Phare The Cambodian Circus

in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Phare puts on uniquely Cambodian performances that are thematically infused with Cambodian history and culture. At the Big Tent in Siem Reap, travelers can watch shows that go beyond traditional circus. Phare blends contortion, juggling, acrobatics, balancing and aerial arts with theatre and modern dance forms. Productions are led by exclusively Cambodian artists and explore important themes - belief in the supernatural, the hardships faced by Khmer children as their homeland struggles to develop, an outcast seeking the acceptance of his community, the risqué drama present in the Phnom Penh bar scene and more.

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Speaks: Khmer and English

Why Lokal Recommends Phare The Cambodian Circus


Social Enterprise started in 2012| Locally Owned with 80% local staff

A Unique Story

As the art scene in Cambodia revives itself in the post-war era, Phare’s productions help to document the renaissance of the country’s creative expression while drawing upon modern circus techniques. They believe in the power of artistic expression that gave birth to their organization and see it as an inspirational force in the growth of modern Cambodia.

Community Connection

All performers in Phare learn their skills through Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS), an Association providing free arts education in Battambang, Cambodia. The circus offers PPS students and graduates somewhere to hone their skills and a place to earn a living wage.

Today more than 1,700 pupils attend the free public, art, music, theater and circus schools run by PPS.


Phare shows are celebrating and reviving traditions of performing arts that were lost or greatly changed during the Khmer Rouge era.


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