Thousands gather online and in person to celebrate the life of Lokru Srey Bandaul, co-founder of the Cambodian arts school and social circus Phare Ponleu Selpak.
On the afternoon of 20th November, a celebration of the life of Lokru Srey Bandaul was held at the campus of Phare Ponleu Selpak, the non-profit which he co-founded 27 years ago in Battambang, Cambodia. Lokru Bandaul passed away in August of this year as a result of COVID-19, resulting in grief and tributes pouring in from across the world for a man who had helped to restore arts and culture to Cambodia after the horrors of the Pol Pot regime. The celebration included memories shared by family, poetry, song, live painting, circus performances, and dance performances which showed off the talent he helped nurture across Cambodia. The event culminated in 250 candles being lit to illuminate a giant lotus flower created at the heart of the Phare campus. Paper lanterns were lit and rose into a starlit sky amidst the cheers and prayers of the assembled guests. About 500 guests were present for t...
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