Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Pasinaya 2009 kicks off CCP’s 40th-anniversary celebration

On Feb. 1, the Cultural Center of the Philippines will become the most creative place on earth when more than 2,000 artists, led by the CCP resident companies, perform at least 70 short previews of upcoming shows included in the 2009 performance season.

Dubbed as the biggest one-day performing arts festival, “Pasinaya 2009: CCP Open House Festival” is the opening salvo of CCP’s 40th-anniversary celebration as well as its contribution to the celebration of National Arts Month in February, or the Philippine International Arts Festival.

“Pasinaya 2009” will be held in all the venues of the CCP. Activities and events will be held indoors and outdoors, and will include Harbour Square and Star Theater for the first time.

The public is invited to pay what they can and see all they can in one day. Various activities will be held in different “zones” all over the CCP.

CCP resident companies will regale audiences with snippets of their performance seasons in the Resident Company zone. Featured are Ballet Philippines, Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, National Music Competitions for Young Artists, Philippine Ballet Theater, Philippine Madrigal Singers, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Tanghalang Pilipino and the University of Santo Tomas Symphony Orchestra.

Other such zones are the Music Zone, Dance Zone, Theater Zone, Film Zone, Literary Zone, Visual Arts Zone, a culinary zone and the Children’s Zone. Pasinaya 2009 will offer workshops, information booths, exhibits, Cinemalaya film screenings, puppet shows, storytelling, performance poetry, a culinary fair and cooking demos, and an arts and collectibles market.

The CCP “Pasinaya” is a yearly event of the CCP to increase awareness of the CCP performance season and programs. This year’s event is expected to once again draw crowds to the CCP as it offers audiences a day of fun and excellent entertainment through the popular pay-what-you-can, see-all-you-can scheme.

“Pasinaya 2009” is the first event in the year-long celebration of the CCP’s 40th anniversary. Contact the CCP Performing Arts Department at 8321125 loc. 1602-1607.

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