Phare artists captivate audiences
Since February 2013, Phare artists have come to Siem Reap and astonished audiences at nightly shows with their passion, emotion, enthusiasm, dedication and talent. They perform in an authentic, traditional red big top in the center
of Siem Reap that seats over 300 people.
Photo: J.F. Mousseau
Phare the Cambodian Circus. What better place in Cambodia for a daily circus show than the home of the World Heritage Site and Wonder of the World, Angkor temples. The results are overwhelming, becoming the top-rated Siem Reap activity on TripAdvisor (see
HERE) and Lonely Planet (see
- “Exceeded expectations massively” (TripAdvisor review, August 9th, 2014)
- “We attended this circus last night and were just overwhelmed with how talented these performers are and how passionate they are about their art.” (TripAdvisor review, August 8th,
- “The actors were talented but the best part was their smile! Professional artists many time became just professionals without the passion or the love of their art but these young guys were smiling
all the way.” (TripAdvisor review, August 7th, 2014)
A permanent home means a secure, stable future
The big top in Siem Reap is on rented land, which means high cost and an uncertain future. Rent is increasing dramatically, terms are becoming difficult and rent contracts are easily broken. To provide a more secure, stable source
of employment for the artists, Phare needs to purchase land for a permanent site. Owning our own land protects against cost increases, which means more income goes to the artists and to the children of the school.
Land prices in Siem Reap are astronomically high and increasing fast, as a result of booming tourism industry. As a modest social enterprise, we can’t compete with huge real-estate projects. In addition, we need well situated land
in town, easily visible and accessible to tourists who only stay in town for a couple of days, but will cost a little bit more. With your help, a permanent site can be purchased and continued success and sustainability assured.
Photo: Quinn Ryan Mattingly
Finding Land: The Challenge
Siem Reap: growth of a tourist town: Booming tourism transformed a small, sleepy village into the tourism capital of Cambodia. The beautiful river passing through the city is now lined by restaurants, boutique
hotels and the old central market, which acts as the town center. Traffic now jams the few roads that connect the city center with Angkor Archeological Park. A recently built ring road now circles the town and is used by travelers on their way to temples,
the airport, Battambang and onward to the Thai border
Location, location, location: Land on this ring road presents the best location still within financial reach. Land there is not as costly as in the city center, but it is still visible and easily accessible. Utilities
such as electricity, water and sewage are also available there. Most of the land in that area are actually rice paddy fields and will need to be filled with dirt to be raised to the level of the road, flattened and delimited.
Land size matters: 6,000 to 8,000 square meters is needed to set up our big top with a backstage training and dressing area for the artists, a restaurant, a gift shop, customer service area and enough parking
space to accommodate coaches, cars and tuk tuks during the performance.
You can help
Your gift means the difference between a more certain or uncertain future for these young Cambodian artists. A permanent site assures them stable, gainful employment through the viability of the social enterprise. Any contribution
large or small will bring them one step closer. Please donate today and share this page with your friends, family and co-workers. Please share the story on your blog, social media page and in personal emails to your network.
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