MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Taking cues from the Pasinaya, the country’s largest multi-arts open house festival, the Cultural Center of the Philippines welcomes netizens inside its virtual theaters through the CCP online multi-arts open community festival, happening on March 19 to 21 and March 26 to 28, 2021 via the various online platforms of the CCP.
Dubbed “Tuloy Po Kayo: Palihan. Palabas. Palitan,” the concept of the festival comes from the tenet of Philippine psychology that touches on the Filipino’s desire to welcome his kapwa or fellow man into his home. For this festival, the audiences are invited to the artists’ creative spaces.
The artists and groups of all art forms welcome them to their homes, ateliers, salons, performance spaces and venues, and invites them to be part of the whole creative process. They will show how they continue to create art despite the forced isolation, share their art forms and new talents discovered during the pandemic, and explore the spaces where they now create.
The festival is also a protest of sort to the ongoing pandemic. “Tuloy Po Kayo” (TPK) embraces the idea that no pandemic can stop artists from creating great works, finding new means of expression, and sharing their ingenuity with others no matter what the medium is.
TPK gathers as many artists as possible, engaged in as many art forms as possible. Taking the new realities into consideration, TPK focuses on the revitalization of the industry through the presentation of a broad spectrum of artistic activities in all artistic genres.
This is CCP’s way to revitalize the Philippine arts scene, which has been greatly affected by the pandemic. The center aims to provide venues to Filipino artists to share their creations while introducing and developing audiences to the arts through a series of performances, workshops, and exhibits.
For two weekends, the netizens can enjoy and join over 260 artistic and cultural activities, various workshops, performances from both solo artists and performing art groups from all over the country, exhibitions and virtual museum tours, and arts market, among others.
A re-branding of Pasinaya, the online multi-arts festival features a three-part program – Palihan, Palabas and Palitan. Happening on March 19 and 26, Fridays, Palihan features workshops conducted by various artists and artistic groups; while Palabas, which is slated on March 20, 21, 27 and 28, puts the spotlight on performances, productions, shows, and other activities from the CCP resident companies, regional groups and other participants.
Palitan, meanwhile, is all about business-to-business art exchanges with international and local festival organizers, art programmers and creative stakeholders.
The journey starts at the virtual lobby of the TPK site. From there, the participants can choose which venue they want to explore. There are the virtual Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, Tanghalang Huseng Batute, Tanghalang Manuel Conde, and Bulwagang Juan Luna.
Once they are inside the venue, they can choose which activity they want to participate in. Each workshop, performance or artistic activity will be 15 minutes long. The activities begin from 9am to 7pm in the evening. There will also be film screenings via the CCP Vimeo Channel.
Unlike in Pasinaya, where participants can only get through one venue, what makes TPK different is that participants can jump from one venue to another, from one show to next since everything is digital. And if they miss a show or workshop, they can head to Archive. All the shows which premiered remain online for the duration of the festival.
All daily offerings will include as many types as possible for greater access and variety. Museums and venues offer virtual house tours of their facilities and exhibitions. Online games similar to what was offered during Cinemalaya will also be included in the line-up of presentations to choose from.
Through “Tuloy Po Kayo,” the CCP hopes to show the audience that despite all difficulties, art, artists, and culture thrive.
For the full schedule of Tuloy Po Kayo and how to enjoy the artistic journey, follow the CCP official social media accounts:
Visit the CCP website for more details.