The 6th Fringe Manila Festival promises to be the best yet

The 6th Fringe Manila Festival promises to be the best yet

Better head to Poblacion or risk missing out.

While it’d be perfectly fine to celebrate this year’s National Arts Month with just a visit to the gallery or the museum, there will be those people looking to spice up their experience of art. Fortunately, those individuals are in luck, for in its sixth year, the Fringe Manila Festival promises to be even more outlandish and immersive than years past. From Feb. 12 to 29, Fringe 2020 is bringing in artists from far and wide to celebrate art in its radical and subversive best. The festival goes beyond the confines of the gallery, encouraging goers to interact closely with the art, and even help create the art through the various workshops offered. 

With so many events and venues to visit, planning out an itinerary would be daunting for anyone. So for this year, the folks behind Fringe 2020 have collaborated with the creators of The Be App to create a guide for the festival in app-form. The Be App will have a whole section dedicated to Fringe 2020 so users will have access to all the details they need to help navigate and plan their February. 

Here are some events worth checking out:


Classic Filipino Cinema 

Schedule: Feb. 20, 27, and March 5 (7 p.m.)

Venue: Pineapple Lab

Ticket price: Free admission


If getting to see award-winning local gems isn’t enough to draw you in, the Lopez Arts Initiative have coupled the screenings with special guest speakers and an open floor for discourse to really immerse the moviegoers in the world of local cinema. Not to mention, all this is for free. You can definitely count us in.


The Sweet Valentine Ball 

Schedule: Feb. 15  (9 p.m.)
Venue: The Addlib Dance Studio

Ticket price: Door charge: P250; To Enter a Category: P100


You don’t have to be a house member to join in and experience the glitz and glam the Sweet Valentine Ball promises to deliver. Whether it be Vogue, Face, or Runway, the House of Mizrahi PH have got you covered, providing all the avenues for you to creatively express yourself. 



Schedule: Feb. 18  (9 p.m.)
Venue: Fringe Club

Ticket price: P500 (Early Bird); P800 (Door)


Burlesque’s influence in Philippine entertainment has been a bit understated in recent years. Enter Bodabil, Burlesque PH’s attempt at rightfully placing the artform back in the limelight, chronicling the artform’s provocative history in our country through a showcase of seductive song and dance.


To Have and To Ho

Schedule: Feb. 22  (9 – 11 p.m.)
Venue: Fringe Club (Draper Startup House)

Ticket price: P350


On its sixth Fringe appearance, Deus Sex Machina’s unique brand of comedy erotica takes a nuptial turn. For a show all about weddings, it’s only fitting then that two of the members are actually tying the knot on stage (no joke). This is one you definitely can’t miss. 


Check out all the events in this year’s Fringe:


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