Martes, Disyembre 5, 2017

The Manila Biennale: OPEN CITY 2018

The original biennial or that which is held every two years is the Venice Biennale. It's
an arts exposition that focuses on contemporary art and also includes events for art, dance, architecture, cinema and theater.

The Manila Biennale, the first of its kind in the Philippines, aims to transform the walled city of Intramuros into a public art exposition space. The Manila Biennale will start on Feb. 3 until March 5, 2018. The theme for the first Biennale will be " OPEN CITY " , as a homage to Intramuros and a memorial to the city's destruction in February 1945.

The Manila Biennale will be a month long art exposition set inside the walled city of Intramuros from February 3 to March 5, 2018. It will be a collaboration effort of Manila's arts and culture community and framed by the built heritage of Old Manila.The many gardens, plazas, museums, halls and chambers of the walled city will be transformed into artist residency studios, galleries, performance venues, lecture halls, pop - up shops, etc.

The theme OPEN CITY refers to Intramuros as the genesis of Manila's culture; a homage to the walled city's beginnings as a port for the Galleon Trade, a time when our capital opened itself up to the world and welcomed new ideas, products, and people. It will be a tribute to Manila's role in World War II, a vulnerable moment in December 1941 when Manila was cleared of all military presence and civilian run; a moment of freedom between two colonized periods of our history.

The Manila Biennale will be made more convenient and navigated by a passport. Owners of these #MNLBNL2018 passports will be citizens of the #OPENCITY. The passports can be bought starting December 1, 2017. #MNLBNL2018 citizens can purchase the passport online or at special retail spaces in Manila. They will receive an email receipt and number for proper documentation. Only one ( 1 ) passport per citizen and it is non - transferrable. Pre - selling of the Biennale Passport at PhP 3,850
will be from Dec. 1 to 25, 2017 and Php 5,300.00 thereafter.

This passport will allow the # mnlbnl2018 citizen access to sites, events, and experiences not available to the average visitor of Intramuros. Entrance to all of the #OPENCITY curated exposition spaces. Free electric Jeepney rides between all exhibition sites within Intramuros. Free entrance to all parks and museums of Intramuros and partner museums. VIP concierge services inside the VIP Lounge with Free Wifi and refreshments at the VIP Lounge. One ( 1 ) invitation to the Intramuros Artist Ball on February 21, 2018. Priority reservations for all lectures, programs, and special exhibitions of OPEN CITY programming between February 21, 2018 - March 5, 2018. Exclusive invitation to specially planned events and parties of Manila Biennale Sponsors plus discounts and special deals will be listed on the INFOMUROS #mnlbnl2018 app.

The INFOMUROS smartphone app will also be available for downloading by January 2018. This smartphone app will be in both Android and Mac formats. It will show locations of artworks, along with artists names, artist statements, and biography of each artist. INFOMUROS will show historic landmarks, maps, and directions to each location. INFOMUROS will show locations of washrooms, leisure spots, shopping areas, dining option. #MNLBNL2018 passport holders will get updates ondeals and access listings of biennale sponsors and partners who offer special deals for passport holders.

The Manila Biennale: OPEN CITY 2018 is a collaboration effort between Carlos Celdran's Walk This Way Tours, VivaManila, Intramuros Administration, Anthology Architecture and Design Festival, Fringe Festival, Pasinaya Festival, Design Center Philippines Pink Shorts, Short + Sweet, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. For more information, contact the organizers at and on Facebook and Instagram: @manilabiennale.

Media Inquiries:
Philip Abadicio
Lifestylers Media, Inc.
09175300818 or 09188158888

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