Wednesday, August 18, 2010

ARTES TALLERES: An International Workshop melds Indigenous Art Forms


ARTES TALLERES: An International Workshop melds Indigenous Art Forms

“Gardy” Labad releases his workshop design for the Dia Del Galeon Festival---The Galleon Trade will pay homage to the Indigenous. A collaboration of indigenous art forms and Galleon Trade themes, the ARTES TALLERES is more than a workshop, it is a Rapprochement of Cultures.

August 18, 2010- Acclaimed composer and director Lutgardo “Gardy” Labad has finally rolled out the schedule for ARTES TALLERES: THE WORKSHOP for the Dia Del Galeon Festival. The Philippines is the first country in the world to hold a festival to create awareness of the Galleon trade and its impact on the world. But this time, the Galleon Trade will pay homage to the indigenous.

More than thirty countries will send their delegates to the Philippines for the workshop and will be joined by Philippine artists and educators. Gardy Labad reiterates, “In line with the commitment to implement the UNESCO Arts education roadmap, this will be a valuable contribution to evolve a media arts module that will fuse indigenous expression with Galleon Trade themes such as post-colonialism, cultural transmission, trade impact, climate change and plight of the seafarers.” Among the delegates are groups from the Philippines’ School of Living Traditions, Capoiera artists from Brazil and Puppeteers from Vietnam. For many, this will not only be a collaboration, but a Rapprochement of Cultures. The Philippine festival will highlight the Philippine role in the Galleon trade as well as emphasizing indigenous art forms.

Many of the delegates are from countries that have been affected by the Galleon Trade and colonization such as Mexico, Peru, El Salvador, and the festival would like to highlight the influence that these countries have brought to the world. The workshops are packed from Day 1 to Day 21, with lectures in the morning, collaborative performances in the afternoon, and rehearsals in the evening for the climatic production of Juana La Loca. Written by Mexican playwright Miguel Sabido, the play highlights the “mad” life of Juana La Loca, grandmother of Philip II, the King who the Philippines was named after. The play will fuse Filipino and Spanish languages dialogue involving workshop participants, local actors, and a Spanish composer.

The festival will focus on the impacts of the Galleon and it will mirror the three concerns of the United Nations for the year 2010: the protection of biodiversity as impacted by climate change, the advancement of seafaring concerns, as well as Cultural Rapprochement.
ARTES TALLERES: THE WORKSHOP is open for applications. Deadline is September 1. For more information log onto or e-mail

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