Giant Puppet Project
What is the Giant Puppet Project? A local children’s community arts project, the largest of its kind in Siem Reap, providing a creative platform for disadvantaged children to foster and promote expression and self-confidence through art. Now entering its sixth year, this significant event for underprivileged children in Siem Reap creates an important sense of community building, establishes teamwork and offers pride and commendation.
Under the guidance of student artists from Phare Ponleu Seplak, in Battambang, and the project’s Artistic Director, Jig Cochrane, over 500 children participate in fun and creative workshops 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.
Giant puppets are created by the children and include unique educational, cultural or ecological themes, such as road safety, endangered species, hygiene, local cultural appreciation and environmental awareness.
Established in 2007 with just over 200 children participating in the inaugural parade, the project has more than doubled in size. In recent years, nearly 600 children from numerous local schools, orphanages and ‘street kid’ centers have annually taken part alongside children from a local shelter for child landmine survivors.
Project Enlighten is proud to adopt the Giant Puppet Project along with other supporting organizations to help this inspiring educational event continue for the youth in Cambodia year after year.