary School opens


Circus Hall at the campus is built


Children’s House / Social Support program is established

2005

An independent Theater School curriculum is put together

2006

Big Top (circus tent) opens on Campus

2007

Phare Public High School established


Phare Animation Studio – 1,000 hands project implemented

2009

Artist Residency building is built


Phare’s Graphic Design and Illustration Studio “Sonleuk Thmey” starts its operation

2010

Puthou circus show is awarded by Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts


Recording Studio opens


Phare Ponleu Selpak France is established

2011

Playright award (Gold cup) on circus production called Sokha by Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts

2012

Romeet Gallery opens in Phnom Penh

2013

Yike show is regional winner at national competition by Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts


Phare Performing Social Enterprise is established


Kindergarten (community pre-school) opens


Visual and Applied Arts School opens


Phare Library opens

2014

Yike show is national 3rd place winner at national competition by Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts

2017

Phare Creative Studio starts operation


1st place winner in educational annimation at Digicon 6 2017


Mr. Khuon Det receives the title of ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature’ by the French Ministry of Culture

2018

Phare Boutique at the campus in Battambang opens


1rst place winner in educational annimation at Digicon 6 2018


2nd place winner of contemporary dance at national competition by Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts

2019

New Music School building opens in February


1st place winner in Hip Hop competition organized by Rom Bak association


2nd place winner in national original song writing competition