FESTIVAL director Chit Asignacion said preparations are ongoing for the upcoming International Arts Festival set on May 17 to 23 at Tam-awan village.

The Tam–awan International Arts Festival (TIAF) is themed, “Preserving the Gift of Faith,” with activities lined up for the festival include exhibits, workshops, film viewings, plays and crafts which will converge national and international artists.

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Jaime Laya and Ambeth Ocampo of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will be guest speakers for the occasion.

Social realist painter Egay Fernandez will also grace the festival.

The NCCA has backed the event believing in its goal of cultivating the art scene in the city.

A traditional cañao (dance) will open the festival at the Baguio Convention Center grounds with an art market, art shows, and literature and theatre activities plus a junk art fashion show.

A series of workshops and concerts by local artists will cap the event at Tam-awan village.

Asignacion said the festival aims to preserve the gift of arts and heritage by celebrating their aesthetics, practice and impacts to the society and to advocate for the remaining material heritage of Baguio City.

The TIAF will also serve as a venue for the awareness, appreciation and practice of various art fields, their history, as well as new forms and trends.

Chanum Foundation manages Tam-awan village in planning for the festival enjoining the expertise of all art groups and individuals in and around the city.