Bloom Arts Festival is an annual event that aims to elevate the status of young emerging artists through a shared exposure platform.
Dionne Taylor promoting Philippine Subculture at Dulo during last year’s edition of Bloom Arts Festival
Bloom Arts Festival will transform retail stores, cafes, restaurants and concept stores into temporary galleries ad creative spaces for the duration of the event!
Everything started as a dream of like-minded artists to see all of the local creatives they admire in one massive event of simultaneous exhibitions and infinite inspirations.
Sitting down every now and then to hold conversations about how to make this happen, the idea of sharing the platform with “blooming” artists was brought up, and the rest is history. With the convergence of the established and the emerging, we celebrate, experience, ad nourture creativity in Manila like never before!
During the first year of Bloom, held in Cubao X, more than 70 artists from 6 disciplines exhibited in 8 stores-turned-galleries. Aside from the simultaneous exhibitions, amazing musicians supported the cause by performing, gathering more than 3000 people! Independent artists and small brands also put up pop-up shops to keep providing festival goers something different and interesting at every turn.
On its second year, held at The Collective in Makati, the same layout and the concept was adapted, with more and more talented artists participating, making it significantly bigger than the first time around.
The collective, Makati
There was an open call for artworks: we received thousand of artworks to hang, and this proved to be the biggest challenge yet, but with a team of 8 and a couple of dedicated interns we were able to pull it off, and it was a resounding success.
“Kaigsoonan” (Brethren) – Collaboration piece with Dee Jae Paeste and Archie Oclos at Kapwa Studio dedicated to the Moro people. Connecting the culture through the arts and walls around the city.
Last year they set up Bloom Arts Festivals in the heart of Poblacion in Makati. This time the event took place in an entire neighborhood, bigger than ever! Stores held exhibition based on discipline – photography, illustration, motion works and films, paintings, drawings, sculptures, live art and murals, workshops and a main venue which held most of the selected winners from an open call and that featured bands and art performances.
Bloom Arts Festival is back this year in Poblacion and they’re kicking it off with their annual fund-raising gig to support this exhibition series featuring your favorite artists at Creo 4, on November 8 at Dulo featuring:
She’s Only Sixteen
The Grrs (James and Mafia)
Stay tuned for this year’s artists and musicians line-ups!
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