(SPOT.ph) Karnabal Festival is all set to reunite artists in the next chapter of their three-part performance-gathering which started in 2015. Proclaimed as a contemporary community festival, it serves as a venue for artists to freely test new works or develop existing ones through an exchange of ideas with fellow artists and dialogue with the audience.
Here are reasons why you shouldn't miss Karnabal:
It showcases local talent.
Karnabal Festival is the biggest artist-run gathering of independent, contemporary performance-makers in the Philippines. It features a well-curated selection of local artists engaged in various artistic platforms. Individuals, theater companies, and artist collectives joining this year are Teresa Barrozo, Adrienne Vergara, Claudia Enriquez, Alison Segarra, Isabelle Martinez, Guelan Luarca, Ness Roque-Lumbres, Issa Manalo Lopez, JK Anicoche, Eisa Jocson, Sarah Salazar, Bernadette Uy, Boyet de Mesa, Russ Ligtas, Ea Torrado, Bunny Cadag, Mahimbing & Thea Yrastorza, Eshei Mesina, Christopher Aronson, Josef Billedo, Thomas Billedo, Vincent Billedo, Christine Imperial, Cassandra Imperial, John Patrick Imperial, Camille Imperial, Anino Shadowplay Collective, Kolab Company, Mapua Tekno Teatro, The Scenius Pro, Storyboard Junkies, Theater in Alternative Platforms, Yugto Theatre Ensemble, Green Glass Door, Silly People's Improv Theater, The Story Circle, and Sinagbayan.
It welcomes experimental art.
Technically, all art is experimental as it attempts to break boundaries and norms through various media. One of the segments of Karnabal Festival is Karnabal X, a laboratory for new works addressing the theme "Encounters in Transitions." Invited art practitioners from different backgrounds and communities immerse in a series of pre-festival workshops, guided development and community discussions. The exhibit essentially shows works in progress.
It hones future artists.
Karnabal Festival's mentorship program for young artists called PerYaKToi will culminate with a presentation by the participants. The guided performance laboratory aims to create a multi-field approach and shift perspective in solo and collaborative productions.
It is blank-ticketed!
Ever watched a performance with a blank ticket? Karnabal Festival is one of the few productions that implement this scheme. Audiences determine the price of the ticket based on what they watched. Yes, you pay after the performance.
It's slated to happen at the Maginhawa Art District in Diliman.
If a hundred artists and 2,000-strong audience converging isn't enough, how about the fact that they're holding most it in the Maginhawa area, which is a trove of activity.
Karnabal Festival 2016 will run from June 1 to June 12 in various venues at Maginhawa Art District in Diliman, Quezon City. The main venue is at the Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Teatro Papet Museo at 64 Mapagkawanggawa Street, Teachers Village East, Diliman, Quezon City. Pocket events will be held at Blacksoup Cafe+Artspace (154 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Diliman), Curiosity (115 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village East, Diliman), Masigla (7B Masigla Street, Barangay Central, Diliman), Duyan ng Magiting (29A Magiting Street, Teachers Village East, Diliman), Tomatokick Morato (3F POS Building, Scount Mandariñan Street corner Tomas Morato Avenue, South Triangle), and Pugad Lawin Studio (79A Ermin Garcia Avenue, Pinagkaisahan, Cubao)—all in Quezon City.
For the complete schedule, visit Karnabal Festival on Facebook