Sector: Archive Sensitization Country: Ethiopia and Cambodia Project status: Archive Partner: Fekat Circus and Phare Ponleu Selpak
Project type: Partnership with AMI Year: 2017
Locations: Addis Abeba and Battambang /Siem Reap
Activities: Social circus


To promote a process of constructive comparison of the practices and standards of the organizations involved, and enabling understanding of their respective artistic approaches, pedagogical methodologies and marketing strategies.


  • 3 Fekat Circus professionals;
  • 3 Phare Ponleu Selpak professionals;
  • children and youth who are the beneficiaries of the projects undertaken by these two associations.


Fekat Circus and Phare Ponleu Selpak share a social approach using circus arts and promoting the local culture through the continuous offer of artistic workshops for disadvantaged children and youth. Through Fekat Circus’s “Circus, Berta!”, supported by the European Union Delegation in Ethiopia, AMI and AMG supported this exchange, which included reciprocal visits to experience the activities of the social circuses carried out in the respective countries.
To this end, the professionals of Fekat Circus travelled to Cambodia in March 2017 to visit the social activities undertaken in Battambang: the performing arts school (circus, theatre, dance, music), the VAAS- Visual and applied arts school, as well as the educational and social activities offered by Phare Ponleu Selpak. Subsequently, the three professionals visited the Enterprise Circus, which Phare Ponleu Selpak began in Siem Reap to present their shows, which are prepared during the workshops, to the local tourists. In a second phase, in February/March 2018, during the second edition of the African Circus Festival, three Phare Ponleu Selpak professionals travelled to Ethiopia to visit the activities of the Fekat Circus, which are carried out daily, in particular the African Circus Festival held in Addis Ababa from February 28 to March 4, 2018 with the participation of 6 Ethiopian circuses and 5 other African circuses from Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, Guinea and Mozambique. During the festival, the Fekat Circus inaugurated its new tent and managed the organization of workshops, meetings, meetings and the presentation of numerous shows.


Fekat Circus: created in 2004 by 12 young Ethiopian artists who grew up in the streets of Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. Today, this non-profit association of professional artists provides circus, sports, acrobatic and artistic activities to promote the inclusion of disadvantaged minors. Fekat Circus was supported by AMG from 2009 to 2011, and by AMI and partnership with AMG since 2012.

Phare Ponleu Selpak: this association was born in 1994 to contribute to the reconstruction of Cambodia through social actions, particularly through the Khmer art and culture. It offers courses in various artistic disciplines such as circus arts, music, visual arts, theatre and dance.