*Always honored to be a part of festivals & movement like this. Every artists who joined were given different fact sheets & make art based on the fact sheet given to them & let our voices & people’s voices be heard through art & share it to different places. I’ve learned so much on this experience. It motivated me to get even more involved on these things. ARTvocacy is an art festival tour aimed at promoting discussion & awareness on the current human rights situation & the need to defend it & gather support for the people currently experiencing rights violations caused by intense militarization.
Factsheet #6 Visual Arts Fest
-features artworks by different artists based on documents called “fact sheets” prepared by paralegal & human rights workers in the course of documenting & campaigning against human rights violations. The successful run of Factsheet in 2008 led to 4 more exhibitions in the years that followed. These exhibitions featured artworks that lay bare the state of human rights in the country.
“RIGHTS” film screening
-compilation of independently produced – human rights themed short films/public service advertisements (PSAs). It is an open and continuing call for filmmakers to participate in the growing movement to defend & uphold human rights. During the course of the tour, filmmakers and film students will also be encouraged to submit films to become part of the RIGHTS screening.
“TULAGALAG” poetry installation
-Taken from two keywords “tula” or poem, and “lagalag,” which means wanderer or traveller, TULAGALAG is a mobile and public poetry installation initiative by the Kilometer 64 poetry group. By posting printed poems on the walls of streets, sidewalks, marketplaces, and under public spaces, TULAGALAG aims to bring poetry closer to the masses, especially to those who cannot afford expensive poetry books found in bookstores. Started in 2004 as part of the Neo-Angono public art project, TULAGALAG has had several series that take on various socio-political themes.
-Song and music are among the most commonly used medium in the arts that can effectively send out a message of advocacy. A concert will serve as the closing event for each ARTvocacy tour. Bands and musicians that advocate human rights, including those that are already well known in the music scene, will be invited to perform.
1 MILLION PAPER CRANES
-the 1 million paper cranes is a campaign initiated by the SAVE BONDOC PENINSULA MOVEMENT. By collecting 1 million paper cranes or from a wide array of people, it hopes to send a message to the current government that true peace cannot be achieved through militarization and state terror, but only through unity and justice. The initiative also calls for the immediate pullout of combat troops in the rural communities of Bondoc Peninsula to prevent further rights abuse committed by soldiers against innocent civilians.