Determined to reach out to its audience amid the pandemic, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) launches Festival of Windows 2020: Locked but Linked — its first-ever online fest.
The three-month event will come in four folds with different focal points to be shown on PETA’s Facebook and YouTube pages. The aim is to showcase creative works and expressions of Filipino artists especially the emerging ones.
For September, young artists and teachers will be the focus of sulYAP Kabataan Playlist. This may be the first time that the YAP Festival pivoted to online platforms, but for the past three years, it has been helping promote young artists.
PETA coordinated with a Special Program in the Arts of various schools to engage theater kids into meaningful online workshops.
“The youth are suffering and we want to make sure that we are reaching out to the people. We want to show other people how young people are coping,” PETA president CB Garrucho said.
Expect an inspiration overflow on 10, 11, 17 October because 3G, Connect! Community Arts Festival takes the virtual centerstage with leaders and partners to share expertise in the arts. Collaborations between audience and esteemed artists will be fostered as they tackle more socially aware art forms.
On 17 and 22 November, START: A Quest to Claim Our Safe Spaces will discuss political and social underpinnings of art in children’s lives.
Not stopping with three windows open, PETA launches its first-ever gated streaming KE-Pop: Kalinangan Ensemble Performers Overcoming a Pandemic on 23 November to 10 December. Short and full-length plays ranging from classics to contemporary productions will be shown.
PETA Laboratory Director Maribel Legarda said: “This is a tribute to the artists — their capacity to be creative and resilient.”
The income-generating event will sustain PETA artists and its subsidiaries.
Festival of Windows 2020: Locked but Linked wants to prove that instead of being discouraged by a crisis, the world will see a more vibrant art space where more windows are open for new artistic expressions inspired by the trials and tribulations of the times.