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KARNABAL Festival 2015: Performance and Social Innovation

Square Final Poster Karnabal 2015 -- hi-res

UP Vargas Museum and Sipat Lawin Ensemble present Karnabal Festival 2015 on May 6 to 17, 2015.

Karnabal Festival 2015 is a pioneering contemporary and alternative creative laboratory for performance and social innovations in the Philippines. Showcasing the community of change-makers representing the alternative wave of art-making in the country, this curated festival explores new modes of creation. From being a “Definition-Defying” gathering of contemporary performance-makers in 2013, Karnabal Festival expands and evolves into a “contemporary community festival” that aims to engage artists in the sharing and involvement of the growth of varying practices in order to create works that challenge norms and offer propositions.

Facebook event page here and festival schedule can be viewed here

Participating artists for this event are Eisa Jocson, a contemporary choreographer and dancer who investigates the labor and representations of the dancing body in the service industry; Teresa Barrozo, a composer and sound artist whose compositions have been featured in the Asian Composers League Festivals in Japan and Thailand, and in the Asia-Pacific Weeks in Germany; Abner Delina, a storyteller, theater artist and director; and Russ Ligtas, a visual artist exploring alternative possibilities in performance by deploying his various alter egos. They perform together with Sipat Lawin Ensemble, an edge-work contemporary community performance company composed of theater artists engaged in devising relevant works and experiences; Sining Bugkos, an alliance of organizations, cultural groups, cultural workers and artists in Metro Manila; and KOLAB Co, a network of independent artists that have produced a strong ensemble of multi-awarded practitioners in the fields of music, dance, education, design and performance.


Karnabal Festival 2015 will be a two-week multi-site festival in Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, engaging more than 200 artists and around 3,000 audiences through different platforms for performances and exhibitions, training, dialogue and idea-presentations.

For more information, please contact Vargas Museum at (+632) 928-1927 (direct line), (+632) 981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunkline), (+632) 928-1925 (fax) or send an e-mail to vargasmuseum@gmail.com. You may also check our website at http://vargasmuseum.upd.edu.ph/ or like us at http://www.facebook.com/vargasmuseum.upd and follow us @UPVargasMuseum for updates.

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About Jorge B. Vargas Museum

It aims to preserve its collection donated by Jorge B. Vargas and conducts research, exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. The Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center houses a museum, archives, and library devoted to the Philippine history, art, and culture from the late 19th century until the post-war era. Its main beneficiaries are students, faculty, researchers and scholars of the Philippines and Asia.

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