Tam-Awan fest will show global culture

THE Tam-Awan International Arts Festival (TIAF) offers the world its treasures.

Chanum Foundation, with its continued partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, offers the 6thTam-awan International Arts Festival (TIAF) themed: “Global Cordillera: Heroes, Legends and Treasures,” slated May 6 to 10.

Now on its 6th year, the TIAF presents cultures from all over the world with an international delegation led by Israel Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Missions Adam Levene; Joyce Toh, senior curator of Singapore Arts Museum; and Park Hyung-Jun from the United Korean Association.

Foreign dignitaries, as well as local cultural leaders, will impart their knowledge and master plan to highlight the Indigenous Peoples as well as their culture, arts and heritage to a global level.

Artists from all over the Philippines will converge and collaborate with the Tam-Awan group of artists from Luzon Visayas and Mindanao, including General Santos, Sarangani, Binangonan, Rizal, Batanes, Pampanga, Iloilo, Siquijor, San Pablo, Laguna, Jolo, Zamboanga, Cagayan De Oro, Bacolod and Dumaguete.

The festival aims to empower artists and communities by highlighting the arts, culture and heritage and the capacity of artists to contribute to society and reach people with their art.

The 6th TIAF will highlight a global convergence of heroes, legends and treasures one with the 2015 ASEAN Integration and Asean Free Trade Agreement, pushing the Cordillera region and the country into becoming world class.

The TIAF Art Caravan Dubbed as Art Pasyal will also go around the country to spread the gift of art, culture and heritage to key areas in the hope to entice the next generation of artists.

A performance by Tam Awan artist Art Lozano dubbed, “May Magagawa Ka, Padyak Para sa Kalikasan”, a bike run spanning the Baguio route, will engage bikers to highlight the love for the environment while in the afternoon Lozano will perform his piece at Upper Session Road.

Lozano will present his first performance depicting his advocacy for the environment and where he will be walking the main streets of the City capped by tree planting ceremonies at Tam-Awan Village.

The festival will also be highlighted with an exhibit at the SM City Baguio Basement featuring the works of artists from all over the Philippines.

Talks and workshops, which are open to the public, will also be featured. Speakers include Emil Suntay; Orlando Abon, president Of The Philippine Arts Educators Association (PAEA); Dr Ike Picpican, curator of Saint Louis University Museum; Father Harold Rentoria, head of the NCCA Sub Commission on Heritage (SCH); Joyce Toh, senior curator of Singapore Arts Museum; and NCCA lawyer Trixie Cruz.

The 6th TIAF will focus on the brilliance of Asian Living treasures and Cultural Masters bringing together craftsmen and women and championing the ingenuity of the Filipino in the wake of the global integration.

The festival will also be a venue for various Schools of Living Tradition in the country to converge and display their products related to the theme.

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