Welcome to Phare

Phare Ponleu Selpak  – meaning The Brightness of the Arts – is a Cambodian non-profit art school and circus located in Battambang, empowering children, youth and communities through artistic, educational, social support and outreach programs since 1994.

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What we do

Over 1000 students are empowered every year through our schools and programs: performing, visual, and applied arts leisure classes, and vocational training aid children and young adults to develop their creativity, communication, and concentration skills, and to access a sustainable artistic career whilst preserving and promoting Cambodian arts and culture.

Support us

Help us spread a passion for the arts across Cambodia. We believe that all children, regardless of their background, deserve to have access to the healing powers of the arts. Our artistic training provides art therapy as well as professional skills that lead to lasting employment. Your donation directly supports these programs.

Come see a show!

Circus shows

Multiple times a week, you can experience circus shows by our talented students. Shows take place on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 7pm, and tickets are bought directly at the campus.

Visit the campus

Mornings and afternoons, Monday to Friday, we welcome you on free guided tours of our vibrant campus.

Sponsor a child

 

When you join our child sponsorship program, your monthly gift gives our most at-risk students the aid and support they need to stay in school and pursue their passions.

Volunteer with us

 

We welcome committed and passionate volunteers who have specific expertise or experience which fills a current need. Those needs change over time, but some examples of skills often needed are in social media, communications, IT, lighting and sound design, merchandising and customer service.

Job openings

 

Do you believe in the power of the arts as a tool for human development and social change? If this is you, join our team! Check out our open positions here.

News & Stories

How we won the Guinness World Record

How we won the Guinness World Record

Cambodian non-profit Phare Ponleu Selpak completed an incredible journey that started on 7th March 2021, when it performed a 24-hour circus in a last-ditch effort to raise funds to survive the pandemic and set a Guinness World Record. Phare was finally able to...

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Fight for Light: Virtual Fundraising Gala

Fight for Light: Virtual Fundraising Gala

December 18th marked a day we had been looking forward to for a very long time. After months of hard work, we were able to present our virtual fundraising gala Fight for Light: A one-of-a-kind musical circus adventure and multimedia love story about Phare Ponleu...

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Love Does Not Hurt Mini Festival

Love Does Not Hurt Mini Festival

Celebrating three years of LDNH Campaign On Friday 14 October, we held a Mini Festival on our Campus called ‘Today’s Tomorrow’, wrapping up all the lessons learned during the past three years of implementing the LDNH project. Love Does Not Hurt was a three-year...

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About Karona

About Karona

The story of first recipient of the Srey Bandaul Art Development Fund.

Be like the bamboo, bend but not break

Be like the bamboo, bend but not break

As societies evolve, difficulties that young people also change: scholastic and peer pressure, family breakdowns, toxic living environments, social and cultural changes, the risks connected to the misuse of social networks, difficulties in managing emotions and...

Promoting school nutrition and Gardening

Promoting school nutrition and Gardening

Malnutrition still impacts many children in Cambodia. Rice, some meat and vegetables is in their diet but seldom fruit and dairy products, because they are not affordable by vulnerable households. Moreover, Cambodians consume excessive amount of salt, sugar, and MSG....

Community Library

Community Library

Out of the Tini Tinou International Festival spotlight, which took everyone’s attention during the months of May and June, our education team was busy launching the community “Mobile Library”. Books have always played a significant role at Phare, engaging many...