PETA’s ‘Festival of Windows’ Celebrates Theater for Development


Festival of Windows

The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), recipient of the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards is organizing a week-long festival that highlights the role of arts in development, as exemplified in the various advocacy campaigns the pioneering theater company has engaged in the past 50 years – Children’s Rights, Women, Gender, Health and Sexuality, Youth and the Millennials, Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction, and Human Rights.

Happening on October 24-29, 2017, the festival will feature performances, workshops, lectures, and discussions, and will showcase some of the best advocacy plays of PETA and its partners. There will be 13 performances from Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, and 3 performances from Cambodia and Thailand. Festival participants can expect to learn new skills through workshop sessions on Songwriting, Shadow Puppetry, Physical Theater, Improvisation, BOAL Forum Theater, Circus Techniques and more. Exciting Keynotes, Lecture Performances and Special Interest Group Discussions will give participants a look into the experiences, success stories and the challenges of practitioners and experts, particularly in the areas of Building Creative Communities, Public Spaces and Awareness, Participation, Capacity Building, Participation, and Partnership and Stakeholder Building.

The Festival of Windows will gather more than 120 performers, 40 experts and speakers, hundreds of artists, arts managers, audiences and participants from different parts of the globe.
Festival passes are available at P 4,500.00 each (P3,500 for students) and entitles holder access to all the opening and closing reception, lecture performances, main stage performances and one workshop or 2 huddles a day. Day passes are also available for P 1,000 per day (P 800 for students). For those interested to watch specific shows, tickets are also available for all Lecture-performances and Main Stage performances.

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Festival Activities

DUNGAW (Peep-out): Performance Lectures (2 hours)

A rare chance to see some of the most successful advocacy campaigns/programs in recent years, presented by program directors through a creative weaving of lecture, performances, multimedia and live interactions.

TAMWA (Look): Workshops (4 hours)

An experience of how artistic skills and knowledge can be applied to the presentation of specific advocacy issues.

SILIP (Peek): Huddles (1 ½ hours)

Experts allow participants a quick peek, and lead a discussion on the different features of their works.

TAN-AW (View): Performances (2 hours)

Early evening performances featuring PETA and select regional and international performing arts groups.

SULYAP (Glance): Chillout Sessions (1 to 2 hours)

Hang-out at the Theater Center’s favorite evening venue and meet new friends. A casual sharing of the day’s experience over barbecue and cold drinks.

WALK-ABOUTS (entire day)

Explore the Center and get surprised by buskers. Enjoy art exhibitions, short films or join a workshop sampler. Get a chance to chat with a prospective collaborator, and explore partnerships or networking options.

The Festival of Windows is presented by PETA in partnership with Starbucks, Save the Children, Development and Peace and the Festival’s Major Hotel Sponsor, Madison 101. For details, visit the official website – www.petafestivalofwindows.com. For more information and registration, please call the FESTIVAL OF WINDOWS SECRETARIAT at 7256244 or email them at festivalofwindows@petatheater.com.

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