This year they are doing things bigger and better with more than 60 local and international performers across creative hubs and alternative spaces around the Metro Manila area!
This month, Fringe Manila celebrates its monumental 5th year as the Fringe Festival comes out of the peripheries during Philippine Arts Month. From February 7th to March 3rd 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.
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. These Filipino cultural innovators, third culture kids from the diaspora, and international arts practitioners represent the diverse spectrum of what is happening beyond the conventional institutions and glossy façades where art is supposed to exist.
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.
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.
Manila should watch out for the magical UNICORNS of Nordlys x P-Noise Vol 2 – Manila Fringe Edition, a collaboration between Nordlys Festival, P-NOISE Festival and Fringe Manila, bringing together performing artists from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the Philippines.
The project results in three performance evenings, divided into three creative and unique venues in Poblacion, Makati – Dulo, The Ruins, and Pineapple Lab, from February 28 to March 2, 2019.
It will feature Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen (DK) – Russ Ligtas (PH) – Martin de Mesa & Maan De Loyola (PH) – Th’ Line with Kristine Søetop Wallace & Ida Wigdel (No) – Mitch Garcia & Taratak Collective (PH) – Sebastian Pyo & Caroline Bystorm (SE) – Ea Torrado (PH) – Daloy dancer with Arcelyn Lualhati, Kennard Insigne, Jaime Paraiso, Jamie Montserrat, Julliene Pearl Depatillo, Joy Christian deAsis-Adorable, Jan Lloyd Brent Celecio, Jovin Lazaro (PH) – Daniel Darwin & Perky Parong (PH) – Tengal Drilon (PH) – Leeroy New (PH) Nordlys collective with My Grønholdt (DK/SE) Julie Rasmussen (NO) Tine Østergaard (DK), and choregrapher Ray Roa (UK/DK).
Canadian female artists flock back to Manila as Fly Lady Di performs Third World, a solo dance project created by Fly Lady Di that explores the journey of a dancer grappling with her Filipino-Canadian identity through various video-game like worlds.
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.
Jodinand Aguillon, the festival’s Creative Producer and Fringe artist himself reiterates:
“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.”
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