Sunday, May 9, 2010

May 20-21: MaARTe Arts & Crafts Fair

Feeling nationalistic? Shop!

In this sweltering summer of politics when campaign jingles and promises fill the airwaves, cynical citizens can rekindle their love for country in MaARTe: A Contemporary Filipino Arts and Crafts Fair. Presented by the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, in cooperation with the Filipino Heritage Festival Inc., National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and the Department of Tourism, the bazaar will run on May 20 and 21, Thursday Friday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Museum of the Filipino People (Old Finance Building).

Celebrating the creativity really makes this country great, weavers from the north and south showcase their fabrics and hand woven items, alongside contemporary jewelry designs by Michelline Syjuco. Colorful bags crocheted from recycled plastic and wires by the women of the Invisible Institute revive an old craft with a new twist.

To highlight the event, there will also be a concert dubbed Himig at Kultura: A Night at the Museum featuring Palawan's Sinika, Sinosikat, Drip, and Up Dharma Down on May 21, Friday, 6:00 pm. The concert will also be held at the Museum of the Filipino Courtyard.

An entrance fee of Php50 to the bazaar entitles the holder to free admission to the Museum of the Filipino People during museum hours and to the concert on May 21. Proceeds will be donated to the National Museum as a fundraiser.

So spend some time at the National Museum – see Filipino art, buy local products and revel in the glories of our ancient and evolving heritage as we celebrate Filipino Heritage Month this May.

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