Fringe Manila Festival is back in its 6th year. Their press launch held at Pineapple Lab in Palma St, Poblacion, Makati.

The event is very timely because February is Art Month. This is a platform where everyone has the freedom to express and showcase their talents of dancing in any form like classical to contemporary, music, comedy, theater arts, etc. A collaboration of different arts and diversity. To break the wall of an audience in stereotype thinking about what we are used to be if we are going to festival events in an old school way. Opening night will be on the 12th of February, 2020 at the Fringe Club located at Draper Start-Up House Rooftop. This is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Fringe 2020 Artists during the Presscon last January.

The sixth edition of The Fringe Manila Festival program events and partners with venues from A (SPACE) to Z (Hostel). With tours, exhibitions, performances, and workshops throughout Philippine Arts Month, the Fringe is ready to fuel Metro Manila’s creative spirit. Fringe 2020 debuts with the Fringe Foreplay Program from February 8th to February 11th with Lagablab: Ang Improv Show na Puno ng Puso by Chopsuey Improv in Poblacion, Makati City; Somewhere Else Instead by Langgam Performance Troup at the Yuchengco Museum; KOMIKET, the Filipino Komiks and Art Market in Ortigas; Pineapple Lab’s Really Really Fringe Market featuring muralist Yoyojin from South Korea; and workshops at Fringe Manila Venue partner Commune, with a series of workshops and a performance by the Unsafe Space Show.

On the opening night, Festival-goers can expect Fringe-fam regulars Burlesque PH, the Philippines’ premier burlesque troupe with their long-running cabaret show Bodabil. Also celebrating its sixth year participating at the Fringe is the hot-and-sometimes-bothered Deus Sex Machina with their entry, To Have and To Ho.

The Lopez Museum and Library join the festival with a series of free-to-the-public movie screenings at Pineapple Lab entitled Classic Filipino Cinema, through the Lopez Arts Initiative. These screenings will be taking classic Filipino films to another level with the deconstruction of notable titles that marked turning points in the Philippines’ film history. The Lopez Arts Initiative is bringing together aspects of storytelling, film restoration, and heritage in a casual, community-inspired platform. Human rights activist Rhadem Morados will launch a brand-new documentary entitled In Paglayag, a short documentary about the washed away history of Sulu, the kingdom that birthed the Filipino Moro nation, and whose power gained influence even from China’s Ming Dynasty and other Asian empires in the 1400s. NightofWorship by House of Worship is a performance show featuring queer, offbeat, Filipino artists working in concrete and meaningful ways to address issues facing the LGBTQIA+ community. In Cubao, The Addlib Dance Studio (TADS) hosts yet another eclectic edition of Miss Joe’s Cabaret, while the House of Mizrahi PH, the first-ever voguing house in the country, performs as Fringe Festival virgins with their Sweet Valentine Ball.

Local artists and international acts for this year are Flow arts collective Legato Visual Performing Arts include Barcelona-based Su e Giu Circus as an opening act for theirs. Filipina-American contemporary dancer K.GO opens for Fringe Manila regular Daloy Dance Company. Japanese artist collective Sakai International Community Arts introduces a new work with Filipino visual artist Adam Red with Tea Room on the Border, a new take on Cha no Yu or the Japanese Tea Ceremony with the support of Japan Foundation, Manila. The festival welcomes back multi-media artist Mark Valino as Moments of Movement stages ORIGINS with fellow Filipino-Canadian collective Immigrant Lessons and HAMPTON. Origins is a dance theatre, visual media, and immersive exploration into a past that leaves echoes in the present. In ORIGINS, eight artists dive into their unique stories, and journey through intersections of identity. Lyon-based French-Filipina artist Maïa d’Aboville and French painter Henri Lamy return to Poblacion to present Linya, a multidisciplinary performative exhibition choreographed by renowned New-York-based Filipina dancer and choreographer Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish (The Alvin Ailey School) in collaboration with Ea Torrado, Leeroy New, and Olivia d’Aboville, capping off the Fringe Hangover Program spilling into March 1st to the 15th.

The 2020 Fringe Festival also features workshops, self-development, and skill-sharing activities. Acro-yoga duo KASA, comprised of Filipino-Canadians Kaye Peñaflor and Sam Jarvis, invite participants to spend a few sessions living #thekasalife with their Aerial Yoga as well as their Pineapple Flow and Acro Yoga offerings. Art After Dark is a life drawing session where artists can let their hair down and relax a bit. Two hours, two amazingly talented models, three performance sets, enough time to drink, hang out, and make new connections with other artists is the experience facilitators Karla Consolacion and Mookie Tamara are promising its participants. Manila’s very own Queen of Rope and Mistress of the Underworld JOYEN brings us a knot-so-ordinary workshop in the STRING THEORY Basic Rope Bondage Class.

The 2020 Fringe Festival is made possible through the support of our festival partners: Draper Startup House, Don Papa Rum, Pineapple Lab, Angkas, the Be app Barangay Poblacion, the City of Makati, and the generous support of Mark Kooijman.

This year’s cultural partners British Council, Japan Foundation, Lopez Museum, and Library, and Yuchengco Museum. Fringe Manila also partners with the Be app as the official App Partner for the online festival listings. For more information on the Be app check out http://thebeapp.com or download it for free at http://bit.ly/YourPlanBe

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