Whenever February rolls in, the first thing that comes to mind is the celebration of love or awaiting Valentine’s Day. But the modern era made us recognize that love isn’t just the romantic kind—it comes in all forms. And with the second month of the year doubling as National Arts Month, what better way to celebrate both occasions than going on an arts and culture event as this year’s date? Find love all month long by putting these shindigs on your calendar—and even if you go alone or not, trust us that your attendance is gonna be hella worth it.
Art Fair PH
The eighth edition of the annual Art Fair PH showcases new features like the Film section, a celebration of the centennial year of Philippines cinema, and the Open Studios, a series of workshops and demos with respected practitioners in the fields of arts and culture. Like the previous fairs, exhibits and installations of Filipino artists will be staged at The Link in Makati City, and will run from February 21 to 23. Get your tickets here.
One of the biggest and most anticipated music events of the youth, UP Fair has been the stage of both up-and-coming and iconic performers in the country. Currently happening this week, rock out to your favorite bands in KALYE TUNES: UP Fair Tuesday, ELEMENTS: UP Fair Wednesday, ROOTS Music Festival: UP Fair Thursday, COSMOS: UP Fair Friday, and REV Music Festival: UP Fair Saturday. You know our rendezvous—find us at UP Diliman’s Sunken Garden, either enjoying the fair rides and food or screaming our hearts out to Parokya Ni Edgar, Gloc 9, Urbandub, Munimuni, Andrew E, and more! Visit their Facebook page for updates
Valentine’s Special Film Screenings
Feel the love inside the theaters with local indies making a comeback on the big screen! Don’t miss the chance to see I’m Drunk, I Love You, Write About Love, and Tayo Sa Huling Buwan Ng Taon on February 14 and 15 in a joint venture of Fullybooked and TBA Studios; travel north at Cinema Centenario catch Sakaling Hindi Makarating on V-day, or; enjoy a pre-Valentine’s date with Tayo Sa Huling Buwan Ng Taon, Sila Sila, Sleepless, and Billie & Emma at Cinema 76 Anonas on February 13. Check out their website for more info!
Rakrakan Festival 2020: Peace, Love, & Music
2020 is a big year for Rakrakan Festival, with this year’s show finding its nest at the CCP Open Grounds. Mark February 29 for this momentous event, with six simultaneous stages featuring a great lineup of musical acts including Mayonnaise, Slapshock, Up Dharma Down, Juan Karlos, Giniling Festival, Imago, Orange and Lemons, Dong Abay, Barbie Almalbis, and many more. Get your tickets at SM Ticket Outlets located in SM Malls nationwide or via smtickets.com.
ALT Philippines 2020: The Art Show Reframed
Happening this weekend at the SM Aura Premier SMX Convention Hall, ALT Philippines 2020 boasts of a collaboration of 10 galleries to reframe the art show as an experience and celebration of contemporary Filipino art. Catch pieces from Artinformal, Blanc, Finale Art File, Galleria Duemila, Mo_Space, The Drawing Room, Underground, Vinyl On Vinyl, West Gallery, and 1335 Mabini and reimagine the way you see art. Get your tickets online and visit their website for more deets!
Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival 2020
Experience the Malasimbo Magic, this time in the city—Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival 2020 invades La Mesa Eco Park, Quezon City on February 29 until March 1! Soak in the goodness of music, art, environment, and culture, with both international and homegrown artists taking the stage. The event is also a fundraiser, with part of the proceeds going to Bantay Kalikasan to help preserve La Mesa Eco Park. Other festival highlights include a music conference, with speakers from the music industry tackling topics like digital marketing, artist management, music production, and more. Stay tuned for updates! Get your tickets here.
Fringe Manila Festival
Manila’s most diverse contemporary arts festival goes bold, nude, novel, and taboo. Now in its sixth year, FringeMNL goes all-out with various happenings throughout the month. There will be an opening night party at the rooftop of the Draper Start-Up House, movie screenings at Pineapple Lab, performances from notable local and international acts, workshops and other activities like yoga, drawing sessions, rope bondage, and more. For event details and schedules, go to their website.
Which event are you heading to this month?
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