The Phare experience begins from the moment you approach the venue in Siem Reap. You see larger-than-life images of Phare artists on banners and billboards along the street. You are greeted by the smiling faces and warm welcome of the customer service team as you enter the site. You pause to take your first photo of the evening: the authentic red big top behind colorful lights made from recycled plastic bottles. Maybe you even looked up and noticed the nightly exodus of the fruit bats overhead from the adjacent Royal Gardens.
With your ticket in hand, you pass by story panels that provide you a little background of the artists, Phare Ponleu Selpak Artistic Center where they learned their skills and the mission of our social enterprise, which is to provide them gainful employment and professional development.
From there, you enter the newly redesigned Phare Boutique, where you can get some of the most extraordinary souvenirs, including original artwork from Phare visual artists. Maybe one of the hand-crafted items will catch your eye. Of course, you know you need to take home several Phare t-shirts and polo shirts as souvenirs for your friends and family. Don’t worry if you can’t make up your mind just yet. Phare Boutique will be open after the show as well.
Between Phare Boutique and the big top, you discover Phare Café, serving drinks, snacks and delicious meals, from Fish Amok to Beef Kroeung. Grab a table and absorb the ambiance before the show. Another drink? Popcorn with real butter? No problem. You’re welcome to take it into the big top.
Time for the main event: Phare, the Cambodian Circus. The smile automatically comes to your face as you find a seat in the traditional, authentic, circular big top. Maybe you’re thinking of a circus you went during your childhood, but guaranteed, this will be unique. The music, acting, acrobatics and high-energy music will captivate you. At the end, the artists welcome you on stage for a chat or group photos. Don’t be shy: they certainly aren’t
You exit the big top feeling exhilarated. When you pass back through Phare Boutique on the way out, you know exactly which souvenirs you will take home. With your bag in hand, you jump in one of the tuk tuks waiting for you. Do you go to Pub Street or back to your hotel to look at all the pictures you took and upload them to your social media?
Are you ready for your Phare experience? Reservations & tickets are available online at: https://pharecircus.org/schedule-rates/reservations-and-ticketing/