A local childrens community arts project, the largest of its kind in Cambodia. Providing a creative platform for disadvantaged children to foster and promote expression & self confidence through art.

Giant puppets are created by children and include unique educational, cultural or ecological themes such as road safety, endangered species, hygiene, local cultural appreciation and environmental awareness.

Under the guidance of student artists from Phare Ponleu Seplak in Battambang and the project’s Artistic Director, Jig Cochrane, over 600 children participate in fun and creative workshops, which are designed to charge and encourage the imaginations of the children. During the course of the workshops the children’s enthusiasm grows until it bursts onto the streets of Siem Reap on the evening of the annual parade.

Established in 2007 with just over 200 children participating in the inaugural parade, the project has more than doubled in size. In 2012 nearly 600 children from numerous local schools, orphanages, 'street kid' centres took part alongside children from a nearby shelter for child landmine victims.

1. http://www.facebook.com/giantpuppetproject

2. www.projectenlighten.org

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