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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Manila Biennale 2018 at Intramuros | February 3-March 5, 2018


The Manila Biennale will be set inside the walled city of Intramuros. Its many gardens, plazas, chambers, and museums will become the platform of a truly unique Filipino art experience.

#MNLBNL2018 is a collaborative effort among Manila’s arts and culture communities and will feature theater, performance art, visual arts, music, design, fashion, and architecture. This festival will reposition old Manila as a point of cultural interest for international art community, a flash point for art and heritage tourism to flourish in the country.

The Manila Biennale will be from February 3 to March 5, 2018. For these four (4) weeks Filipino artistry, talent, creativity, and ingenuity will take center stage, birthing a new tradition that will be held only once every two years. It’s about bringing back the soul of the city of Intramuros.

“Biennale: (noun) Any biennial art exhibition; (Italian) from Biennale, a city wide international art exhibition held every two years in Venice.”


Theme & Background
The theme for Manila Biennale 2018 is “OPEN CITY”

“OPENCITY” will be spelled without a space between words.

“OPEN CITY” refers to Intramuros as the origin of our capital’s culture. It is a tribute to the walled city’s beginnings as a port for the Galleon Trade, a time when our Manila opened itself up to the world and welcomed new ideas, products, and people.

“OPEN CITY” also refers to December 26, 1941, a vulnerable period in World War 2 when Manila was cleared of all military presence; a moment of tension between two colonized periods of our history.

The Manila Biennale is ultimately a commemoration of the Battle of Manila. It will be an art event as well as a memorial. We will reflect upon the destruction of Intramuros, recall the loss of over three centuries of art and built heritage, and honor the memory of over 100,000 civilian lives lost. By returning art, culture, and life back inside Intramuros’ walls, we hope to revive the spirit of the city.

#MNLBNL2018
#manilabiennale2018
#opencity2018

NOTE:
The Manila Biennale is an art festival that primarily celebrates the heritage of Intramuros and the history of Manila.

The Manila Biennale is not a marketplace; it is an experience. No art will be sold by the organizers of #MNLBNL2018.


Two Programs
THE MANILA BIENNALE HAS TWO (2) COMPONENTS

1. The CURATED program
2. The COLLABORATIVE program

Collaborative
The Manila Biennale COLLABORATIVE programs are:
ANTHOLOGY FESTIVAL of DESIGN and ARCHITECTURE
PASINAYA FESTIVAL
FRINGE FESTIVAL
PINK SHORTS LBGT FESTIVAL

Note: These festivals will be doing their own programming under the Manila Biennale banner with Intramuros’ as their venue. They will do their own programming and management.

COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM Partners:
Anthology Festival of Architecture and Design (architecture)
Cultural Center of the Philippines (theater)
Design Center of the Philippines (design)
Fringe Manila (performance)
Short + Sweet International (performance/film/LBGT programming)
VivaManila (visual arts/performance)

Curated
The Manila Biennale OPENCITY curated programs are:
  • MANILA BIENNALE: OPEN CITY EXHIBITION visual arts and design exhibition 
  • MANILA BIENNALE: OPEN CITY FESTIVAL of performance art.
The producers of the OPEN CITY CURATED programs are: Intramuros Administration, Carlos Celdran Walk This Way Tours, VivaManila.

The curators of the OPENCITY CURATED programs are: Design Center of the Philippines (design), Ringo Bunoan (visual arts), Con Cabrera (visual arts), Cocoy Lumbao (visual arts), Alice Sarmiento (visual arts), Matthew Lopez (public programming), Ramon Nocon (Film).

Navigating the Manila Biennale

There are three (3) categories:
#MNLBNL ART PASSPORT
#MNLBNL DAY PASS
#MNLBNL STUDENT PASS

#MNLBNL EXHIBITION HOURS:
Fort Santiago, Jesuit Mission House, Casa Manila, Baluarte San Diego, Puerta Real.
10:00am to 6:00pm
(Tuesdays to Sundays)

#MNLBNL ADUANA Reception Lounge
Plaza San Luis, Gen. Luna, Intramuros
OPEN: February 3, 2018 to March 5, 2018
OFFICE HOURS: 10:00am to 6:00pm
(Wednesdays to Sundays)



Ticket Prices

#MNLBNL PASSPORT
The passports will be available for purchase starting December 4, 2017. #MNLBNL2018 citizens can purchase the passport online via email: opencity@manilabiennale.ph
SUBJECT: ART PASSPORT we shall send you payment details.

Php5,300.00 | December 16, 2017 – February 25, 2018

The buyer will receive an email receipt and number for proper documentation. The purchase of the passport is transferable as a gift. However, once the passport is claimed and issued on-site at the reception desk of of the ADUANA, #mnlbnl2018 reception lounge, it is non-transferable.

#MNLBNL ART PASSPORT INCLUSIVES:
a. Entrance to all exhibition sites inside Intramuros
b.Transportation via E-trike to exhibition sites. 
c. (1) one ticket to the Artists Ball on February 21, 2018, Wednesday.
d. (1) one ticket to the Manila Transitio Memorial Concert on February 25, 2018, Sunday.
e. Priority reservations for all lectures, movies, programs, and performances of OPEN CITY FESTIVAL programming.
f. Exclusive invitations to specially planned tours and events.
g. Discounts and special deals with Manila Biennale partners.
h. Valid for one month (February 3, 2018 - March 5, 2018)

#MNLBNL2018 DAY PASSES and STUDENT PASSES
The Day Passes and Student Passes will be available for purchase online from paypal and facebook page links. #MNLBNL2018 citizens can purchase the passes on site inside Intramuros ticket booths or online. Email us at: opencity@manilabiennale.ph

SUBJECT: DAY PASSES and we shall send you payment details.

