Cambodian arts school breaks Guinness World Record for holding 24-hour circus show

Guinness World Records said on its website that Phare Ponleu Selpak was founded by Cambodian refugees to help children overcome war traumas and revive the country's culture and education after the Khmer Rouge genocide.

Phare Ponleu Selpak, a Cambodian non-profit arts school, has created a Guinness World Record for hosting the longest circus show, which lasted 24 hours, 10 minutes and 30 seconds.

The show comprising 90 professionals performing acts, and 31 performances from Phare’s 20-year circus history including acrobatics, magic, dance, theatre, clowning, music, contortion, singing puppetry, breakdancing, live painting, unicycling and fire acts were staged between March 7 and March 8 last year.

The event held during the pandemic raised more than $150,000 and helped the organisation overcome the 50 per cent drop in income. The show was watched by almost a million people online.

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