Starting this Saturday, February 3, Intramuros will be an “OPENCITY” for the first-ever Manila Biennale, our very own version of the Italian arts biennial exhibit inside the famous Walled City.
The Manila Biennale is an art festival geared to promote the rich heritage of Intramuros and the history of Manila. In the words of cultural activist Carlos Celdran, “It is when a city invites the world to come and experience art on its own terms.” This is the beginning of a tradition to be carried out every two years, just like the Venice Biennale. The activities showcasing art, performance and expression are just in time for the National Arts Month and will take place in the many gardens, plazas, chambers and museums inside the historic city.
With the theme, “OPENCITY,” the not-for-profit festival will run for three full weeks of performances, lectures, open discussions, art markets and exhibitions. These activities will complement — instead of compete — with the numerous art fairs and celebrations slated for early this year. The city itself would be the show, and the art presented, “a catalyst in rediscovering what has been lost over the decades to the culture of commerce.”
Passes to the #MNLBNL2018 activities are priced at P5,300 for the Art Passport, P880 for the Day Pass, and P350 for the Student Pass. Payments can be made through cash or credit card. All passes will also be sold at La Monja Loca in Plaza San Luis and Manila Collectible Company in Fort Santiago starting February 3. (Check out the list of schedules and activities here.)
Meanwhile, school trips can also be accommodated, with or without lunch package. Just shoot an email to email@example.com. Hotel packages inclusive of 2-day passes to the Manila Biennale are also available: P5,800 for an overnight stay at The Henry Hotel, P3,500 for an overnight stay at Hotel La Corona Manila, and P3,850 for an overnight stay at the Amelie Hotel.
Manila Biennale 2018 is happening from February 3 to March 5 in Intramuros, Manila. For further details and updates, follow Manila Biennale on Facebook.
Photo from Manila Biennale
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