By Evo Joel Contrivida

 “It’s basically a festival that represents everything, anything that is happening in Manila.” – says Pamintuan.


The country’s only multi-arts festival is back, happening from February 10 to 28. It’s the second Fringe Manila as it returned with more venues and more cities  to conquer in the metropolis involving different artists, here and abroad.

Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan, Festival Director of Fringe Manila told during its “Kick Off Party “ last Feb 9, at the Pineapple Lab in Makati City, that this year’s event is more loaded with music events, art and painting exhibits, and of course theater performances.

2 6It’s an annual festival that happens in February every year, Fringe Manila is an open access non curative festival, where everyone can participate, so artist doing visual arts, performances, art, theater, spoken words, music,” he claimed.

This three-week celebration of music, performances and art have are full of shows and exhibits, but the major highlight this time is the inauguration of Twinbill Theater who will debut the broadway acclaimed play Dog Sees God, the famous tour guide of Intramuros, Carlos Celdran is staging his one man act show “Livin La Vida Imelda”,  the said show was even praised by the New York Times in favor of Celdran who glorified the flamboyant Mrs.Imelda Marcos, of course , with some witty punch. There is a special air dances show as well , and PETA’s 3 Stars and Sun.

Pamintuan said that Fringe Manila is just a platform, and they welcome many artist from different fields who needed space or venue to showcase their talents and be heard. Prior to the festival they selected artist who contacted them on Facebook. They even welcomed artists from Brazil, Germany and US.5 4

 “Fringe is really an umbrella of everything that is happening in Manila, and what we want to do is to provide a platform for a lot of artists who normally don’t get a chance to showcase their work, or they don’t have the avenues to perform, and we as Fringe and the organization talk to partner venues, and told them we have amazing artists and we can put them on their venues, and we are very bless that we got in so many venues this year.” Pamintuan added.

Last year Fringe focused mainly in Manila, but this time they spread the festivities in neighboring cities, like Makati, Pasig and Quezon City. it is open to public who want to watch or buy art pieces, but with a minimal fee.

“The performances are not for free, but what we do in Fringe Manila is we let the artist name their prices, so there is accessibility to see shows from general public, so ticket prices range from 0 to as much as P500 or P700, so there is a show for  everyone,” Pamintuan shared.

Fringe is celebrated in almost 250 cities around the world since 1947, thus making Manila as its baby who turn two year older this  year. They are also open in having Fringe in Cebu or in Davao soon. Pamintuan used to work with Fringe New York for two consecutive years, and that prompted him to bring it here in Manila.

“Fringe meaning is on the peripheral, so it’s really artist on the background who just need to be heard, who have voices and they need a stage and a platform to showcase their work.” Pamintuan said in closing. For full schedules of performances and venues, check

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