Manila's most diverse art fest back for 6th year


Posted at Feb 15 2020 12:56 AM

The annual Fringe Manila Festival, Manila’s most diverse contemporary arts festival, is up for a 6-week run that promises to live up to the fest's traditional role as springboard for intergenerational local, international artists and collectives to premiere new works. 

Now on its sixth edition, the Fringe debuted with the Fringe Foreplay Program which ran from February 8 to 11 where participants enjoyed workshops and performances from different artists in various places including Makati and Ortigas.

The arts festival's main event, which will run until February 29, kicked off with an opening night party and gathering on February 12 at the rooftop of the Draper Start-Up House in Poblacion's art district. 

The art fest continues to encourage audiences to take a risk in supporting independent artists, as well as championing alternative and unconventional spaces as cultural centers – incubators, platforms, and stages – that develop the arts and cultivates its future. 

Building off of the momentum of last year’s five-year milestone, the sixth edition of The Fringe Manila Festival programs events and partners with venues from A (SPACE) to Z (Hostel). With tours, exhibitions, performances, and workshops throughout Philippine Arts Month, the Fringe is ready to fuel Metro Manila’s creative spirit. 

Deus Sex Machina (DSM), also celebrating its sixth year at the event, participated with their entry, To Have and To Ho. 

"The Fringe is a playground for writers, actors, and artists to really experiment with their craft. That’s what we love most about being part of the festival: The creative freedom it allows us outside of our usual 9-to-5s," said Marco Sumayao, one of DSM's founding members. 

Also joining the six-week-long festival is the Lopez Museum and Library with a series of free-to-the-public movie screenings, titled Classic Filipino Cinema, at Pineapple Lab, through the Lopez Arts Initiative. 

These screenings will be taking classic Filipino films to another level with the deconstruction of notable titles that marked turning points in the Philippines’ film history. 

The Lopez Arts Initiative is bringing together aspects of storytelling, film restoration, and heritage in a casual, community-inspired platform. 

The event will conclude with the Fringe Hangover Program which will be marked by collaborations from both local artists and international acts working on different acts together that will run March 1 to 15.

Visit Fringe Manila Festival's Facebook, Twitter and website for details and updates.

This story is part of a partnership between the organizers of the Fringe Manila Festival and ABS-CBN News.