The Cultural Center of the Philippines announced the scheduled opening of the “Arts eXpress: CCP Children’s Biennale” on October 31, through the CCP Facebook Page at 4pm.
The month-long biennale, which runs from November 1-29, is a series of events that aims to encourage and develop creativity and artistic expression in children, create new works/activities to focus on children’s appreciation and value for the arts, and engage the participation of the guardians and parents in sustaining the appreciation for the arts.
The biennale will kick off on October 31, 4pm, via the CCP Facebook Page, with a short program led by CCP chairperson Margie Moran-Floirendo, VP-artistic director Chris Millado and board member Nikki Junia.
It will be followed by the pre-opening events, starting with Tricks and Musical Treats: A PPO Family Concert at 4:20pm. Dubbed “A Virtual Adventure in Camp Melodia,” the annual orchestra appreciation concert for children and families moves to the online platform. Directed by Liesl Batucan, the concert will feature members of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.
At 5:45pm, “MALA: Ibong Adarna” will virtually fly to bring to life the story of the mythical bird through puppetry. Directed by Xian Lim, the show is also part of the outreach project of CCP president Arsenio Lizaso, under the Sining Sigla program.
CCP also launches the CCP Batang Sining Facebook page as a platform for creative expression and collaboration opportunities of arts content for children, parents/guardians and teachers. Originally conceptualized by the late Rene Villanueva and Hermie Beltran, Batang Sining started as a workshop in 1989 primarily focused on introducing the child to the different art forms and discovering for themselves their own creative expressions.
For the whole month of November, the Biennale will also have different stations of activities that children can join such as CURTAINS UP!, ARTS eXPRESS, ARTs PLAYGROUND, PELIKULIT, and ARTS CONNECT.