Phare, the Cambodian Circus with Beyond Unique Escapes
The Circus performs nightly in Siem Reap and is an wild blend of traditional and modern theater, music, dance, acrobatic, juggling and contortion beautifully choreographed and performed in a story about Cambodian lives and society.
This is a great experience and not to be missed. Pop into our office and watch a bit of the circus on our screen, find out which show is running and talk to our team about the performances.
“Phare, the Cambodian Circus” is an offshoot project of Phare Ponleu Selpak (Association) which translates as “Brightness of the Arts” in English. PPS Association is a Cambodian non-profit, non-governmental association founded in 1994 by eight young Cambodians ex-refugees artists in the area of Anchanh Village, Ochar Commune, Battambang Province.
Please check with our team for the current schedule, or visit www.beyonduniqueescapes.com
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