Cambodia Cultural Discovery
Eight returning refugee's from Battambang have taken what they have learnt in a cultural workshop during their time spent in a refugee camp on the Thai border, and now help other refugees, Cambodia's poor, orphans and handicapped to overcome trauma through artistic expression.
The group is based on the outskirts of Battambang in Cambodia. They combine a circus with music, as well as providing school for over 400 students. The Phare Ponleu Selpak NGO gives Cambodian children from poor and disabled families the opportunity to "have access to culture via different artistic activities" including music, drawing drama, dancing and circus. The performances are often an opportunity for the circus to educate the community as well as the children involved about issues such as HIV/AIDS, landmines and children’s rights.
Battambang is only a five hour boat ride (in the wet season) from Siem Reap and approximately 4 hours by road. This would be a great activity to combine with any visit to Siem Reap. The Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus presents shows every Thursday from 8pm-9pm. Private performances can also be arranged if you have a larger group. Dinner at the troupe's restaurant can also be arranged if you would like to combine dinner and a show.