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.


Giant Puppet Project 2017 – Parade Night Official Video



The Giant Puppet Project Team


Stuart Cochlin, Project DirectorStuart

Stuart has a clear plan for the future of the project, he wants to make himself completely redundant and watch as the entire project is Khmer managed. Stuart, an architect hailing from London now firmly based in Siem Reap, co-founded the project in 2007, along with Jig Cochrane, and has proudly witnessed its massive growth and respected recognition since its inception.



JigJig Cochrane, Artistic Director

Jig is involved with numerous organizations around the world as a Community Artist engaging fractured communities with the arts to encourage positive change and community spirit. Jig’s projects involve hundreds of children coming together to build giant structures for carnivals and installations. The results bring communities together through art, light and togetherness, bringing much needed focus and spirit in times of great need. Jig’s work takes him from the Balkans to West Bank refugee camps, into children’s homes and schools, from orphanages in the slums of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, to rescue centers for street kids in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and projects for children with learning difficulties in the Peruvian highlands.


SavannOun Savann, Project Manager

Born in Battambang and trained at Phare Ponleu Selpak Art School, Oun Savann has been involved with the Giant Puppet Project since 2009. Savann is an assistant art curator in a local gallery in Siem Reap. He also teaches art workshops to child landmine survivors and former street children.




School GroupPhare Ponleu Selpak Art School

The Giant Puppet Project invites student artists from Phare Ponleu Art School in Battambang to lead workshops. After attending a three day masterclass with Jig Cochrane, the students are given the opportunity to lead their own classes instructing the children on how to build giant creations from tissue paper and rattan. The results get better every year as the artists continue to grow.