Couple of years ago, I was introduced to performing literature. We know literature is mostly written but it can also be used as a performance like poetry and storytelling. With this, CCP organized Performatura, the only festival dedicated to performing literature in the country.
For two years, I already have a fascination with performing literature and it also introduced me to new entertaining crafts in performing literature. Besides flip top rap battles which can be considered a contemporary Balagtasan, I was also introduced to Spoken Word acts, better known as Hugot monologues which were popularized by Juan Miguel Severo and The Ampalaya Monologues by Theater in Alternative Platforms.
But the real highlight of Performatura is Francisco Balagtas’s 229th birthday. For the first time in CCP, Performatura will integrate popular culture like cosplaying in Balagtasan themed as FrancisCosplay and there will be events in Pandacan, Manila where most streets are named after Balagtas’ characters in Florante At Laura.
Another highlight of the festival is the poetry reading at the former Sev’s Café and for this festival only, Sev’s Café will be revived. There will also be an open mic for those who want their poems or poetic dictions be showcased.
The festival is free to public. The only admission is to donate a book. This is part of the advocacy of CCP for Aklatang Bayan. CCP aims to provide books for public libraries. One book entitles to one admission.
Go to http://culturalcenter.gov.ph/single-tickets/view-event/?id=85275509 for schedule, and for more updates at CCP, follow this blog and like L.E.N.S.blogs on Facebook. Performatura is held every two years. Here is a short video excerpt of Performatura 2015 featuring a modern topic in Balagtasan.