Thursday, June 8, 2017

BGC Is Bridging the Arts and Sciences with the Ultimate Indie Weekend

Putting up a local feast for the mind and soul,  the Ultimate Indie Weekend in Bonifacio Global City will bring a two-fold Independence Day celebration on June 10 – 11, 2017 with the Philippine’s first Manila Mini Maker Faire and the 2nd BGC Arts Center Festival BGC Loves Local.

To show that we can bridge the arts and sciences, Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc., a non-stock, nonprofit organization,  is  spearheading  the  Manila  Mini Maker  Faire  through  The  Mind Museum  to  put the country on the global tech map, and  the BGC Arts Center Festival through the BGC Arts Center to feed your cultural soul.   

No township in the Philippines has ever deliberately made pillars out of science and the  arts as part of its founding and development. And with The Mind Museum on its 5th year and the newly created BGC Arts  Center,  we  are  even  more  inspired  to  rally this  science-and-arts  bridge  to  help  in nation-building and culture-making, explains Maria Isabel Garcia, Curator of The Mind Museum and Head of Content of the BGC Arts Program.

Groups of homegrown creative artists, scientists, and engineers are expected to come together in this one rare weekend event. This fantastic weekend is for everyone –families, friends -everyone curious as to how the arts and the sciences are connected and how these fields talk to each other to serve our lives better. This is the kind of weekend who has engineers, artists and performers to give us fascinating technologies and uplifting performances that could improve the quality of our days – which is the greatest form that art and science could take, adds Garcia. 

Manila Mini Maker Faire: Putting the Philippines in the Global Tech Map 

On its 5th year, The Mind Museum is taking the Philippines to the global maker map joining all the other Maker  Faire  events  in  key  cities  like  San Francisco  and  New  York  with  the country’s first ever  Manila Mini Maker Faire. This is in partnership with Thud Rumble and Make Magazine, and co-presented with 3M and SparkLab Innovation Center. 

It  will  be  a  FREE  two-day  public  event  where over  50  innovators,  hobbyists,  and technologists from various  parts  of  the  country  will  do  the greatest show  and  tell and  make on Earth  by sharing  their innovative projects and putting them out there for anyone and everyone to see. Some of the makers are coming  from  Mindanao,  Laguna, Ilocos,  Cavite,  including  two  kids from  Palawan who  are  trained  to make  portable  desalinators  for fishermen. There  will  be makers  of  drones,  eco-friendly  technologies, robots, 3D printers, and virtual reality, among others.  

The Manila Mini Maker Faire will be gathering the heroes of the do-it-yourself movement to show that we can do it together. It is licensed only by the Maker Media of the US, who catalyzed the global market movement 12 years ago. It was first held in San Francisco, then New York and Chicago.   

BCG Arts Center Festival BGC Loves Local

On its second installment, the BGC Arts Festival dubbed as BGC Loves Local will feed your cultural soul on June 10 – 11, 2017 in the spirit of Independence Day. The event is supported by NutriAsia. 

With  the  theme Revealing  the  beauty  and  reach of  homegrown  talent  and  creativity,  a fabulous extravaganza of shows that speak of the Pinoy soul will be delivered by Filipino artists. You will see the beauty and richness of local Filipino talent and be looking at Independence Day through cultural lenses, with  original  plays,  riveting  dance  performances, children’s  theater  and adaptations,  as well  as improv theatre, and more from the minds of art geniuses. There will be indoor and outdoor performances from musicals as the sun goes up to indie music sessions and street dance at night time.

The event is inspired by the commitment of the BGC Arts Center to provide a venue for Filipino artists to showcase their exceptional works and creations, making it the centerpiece of BGC’s cultural district.  

On  June  10,  the  Zobel  de Ayala  Recital  Hall will feature  original  performances  such  as  the one-act play on  siblinghood  by  Theater  2108,  an  Ilokano One-Act  Tale  called  Naameng  Ak Gamin  by Dulaang  ELYU, and  the  improv  show  called Indi’sarswela  by  the  indefatigable SPIT.  At  the Globe  Auditorium,  we  will have a moving local adaption of I am Asher Lev by Twin Bill Productions, a play about an artist being torn between faith and art, as well as Cinderella, a timeless inspiring musical for children by KidsAct and an exhilerating  showcase of  Filipino  music from  classical to  contemporary called  Harana  by  The  Philippine Opera Company. At the Sun Life Amphitheater, we shall have energies embodied in creative motion in a 7-hour street dance by Move Manila. 

On  June  11,  a  ballet  duet Passages  created  by Jean  Marc  Cordero,  an  orchestra  performance by the National  Music  Competition  for  Young  Artists Foundation,  and  a mini  music  festival by Stages Sessions will  be  performed  at  the  Globe Auditorium.  The  Zobel  de  Ayala  Recital Hall will show  a  one-act  play called  Biyahe,  while  Ang Ilustrador  ng  Kabataan and Word  of  Mouth by Hulma Collab  will  feature  talks on  illustrating history  for  children  and  unscripted  story-telling, respectively.  Twinkle Ferraren’s Endangered Species, an  installation  of  local  weaves  and fashion  show, will  be  hosted  at  the Sun  Life Amphitheater.  

On  both  days,  Alveo  Central  Plaza  will  be transformed by  Hayme  Vincent’s  performance  art called PaINt$tAcULaR,  Totem  by  Venus  Mar,  and Sacred  Geometry  Crocheted  Arts  by Christine Faith Lopez. Lastly,  the  BGC  Art  Mart, which  aims  to link  artists  with communities, will  also  be  set  up and  will happen every 3rd Saturday and Sunday of every month from hereon. 

By  joining  two  huge  events  for  the  arts  and sciences  in  one  special  weekend,  the  Ultimate Indie Weekend in BGC promises countless opportunities to appreciate the connection between these 2 fields as well as the Filipino innovation and creative excellence.  

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