What makes Phare Circus more than just entertainment?
Phare Circus has been entertaining audiences in Siem Reap since 2013. It’s a top-rated Siem Reap attraction on TripAdvisor and a Lonely Planet Top Choice. Some say it’s the next “must see” in Siem Reap after Angkor temples.
But are you aware it’s more than that?
Phare Circus is a social enterprise. Revenue goes to a social cause, not a private investor.
The majority owner of the circus is Phare Ponleu Selpak non-profit school. The school provides free academic and artistic education and social support services to approximately 1,200 at-risk Cambodian youth daily.
Earnings from the circus currently covers 50% of the school’s annual budget and 100% of the circus’ operating expenses. This is accomplished through ticket, private event, refreshment and merchandise sales. Pretty cool, huh?
Wait, there’s more!
When circumstances permit, Phare invites local schools, non-profits, villagers and hospitality workers to experience the show at little or no cost. There are few things as rewarding as seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter of Cambodian guests watching their fellow Khmer performing in shows they themselves created. #khmerpride
Phare Circus occasionally travels outside the big top to support other social causes. Performers visit Angkor Hospital for Children monthly with pop-up entertainment for the kids. Phare also does pop-up performances from time to time at the Made in Cambodia Market, supporting local artisans and crafts people.
But here’s the best part….
Cambodian youth are literally transforming their lives through art, breaking the cycle of poverty. They’re discovering their own talents and realizing with hard work and opportunity, anything in life is possible. The salaries they earn performing in the circus help support themselves and their families. They perform all over Cambodia and overseas. Today’s artists are paving the way for the younger generations.
You make this possible.
The circus ticket you bought, that souvenir you picked up at Phare Boutique and the refreshments you enjoyed at Phare Café all help make it possible. Every time Phare is engaged for private event or overseas entertainment, all help make it possible.
Your patronage at Phare, The Cambodian Circus is helping to transform lives. Thank you!
How you can help:
Invite a Family to the Circus
$10.00 – $1,000.00
Your contribution will provide show tickets to local families and sustain Phare Circus until tourism resumes. Put smiles back on faces of Cambodians facing difficult times. The show must go on!
Invite a family to Phare Circus.
NOTE: Phare Circus performances are suspended until further notice. Operations will resume when international visitors are able to enter without quarantine and airlines reinstate flights to Siem Reap. Donations are still being accepted and will be used to invite local families to Phare Circus performances at that time.
Your contribution will provide show tickets to local families and keep the artists working until tourism resumes. Put smiles back on faces of Cambodians facing difficult times. The show must go on!
Since 2013, Phare Circus became Siem Reap's top-rated entertainment. The artists performed nightly in a circus big top filled to capacity. This came to a screeching halt in March 2020. The COVID pandemic closed borders and tourism evaporated. Entertainment venues were ordered closed for health and safety. The artists weren't able to perform since 17 March 2020. The circus has no income. Providing a stipend to the artists during the pandemic is at risk.
Phare Circus has resumed weekend performances to put the artists back to work, boost morale, support the community and revive hope for brighter days. Domestic demand is not strong enough to support the costs, so this fundraising campaign was launched to make up the difference.
This campaign is absolutely essential to keep the weekend performances going until international tourism resumes. Your support is greatly appreciated.