Art enthusiasts are guaranteed to find plenty of inspiration at the next Fringe Manila Festival. Now on its sixth year, coming off from a five-year event milestone, FringeMNL continues its mission to be an “artist-driven and un-curated” organization that brings together local and international artists, and collectives to premiere their latest works.
“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,” says Marco Sumayao, one of DSM founding members.
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This 2020, the sixth edition of The Fringe Manila Festival kicks off the festivities with an opening night party and gathering (which is free and open to the public) at this year’s Fringe Club located at the rooftop of the Draper Start-Up House on February 12.
The Main Event happens on February 12-29, 2020 with the Lopez Museum and Library joining in for a series of free-to-the-public movie screenings at Pineapple Lab titled Classic Filipino Cinema, 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. This will include a documentary entitled In Paglayag by Rhadem Morados and a performance show entitled Night of Worship by House of Worship.
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Fringe MNL 2020 would not be possible without the support of our generous festival partners: Draper Startup House, Don Papa Rum, Pineapple Lab, Angkas, and the Be app — who is also helping us go paperless this year by being our official app partner featuring our digital festival guide. Further highlighting the connections and collaborations that make up our Fringe community are our cultural partners the British Council, Japan Foundation, Lopez Arts Initiative, and The Yuchengco Museum. We would also like to thank our venue partners for opening their doors and welcoming Fringe artists at ASpace, Commune, Concepto, C-Studio, GIG Beneath, KONDWI, Mirror Studio, Rockwell Atletica, Secret HQ, and The Addlib Dance Studio. Sincerest thank yous pour out for our community partners Artina Suites, Chef Eric, Zen Rooms, Z Hostel, and Zula for making Fringe guests and artists feel right at home here in Poblacion, Makati! And of course, our warmest gratitude to our amazing media partners - Adobo Magazine, Art Plus Magazine, NoliSoli.PH, Rappler, and Young STAR for helping us spread the F-word! #Fringe2020 truly takes a village! A barangay! A community! WE THANK YOU! #FringeForwardPH
Collaborations between both local artists and international acts will also be highlighted at this festival. Flow arts collective Legato Visual Performing Arts includes Barcelona-based Su e Giu Circus as an opening act for their show Puro. Filipina-American contemporary dancer K.GO opens for Fringe Manila regular Daloy Dance Company. Japanese artist collective Sakai International Community Arts introduces a new work with Filipino visual artist Adam Red with Tea Room on the Border, a new take on Cha no Yu or the Japanese Tea Ceremony with the support of Japan Foundation, Manila. The festival welcomes back multimedia artist Mark Valino as Moments of Movement stages ORIGINS with fellow Filipino-Canadian collective Immigrant Lessons and HAMPTON. Lyon-based French-Filipina artist Maïa d'Aboville and French painter Henri Lamy return to present Linya, a multidisciplinary performative exhibition choreographed by renowned New-York-based Filipina dancer and choreographer Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish (The Alvin Ailey School) in collaboration with Ea Torrado, Leeroy New and Olivia d'Aboville, capping off the Fringe Hangover Program spilling into March 1st to the 15th.
Next to the shows and performances, there will be workshops, self-development, and skill-sharing activities for everyone, too. Acro-yoga duo KASA, comprised of Filipino-Canadians Kaye Peñaflor and Sam Jarvis, will teach Aerial Yoga as well as their Pineapple Flow and Acro Yoga offerings. Karla Consolacion and Mookie Tamara will hold a life drawing session called Art After Dark. And Queen of Rope and Mistress of the Underworld JOYEN will do a workshop on the STRING THEORY Basic Rope Bondage Class.
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