This is the first ever Manila Biennale and is set inside the walled city of Intramuros from February 2 until March 5, 2018. For an entire month, its many gardens, plazas, chambers, and museums will be transformed into platforms for art, performance and expression. The brainchild of Carlos Celdran, it takes as its theme OPEN CITY which refers to Intramuros as the origin of Manila’s culture. It is a tribute to the walled city’s beginnings as a port for the Galleon Trade, a time when Intramuros opened itself up to the world. OPEN CITY also refers to December 26 1942 when Manila was cleared of all military presence; a moment of tension between two colonized periods of Philippine history.
Executive Producer, Carlos Celdran and Chief Curator, Ringo Bunoan will discuss the conceptualization of the biennale and the journey to making it a reality.