Cambodia Circus Date Night (with myself)

Each day in Siem Reap, Cambodia, I am trying to do something with a little flare of the culture. This day I found the Cambodian Circus. When I think circus back home, I think of the poor animals chained up. The Cambodian Circus had no such animals - it was instead a testament to the talents of the people. From balancing acts, to ring acts, to acrobatics and beyond - it was a well spent evening!!

As taken from the Phare Circus' website: 

Phare artists are students and graduates from Phare Ponleu Selpak’s ( vocational training center in Battambang. The association was formed in 1994 by 9 young men coming home from a refugee camp after the Khmer Rouge regime. They were greatly helped during that time by an art teacher using drawing classes as therapy and wanted to share this new skill among the poor, socially deprived and troubled youngsters in Battambang. They founded an art school and public school followed to offer free education. A music school and theatre school were next and finally, for the kids who wanted more, the circus school. Today more than 1,200 pupils attend the public school daily and 500 attend the alternative schools. Phare Ponleu Selpak also has extensive outreach programs, trying to help with the problems highlighted in their own tales. Phare The Cambodian Circus offers these students and graduates somewhere to hone their skills and a place to earn a decent wage. Money that will take them out of poverty and give them self-respect and freedom.

    Bamboo Flute and organ

First he stacked all of those things one by one - then had help (the back of another guy) to get on the top of it all. NO WAY would I be able to keep my balance!

Amazing talent

                      No safety harnesses - just a LOT of trust

         It was a stage similar to a circus! And we all got handheld fans as we walked in - there is no AC in the place and its still 85 degrees at 8pm.

And the final act - a little Celebrity sighting