Manila’s best Fringe show venues
National Arts Month in Manila is about to end but fret not! You’re not yet too late for the art party with shows, movies and exhibits running until this week. Make the remaining days count and check out these amazing spots to get your Fringe on. Download the Be app to know what’s on!
Use the Be app guide of the best Fringe venues all around Manila to discover one-off productions, immersive theatre experiences, lively comedy and left field drama away from main Makati art sights.
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Pineapple Lab is an artist-run creative hub providing space for performance and art exhibitions which supports experimental and innovative art as well as emerging, local and international artists.
Pineapple Lab has been producing Fringe Manila since 2015; an open access festival which aims to make art more accessible to a wider and more diverse audience.
Apart from Fringe, Pineapple Lab is also known for its special attention to programmes for the LGBTQ community. At the lab, once attend regular events like Gayborhood night (a line up of queer performers sharing their talents and stories).
Pineapple Lab Directore, Andrei Pamintuan, explains: “We provide a safe space for artistic expression for our homegrown and international LGBTQ artists – a platform where they can develop their own works, delve deeper in their own stories, and engage with audiences in a supportive environment, without feeling ‘othered’ or trivialised.”
Commune was borne out of love for coffee and conversations. Its owner, Rosario Juan, is a coffee aficionado and a social media strategist whose long-time dream was to open a café
After a four-year stint in Shanghai as an Area Manager for a café, Ros returned to Manila and became a full time social media strategist. But as much as the social media industry did pretty much everything online, she also saw the need to get people together offline. To bring people together, Commune has become a hub for young artists, the perfect space for workshops, poetry and musical performances.
And that’s how Commune came about.
Addlib Dance Studio
Addlib originated from Sunday dance classes led by its founder, Joe Abuda who simply wanted a weekend diversion from his regular work as a writer. He organized classes whose primary target market were people who, like him, have day jobs. The success of the classes created a new set of friendships among regular attendees, which eventually gave birth to the idea of creating a new underground dance crew: The Addlib – champions of 2019 Vibe Philippines dance competition, best dance company of 2017 Aliw awards, and champions of 2016 World of Dance Philippines.
Consequently, dance fans can find a melting pot of events, classes, workshops and themed exhibitions. Expect challenging, varied works here that not only explore contemporary dance, but the way in which the art form interfaces with other disciplines from visual art to burlesque.
Mirror Dance Studio
An integral part of the Poblacion neighborhood, the Mirror Dance Studio serves as not only as a teaching facility but as a community hub as well. In addition to stellar dance classes in everything from ballet to modern dance, Mirror Dance Studio offers a space for theatre, live performances, music and exhibitions.
It hosted the late Carlos Celdran, a storyteller of Imelda Marcos’s foibles and fantasies via the touring one-man-show “Livin’ La Vida Imelda”.
In a vibrant arts community such as Poblacion, it takes a lot for a venue to stand out. But with the minimal quality of a dance studio, Mirror Dance Studio allows performers the freedom to express themselves without having a “vibe” imposed on them.
Poblacion’s north side, primarily a working-class bedroom community, has now a new arts hub with the advent of Kondwi. Self-described as “the latest addition to the burgeoning creative scene in Poblacion,” Kondwi is a collaboration between celebrity-entrepreneur Marvin Agustin and sculptor Leeroy New.
Kondwi “provides a spacious, two-level playground that fluidly functions as gallery, black box theater, bar, café and retail space… The name is a play on the word ‘conduit,’ which is the driving principle behind the space as the point of intersection for various creative ideas and practices.”
Drapers Startup House
Celebrate Arts Month and Fringe set against the Makati and BGC skyline. Culture-hungry visitors are treated to unobstructed panoramic views of the city. This year-round rooftop with both indoor and outdoor sections, is ideal for hosting gigs, health and wellness events, movie screenings and corporate outings, the space is as flexible and versatile as it is breathtaking and awe-inspiring.
The rooftop is an official venue of Fringe 2020 this year. Performances and events include Pineapple Jam and dance theatre “Origins”.
In addition to hosting Fringe this year, Draper Startup House offers entrepreneurs a co-working space, custom programming, and access to VC funding.
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