The Show Must Go On

The Show Must Go On

Due to the global health crisis, tourism to Cambodia has vanished. This is devastating for people whose livelihood depends on tourism. Phare Ponleu Selpak school receives over half its annual budget from Phare Circus. The circus depends on visitors to Cambodia. The...
What is Khmer New Year?

What is Khmer New Year?

What is Khmer New Year? By Mengteang Thong Cambodian people have many holidays during the year. One of the most important is Khmer New Year (Khmer: បុណ្យចូលឆ្នាំថ្មី, pronounced: Choul Chnam Thmey). It is celebrated over three days starting from the 13th or 14th of...
A Very Phare New Year

A Very Phare New Year

New Year’s Eve is one of everyone’s favorite holidays. People look forward to sharing the moment with friends, family and even strangers. We look back on the past year; all the good times and bad. Maybe we’re feeling nostalgic about it, or happy to...
Cambodian Water Festival (Bon Om Touk)

Cambodian Water Festival (Bon Om Touk)

The Water Festival (ព្រះរាជពិធីបុណ្យអ៊ុំទូក) is one of the most important holidays in Cambodia.   The Water Festival takes place over three days in November all over Cambodia, with the biggest celebrations along the Tonle Sap River in front of Royal Palace in...
Meet the stars: Srey Leak

Meet the stars: Srey Leak

Meet the Stars: Srey Leak One of two female performers in Eclipse, Srey Leak grew up in Battambang and sold cakes with her mother and sister before joining the circus. How long have you been with Phare? I’ve been with Phare for 12 years. I started as a student at the...
What is a Social Enterprise?

What is a Social Enterprise?

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...