#MNLBNL DAY PASS: Php880.00
a. Entrance to all of the #OPENCITY curated exposition spaces.
b. Transportation to all exhibition sites within Intramuros.

STUDENT DAY PASS: Php350.00
a.Entrance to all of the #OPENCITY curated exposition spaces.
b.Entrance to all parks and museums of Intramuros.

*All Day Pass holders must present their receipt/proof of purchase email at the MNLBNL reception counter at the Plaza San Luis to receive their Day Pass. The pass is valid up until the holder has visited the last exhibition space of the Manila Biennale.

Intramuros Mobile App
Navigation around Intramuros will be made easier through the INTRAMUROS smartphone app. This smartphone app will be in both Android and Mac formats. This will be made available for downloading by January 2018.

The app will indicate all historic landmarks and give directions to each location. It will also feature the locations of OPENCITY exhibition artworks, complete with the name and statements of the artists.

In addition, the app will show locations of washrooms, leisure spots, shopping areas, and dining options around the walled city.


Schedules
Events and dates to remember:

February 2, 2018 – Vernissage
OPENCITY exhibition & Design Center of the Philippines exhibition.

February 10 – March 5, 2018
OPENCITY exhibition & Design Center of the Philippines exhibition.

February 21 – 25, 2018
OPENCITY Festival of Performance Art

February 21, 2018
The Intramuros OPENCITY Artist Ball

February 25, 2018
Manila Transitio Memorial Concert

Dates to Remember - Partner Programming:

Pasinaya Art Festival of the CCP
February 1 - 4, 2018

Fringe Manila
February 8 - 25, 2018 (Friday to Sunday)

Anthology Architecture and Design Festival
February 9 - 11, 2018 (Friday to Sunday)

February 17 – 18, 2018
Short + Sweet International PINK SHORTS LBGT Weekend

OPENCITY EXHIBITION curated by:
RINGO BUNOAN, ALICE SARMIENTO, COCOY LUMBAO, and CON CABRERA
February 3, 2018 to March 5, 2018
Featured 39 artists:
Agnes Arellano (Philippines)
Felix Bacolor (Philippines)
Vic Balanon (Philippines)
Renz Baluyot (Philippines)
Zeus Bascon (Philippines)
Aigars Bikse (Latvia)
Roberto Chabet (Philippines)
Lena Cobangbang (Philippines)
Maria Cruz (Philippines)
Mideo Cruz (Philippines)
Patrick Cruz (Philippines)
Kiri Dalena (Philippines)
Kawayan de Guia (Philippines)
Jason Dy, SJ (Philippines)
Elnora Ebillo (Philippines)
Tad ErmitaƱo (Philippines)
Carina Evangelista (Philippines)
Hikaru Fujii (Japan)
Pete Jimenez (Philippines)
Boni Juan (Philippines)
Kitty Kaburo (Philippines)
Kolown (Philippines)
Jet Melencio (Philippines)
Wawi Navarroza & Nicolas Combarro (Philippines & Spain)
Arvin Nogueras (Philippines)
Gary-Ross Pastrana (Philippines)
Teodulo Protomartir (Philippines)
Alwin Reamillo (Philippines)
Juni Salvador (Philippines)
Mark Salvatus (Philippines)
Angel Shaw (USA/Philippines)
Jose Luis Singson (Philippines)
Gerardo Tan (Philippines)
John Torres (Philippines)
Henri van Noordenburg (Netherlands)
Gail Vicente, Marija Vicente & Tanya Villanueva (Philippines)
Oca Villamiel (Philippines)
Cathy Young (Philippines)
Mm Yu (Philippines)

OPENCITY FESTIVAL curated by CARLOS CELDRAN
February 21 – 25, 2018
Featured 37 Artists:
Airdance (Mia Cabalfin and Rhosam Prudenciado (Philippines)
Annatha Lilo (Philippines/Germany)
BT4A (Australia)
Caroline Garcia (Australia)
Denis Lagdameo (Philippines)
Dex Fernandez (Philippines)
Henri Lamy (France)
Hamish Lang (Australia)
Ian Madrigal (Philippines)
Ioana Georgescu (Canada)
Jack Mernin (USA)
Jef Carnay (Philippines)
Jeona Zoleta (Philippines)
Jota (Bolivia)
Julie Tolentino, Stosh, and Cirile Domine (USA)
Kenny Tai (Philippines)
Khan Oral (Germany)
Mars Bugaoan (Philippines)
Martin de Mesa & Maan Loyola (Philippines)
Miguel & Jessica Aquilizan (Australia/Philippines)
Maylee Todd (Canada)
Mich Dulce (Philippines)
Mitch Garcia & Clint Catalan (Philippines)
M.O.B. (USA) (Philippines)
MODELAB (Mexico)
Neo-Angono (Philippines)
Raquel de Loyola (Philippines)
Reza Daanesh Souzan (Iran)
Sipat Lawin – c/o Alwin Reamillo (Philippines)
Shigeki Fukuda (Japan)
Tence Ruiz (Philippines)
Tina Stevens (Australia)
TOYM Imao (Philippines)
TOQA: Isabel Sicat & Aiala Aiala (USA/Philippines)
Vim Nadera (Philippines)
WeeWillDoodle (Philippines)
WTA Design (Philippines)
WSK & Joiee Mejias (Philippines)

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