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Ortigas Art Festival: Here’s Everything You Need to Know

COVER Ortigas Arts Festival 2022 celebrates Filipino film, dance, and visual arts (Photo: Mike B/Pexels)

For its 5th year, the much-anticipated Ortigas Art Festival 2022 returns with a month-long celebration of Filipino film, dance, and visual arts. In this write-up, Tatler tells you everything you need to know about the event

Something big awaits local artists and art enthusiasts in the ever-bustling central business centre of Ortigas. Running from July 7 (Thursday) until August 7 (Sunday), the festival will showcase a wider variety of Filipino arts and culture across five varying mediums—painting and sculpture, film and photography, dance and fashion, ArtisTree, workshops, and more.

In a statement, Ortigas Art Festival head curator Renato Habulan described the event as a feast of all forms of art. “This year’s festival paints a broader stroke of Philippine art where we encompass more art forms from visual art, film, dance, and even pottery,” he said.

“We want to show the diversity of talents across many disciplines Filipino artists have, and we are honoured to present all of those–and more–through this year’s exhibit and festivities.”

ABOVE Local artists and art enthusiasts may enjoy the workshops until the end of the month. There will also be exhibits until August 7, 2022.

“We believe that art has the power to connect people and uplift their spirits, especially at trying times. We have proven that when we ran the festival for two years under a pandemic. Now that we’re slowly recovering and embracing the new normal, we believe that there is no better time to show that Philippine art is alive and well and is for everyone to enjoy,” said Arch. Renee Bacani, vice president of Ortigas Malls.

“Through the Ortigas Art Festival, we reiterate our mission in bringing art to a wider audience and supporting the local art scene and community by including art in all its forms in this year’s celebrations.”

Below are the sections of activities that you, together with your friends and families, can enjoy during the festival:

  • Painting and Sculpture will feature works from local galleries–Agos Studios, Bastedor Art Project, Vmeme Contemporary Art Gallery, Linangan Art Residency, Red Lab Gallery, Thombayan Art Space, and Makiling Art Studio; and celebrated visual artists Rita Bustamante and Rico Lascano.
  • Film and Photography will be led by The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and Born in Film, who will be hosting retrospectives and late-night screenings of restored Philippine films, and from National Artists for film during the festival. FDCP will also be holding its 2nd Vertical Cinema Contest during the festival.
  • Performing Arts and Fashion will feature Ballet Works Manila’s special performances during the Vernissage on July 7 and on July 31, while the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines will be presenting some of its best designs and creations throughout the month-long event.
  • ArtisTree will have the Learning Tree Child Growth Center that will showcase some of the masterpieces of its alumni, teachers, and students from Preschool, Grade School, and High School. They will also be holding several workshops such as painting, 3D art, paper cutting, paper sculptures, pottery, and oil pastel drawing for children and adults alike.

“What we want in this year’s iteration is to introduce Filipinos to the works of some of the country’s best while stoking their interest and appreciation for Philippine art,” said Helen Mirasol, art patron and one of the co-founders of Ortigas Art Festival. “This is a month-long celebration of our art and artists where everyone is invited–no matter if you’re an art connoisseur or a regular person who wants to find the art form that will speak to their soul. Everyone is welcome at Ortigas Art Festival.”

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