(SPOT.ph) Since people nowadays have no room to express themselves (and it usually comes at a price), DITO: Bahay ng Sining in Marikina has been lending its stage to performers and artists to freely share their passions for two years in a row. The theater café-slash-art space is one again opening its doors on August 26 to 28 for another round of the Starving for Art Weekend Festival. There is also a bazaar where you can buy artisan-made crafts for a lower price.
Whether you’re an art junkie or you’re just starting out, here are five reasons why you shouldn’t miss it:
They welcome newbie performers.
On its first day on August 26, DITO is reserving its stage for 20 new talents to perform at the Virgin’s Only night. Interested theater performers, musicians, spoken word poets, and performance artists are invited to register online.
Witness Starving for Arts’ talents at their best.
Saturday will be the ultimate showcase of performance art. Fifteen handpicked performers who are regulars on the DITO stage will once again present themselves at the Usual Suspects Bonanza. Even six-year-olds have taken part in this. Performances range from the conventional open mic experiences to bizarre stunts like a naked guy who lets the audience paint on his body!
Be the first to see a sneak peak of an original Pinoy rock musical.
It’s not every day that you hear about a local rock musical. This is why DITO is capping off the festival with a preview of a play produced by their in-house theater group—the IKARUS Theater Collaborative—titled Marikit Na! It is about the myths and history of the café’s very own birthplace, Marikina City. Then, be entertained to the tunes set up by DITO’s musical arranger Tiemponado.
Immerse yourself in a different world.
Let loose and challenge yourself to meet different kinds of people even if you are not going on stage. The Starving for Art Festival is common ground for anyone who wishes to express themselves by any form. From magic card players to hard core rockers, create new circles of friends you never thought of having! (And with good food and art on the side.)
All of these events are free.
Events for all three days start at 7 p.m. See you there!
Starving for Art Weekend Festival is happening on August 26 to 28. DITO: Bahay ng Sining is at J. Molina Street, Marikina City. Open from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. (Wednesday to Sunday). For inquiries, check out DITO’s Facebook page or their website.
Photos from DITO's Facebook page