Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — This weekend, catch your favorite local and international bands at a grand music festival, indulge in the retrospective works of a celebrated painter, watch a play about the country’s history and politics, rub elbows with Southeast Asian artists and curators in an exhibition, and join a celebration of peace in an arts festival.
This year’s Wanderland features 16 performances, headlined by Australian indie alt-rock band The Temper Trap, ambient post-rock band Explosions in the Sky, indie dance act The Ting Tings, synth pop duo Purity Ring, Malaysian R&B singer-songwriter Yuna, and more.
Among the local acts to play are pop quartet UDD, Gab and John of rock band Urbandub, math rock trio Tom’s Story, indie folk band Fools and Foes, indie pop singer-songwriter Reese Lansangan, and Wanderband victor Lola Amour.
There will also be live art performances by visual artists Jappy Agoncillo, Ysabella Lalu, KFK Collective, and Quatro Hapimeel. Wanderland music and arts festival will be held on Saturday, March 4, at the Filinvest City Event Grounds in Alabang.
Tickets are available in four packages: Wanderer for ₱5,500, Star Wanderer for ₱8,000, Wanderbuddies which is four tickets for ₱18,000, and Star Wanderbuddies which is five tickets for ₱35,000. To avail and for more details, visit the Wanderland website.
Danilo Dalena’s ongoing exhibit, “Last Full Show,” is a retrospective of his works dating back to the ‘60s, encompassing a buffet of his traditional and conceptual modes of expression. This weekend, there will be a closing reception of the exhibit as well as a final walkthrough, led by the curators Eileen Legaspi Ramirez and Claro Ramirez. Coffee and pandesal from Kamuning Bakery will be served to guests.
The reception and walkthrough will happen this Saturday, March 4, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the 3rd and 4th levels of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. For more info about the exhibit, visit the Facebook page.
Dulaang Sipat Lawin (DSL), the resident theatre company of the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA), presents “Bantayog: Bata, Banta, Bantay, Tayo, Tayog,” a play about the nation’s history and the now, framed around the presidencies of Rodrigo Duterte and Ferdinand Marcos.
As a school established by Imelda Marcos herself, the students of PHSA, through “Bantayog,” aim to challenge contentions and arguments regarding political issues, as well as to investigate the present through narratives from the past.
“Bantayog” will have its stagings on Friday, March 3, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 4, at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 5, at 1:30 p.m., all at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute at CCP, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. Entrance fee is on a pay-what-you-can basis. For more info, visit the play’s event page.
“Almost There” is an ongoing group exhibition spearheaded by The Japan Foundation Asia Center and the UP Vargas Museum, and presented as part of the Japan Foundation Asia Center’s "Condition Report," a collaborative art project with emerging young curators from Japan and Southeast Asia.
Co-curated by Patrick D. Flores of Vargas Museum and Kyongfa Che of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, the exhibit features works and projects by selected artists in various media including painting, sculpture, film/video, installation and performance, as well as small-scale curatorial projects by three Southeast Asian curators: Ayos Purwoaji Surip Mawardi, Lisa Ito-Tapang, and Lyno Vuth.
“Almost There” opens on Thursday with a curators’ talk by Flores and Che, which will be repeated on Saturday, March 4, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the UP Vargas Museum, Roxas Ave., UP Diliman, Quezon City. For a full schedule of activities, visit the museum’s Facebook page.
The Artists for Peace organization presents Batingaw, a festival uniting artists to celebrate peace and justice, and to promote the continuation of peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
There will be performances by the reggae group Tropical Depression, hip-hop artist BLKD, blues band Sinosikat?, rock band La Loba Negra, world music group Talahib, and psych-rock band Wilderness, among others. There will also be live visual art performances, free t-shirt printing, and many other activities.
Batingaw will take place this Sunday, March 5, at 2 p.m., at the Quezon Memorial Circle, Diliman, Quezon City. For more info, visit Artists for Peace’s Facebook page.