Arts always amazes me (in any form). I sometimes tells myself that I hope I have that talent to create “Art”. But as the saying goes,”Everyone is an artist of there own.” So was I, it may not just be as good as the others thou.
Recently, I was invited over at the Mind Museum to hear this great news happening in Bonifacio Global City (BGC). Bonifacio Arts Foundation, Inc. (BAFI) and the country’s #1 mobile brand Globe Telecom are teaming up to bring the first arts and culture initiative of the country’s first-ever mural-centric arts festival dubbed as the Art BGC NextACT ONE Festival.
It will be a week-long event that brings internationally-acclaimed artists to the Philippines to paint murals across BGC’s cityscape, the Art BGC NextACT One Festival hopes to create both a unique sense of place and build an experiential atmosphere for both local residents and international visitors to BGC. The aim is to showcase the inclusive nature of public art by creating murals that can be enjoyed by the entire city of Manila as well as an international audience.
Arts BGC Next Act ONE Festival officially kicked off last May 22 as artists start to draw their murals in designated walls around BGC. Globe, together with the Bonifacio Arts Foundation, Inc. (BAFI) talk about their different activities for the public to enjoy this 9-day art festival. In the photo are (from L-R) BAFI Program Manager Monica Llamas, Globe Head of Stores and Retail Transformation Management Joe Caliro, LeBasse’s Kimberly Luangraj, One Festival Director Kayo Cosio and Globe Head for GEN3 and Iconic Digital Experience Leah De Guzman.
Slated from May 22 to May 30, the first ever arts festival of its kind is done in collaboration with an L.A.-based art consultancy, LeBasse Projects. LeBasse Projects are most known for their works in USA and Asia. Multidisciplinary artists, namely FAILE, Nate Frizzell, CYRCLE, Drew Merritt, AKA Corleone, and Kristin Farr, will transform iconic BGC walls into artistic spaces filled with new murals. The Festival was developed by LeBasse Projects and BAFI as more than just a set of murals adorning the city, but also as an educational platform to enhance the arts and culture awareness of the community.
Their creations will come to life on the building walls of One Global Place, Bonifacio Technology Center, Icon Plaza, C1 Building Bonifacio High Street Central, The Palace Pool Club, all the way to the smaller facades of Bonifacio High Street in BGC.
Globe brought art closer to more people through GEN3 Next ACT, which featured live art demonstrations that featured an original mural developed by over 20 local artists in the course of 3 months. (Read More Here: Globe Gen3 Stores)
A few days ago (May 22, 2015), an Artists Reception was held at the Palace Pool Club.
Public festivities will begin on Saturday afternoon, May 23, with a Watching Session at the open lot on the corner of 26th Street and 5th Avenue. Projections of the mural design will illuminate the area as the artists prepare to paint to the backdrop of soulful beats. Here are the other schedules of the event
Day 6 | May 27
7PM-10PM, Icon Plaza wall
7th Ave corner Federacion Drive
Day 8 | May 29
Art Gallery in Fully Booked
5PM-10PM, Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street
11th Ave corner Lane O
Day 9 | May 30
Bonifacio High Street Central Ampitheater
The art-centric event will showcase live painting from 16 local artists accompanied by acts from DJs and bands like Severo, Zombettes, She’s Only Sixteen, Techy Romantics, and Taken By Cars.
The festival, which is open to the public, will also feature pop-up restaurants and interesting art activities, including freedom wall painting, photography contests, tours, and a public film fest.