Murals, film and music at ‘One’ festival

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Bonifacio Global City (BGC), the business district in Taguig City known to showcase picturesque street art, gears up for the first Art BGC NextAct One Festival. Happening now until May 30, this weeklong festival will feature live mural painting, film showing, and music performances.

International and local mural artists will make BGC’s walls come alive through the partnership of LeBasse Projects, the Bonifacio Arts Foundation (BAFI), and Globe Telecom.

LeBasse Projects is a Los Angeles-based gallery and art consultancy that has completed projects all over the US and Asia. And it is through the initiative of its director Beau Basse that the NextAct One Festival was formed.

In August 2014, Basse came to Manila. In his stay, he saw the BGC skyline, snapped a picture, and posted it on his Instagram account with the caption, “The next big canvas here in Manila.” Soon, his team at LeBasse would fulfill this vision.

Not only did they work hard for the fruition of festival, they also succeeded in inviting multidisciplinary artists namely Faile, Nate Frizzell, Cyrcle, Drew Merritt, AKA Corleone, and Kristin Farr, who will work alongside Filipino artists Egg Fiasco and Anjo Bolarda.

The walls to watch in the coming days are the buildings of One Global Place, Bonifacio Technology Center, Icon Plaza, C1 Building Bonifacio High Street Central, The Palace Pool Club, and the smaller facades of Bonifacio High Street.

Public festivities will kick off today with a projection watching session on the corner of 26th street and 5th Avenue. There, the Brooklyn-based duo behind Faile gives color to One Global Place. This will be followed by the transformation of the Icon Plaza wall on 7th avenue corner Federacion Drive on May 27.

More importantly, the public will not only witness mural painting live, they could also express their own creativity on a freedom wall. Besides this, there will be another wall dedicated for a contest among skilled artists. The best mural will win its artist P10,000 worth of Vans merchandise.

“It’s really going to be a good family event,” Joe Caliro, head of Retail Transformation and Management at Globe, said.

The film and music components of the festival will come in on May 30, the closing day. There will be a documentary film festival at the Bonifacio Highstreet Amphitheater featuring filmmakers Blaine Suque, Dissident Pictures, Aleks Kocev, and Shutterpanda. The films to be shown will be taken during the weeklong festivity itself.

Local musicians like Pupil, Taken By Cars, She’s Only Sixteen, BP Valenzuela and more will also perform at the amphitheater to conclude the first-of-its-kind mural-centric festival in the Philippines.

For more information on the ONE Festival, log on to artbgc.com/one.

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