Tini Tinou International Circus Festival is an important cultural event for Cambodia and the region of Southeast Asia. Cambodia is leading the region in contemporary circus scene. We aim at becoming a hub for circus arts in South East Asia and promote youth social circus initiative around Asia.
Phare Ponleu Selpak campus and the city of Battambang will be home for performances and full of smiles and lots of fun. The main venue of the festival will be Phare Ponleu Selpak’s campus, where audiences will be delighted at various venues – outdoor stage, artists residency and the 280 seat Phare Big Top.
Workshops & Artists’ Residency
Cambodian circus artists will have an opportunity to collaborate with foreign artists through various workshops and residencies. The results that emerge when different personalities, disciplines, skills, styles and cultures intersect in a unique environment will be showcased through the public during the festival weekend and/or during the week at pop-up street shows.
Workshops are an extraordinary way to transcend cultural barriers, learn new skills and form strong bonds. Giving this opportunity to our Cambodian performers and the international artists who travel a long way to take part in this festival, opens the doors to more working relationships in the future.
Having a diverse group of international artists together provides for a great opportunity to share ideas and best practices on a range of topics related to circus. Conversation will be presented in 2 formats. Roundtable discussions will be focused on artists and circus professionals, while forums with panelists will be open to the public and special interest groups.
The roundtable will focus discussions on creating north and south support and collaboration networks. The open forums and panel discussions will focus on circus in education and circus as a tool to engage and connect with the communities and cities.
Street Shows and Parade
Street shows are an essential part of the Tini Tinou festival and allow for a direct and intimate connection with people in the city, bringing life to the colonial heritage streets. Artists will have a chance to engage with locals against a unique backdrop and leave them with a sense of awe.
The artists will present their workshop collaborative works during the week (25-28 May) at select locations around Battambang city. On Friday evening, the 29th of May, the streets of the heritage town of Battambang will be brought to life by a giant puppet parade, music, dance and circus acts.
Street shows venues: Sar Kheng Park; St 1 Riverside near provincial museum; Psar Nat; Airport
Parade route: Start Wat Piphetthearam, down St 2 to Pi Thnu Primary Schol and return up St 1 to boat viewing platform.
BATTAMBANG Phare Ponleu Selpak
May 25 - 28
Workshops | Pop-up Street Shows
Circus Talk – Roundtable | Circus Asia Network meetings | Giant Puppet Parade with live music, dance and street circus
May 30 - 31
Festival Days with scheduled shows, artist showcase, music, art activities for children | Circus Talk – Forum & Panel Discussions