What's the Big Deal About Art Festivals?

Hey Kessy's Mansy Abesamis talks art ahead of this weekend's Katipunan Art Festival.


(SPOT.ph) As more people take interest in Manila's thriving art scene, art festivals have sprouted around the Metro, with something exciting happening pretty much year round. We have Fringe Manila and Art Fair Philippines in February, BGC Arts Center Festival in random months, Art in the Park in MarchThe Nonesuch this October. Some of these events host workshops and art sessions where enthusiasts can try their hand at various crafting activities, such as the one coming up this weekend—Katipunan Art Festival on October 20 and 21 at various venues in Katipunan in Quezon City.


"I started the Katipunan Art Festival in 2015. Back then, my first brick-and-mortar shop, Hey Kessy, was still located in Esteban Abada, Katipunan. I spent my laid-back, happy college days here, so it always has a nostalgic, happy feeling for me. It’s home," co-organizer Mansy Abesamis tells SPOT.ph about the festival's beginnings.


Growing up, studying, and working in the area, Mansy would meet artists and designers who live nearby or have studios in Katipunan. “I figured, why not come up with a gathering—it could be a big event or even just a house party—the important thing was to unite the Katipunan community, offer what we could to show that we cared,” she narrates.




Now on its third year, the festival is once again hosting different art activities happening in different spots in Katipunan. They have art fairs, film showings, workshops, concert, street art, craft demos, creative talks, and even a concert. It’s one whole weekend of non-stop art.


More art groups and institutions are also joining this year. Ateneo Art Gallery, which just moved to Areté, is opening its doors to the public. Pinto Gallery's resident mambabatok Den Wigan is also coming from Antipolo.


“Events like this are important because it brings art closer to the public. Most especially to people who, for practical reasons, don’t see the importance of art in their everyday lives. Not everyone has the chance, time, or resources to go to galleries or museums. People who are exposed to art are generally happier, more hopeful—I know this because I’ve experienced it,” Abesamis shares with high hopes.


With the lineup of exciting events, the upcoming Katipunan Art Festival is sure to be a welcome change in an otherwise ordinary weekend.


The Katipunan Art Festival is from October 21 to 22, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in various venues along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City. For more information, follow Katipunan Art Festival on Facebook.


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