(SPOT.ph) If you love all forms of art, then the month of February—the National Arts Month—is going to keep you really busy. Aside from the upcoming ALT Philippines and Art Fair Philippines, Fringe Manila is going to keep you occupied. This multi-arts festival runs from February 12 to 29 at various venues in Metro Manila, with pocket events happening even before the said dates. While there are a lot of things in store for us at this festival—there are exhibits and dance performances, to name a few—here are 10 upcoming events that really caught our attention.
Here are the shows to catch at Fringe Manila 2020:
Classic Filipino Cinema
Through the initiative of Lopez Museum and Library, three Filipino classics will be screened at Pineapple Lab in Makati City. Ibong Adarna (1941) on February 20, Biyaya ng Lupa (1959) on February 27, and Karnal (1983) on March 5—all at 6 p.m. Admission is free.
Ampalaya Monologues Feels-Fest 2020
Bring all your hugot to a night of spoken word, music, and live art at Ampalaya Monologues Feels-Fest 2020. There are three shows happening during Valentine's weekend, so you have no excuse to miss it. Bittersweet is on February 14, 8 p.m.; Ampalayain Ka is on February 15, 3 p.m.; and Bitter Than B4 on February 15, 8 p.m. Venue is at Commune Cafe in Makati City. P400 lets you in with a free drink.
Somewhere Else Instead
Langgam Performance Troupe is presenting a movement piece titled Somewhere Else Instead on February 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. It is conceptualized and directed by Jenny Logico-Cruz. Venue is at the Yuchengco Museum with a pay-what-you-can scheme.
Lagablab: Ang Improv Show na Puno ng Puso
Catch an improvisation show a week before Valentine's Day through the sixth installment of Chopseuy Improv Mixer Show. All performances, which range from improvised song and dance to on-the-spot skits, will explore love in different angles. It's happening on February 8, 7 p.m. at Pineapple Lab in Makati City. Tickets are at P300.
Get over your stage fright through a behind-the-curtain talent show. You can sing, play an instrument, do stand-up comedy, or dance without having to see your audience. All performers get free booze! If you're interested, head to GIG in Makati City on February 13 at 6 p.m.
See how dance can transcend time and space through Daloy Movement's TranscenDance. You can join them as they express themselves through movement meditation. Beginners are very welcome! All you have to do is go to Kondwi in Poblacion on February 14 at 6 p.m. It's also on a pay-what-you-can scheme.
Dirty Little Secrets
Another improv show, Dirty Little Secrets lets you reveal your darkest secrets and guilty pleasures by writing them down on a piece of paper. Don't worry, they'll be kept anonymous. From these dirty little secrets, improv group Bimpo will be performing on-the-spot scenes. Unburden yourselves on February 15, 7 p.m. at the Yuchengco Museum's Y Space.
The Sweet Valentine Ball
Dress up in your sweetest look (and by sweetest, we mean chocolates and candies) on February 15, 9 p.m. for The Sweet Valentine Ball at The Addlib Dance Studio in Quezon City. You can even sashay down the catwalk for a mini fashion show. Door charge is at P250.
Art After Dark
Join fellow creatives in a live drawing session over drinks at Art After Dark. This is happening on February 22, 8 p.m. at Pineapple Lab. Models for the night are Giro Alva and talents from Art of Body Bending. Door fee is at P500.
Travel back in time to the age when bodabil was the main form of entertainment among Filipinos. But for Fringe Manila, the performance will have a sexy burlesque twist by Burlesque PH. Doors open at 9 p.m. on February 18. Entrance to Draper Startup House in Makati City is at P800.
Fringe Manila 2020 runs from February 12 to 29. For more information, follow FringeMNL on Facebook.