Feb 3, 2020

Philippine Arts Month has lots in store for everyone: There are a couple of art fairs to look forward to but also performance and contemporary art-driven programs like Fringe Manila Festival that will run the whole month of February and a few days into March.

Centered on creative community building and giving platform to forms often relegated to the “fringes” of mainstream art, Fringe Festival traces its roots to Edinburgh, Scotland. The idea of the festival only emerged in Manila in 2015 and has since grown from a side event to a program that many local creatives flock to.

It has evolved into a city-wide collaborative effort with venues ranging from the conventional (creative hubs, galleries, and theaters) to the unconventional (cafes, hostels, museums, schools, and retail shops) with artists to complement them.

Diverse performers

As usual, the festival will play host to a number of subversive and out-of-the-box contemporary art concepts. Such includes collaborative performances by Barcelona-based Su e Giu Circus; Filipina-American contemporary dancer K. Go with Daloy Dance Company; visual artist Adam Red in collaboration with Japanese artist collective Sakai International Community Arts; artist Mark Valino with fellow Filipino-Canadian collective Immigrant Lessons; Lyon-based French-Filipina artist Maïa d’Aboville and French painter Henri Lamy; and renowned New-York-based Filipina dancer and choreographer Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish of The Alvin Ailey School in collaboration with artists Ea Torrado, Leeroy New, and Olivia d’Aboville.

Participatory workshops

Fringe Manila Festival will also see a lot of participatory workshops and sessions that are open to all. Acro-yoga duo Filipino-Canadians Kaye Peñaflor and Sam Jarvis, collectively known as Kasa, will be holding aerial and acro yoga sessions. “Art After Dark,” on the other hand, is a life drawing session with two models and three performance sets facilitated by Karla Consolacion and Mookie Tamara. “Queen of Rope” and “Mistress of the Underworld” Joyen will also host a basic rope bondage class under “String Theory.”


What else can we expect from this year’s Fringe Manila Festival? The short answer is “a lot.” Here are some of them from their Foreplay Program to the main event that starts on Feb. 12 to a Fringe Hangover Program spilling into Mar. 1 to 15.


Lagablab: Ang Improv Show na Puno ng Puso by Chopsuey Improv

Feb. 8, 7 p.m.

Unscripted, unrehearsed, these improv performances about love right in time for the upcoming hearts day.

Somewhere Else Instead by Langgam Performance Troup

Feb. 8-9, 7:30 p.m.
Yuchengco Museum
Pay what you can

A movement piece composed of five performers reflecting on the importance of stairs metaphorically and architecturally.

Pineapple Lab’s Really Really Fringe Market

Feb. 9, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Pineapple Lab

A spin-off to their free-market program that lets you take and give stuff as you wish—no strings attached.

Basic Pottery Workshop by Hey Kessy

Feb. 8, 9 a.m.


Let the basics of pottery with Hey Kessy, a pottery studio that specializes in workshops and custom designs.

Opening Ceremony with Burlesque PH and Deus Ex Machina

Feb. 12
Draper Startup House Rooftop

A night filled with sultry performances from Burlesque PH, the Philippines’ premier burlesque troupe with their long-running cabaret show “Bodabil” and Dues Ex Machina to officially open this year’s festival.

Closed Curtain

Feb. 13
Gallery in the Gutter

A behind-the-curtain talent show for all introverted performers.

Sweet Valentine Ball with the House of Mizrahi

Feb. 15, 9 p.m.
The Adlib Dance Studio

The House of Mizrahi, the first-ever voguing house in the country, hosts Sweet Valentine Ball, a voguing ball.

Classic Filipino Cinema with Lopez Arts Initiative

Feb. 20, 7 p.m. with screenings on Feb. 27 and Mar. 5
Pineapple Lab

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Via @lopez_muse // Yes, we said it. Pass the popcorn! 🍿 While you’re at it, get comfortable and be ready to see Filipino films in a different light. We have taken the initiative to bring you a deconstructed, multi-dimensional experience of notable Filipino titles from way back when black and white was the norm and our cinematic universe showcased the passion, reverence and revolution in the country. These were the stories that shaped our culture and marked turning points in the local film industry. Join us on Feb 20, 2020, 7pm at Pineapple Lab, Poblacion as we kick off our series with the showing of award-winning, thought-provoking local films. Get to know more about what the Lopez Arts Initiative has in store for the community. Special guests, dialogues and movie memorabilia await. •••Different movie titles will be shown on Feb 27 and March 5 respectively. Stay tuned for more details. #lopezartsinitiative #filipinocinema #pineapplelab #fringefestival #abscbnarchive #phcinema100 @pineapplelabph @gloriousdias @abscbn

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The Lopez Arts Initiative brings together storytelling, film restoration, and heritage in a casual, community-inspired platform with the showing of award-winning, thought-provoking local films.

Polysemy: Connecting Kink and Visual Arts

Feb. 22-28

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#VisualFringe // Vernissage: February 21 at 7PM onwards Exhibition period: February 22 – 28 at 10AM to 7PM The world is as diverse as it gets, with people having innate preferences, interests, and beliefs. In result, these differences create numerous cultures and communities. Yet rooted in deep tradition, some are easily accepted by the majority while some are otherwise. These dissimilar treatments inevitably form the concepts of inclusion/exclusion. Individuals are coerced to abide by what is deemed 'acceptable', or live in fear of the latter. The project, “Polysemy,” aims to disestablish this phenomenon. Individuals are entitled to the freedom of expression without harm. The spearheads, Ian Inoy and Danielle Lopez (Nudista), believe that as artists and human beings, we should allow ourselves to do numerous and limitless things. Polysemy tackles the multiplicity of an artwork, wherein every meaning is accepted as it is. The exhibition consists of multiple artworks ranging from paintings, sculptures, and performances. With this exhibition, the artists break the walls built around communities and enable individuals to enjoy every form that they want, whether it be creating, participating, or appreciating art. #Fringe2020 #FringeForwardPH #artPH

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A multi-disciplinary exhibit that tackles the multiplicity of an artwork, wherein every meaning is accepted as it is.


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