Cambodian Circus Schools to Host Festival

Cambodia’s two circus schools will join forces in May to hold a mini-circus festival in Phnom Penh.

The National Circus School of Phnom Penh and Phare Ponleu Selpak’s Cambodian Circus company will stage a two-part show on May 7 and 8 under the Big Top located across the street from the National Assembly in Phnom Penh.

“This will be a rare chance to perform for the general public,” said National Circus School Director Phouk Narin at a press conference on Friday.

The shows will be a modest attempt to revive the Tini Tinou international circus festival that, in the 2000s, was held in Phnom Penh and Battambang City, where Phare’s circus school is located, said Huot Dara, chief executive of Phare’s professional circus company, which is now based in Siem Reap City.

The event in May will also enable Cambodian circus artists from different schools and traditions to work together, he said.

It is supported by the Ministry of Culture, ANZ Royal Bank and the Delegation of the European Union.

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