Friday, October 23, 2015

Performatura 2015

Heard of performing literature? Traditionally, it is the same thing with songwriting. Our very own Balagtasan is also a performing literature. If you didn't notice, the modern version is the rap battles. Little did anyone know that our very own's Gloc 9's raps is also considered art.

We should continue this heritage of ours since we are very rich with performing literature. In order to preserve our heritage, the Cultural Center of the Philippines launches the Performatura 2015. Performatura is a mash-up or amalgamated that combines the words perform and oratora (oration).

Performatura aims to orient this generation of this literature before it gets lost in history and textbooks. During the launch, I got to witness how entertaining Balagtasan can be when you tackle today's issues and interests.

I also got to see traditional Asian ventriloquist act that can still be useful for teaching young children. Performatura not only does this for show but also leads workshops. Not only that, there will be dialogues with authors like F. Sionil Jose and Lourd De Veyra.

The best part of this event is that it's free. You need only to donate a book per day and you get to attend all events within the day. The capacity may vary depending on which venue. To be assured of admission, you can reserve seats online at http://performatura.culturalcenter.gov.ph/ . The site is user-friendly just like booking a seat for a movie. They can still accept walk-ins if the seats are still vacant 15 minutes before schedule but it is only very limited.

The book donations will proceed to public libraries in Manila as part of CCP's campaign not to provide reading materials but to encourage reading. There will also be viewing of full/short length movies and performances by various artists.

Unlike the Pasinaya, this is festival has a more specific genre but it is just as fun. For the schedule of events, description and featured personality, just go to the website I linked above and register for booking. Time to book my seats for the event. For more updates, follow this blog and like L.E.N.S. blogs on Facebook.

Check out my teaser for the event at this Youtube video.

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