In celebration of its 10th anniversary this year, the CCP Pasinaya Open House Festival on March 16, Sunday, “goes the extra mile” and extends its reach and boundaries beyond the CCP Complex to include other cultural sites such as the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, National Museum, Bahay Tsinoy, Casa Manila, Museo Pambata and 1335 Mabini.
The expansion of Pasinaya to include other cultural institutions in the area surrounding the CCP, according to CCP Artistic Director Chris Millado, makes Manila and Pasay the most creative places on earth, at least for a day during the Pasinaya celebration. “We hope to infect the whole city with this spirit of creativity,” Millado said.
A one-day open house festival held annually at the CCP, the Pasinaya is the biggest multi arts festival in the Philippines featuring the participation of thousands of artists and hundreds of artistic and cultural groups. It offers to the public on a unique “Pay what you can, See all you can” donation scheme the opportunity to enjoy a sneak preview of the CCP Performance Season.
More than 3,000 artists and 300 institution-based, community-based and school-based artistic groups will participate in the 2014 CCP Pasinaya. In addition to the performances, there will be workshops, and lecture-demonstrations.
Pasinaya is presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and is headlined by the CCP’s own resident companies, namely Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the UST Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theater, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA), Philippine Madrigal Singers and Tanghalang Pilipino. For this year’s Pasinaya, CCP partners with Metropolitan Museum of Manila, National Museum, Bahay Tsinoy, Casa Manila, Museo Pambata, 1335 Mabini and Jeepney Tours.
On March 16, Pasinaya at the CCP begins with an early morning pre-show at 7:30 with the Marine and Bugle Team heralding the festivities. This will be followed by the official opening ceremonies and street parade.
At the Pasinaya partner institutions, performances and various cultural activities will also be offered under the “Pay what you can, See all you can” donation scheme, starting at 2 pm. Art jeepneys will ferry audiences to partner museums for free.