Ortigas Art Festival returns for its 5th year with a month-long celebration of Filipino art in forms. Running from July 7, 2022 (Thursday) until August 7, 2022 (Sunday) at the Estancia East Wing, the festival will showcase a wider variety of Filipino arts and culture across five pillars: Painting & Sculpture, Film and Photography, Dance and Fashion, ArtisTree, and Workshops. For avid filmmakers, the Ortigas Vertical Cinema Contest is also back for its second year. Here’s what you can expect for Ortigas Art Festival 2022:
Painting and Sculpture
The 2nd and 3rd Levels of Estancia’s East Wing feature magnificent Painting and Sculpture works from local galleries–Agos Studios, Bastedor Art Project, Vmeme Contemporary Art Gallery, Linangan Art Residency, Red Lab Gallery, Thombayan Art Space, and Makiling Art Studio; and celebrated visual artists Rita Bustamante and Rico Lascano.
Film and Photography
Film and Photography will be led by The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and Born in Film who will be hosting retrospectives and late-night screenings of restored Philippine films, and from National Artists for film during the festival. FDCP will also be holding its 2nd Vertical Cinema Contest during the festival (more on that later).
Performing Arts and Fashion
Performing Arts and Fashion will see Ballet Works Manila hold special performances during the Vernissage on July 7 and on July 31 while the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines (FDAP) will be presenting some of its best designs and creations throughout the month-long event. Drop by Estancia’s East Wing 3rd Level to see for yourself the amazing works of designers from the FDAP.
ArtisTree will have the Learning Tree Child Growth Center that will showcase some of the masterpieces of its alumni, teachers, and students from Preschool, Grade School, and High School. They will also be holding several workshops such as painting, 3D art, paper cutting, paper sculptures, pottery, and oil pastel drawing for children and adults alike.
FDCP and Born in Film will conduct workshops such as Cinematography, Storytelling, and Film Editing while Born in Film will be conducting Creative Visual Storyline and Mobile Photography workshops, perfect for film buffs and photography enthusiasts. They will also feature 2,000 inspiring photos from around the world.
Those interested in getting their hands into pottery can also join the free pottery sessions led by Big Mac for both children (July 9) and adults (July 10) as part of its Workshops, which will be exclusive to Ortigas Community Card members. You can check out more details about the free pottery session here as well as information on how to be part of the Ortigas Community.
2nd Ortigas Vertical Cinema Contest
Following a successful run last year, the Ortigas Vertical Cinema Contest is back for its second year. Filmmakers can shoot a 2-minute short film in portrait orientation with their smartphone exploring the theme “Kamusta Ka?” The theme is in reflection on life in the past two years of the pandemic. The contest is open to any individual residing in the Philippines with a deadline for entries on July 31, 2022. Find out more about the mechanics here.
Ortigas Art Festival will award 10 Short Films. The first, second, and third placers will win P15,000, P10,000, and P5,000 respectively while the rest of the Top 7 will receive P2,000 each.
A special exhibit from Ramon Santos
Ramon Santos, pride of Pasig City for being a National Artist for Music, will be holding a special exhibit on the 2nd Level, showcasing a wide variety of art forms and artistry to foster an appreciation for Filipino art and artists. Mr. Santos is a composer, conductor, and musicologist, who is currently the country’s foremost exponent of contemporary Filipino music.
“What we want in this year’s iteration is to introduce Filipinos to the works of some of the country’s best while stoking their interest and appreciation for Philippine art,” said Helen Mirasol, art patron and one of the co-founders of Ortigas Art Festival. “This is a month-long celebration of our art and artists where everyone is invited–no matter if you’re an art connoisseur or a regular person who wants to find the art form that will speak to their soul. Everyone is welcome at Ortigas Art Festival.”
The Ortigas Art Festival 2022 runs from July 7 to August 7 at the Estancia East Wing, Capitol Commons, Pasig City. Admission is free. To get the full festival schedule, follow Ortigas Art Festival on Facebook and visit ortigasmalls.com for the latest info on upcoming events and activities. Sign up for the Ortigas Malls Community Card by downloading the Ortigas Malls Mobile App (Android, iOS) and unlock your access to the amazing perks, privileges, and workshops during the festival.