Philippine Daily Inquirer / 01:00 AM October 21, 2017
The Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta), recipient of the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards, is organizing the “Festival of Windows,” a weeklong event 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.
From Oct. 24-29, the festival will feature performances, workshops, lectures and discussions. It will showcase some the best advocacy plays of Peta and its partners, with 13 performances from Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, and three 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. Keynote events, 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 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 P4,500 each (P3,500 for students) and entitle the holder access to all the opening and closing receptions, lecture performances, main stage performances and one workshop or two huddles a day.
Day passes are also available for P1,000 per day (P800 for students). For those interested to watch specific shows, tickets are also available for all lecture-performances and main stage performances.
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.