Who and what:

Phare the Cambodian Circus, meaning “the brightness of art”, is a Cambodian non-government organisation founded by 8 young Cambodians returnees from a refugee camp in Thailand. The idea is to use art and expression to help young refugees overcome trauma. They have created a high-energy contemporary circus performance to help improve living standards and revive Cambodian arts and culture.

The experience:

Experience a contemporary Cambodian circus show every day at 8.00pm at the big top in Siem Reap. The shows change regularly but all have a contemporary moral message to tell and mix acrobatics, contortion, juggling and comedy with performance art and contemporary dance. Enjoy delicious Khmer cuisine in the on-site restaurant.

From Hanuman:

Phare The Cambodian Circus is a wonderful experience, particularly for families travelling with children. The circus team includes skilled acrobats, master jugglers, contortionists and, of course, clowns. The clowns are from the Charlie Chaplin school of slapstick and their humour transcends the language barrier. They also perform in Battambang regularly at their arts school. Roll up, roll up, a visit to the circus is a must in Siem Reap.