Art + Environment: Artists Converge in Project Bakawan Arts Festival 2015

Project Bakawan 2015Be part of the biggest gathering of artists for the environment in the first ever Project Bakawan Arts Festival, a month-long series of exhibits, workshops, concerts, and events from February 5 to March 6, 2015.

The festival features multi-media installations, art exhibitions, film screenings, live art, music and dance performances, street theatre productions, and a unity concert in different areas within the University of the Philippines Diliman (UP Diliman). Admission is open to the general public.

Project Bakawan is a collaborative art festival and community-building initiative that seeks to increase awareness of current environmental issues and strives to foster a sustainable future. Spearheaded by Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development Recipient Emmanuel Garibay with fellow artists Boyet de Mesa and Wire Tuazon among others, the project engages artists of various disciplines in collaboration with the academic community in UP Diliman to formulate an acute analysis of our environmental situation and come up with creative responses that will engage the campus community. Artists envision this as a gathering of socially-concerned individuals—of spectators, students, professionals, and artists—supporting the cause to increase awareness of current environmental issues to foster a sustainable future.

The festival will allow students intimate access to the various installations, sculptures, multi-media projects, and performances by renowned artists and emerging talents by placing them within their environment—the university grounds. This is a rare opportunity for school groups to engage with contemporary artworks and artists up close and personal.

Project Bakawan 2015Submergence, Performance Art Festival
happens on February 19 – 24, 2015

A solidarity for land and environment performances by Talaandig Tribe of Bukidnon and Nick Aca of Cagayan de Oro.

Feb 19 / 4PM      Performance at Stables, Carlos Garcia, UP Diliman
Feb 20 / 1-4PM  Art Talk at UP Vargas Museum
Feb 20 / 5PM     Performance at CAL Galleria Photo Exhibit
Feb 21 / 7PM      Benefit Concert at Taas Bar
Feb 22 /               Talk and Tour at Angono Rizal
Feb 23 / 4-6PM  Submergence Performance at UP Sunken Garden and Academic Oval
Feb 24 / 5PM      Solidarity Night @ Karumata 36,West Avenue

Project Bakawan is hosted by the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Arts and Letters, College of Mass Communication, College of Music, College of fine Arts and UP Film Institute in cooperation with the Center for Environmental Concerns, Vargas Museum,, ArtLetics, ArtWork, Sipat Lawin and Concerned Artists of the Philippines. The festival is also made possible with the support of Japan Foundation, Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and media partner ABS-CBN.

For more information and the latest update, visit the Project Bakawan Website. You may also contact project coordinator, Ian Carlo Jaucian at mobile number +639178878956 or email at

About Joanna Lerio

cultural journalist, multidisciplinary artist, educator, traveller, dreamer, yogini, vegetarian, advocate
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