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Tagaytay Art Beat: Redefining a cultural experience

Those “mature” enough would remember the Woodstock Festival in 1969 in a farm (hay field, actually) in Bethel, New York where such acts as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Band, Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane, Ten Years After, Joan Baez, Santana, Joe Cocker, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young performed before a mammoth audience composed of over 400,000 people. It was, indisputably, an event that reshaped American pop culture and history.

The upcoming Tagaytay Art Beat may not have the magnitude or proportion of Woodstock, but the much-anticipated mini festival promises to be an electrifying event with a unique smorgasbord of emerging independent music acts plus an art exhibit featuring young and upcoming artists.

Museo Orlina bird's eye view

To be held this September 19 at the Museo Orlina that is nestled in the lush, green district of Tagaytay City, this event features an eclectic lineup of performers that range from headline-ready favorites (Autotelic, Bullet Dumas, Farewell Fair Weather, The Ransom Collective) to sensual jazz-soul crooners (Jensen and the Flips, Sud, Miles Experience and BannaHarbera), from accomplished young singer-songwriters (Anj Florendo, Paolo Mallari, Niki Colet and Reese Lansangan) to indie upstarts (Austin, Dayaw, Fools and Foes, Tom’s Story).

Museo Orlina roof deck

DocDef Productions – whose stated advocacy is to make sure that the music of local independent bands are “heard one chord at a time” – collaborated with Museo Orlina to bring an entirely new cultural experience to the public. The four-story Museo Orlina is home to an art gallery, a museum, an amphitheater, an interactive display system, a sculpture garden, and a rooftop deck with a picturesque, overlooking view of Taal Volcano.

Fools and Foes band

The countryside scenery and the museum’s state-of-the-art facilities will certainly make a perfect backdrop – a fun-filled nest actually – for festival aficionados, art and music geeks, travel buffs, foodies, and partygoers who are tired of the bustling urban noise of Metropolitan Manila.

The Ransom Collective

Art lovers will find the accompanying art exhibit interesting, with the work of young and talented artists from various local schools and universities featured, among them Archie Geotina, Ayka Go, Erica ng, Jessica De Leon, Ku Romillo, Jason Sto. Domingo, Lee Caces, Ivana Tyler, Lyka Orhel, Miggy Antonio, Monica Castillo, Rae Toledo and Tammy dela Fuente.

Tagaytay Art Beat poster

Alongside the music performances would be live mural paintings by DocDef resident artists Cinos and Mr. S. Definitely, Tagaytay Art Beat will provide a full-fledged quality music experience that goes beyond form and style.

So put your warm coat on, and be ready to experience the fuzzy festival feel that Tagaytay Art Beat is sure to bring. 

Pas de deux by Ballet Philippines

Tagaytay Art Beat starts at 4 p.m. P250 gets you in with one free drink! Festival attendees who want access to the art space vicinity showcasing Ramon Orlina’s globally acclaimed masterpieces will only need to pay an additional P100. His masterful collection of glass sculptures combined with pieces made from bronze, wood, and jewelry not only warrants attention, but a well-deserved tribute.

Globally renowned glass sculptor Ramon Orlina

TICKETS ARE LIMITED so everyone is highly encouraged to buy tickets in advance to ensure entrance to the event, although concert goers may also buy them at the event itself. For ticket inquiries, contact Ning Orlina at 09178285108 or visit this link: bit.ly/tagaytayartbeat.

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