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Phare Ponleu Selpak - Battambang Circus
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Owner description: Phare Ponleu Selpak is a Cambodian NGO that helps children and families from disadvantaged backgrounds through three fields of intervention: education, social support, and artistic trainings. Tours of the campus are provided Monday-Friday at 9:30am, 10:30am, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm. There are 2 to 4 circus shows each week. The doors open at 6, and the show starts at 7. Arrive early and check out the free art exhibition hall, shop in the boutique, or get a cold drink at the Bar. Check the website for the most updated circus schedule.
Battambang, Cambodia
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“Must see and worthwhile”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

PPS is a wonderful organisation doing great work in Battambang and Cambodia. The performance is fun and exciting with a meaningful message. Make the time to go.

Visited May 2014
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Battambang, Cambodia
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“BB Circus”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

Wonderful performance. Sadly now they charge for local khmer people to see. Question who are they helping?

Visited July 2013
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“Enthusiastic performers and a good cause!”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

The circus is a mix of amateur dramatics, comedy, basic acrobatics and juggling etc: The $10 entrance fee is over the top by Cambodian standards, hence the European only audience. Non the less its worth supporting as it's giving kids an opportunity they may never have had.

Visited April 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Great performace”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

We had no knowledge of the circus when we arrived in Battambang, and therefore had no expectation at all. We were really pleasantly surprised. It was more of a dance routine/story/acrobatic display when we went. Really well done though and the live music performed alongside was great too. One of my favourite things I've done in Cambodia so far.

Visited May 2014
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“Great circus show”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Great circus show, at the original Phare Ponleu Selpak.
The circus performers are brilliant, and along with the live music and big top, it all makes for a great, lively atmosphere.

The non-profit organisation behind this circus offers training to vulnerable Cambodian youth in art, circus and music.

The show is all in Khmer, and unlike the Phare in Siem Reap they don't have a screen with subtitles, but I don't feel like that takes away from the experience at all, it's pretty easy to follow the story throughout the performance. Having been to both the Battambang and Siem Reap circus show, I prefer the one in Battambang, although both are great.

Try to look up the schedule in advance to see if there is a show while you'll be in Battambang, it is well worth it!

Visited March 2014
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