Giant Puppet Parade

Every year giant puppets take over the streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Huge glowing figures up to 100 feet long, prowl the streets proudly held aloft by the local children that helped create them. The Giant Puppet Project is a community arts project, which provides an outlet for disadvantaged children to express themselves and raise their confidence through art.

The largest project of its kind in Cambodia, The Giant Puppet Project involves three weeks of workshops where children from local schools, vocational facilities, ‘street kid’ organizations and child landmine survivors participate in educational workshops where they learn history and then craft ancient style Chinese dragon puppets with Cambodian environmental, cultural, safety and other relevant themes.

There is a strong carnival atmosphere as the entire town turns out to cheer on and encourage the children who have worked so hard on their projects. Their pride is evident and their smiles are highly infectious. If you are planning the visit Angkor Wat in January or February you may want to adjust your schedule to include this wonderful spectacle.

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In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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