Roll up! Roll up! The circus is coming to town. The 7th international circus festival, Tini Tinou, will be in Phnom Penh in early December – 4th, 5th and 6th – before it moves onto its spiritual home in Battambang from 9th-12th. In the capital, there’s a parade on the opening day before the fun moves to the garden of Chaktomuk Theatre from 6pm on the 5th and then the French Cultural center on the 6th. For the ‘international community’ there’s a charge of $10 and $8 respectively. There are a stack of different acts from Cambodia and around the globe, including juggling, clowns, acrobatics, fire juggling and so on. The excellent artists from Phare Ponleu Selpak in Battambang will be there and they are definitely worth seeing. Should be great fun for all, especially the kids and grown-ups who’ve never really grown up.
In addition, there is great news for circus lovers visiting Battambang. From 1 January 2011, Phare Ponleu Selpak, the wonderful arts school from Cambodia’s 2nd city, will be supplementing their regular Thursday night shows with a performance each Monday night as well. Ask anyone who has seen these artists perform and they will recommend them in an instant. They are fabulously talented, whether it’s juggling, balancing, acrobatics, clowning around, you name it, they do it. Ask Hanuman for details of their performances.