MANILA -- Since February is National Arts Month in the Philippines, it is high time that local audiences also celebrate different forms of artistic expression, including those which may be deemed "too eccentric" for the public.
Thanks to Pineapple Lab, a group of young Pinoy artists based in the hip Poblacion area, even the atypical and bizarre has found a nurturing home in Makati.
From February 7 to 25, the 2018 Fringe Festival will feature a dynamic lineup of local and international artists that cover a range of artistic pursuits beyond traditional music, dance, and visual arts.
With an estimated 180 performances and workshops, the festival will also feature burlesque, spoken word poetry, and cabaret.
According to Jodinand Aguillon, the festival's creative producer, one of the goals of Fringe is to bridge gaps between independent creatives and businesses, as well as cultural institutions.
"Fringe works closely with its communities to make the arts a vehicle for meaningful collaborations, and a safe space for ideas and expanding networks," he said.
This year, Fringe Festival has partnered with different venues, such as Century City Mall, Yuchengco Museum, and Power Mac Center Spotlight, for a Makati-wide collaboration.
"Fringe’s mission is to make art accessible to audiences here in Manila who want to engage with the arts through fresh lenses and experience works that resonate with them," the festival's director Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan explained.
"We built this festival as an inclusive platform for artists here in the Phillippines and international creatives to present original works that celebrate the diversity of talent that converge in the metro."
Here's what to expect at this year festival:
Flow art group Legato dazzles with lights. Handout photo
Phi Palmos presents Eljay Castro Deldoc’s "Nobenta Nostalgia." Handout photo
Shak and the Baits serenade the audience with soulful vocals and sounds. Handout photo
Sam Reynolds steals the scene with a cabaret performance. Handout photo
Joe Abuda mesmerizes with his burlesque performance. Handout photo
PUP Majharlika wows with their routine. Handout photo
For full lineup pf events, visit @FringeMNL on Facebook. Tickets are available at www.ticketworld.com.ph.