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They Call Him “Ako”

They Call Him “Ako”


Posted By on Nov 20, 2017

His nickname is “Ako”… …which literally means “The deaf” in Cambodian language. It’s common for Cambodians to state things as they are, sometimes without emotional attachment and without the awareness of any affect or consequence it may have. Such behavior also reflects the ways in which handicapped persons are stigmatized in Cambodian society.  However, Sopheak is a living example of the human spirit triumphing over...

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By Sunita Mager – Phare Ponleu Selpak’s theatre group is truly something special. It connects people from all levels of society, it touches lives, can sow seeds of change, or spark a dormant impulse to act on one’s integrity. That’s deep!  But, just imagine, theatre has the power to actually change our world as we know it. How? you ask, with a theatre methodology called Forum Theatre. What is Forum Theatre? Created by theatre...

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By Sunita Mager – In the last few years, we as a people have become more fit, we make sure we eat healthy and exercise regularly. Many fun and challenging sports disciplines emerged, or come and go as fads. But out of all of these new hip spot types, ‘Acro‘ has become a buzz word. All types of “Acro” are being done today and it’s becoming more popular too. What is Acro? Acro is a common nickname for a variety...

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What is a Social Enterprise?

What is a Social Enterprise?


Posted By on Oct 16, 2017

By Craig Dodge – An interesting question came up recently: What’s the difference between a social business (social enterprise) and a ‘regular’ business? Which often leads to the question about what’s the difference between a social business and an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization or charity). This post will attempt to give a brief answer to those questions, and explain where Phare, The Cambodian Circus fits. Social Business...

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Water Festival in Cambodia

Water Festival in Cambodia


Posted By on Oct 11, 2017

By Sunita Mager Bon Om Tuk, or the Water Festival, is the largest and most celebrated festival in the country that takes place over three days in November, with the biggest celebrations being where the Tonle Sap and Mekong River meet – in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. What is Bon Om Tuk? Cambodian culture is full of diverse, hidden symbols, myths and superstition; and, it’s not a surprise that this festival...

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Phare Beyond Circus

Phare Beyond Circus


Posted By on Sep 24, 2017

  Phare does much more than just circus and as a social enterprise, we share Phare Ponleu Selpak’s vision of the arts being a tool for human development and social change. It is with this thought that we encouraged some of our key staff members, Ya Ratha, Ung Kakadam Chin Borey and Nem Sothea, to participate in a global event called the Global Youth Camp, organized by The Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF) in Seoul, Korea. GDEF...

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