5 Reasons You Shouldn't Miss This Year's Fringe MNL Festival
Fringe Manila is an open access, non-curated, uncensored arts and community festival that aims to showcase fresh, daring, and groundbreaking material, highlighting the unique point of view of emerging and established artists from the Philippines and all over the world in theater, literature, music, dance, visual art, film, cabaret, performance art, circus and every other artistic genre in between.
Independent artists have been at the forefront of challenging the cultural and artistic landscape in neighborhoods, towns and cities across the globe. With the recent interest in Manila’s creative hubs, artists are more and more empowered to position themselves as gamechangers and disruptors in the rising creative industries – which include music, design, film, the performing and visuals arts among others. From February 7 to March 3, 2019, Metro Manila’s open-access, multi-arts festival will once again present an inclusive program line-up that reflect the culmination of the five years of Fringe Manila.
Fringe Manila was started in 2015 as the brainchild of Festival Director Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan. He previously worked for FringeNYC and in productions at the New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF) and the United Solo Festival. Fringe Manila was born out of the need to provide safe spaces for emerging artists and collectives to create opportunities for themselves in order to produce experimental pieces, perform works they never had a chance to, while developing cross cultural exchanges, and engage with the local community.
Since its inception, Fringe Manila continues to be an artist-driven festival that has evolved into a city-wide collaborative effort. Over the past five years, the Fringe has had the support and participation of numerous art spaces, creative hubs, coffee shops, theaters and unconventional venues – abandoned apartelles, living rooms, cafeterias, rooftops, museums, parks, public spaces – providing broader access to the arts and cultivating audiences from different walks of life and interests in the creative sector. Read on to find out why you shouldn't miss out on the open-access festival:
Get to know the best up-and-coming artists
Gawad Buhay-winning choreographer PJ Rebullida debuts his solo work ALIVE (Alliance Francaise de Manille), a theater of stories and poetry, a dance of people, places, and ideas. As the body tries to make sense of it all, Alive leaves room for surprises. Theater-actress and dancer Raflesia Chiarra Bravo performs K’RAZE (Yuchengco Museum) a new work discovering the K[orean]-Pop phenomenon within Filipinos. Through the medium of dance, Raflesia will not only embody this current craze, she will also try to break the aesthetic standards of the phenomenon to see if it will still capture the hearts of Filipinos.
Enjoy fun and quirky perfomances
The Dance Collective led by contemporary performance artist Brian Moreno comes back to the Fringe fold as his alter-ego in Lucinda’s Big Opening at the PARC Foundation. It is an autobiographical and experimental show that looks inside a drag transformation process. Combining elements of drag, dance, aerial arts and cabaret, Lucinda Sky (Brian Moreno) breaks the fourth wall and tells “herstory” of love and self-discovery, and opens up discussion about recent affairs of the country and the world in this most ambitious one man/woman show extravaganza.
Burlesque PH’s hit cabaret Bodabil at Pineapple Lab explores the localization of vaudeville in the Philippines and feature acts that highlight the heart of Filipino culture infused with the spirit of vaudeville (with a sexy burlesque twist, of course!). Experience a variety show like no other. Bodabil is a night that’s sure to entertain, delight, and inspire. Gayborhood goes to Quezon City at The Addlib Dance Studio featuring LGBTQIA artists battling it out in movement, style, and A.T.T.I.T.U.D.E.
Catch thought-provoking plays
This 2019, festival-goers can expect the comeback of Fringe artists from the inaugural festival such as long-time festival partners The Sandbox Collective with their production of Every Brilliant Thing starring Teresa Herrera as well as PETA with their comedy Charot! presenting Philippine current events for the freak show that it is, imagining the future and consequences of a new charter. Repertory Philippines partners with Fringe this year with the restaging of Silent Sky, and SPIT debuts at the Yuchengco Museum.
The 2019 Fringe Festival also includes city tours for festival goers to get to know parts of Metro Manila. Street artist DeeJae Paeste takes foodies on the streets of Poblacion at the Starving Artist Tour food and street art tour. Manila Art Deco Weekend by Old Manila Walks celebrates the city’s rich and diverse heritage of 1930s modernist architecture, while community partner Bambike explores one of a kind pit-stops, showcasing various creative spaces and the neighborhood’s hidden and not so hidden gems while on their iconic bamboo bikes in Intramuros, BGC, and Poblacion, Makati.
Learn more about the local arts and culture beat
Fringe is a powerful platform for artists to tell their narratives on their own terms. As an uncensored, unrestricted, and open-access festival, it leaves plenty of room for surprises. That is the magic unique to Fringe Manila.
— Jodinand Aguillon, Creative Director of Fringe MNL
Fringe is necessary, It’s important in any city, especially in a place like Manila where the industries are so small – that we have a platform for new voices to express themselves.
— Daniel Darwin, Fringe MNL Artist
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