4 art events to check out this March


Posted at Mar 13 2014 03:38 PM | Updated as of Mar 13 2014 11:38 PM

MANILA – Here are some events this month which may be of interest to art and culture enthusiasts.

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Pasinaya 2014

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is set to hold the Pasinaya Open House Festival 2014 on Sunday, March 16. The event will extend beyond the CCP Complex to include other cultural sites such as the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, National Museum, Bahay Tsinoy, Casa Manila, Museo Pambata and 1335 Mabini.

A one-day open-house festival held annually at the CCP, Pasinaya is the biggest multi-arts festival in the country with thousands of featured artists and hundreds of artistic and cultural groups. It aims to offer to the public a “pay what you can, see all you can” donation scheme, with people given the opportunity to enjoy a sneak preview of the CCP performance season.

This year, more than 3,000 artists and 300 institution-based, community-based and school-based artistic groups will participate in Pasinaya. There will also be performances, workshops and lecture-demonstrations.

Headlining Pasinaya 2014 are CCP’s own resident companies – Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, UST Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theater, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA), Philippine Madrigal Singers and Tanghalang Pilipino.

The event will kick off with an early morning pre-show at 7:30 a.m. with the Marine and Bugle Team, followed by the official opening ceremonies and the street parade.

Starting at 2 p.m., performances and various cultural activities will be offered under the “pay what you can, see all you can” donation scheme. Art jeepneys will ferry audiences to partner museums for free.

For more information about Pasinaya, call the CCP Performing Arts Division at (02) 832-1125 local 1607.


Arts BGC 2014

Arts in BGC. Photo: Handout

The 2014 edition of the annual festival of Bonifacio Global City in Taguig has the theme “Music in Art, Music is Art.”

The month-long Arts BGC 2014 features installations and murals, public shows and performances as well as other creative activities.

Highlights for this year’s art festival include the Rag-bombed tree installation that adds a burst of color to sidewalks; outdoor movies and musicals such as “Sound of Music” and “Frozen”; “Chalk the Walk” where kids are given the chance to recreate various pulses inspired by music and bring it to life with chalk; a live band playing the music of the '50s at the BHS Activity Center; and a tour and mosaic-making workshop.

For more information about Arts BGC 2014, contact (02) 818-3601 local 3104 or visit Bonifacio Global City PH on Facebook.


Art in the Park

One of the pieces featured in last year’s Art in the Park. Photo from Art in the Park’s Facebook page

More than 50 art schools, galleries and exhibitors are set to showcase their original pieces at P30,000 or less in this year’s Art in the Park, which will be held on March 23 at the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati.

Aside from artworks, the event will also feature a variety of food offerings.

An annual project of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Art in the Park will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information about Art in the Park, visit the event’s Facebook page.


Swiss Duo concert

The Embassy of Switzerland in Manila in cooperation with the CCP presents Swiss singer Laurent Brunetti and pianist Mario Pacchioli as they perform French songs.

Titled “Pecheurs de Reves – French Songs from Paris,” the Swiss duo concert will be held at the CCP Little Theater on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. It is part of the various cultural events in March to celebrate the Francophonie day and the French language in general.

Born in Switzerland, Brunetti is known for his great renditions of famous French songs and for writing his original lyrics. Pacchioli, on the other hand, is a composer, arranger and pianist. In 2004, he received a Gold Award for his work and his talent.

For more information about the concert, contact the Cultural Section of the Embassy of Switzerland in Manila at (02) 845-4545 local 201 to 202 or the CCP Marketing Department at 832-1125 local 1405.