The festival, the first of its kind in the coastal town, will include writers, songwriters, singers and journalists.
Phare’s performance “Khmer Metal” was applauded by the audience, some reacting with the words:“Now that was circus!”
Cambodia has in recent years received hundreds of pieces of antiquity, returned by foreign governments and private collectors alike.
With garlands and trumpets, some 200 government officials paid their respects to the late King Norodom Sihanouk, who died three years ago in Beijing.
Hun Sen warned against political messages of change, such as those that have transpired since the Arab Spring.
More than 800 indigenous people in Mondulkiri province are seeking to oust the provincial governor, who is accused of violating the rights of the ethnic minority.
The 15-day religious ceremony entail monks waking very early to chant, and more people arriving to make offerings, in one of the country’s most important annual rituals.
Tun Sovan, head of the Cambodian Buddhist Society at Wat Buddhikaram temple, said later he was happy to participate in a religious ceremony with the pope.
Phare, a Cambodian circus, is conducting its first US tour, after traveling across Europe and Asia for the last decade.
Often underpaid and undervalued, there are not many artists devoted to preserving Khmer cultural values through arts these days.
Chhim Sothy's award-winning work has been shown in many countries, including the US, and in Europe.
The move comes after Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs requested the Indian government find a way to stop the project.